Friday, December 16, 2011
My new absolute favorite holiday treat is Williams-Sonoma Peppermint Bark. This is definitely not health food (although it has some calcium and almost no sodium). However, as I understand it, one of the premises at SparkPeople is not to fully omit or demonize any specific food or food group, but rather to focus on moderation. If you practice mindful eating and moderation, you can pretty much fit any type of food into your diet.
Unfortunately, when I consumed a half pound of peppermint bark at a holiday party on Tuesday night, I was not practicing mindful eating or moderation. I was logging my food throughout the night, but I didn't actually add up the ounces I ate until after all of our guests had left. Do I feel bad about it? Nope. I really don't. Yes, I could have avoided eating so much of it. But, the reality is that I doubt I'm going to gain any weight this week. And, even if I do, it will probably be from an accumulation of five events all happening in one week rather than my one night in peppermint bark bliss.
Yes, after reviewing my calorie intake and nutrients for the day, I was shocked at how much peppermint bark I actually ate. And, I might have felt a little bit of guilt or worry right in that one moment. But, after thinking about it, this is where I am at right now. I would rather enjoy a treat that I really, really like with a bunch of friends instead of mindlessly eating pint after pint of ice cream alone. Those days are long gone.
So there you have it. I had my peppermint bark, and ate it, too.