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When to institute the “10-minute rule”: Day 18

Sometimes you just need to indulge: this time comes when an orange just doesn’t satisfy your sweets craving, when filling up on fiber is the last thing you want. Tonight was one of those nights for me. It’s freezing outside, I can’t seem to get warm…and it’s Friday—the end of a long work week. Yes, I exercised hard. Yes, I followed my plan. But I also wanted—no craved—something sweet with my tea tonight. (And the no-eating late rule just wasn’t cutting it for me either.) So I put into effect the 10-minute rule: I waited for my tea to boil and steep before I ate my cookies. After 10 minutes I still wanted those cookies—and so I ate every last crumb. And they were delicious.

Waiting 10 minutes ensures you’re not indulging for the wrong reasons—and prevents you from mindlessly munching. And constantly avoiding treats you’re craving will only set you up for a binge later on: so if you want to indulge, do so in moderation after instituting the 10-minute rule. And then get right back on track the next day. Chances are you’ll be more motivated when you do!

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