Trick or treat, ate my meat, now where’s something sweet to eat?
I suspect I’m not alone on this one. I eat a meal… am comfortably (or UNcomfortably) replete… but I want something more. Specifically – something sweet. Anything sweet. Call it dessert. Or call it a conditioned response. Or call it “all in my head” and just one more voice to ignore. But my mind starts thinking while my mouth is waiting for that little taste.
I’m not still hungry. I’m just looking for that taste to finish the meal. The sweet capstone. The culmination. The climax. Closure for my meal?
It might be just an apple. Or my almost nightly cup of sugar-free pudding. Sometimes I satisfy the craving with a piece of dessert-flavored gum. Or maybe I stave it off with a cup of chocolate cocoa flavored tea. But whatever it is that I end up ingesting, or NOT ingesting, it drives me just a bit crazy that I always WANT something. That sweet ending. Almost like a palate cleanser but there’s nothing clean about it!
I suspect it comes from years of ending a meal with a true dessert. Like cookies, cake, ice cream. Store bought or homemade. Immediately or after a bit of digestion. “What’s for dessert?” seems a question that naturally follows the end of a meal. No matter how healthy the meal. Or how unhealthy.
As for the other “standard” question – “Did you save room for dessert?” – Well, who needs room!? It’s not about room. It’s about taste. And sweetness. And completion. Or satisfaction.
Is this a habit I need to break? Maybe. Because even if I’m making healthy choices, I’m still eating when I’m not physically hungry. (The crux of all food issues for me!) Or I’m relying on some crutch (like gum or tea) to avoid eating when I WANT to be eating. Maybe that’s okay? Or maybe I need to recondition my mouth and my brain so that I eat my meal and that’s that. Period. Exclamation point.
One thing that helps, if I can find motivation to get up off my post-meal sweet-desiring butt, is to brush my teeth. Breaks the taste sensation. So why don’t I do it more often? Laziness, I guess. And the simple fact that I would rather eat the apple than scrub some mintiness around in my mouth!
So, my desire for sweet endings is just one more thing that I’m thinking about nowadays. As I am often wont to do. In my typical over-thinking fashion. But then, what would I blog about if not my internal musings?!
What about you? Do you crave something sweet after a meal? What do you do to satisfy or abate that? Is your happy ending a sweet one?