When I go to the grocery store, I'm tempted to buy something to indulge myself and it's usually something highly processed, salty, or sugary, like ice cream, potato chips, or cookies. The other day, I found a good trick: instead of spending the money on junk to indulge myself, I allowed myself to indulge in a healthy food that I wouldn't otherwise buy (because of the expense). I bought cherries, a special treat because they're expensive. I felt like I indulged, and it was healthy.
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I ate a doughnut yesterday because they were sitting around the office. It was an indulgence I allowed myself, but today I've eaten healthy all day and am now loging-in feeling full from a wonderfully healthy dinner and full of motivation despite the little indulgence.
Tonight I was hungry for a "treat"--something sweet and chocolate covered. And I believe having a treat like this a couple times a week is healthy. As long as you do it sensibly. So for less than 300 calories I had THIS healthy treat!
I took one pear, sliced it up thin, nuked it in the microwave for 1 minute. Then I broke up 1/3 (which is less than one serving!!) of a Green & Black's Organic Dark Chocolate candy bar, and sprinkled the broken pieces over my pear. Last I microwaved it for one more minute. DELICIOUS! and guilt free.
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