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Keeping treats "treats"

Monday, December 10, 2012

Until recent times, treats for Christmas were limited to just a few days. People just didn't have access to so much sugar and the other ingredients needed. Treats were often a lot more work, too. This made them true "treats." I suggest people thoughtfully consider just how many times this season they should eat treats to get the effect of REALLY being treated. I find that when I do attend events more often, I can feel very "treated" even if I don't have sweets by slowly savoring the other wonderful foods available. They are often a bit richer than I cook daily and that makes the meal special. I am usually so content that a sweet aftreward would actually just be too much. This is after nearly three years of very regular modest meals, which has reduced my natural appetite and increased the pleasure I get from the food I do eat. But I felt this way after less than a year. However, in earlier years, I sometimes elected to have less savory and more sweet food. The shift has come over the years. This from a huge sweet binger! Yes, things can change.

Also, consider 'treating" yourself by remaining comfortably content with moderate fullness. If you are rather experienced, experiment with what the Japanese do: stop at 80% full. But take your time getting there and let your brain have the 100% experience of enjoying your food. Feeling content but light is its own treat. emoticon emoticon
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    Hi, enjoyed your blog as always. You surely have come a long way. There is hope after all... :)
    1894 days ago
  • ADELE66
    Excellent blog! I do actually remember sugar shortages when I was a child and all of a sudden an awareness was created amongst everyone about what was and wasn't available. Anything sugary instantly became more of a special affair!

    1895 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    Jolie, I actually often choose to be more full when I have a meal that includes lots of veggies and little rich food. These are usually ones I cook or prepare myself. But for holiday events, the offerings are more likely heavier foods. I will opt for them, but eat them in smaller quantities. This has taken quite awhile to get to and I sometimes misjudge or choose to eat more even though I know I will be very full. That to me is freedom. But not getting too full is becoming more attractive as time goes on.

    I throw this out as a consideration. I don't think it usually works out well to impose rules, unless they come from real experiences. Even then, if there is too much struggle, it often means the down side is actually still attractive.

    As an analogy, one wisdom teacher I follow says she doesn't actively drop stressful thoughts. She questions them in a way that allows her to see there are other options and the thoughts drop on their own.

    Gooollly, am I an idealist! emoticon
    1895 days ago
    I still have trouble with the 80% full. I don't have an inner gauge yet. My No S plates are not extremely full, but I do put a lot of bulky vegetables on them. I guess I still like "feeling full". Something to work on. (Maybe by the time I'm 90, I'll get all the ducks in a row....) emoticon
    1896 days ago
  • CAMAEL100
    I actually try to get that through to my kids, that when they have treats every day they cease to be treats in the real meaning of the word.

    I think we are surrounded by so many varieties and volume of food that we instinctively feel we should partake. It is just madness. When we were younger, my mother would open a box of chocolates/biscuits and we would all get some and then they were put away again. We never sat surrounded by sweets/biscuits, thus there was not the pull to overeat them!

    1896 days ago
    It's good to know the way we feel about food can change. :-)
    1896 days ago
    Very interesting. Thank you.
    1896 days ago
  • FIT4MEIN2013
    It means so much more and is appreciated som much more when it is a rare treat. I am all for keeping it to one or 2 days.
    1896 days ago
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