Who doesn’t love a treat?
We can be honest here. There’s nothing like a treat! That once a week or once a month payday indulgence to make yourself feel good, special or naughty. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a treat occasionally?
Lots of things trigger the need for one and they’re not always good things, it’s at those times we all have a poison to indulge in. Mine is sweet potato fries or Dairy free homemade Banana ice cream… (Recipe page coming soon) Yum
I started thinking about what constitutes a treat while at work a couple of days ago. Someone had a little extra money that day and told me that she was going to have a McDonalds lunch for a treat.
She is aware of my eating preferences and so we had a discussion about how I didn’t think it was a treat to eat junk, that I prefer to have something really nice or something that I don’t get to have very often and call that a treat.
Let’s be honest I did vilify McDonalds somewhat but I am really not a fan at all. Although in my defence I did offer some alternate suggestions.
So what can we do when we feel we deserve a treat?
I say wait a bit first. Do you really want something in that moment? Or, could you get something for later so that you can plan out the treat and make it worthwhile?
My suggestion for my friend at work was to go to Marks & Spencer and get a really nice bread, some butter and a good jam or pâté. She could then enjoy it later at home in comfort watching a movie with her other half. Now surely that’s more like a treat.
That’s not Paleo!
Now before you jump on me for that, not everyone eats Paleo and if you don’t I’m not going to worry about that, it’s your choice. That’s not to say I won’t suggest something like this to help you think of better choices than McDonalds.
The thing with the mindset of a treat or treating yourself is that you’re allowing yourself to not make conscious decisions about what you eat. The thought process lets you make bad choices and get into habits. The trouble starts when you give yourself a treat regularly or look at a treat as an excuse to continue those bad food choices. We could talk about the moderation view point here but that is such a lame arsed excuse in reality.
I could go into the psychological argument of why we make those choices and feel we need a treat but quite frankly I don’t understand the subject and I don’t want you to feel that you should delve into it.
What I’d love you to do next time the word treat runs though your head is to just ask yourself one little thing.
How will I feel an hour after having this treat?
I like my treats to make me feel good but also have a little longevity to them, I don’t want to feel bad about the choice later. I want you to feel this too.