{Foodie Friday} Sugar, Flour, Pie Crust, & Whipped Cream…Trending in Fat Loss

By: Janine Serio & Daria Shaw


{Foodie Friday} Do I have your attention yet? Over the past few weeks, our posts have been heavy and deep. On the heels of Memorial Day weekend, we wanted to offer something a little lighter. Something a little sweeter. Something that MOST would place in the “I cannot eat or I will gain 10 lbs.” column.

Today, Daria is taking over the blog! After a discussion we had earlier in the week, we thought this would not only be a perfect segway into the Holiday weekend, but an even stronger message about what it represents. It is things like THIS [what Daria will share] that make you question why we get so wrapped up in the struggle when it comes to what we eat! At the end of the day, it’s just food, right?

Food should be enjoyable…yes!

We should like what we eat and enjoy the rituals/experiences around eating…of course!

Part of the enjoyment (and ritual) is being able to share it with family and friends…absolutely!

This is exactly why we thought this story was necessary to share. So, without further adieu, here is Daria’s story about how “sugar, flour, pie crust, & whipped cream is trending in fat loss.”

It would be easy for me to say “no, I do not care for any” OR “no, I am not going to make because I do not want it around the house.” But, I learned long ago, this will do nothing more than cause a barrage of questions and , actually, pull me farther away from progressing in my personal nutritional journey.

This time of year brings up many fond memories…and both of them revolve around sweets. Growing up, the owner of a local, Baltimore-based establishment, Woodlea Bakery, would come to my father’s business with boxes and bags galore of all kinds of delicious delicacies. Any Baltimorean knows that this bakery’s peach cake is off the charts!

One of my all-time favorite memories – and the one that spurred this post – was our family outings to Haussner’s Restaurant. Here, we not only admired the beautiful “works of art” but we could not resist the AH-MAZING deliciousness of the strawberry pie. To this day, we still talk about how much fun we had and how we looked forward to this celebratory ritual.

I will admit that, many years later, consuming sweets puts me into more of a discomfort zone than it used to before. While sweets are a vice of mine, they are something I have be mindful of consuming since I became more conscious and aware of my eating habits. No, I am not saying that I do not consume BUT I have become more “mindful” and less “mindless” of when & what I eat, as well as how it makes me feel.

This has nothing to do with feelings of guilt, or even thinking that the more I deprive, the more I will wean myself off (we all know what happens when we do THIS). For me, it was two-fold; a practice of TRUST (and knowing that I, truly, did not need something sweet every single day) but also the enjoyment and satisfaction factor. Here is where the concept of “mindful” and “mindless” comes into play.

I am sure most can relate – a few pieces of candy here, a cookie there, oh sure, I will have a slice of pie after dinner. By the end of the day, are you, truly, satisfied? Bigger than that, can you say they ALL tasted that good? I would find myself falling in and out of these scenarios. Now, I was not necessarily consuming that many sweets on a daily basis but I, definitely, found myself having “something.”

Over the last few years – yes, this is a continual process – my mindset shift has gone from one of “scarcity” to one of “abundance.” This goes beyond the sweets and desserts. It translates into all areas of my nutrition practice. By letting go of the notion that “I need to eat it all at once” OR “If I don’t have ‘x, y, and z’ today I may not have it again” is just silly – BUT a real struggle for most. Instead, I took the time to be more mindful of what I was eating (i.e. how it tasted and, actually, sitting down to a meal) and how much I was eating (i.e. how did my body feel, did I feel satisfied or full, etc.).  I STILL eat whatever I want, I always feel satisfied and content, and I never feel deprived or needing to eat everything “all at once.”

As I mentioned, making and partaking in “dessert hour” has always been a celebratory ritual in my household. Sure, it could easily be something that I/we do every single evening (my father always says he has never met a dessert he doesn’t like) but I wanted to change this notion. Last weekend, I realized, for the first time in a while, that I really enjoyed “dessert hour.” I was surrounded by family, coming together, reminiscing, and sharing memories. Why wouldn’t I make this family favorite OR participate in the tasting as well?

Sharing in a couple bites (or even a slice) of a dessert that brings joy to you and your family is NOT going to derail your fat loss efforts – I promise! In fact, it is going to do the exact opposite. You will find yourself feeling totally satisfied, enjoying every bite, and nourish you body, mind, and soul!  

Realizing that sugar, flour, pie crust, and whipped cream will only ENRICH your life, not set you back, is the EXACT reason for the development of our “14 Day Imperfection Experiment,” which starts June 1st.

Introducing a FREE coaching group for women who want to learn how to trust themselves around food, gain a new perspective on exercise, and are fully ready to commit to trusting the process and start living the lifestyle they have always wanted.

This “experiment” was created as a way to cultivate a “super awesome” women’s group that will challenge and empower one another to become a better version of their current self. This is about facing your fears and anxiety when it comes to nutrition and exercise. This is about getting out of your comfort zone. This is about being super committed to being super uncomfortable. This is about learning how to trust yourself, honor your own process, and being open to possibilities!

We have heard from so many of you who feel they are in this alone. You are struggling with your exercise and nutrition and you feel that no one seems to understand. It’s about finding that motivation to keep going when you just cannot seem to “lose those last 5 lbs.” It’s about finding solutions to make fitness more of a priority, and setting realistic goals to stick with it. It’s allowing yourself to eat a few pieces of your favorite candy, not let it control you, and be able to move on with your day. You can easily gain access to free fitness programs and nutrition plans but WHAT YOU CANNOT get is an exclusive, small community of like-minded women who are all ready to support one another and elevate together!

At the end of the 14 days, you will have gained so much confidence, perspective, self-trust, and the ability to know you can handle ANYTHING! The commitment to yourself will be STRONGER THAN EVER, your relationship with food and exercise will feel less stressful and more automated, and you will have gained a powerful support group of women who are all in this together!


So, what can you expect?

  • The group experiment starts June 1st for 14 days.
  • You will receive daily coaching emails from me with 7 “mini challenges” along the way. These are designed to pull you out of your comfort zone. These 7 challenges are designed to put you into uncomfortable scenarios to get better at being around food and have a healthier relationship with exercise. This is about being super-committed!
  • You will receive access to a closed Facebook group. This is WHERE THE MAGIC WILL HAPPEN!
  • Daria & I will be part of the group and will be participating as well!
  • NOTE: This experiment is only for women who want to challenge themselves, be committed to one another, and to their higher self.


SPOTS ARE LIMITED!! We only want to keep it to a small group of women who are looking to “level-up” together!

What happens after I register?

  • On May 31st, you can expect an email from me with details on the closed Facebook group & what will happen next.
  • WARNING: I am going to be challenging you for 14 days to get out of your comfort zone with food and exercise. We only want people to join who are fully committed to getting out of thir comfort zone, cheering each other on, and are open to possibilities.


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