Sunday, March 17, 2013
"Psst. Has it been a rough day? Kiddos or DH getting under your skin? Finances stretched and the car making a funny noise?
"You deserve a treat. Come on! Have a cookie....or 8...maybe some icecream?"
How many times in my pre-SP days have I heard that? For a while it seemed like my car automatically went through the McD drive thru for a 3pack of cookies. I noshed on a bakery donut while I did my food shopping. Ate icecream because DH was having some and it sounded like a good idea.
Treat foods were always a bit part of my life. A way for me to give myself a little something, nurturing, delicious and specially MINE.
Recently I have been rethinking treat foods - to make them things that are still treats, but are REALLY special or ways that are worth their calories. Examples:
1) Cookies. Love 'em. But I'm setting a limit, drawing a line in the sand: homemade are still open season, but store-bought are offlimits. And I'm restraining myself from baking again too soon. I'm not going to spend my precious calories on store bought crap.
2) Cheese. Dear God do I love cheese. But calorie for calorie, most cheeses that are eaten out of hand (ricotta, cream and parmesan are not part of this picture - think cheddar) are pretty much the same. But OH they taste so different. So lately I've been buying the really expensive cheese. You know, the super good stuff that's $11.99 a pound. The flavor is SO GOOD, so you only need a little bit to really enjoy it and get your "cheese high" (Is there such a thing as a cheese high? There should be.)
3) Fresh berries. Delicious, healthy and expensive as anything. When I see them on sale, I get them and eat them. They fill my treat food niche without any of the calorie guilt.
4) Ice cream. I Dont Eat It Every Day. Or even once a week. DH eats it all the time, but there have been many a carton in the fridge that I never even tasted. But when I do eat, I get real icecream, no toppings and call it a treat. I had some today as a matter of fact. Delicious, but I cant remember the last time I had - maybe my nephews birthday cake in January?
5) Flowers - this is a bit of a new thing, and I've posted about it before, but lately I find I am able to "Treat" myself with a bunch of flowers or a potted plant. Right now I have some orchids ($10) that I picked up last week. Yeah, way more expensive than a cookie from the drive thru, but they satisfy that need to treat without ANY calorie expenditure. And the satisfaction lasts a heckofalot longer!
So yes, I still treat myself...but I try to think about "crash for my calories" (instead of bang for your buck) Treat foods should be just that: treats, but not every day occurrences.