When I worked in pharmaceutical sales, nearly every rep brought store-bought junk food into the doctor’s offices. During the holidays, finding empty counter space was nearly impossible as the packages of candy and cookies piled up. I started bringing holiday fruit baskets to the offices just to give the staff a break from the excessive amount of refined sugar being foisted upon them. Not only were the nurses and support staff quite appreciative, but it helped me stand out a little.
The above is how Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines a treat. It’s supposed to be special. Just like the nurses in those offices, we’re going to have plenty of opportunities to indulge a little (or more than a little) over the coming weeks. Trust me, I know – I will too!
However, I’d prefer to not waste calories on candies and cookies that are cheap, mass produced and easy to find*. Most importantly, when choosing to indulge, I will do so in moderation.
*Life is filled with exceptions.
During the holidays, mint M&M’s are mine.
To be clear, this article isn’t about choosing healthy foods. I’m not counting calories or comparing the health benefits of chocolate peppermint brownies to a store-bought alternative.
Because moderation is paramount, I’m making sure that the really good foods take precedence. Anyone can buy a bag a candy or a tray of cookies from a grocery store whenever they want – there’s nothing special about that.
This article rings true with respect to how we might approach the holiday food fest.
Often, it seems that we limit ourselves until our willpower runs out and the floodgates open. I’d much prefer to have a little treat every so often (and truly enjoy it without guilt), than wait until a specific day (or two) and lose all self-control.
The former is indicative of healthy relationship with food. The latter usually leaves you trapped in a “diet” cycle where hunger, guilt and emotional eating rule the day.
We often associate food with memories of people and past events.
For someone, the brownies I mentioned above are special. Time and effort goes into making them. They are, as my wife likes to say, “made with love”. Ultimately, they helped to shape someone’s memories of an event. They should be enjoyed moderately and without guilt, as should all of your favorite foods this holiday season. So, as we hit the holiday stretch, I’d encourage you to abandon the dieting mentality. Employ moderation. Enjoy and be healthy!
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