Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the right answer. I'll do some research and get back to you if I got an answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably could answer your Nutrisystem question..
We have three kids and my husband wants me to make it for them. If you don't think one bite will hurt, I think I'll go that route!.
One bite of anything won't hurt. It's the follow up bites that....well....bite us!.
If you have sugar cravings, or are prone to binges on sweets, maybe don't eat the cake. Some people have 'food triggers' that put them off the plan..
But if you are able to control your eating enough, sure, have a bite for celebration and then STOP! Let the kids eat cake!..
OHHHHH....I have the same problem! My birthday is Monday, sort of. I'm actually a Leap Year baby!! But the family insists on a get together for special occasions. My plan of attack is to plan it out in my head in advance. We will be meeting at a Mexican restaurant on Sunday for lunch. I will NOT eat all the really bad stuff, but rather a small salad with whole pinto beans in it and salsa on top. That will be enough! Then MAYBE a bite of whatever dessert is brought. The thought of stuffing myself like I used to is rather unappealing to me, thank goodness!!!..
How about forgoing <sp?> the cake idea completely and start a NEW tradition?! Bad habits are bad habits, and usually they are driven by or based on celebrations. Whatever the occasion is, there seems to be a direct link to some sort of food (BBQ for the 4th of July, Cake for birthdays, Holiday foods/desserts, UGH!). These are what got us all here in the first place. You cannot continue to associate a celebration or occasion with foods of any kind or you will fall back into the bad habits that put you here..
How about one of those Edible Arrangements that are made of fruits?! They are very festive and are things that EVERYONE can have and be healthy!!!.
Sorry, if I sound "preachy", but I live in Alabama and am constantly surrounded by foods that are very, very unhealthy, and brought in for "some kind of occasion" - it seems that a day doesn't go by that something "bad" hasn't been brought in. That's why Alabama is one of the most obese states. See the report from July 2010.
LOVE it, Roo!! If we build up "new normals," then we won't have to worry about re-gaining what we've lost...plain and simple...
Not disagreeing, Roo, since I've changed MANY of my own habits, and I've lightened up many of my own holiday dishes..
But I don't think it's necessary to deny children the fun of a birthday cake just because their parents are in the middle of a weight loss program..
Cake is fun and there's nothing wrong with it. There's nothing wrong with barbecue either. What's wrong is overdoing. And when you are on a weight loss plan, you should certainly not go back to those high calorie foods. The plan works if you stick to it..
But we have three kids here!..
The reason I was so harsh was because it is.
Her husband's birthday.
, not the kids, so why go to all the fuss, trouble, temptation of fixing a cake when both of them don't need it?! Why can't they have fun without the cake? Also, many of us have problems with "tastes" or "bites" of things leading to binges or worse. IMO it is best to avoid the temptations (and excuses) until they are more established and comfortable with the should's and shouldn'ts..
How about fixing "celebratory" items and make a real party with things that are still on-plan?! Try out someNutrisystemfriendly recipes for a birthday dessert, serve sugar free jello with fat free Cool Whip, play "games", etc...