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Friday, July 03, 2020

A Sparkie friend blogged recently about not going to MacDonald's for her usual breakfast -- and how hard it was to substitute in eggs or oatmeal prepared at home, even though that would be faster and less expensive for her.

I commented that maybe her home breakfasts didn't feel like a treat: and suggested she might find it easier to forego the MacD's if she prepared something at home that DID feel like a treat. For me . . . that might be fresh raspberries with Greek yogourt or an egg-white omelette prepared in my microwave pan and stuffed with spinach, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, a little sprinkle of cheese. (I didn't mention: everything tastes better in my bright red dishes!! And a little scrawl of sriracha on top of that omelette makes it even more appealing!!)

Treats. For so many of us, the only kind and indulgent thing we ever permit ourselves to do for ourselves is food.

Which has to mean that food takes on disproportionate "weight" (so to speak!!)

My DH gives himself at least one treat every single day, without fail. And sure, he enjoys his favourite food (which by and large is not MY favourite food -- tending towards the carnivorous). But he has always been able to stop eating at the moment he's full, to put down his fork without regret. Half a succulent medium rare BBQ strip loin steak . . . goes back into the fridge. And will be enjoyed at a subsequent meal as a "cheese melt" on bread -- yup, that involves melting sharp cheddar on top. Also apparently very delish.

More typically DH's treats are not foods but activities. Heading out to the golf course, even if there isn't time to play, just to hit some balls. Listening to music cranked up in his car (an eclectic mix of country and western, classical, old rock.) Or taking time for some Ruzzle on his cell phone. Or reading a few pages of one of the historical biographies he likes most.

Henry loves his treats, too. Walks with unlimited snuff time. Lots of pats and tummy rubs. Throwing his ball around the back yard for him to retrieve.

Food treats for Henry? We have to be very careful not to over feed him so that he slims down a bit more and stays slim, as the vet recommended. However, when it comes to enticing him to give up something he's not supposed to have that he's snatched off the counter: yeah, mostly it's going to be a food treat. I buy them specially for just those moments . . . a tiny organic salmon or venison nugget . . . exotic and tasty but pretty low in calories.

So treating Henry does sometimes involve what looks like rewarding bad behaviour. And he's quite capable of a multi-step heist: such as snatching that oven mitt which he really has no use for at all and bouncing around the kitchen with it tauntingly just so that he creates the opportunity of diving after something he REALLY does want . . a temporarily unguarded piece of chicken off the kitchen table. Which typically makes us burst out laughing . . . not exactly effective doggie discipline!! Henry knows we're laughing and he laughs right back with his black lips spread into a grin and panting and tail wagging. He COULDA got it if he really wanted to, ya know . . . he's just keeping us alert and nimble and happy. . . really providing a service!!

Disciplining myself? My experiments with intuitive eating and three principles have indicated to me that disciplining and sternness and self-deprivation and berating me by me is highly over-rated.

Forgiving myself, laughing at myself, and even rewarding my own "bad" behaviour with fond treats seems to be more effective for me too!!

What do you think? Favourite food treats? Favourite non-food treats?
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  • no profile photo INCH_BY_INCH
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    32 days ago
    My treat can be a piece of jackfruit or mango. Try to avoid sweets now.
    36 days ago
    Fave food treat chocolate one gorgeous piece of dark ... mmm... so much nicer than the days when I ate the whole block at once, now I can taste it ...

