Easter candy is proving irresistible to me. Without the kids around to eat some, there is too much of it here that I want. In an effort to partially counteract the jelly beans and dark-chocolate M&Ms, I have switched from BBQ sauce to mustard as my condiment of choice. The move should save me about 50 calories per meal, which adds up to 150 calories per day.
I have also attempted to switch salad dressings, which is a little more difficult. I have a fat-free Italian dressing, which has a fraction of the calories but a lot more sodium than the dressings I had been using. The fat-free dressings I prefer tend to be sweet, which means they have sugar or corn syrup added to replace the fat.
I can’t take credit for the idea. Dr. David Katz suggested it to me. He invented the NuVal nutritional scoring system. I recorded an interview with him that will air in a couple of weeks. If I reduce my hidden sugars, it will reduce my tolerance. Once that happens, my sweet tooth should be satisfied with fewer pieces of candy.