Blown Away + Guest Bender: Anne from The Doctor Takes a Wife

by Jenn (eating bender) on February 13, 2010

WOW! I am blown away by all of the entries in the ICBINB! Giveaway so far. Thanks to all of you who have commented, tweeted, linked back and voted. Plus, it means so much that you are also continuing to show your support for Bobby and me in the Crate & Barrel Ultimate Wedding contest. We are up to 440 votes right now and could not be more grateful.

Before I get to today’s lovely Guest Bender, I have a few announcements!

  • If you haven’t already, head over to this post and wish Gina a HUGE congratulations!
  • While you’re perusing the blogosphere, stop by ZestyCook and support a good cause

There are so many exciting things going on right now. I can’t even contain myself :)

I’m currently in Arizona with my family and Bobby for the long weekend. We have Monday off and could not have picked a better time — it’s currently 75* and sunny! A far cry from Chicago!

Bobby and I have our engagement shoot at 4:00 this afternoon. Wish us luck! I’m going to take the advice you gave us in this post and make sure he’s a bit “relaxed” when we get there 😉 Muahaha!


Today’s Guest Bender is Anne from The Doctor Takes a Wife. She will be discussing her tips and tricks for enjoying the sweet things in life…with moderation. I always find it helpful to hear from other people about topics such as this one since I’m a firm believer that nothing should ever be considered “off limits” when it comes to food. I think you’ll find that Anne has a great attitude. Take it away, lady!


Hi Friends @ Eating Bender!!  My name is Anne, and I’m the wife behind The Doctor Takes a Wife.  My blog is all about the things I love: family, food, fitness (a newer hobby of mine) and fun!!  I’m a graduate student in music and am constantly trying to find a healthy balance and zest for life :)

I’m so happy that Jenn called out for guest bloggers.  Would you believe that this is my first guest post??  Well, you shouldn’t be too surprised, since I’m such a newbie.  But nonetheless, I feel like I have lots of the same thoughts/ambitions/struggles as veterans!! One of them is letting myself eat the things I want, without going nutzo and sacrificing all my hard work shaking my booty at Zumba.

You see, I have an addiction.  To baking.

You know that scene in Julie & Julia where Amy Adams says she loves to cook because she knows if she adds chocolate and eggs together it will get thick??  And it’s “such a comfort”??  That’s how I feel about baking.

And exclusively baking… I have had too many dinner fails to proclaim myself a “cook.”

The only problem is, what do you do with the 2 dozen cookies or cupcakes after they’re made?  Or if a craving for a chocolate chip cookie hits, so you make a batch and end up eating half of them?  I’ve discovered the true secret.

Sharing is caring.

And there are about a million places that you can take some treats to share.

  1. Do you know a boy?? Any boy will do.  He’ll eat about 10 of them.
  2. Do you work in an office or take classes?? In my experience, it’s a rare occasion when someone turns down a cupcake.  Unless they’re allergic to cream cheese.  That happened to me once…
  3. Do you have a neighbor who you’ve been dying to meet??  Or needed an excuse to ask them to turn their music down anyway 😉
  4. I bet you’re going to a friend’s home this weekend.  Or meeting them for lunch.  Make up a goodie bag!!
  5. Be a good Samaritan and drop them off at a church or shelter… as long as there aren’t any rules about perishable food.

If you’re like me, baking is part of your relaxation regimen, and is something you love to do.  But sharing is caring!!

So what about you Rachel Rays out there who don’t have this obsession with ovens and icing??  Y’all have a sweet tooth too.  I know you do.  I didn’t forget about you guys.

Try these sneaky tips to stop, or rather, give in to your cravings:

1. Make a yogurt sundae.

This has become my new favorite thing, to the point where I have one a day.  Top some yogurt with granola and fruit and trick your tastebuds into dessert.  It’s filling, filled with the good stuff, and is decadent enough to fool even you!

2. Have single servings of treats.

My brother sent me some chocolate covered cherries and raspberry truffles for Christmas.  I allowed myself one a day.  I got my chocolate fix and these yummy treats lasted forever.  Having a whole bag of something can be a positive thing too, if you exercise your own willpower.  You can have it tomorrow.  It’ll still be there.  Unless you have candy elfs hanging out at your place.  I’ve found that they love Lindt truffles 😉

3. Go halfsies. Or thirdsies.

I Heart Yogurt just opened close to campus.  I went there twice last week.  But both times I split with a couple of friends.  The point is not to take someone down with you, but quench the craving at a reduced rate.

4. Splurge.

Honestly, are you going to turn down cake at a wedding?? Or dessert after you landed a promotion?  Granted, the “smart” alternative would be to get a pedicure or massage (really, you’re so awesome you should do all these), but odds are you’ll want to treat yourself to a night out.  And you should.

You’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times: it’s all about moderation.  My life wouldn’t be complete without cake on my birthday, or a baking fest about once a week.  I *try* to keep myself in check, but I’m not perfect—no one is.

I mean, have you tasted carrot cake??  It tastes best post-run 😉


I love Anne’s philosophy! So tell us, how do you make sure to enjoy treats and cravings?

Hope you get out and enjoy your Saturday! I’m off to shoot my engagement pictures…eEeE!


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 challenges2010 February 13, 2010 at 3:30 pm

I’m ensuring I don’t enjoy my cravings. Well at least my old cravings. Luckily it’s going pretty well so far.


2 Julie @Pickley Pear February 13, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I don’t deprive myself and have my share of cravings! I just think of the nutritional aspects of what I indulge in (chocolate must be dark, good for the heart; fig netwons have fruit in them, etc.). Thanks for the great post, Anne!


3 Angela @ A Healthy Fit February 13, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Great post! I’ve tried the “just have one” thing and have decided I need to work on my will power. I love to bake too and it is so true, boys will eat 10…or more of anything you bake!!


4 Erica February 13, 2010 at 5:13 pm

So jealous of the warmth out there! Its freezing in Charleston! What a fun guest post. My favorite part- do you know a boy ANY boy haha. I use that tip all the time :) Happy almost Valentine’s day !


5 Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce February 13, 2010 at 8:17 pm

it’s all about moderation is so true! unfortunately when we get into the cycle of denying ourselves a certain food that we’re craving because we deem it to be “junk” then we just end up wanting 10 times the amount when we finally cave! better to just allow yourself to savor it when the craving strikes. beautiful cookies, you’re so good with piping on icing, mine always looks like a 2 year old did it!


6 Jeff February 13, 2010 at 11:37 pm

I’m glad to have found another Chicago blogger/foodie/healthy person making a good impact on what we call “the internet.” Keep up all the great work.


7 Emilyeatsclean February 14, 2010 at 10:41 pm

I love it when other bloggers have guest bloggers on…..such a good idea!!



8 jenngirl February 15, 2010 at 7:20 am

Great post! Thank you for sharing this. Enjoying sweets and treats is something I’m slowing getting used to again. And I completely agree, there are 2 place I don’t turn down cake: weddings and birthdays :)


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