DILEMMA: You love to nibble while you're watching television.
The Devil says: "You've eaten so healthfully all day, you deserve a tasty reward. Besides, those American Idol finalists sound so much sweeter with a big bowl of ice cream."
The Angel says: "Forget it. Finish the day on a wholesome high note by snacking on 1/2 cup of grapes."
The Voice of Reason says: "Compromise by having one scoop of low-fat ice cream mixed with a cup of sliced strawberries."
The Solution: When you're watching TV, the part of your brain that keeps track of what you're eating tends to nod off. You can snack worry-free by noshing on low-calorie bites like bell pepper strips or carrot sticks. For higher calorie foods, compensate by portioning out what you plan to eat and don't go back for seconds. Purchase individual-sized bags of chips and cookies (or make your own single-serving snack packs by spooning out a handful or two into small plastic bags). If ice cream is your weakness, pump up the volume by adding fresh fruit, or buy a little dish that's no more than 4 ounces (or use a teacup). Consider that your treat cup. Eat whatever goody fits in that, and if you're still hungry afterward, go back for more fruit. Then you can hit the sack feeling both satisfied and saintly.
Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your own living room by people you wouldn't have in your home.-- David Frost