I know Halloween has passed but it got me thinking how we reward ourselves with ‘treats’ in our food choices.
Watch out for falling into the classic trap of categorising food into ‘good’ or ‘bad’ when making choices about what we eat. Instead we can look at how that particular choice of dish is going to make us feel.
How will you feel after a ‘treat’ such as a sugary piece of cake or half a packet of chocolate biscuits? Will you feel energised, refreshed and light? Or stuffed, lethargic and heavy? Or somewhere in between?
Then think about how you would feel after eating a fresh fruit salad. Reconsider how you define a treat.
If you are always choosing something sugary then that could be your body crying out for a quick sugar fix.
However, if you really do want to eat that piece of chocolate cake then have it and enjoy it!
Classing particular foods as ‘treats’ carries with it connotations of guilt. Most of us have been rewarded with ‘special foods’ as a treat when we were ‘good’ or on special occasions. We tend to look at these foods as ‘naughty but nice’. This can send the wrong signals to your brain and the underlying guilt can lock you in a cycle of feeling bad about yourself, making you more likely to reach for those comfort foods.
So have your cake and eat it if you want to but eat it freely and completely. Or make another choice.
Which one feels better for you? As you make healthier approaches to your food notice how it makes you feel in your body. ‘Treat’ yourself to the food that makes you feel good. Let that be your guide when making your choices.