    Non food treat watching You tube at night sitting next to Hubby ... lovely ... and of course knitting for others :)

    Henry is so lovable :) must be his parents love :)
    36 days ago
    36 days ago
    Not sure. Guess I'm not one for treats.
    36 days ago
    I found out that my little dog loves apples. So I give him a sliver of apple as a treat.
    36 days ago
  • ALICIA363
    emoticon again for the insights!
    For now, I’ve purchased the yogurt-peach-pecan combo for food treats, as well as some individual Brie cheeses. Evidently I need some level of ‘treat’ feeling-relationship to food.
    I’ve heard it said to be successful that you shouldn’t deprive yourself. I think I need to flip that from a negative into a positive: I should treat myself!
    36 days ago
    I teat myself to a long tub soak after all day in the garden; to yoga class on Friday afternoon after working all week; alone time in the garden to weed and deadhead any chance I get; an hour to curl up in front of a fire on a cold winter day to read. I've come to enjoy these in place of food treats after my four year journey to a healthy BMI. Your blog is emoticon So emoticon emoticon
    36 days ago
    Treats. For so many of us, the only kind and indulgent thing we ever permit ourselves to do for ourselves is food.

    Which has to mean that food takes on disproportionate "weight" (so to speak!!)

    More typically DH's treats are not foods but activities.

    W ... you said a "mouth" full. Re-thinking my ... thinking.

    37 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/3/2020 5:00:17 PM
  • JUDYD207
    37 days ago
  • THOMS1
    I treat myself everyday. I have 1 serving of Werthers hard candy. I have it in my nutrition and it seems to work for me. That helps me stay away from the ice cream or anything else that's around that shouldn't be.
    So far anyway. Have a wonderful holiday weekend emoticon
    37 days ago
    There is nothing better than a healthy treat, stay safe and stay healthy emoticon
    37 days ago
    OMG! ROFLMBO! Your Henry has his strategies and so does my Miss Lilly. And dang if they don't work in her favor every time. Apparently she's doing a good job training us! LOLOL

    Yes, treats/special things are so important to feed our souls!

    Have a great weekend.
    37 days ago
    Oh, funny!
    One reason pets get fat is because people "over-treat" them. I saw that in my own chunky Oscar and my cousin's Lucy. Wag a tail in the kitchen, get a treat. Look "sad" get a treat. I'm not sue if it's just a Doxie owner thing.

    I learned later to take my cue, from of all places, the police shows DH loves to watch. What treats do the drug sniffing dogs want? Throw the ball, play tug of war and they are well rewarded. I changed my plan and Oscar lost about 4 pounds. Just right for a dog his size. He also didn't seem to care about the missing food treats. THAT was all in MY head.

    Now if I could apply that to myself....

    My summer treats are a 1 daily sugar free drink in a 28 ounce cup with ice made with 1/2 of the required amount of powder. Little kid style, currently cherry Starburst flavor. Or, a once a day sugar free Popsicle. Any more that and I risk sugar temptations.
    37 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    Food treats are so tempting when nothing seems to calm the storm going on inside. If I had to pick food treats which is not hard to do, I definitely would love fresh peaches from Canada no less. Brings back sweet memories of childhood, which the peach juice dripping down your face. I think Canada has the best peaches ever. Since I am diabetic I have to watch the fruit, but that is my choice for food treats.

    Non food treats hmmmm I would say going to a movie in a theater in the middle of the afternoon or going to the art museum here in Detroit, Michigan. I could spend hours upon hours just wandering the galleries. Our art museum is quite wonderful and I never turn down a chance to go.

    Hubby on the other hand is quite the sweet eater, but his absolute favorite is cake with tons and I mean tons of buttercream frosting. His non food thing is golf, baseball then football. Seems like a typical male thing to me.
    37 days ago
    Going to develop a whole new treat! Now what should it be?
    37 days ago
    37 days ago
    Yes, treats for me used to mean mostly food (especially during the winter). Potato chips still reign supreme while sweets are quickly forgotten after eaten. But after our long tortuous, very cold winters, my favourite treat is getting into the green spaces as soon as it pops. Seems so long to wait and such a short time to enjoy once there. And really enjoying watching the bird and animal life activity.
    Trying to find a quiet place along the trails to enjoy the bird song, very difficult in our ever expanding city. Always the constant drone of lawn mowers, leaf blowers and loud traffic along the river (hot rodders, motorcycles and a lot of souped up trucks seem to think its their own private drag strip as it goes a long while before lights or stop signs interfere.
    Daisy gets her regular treats, but cheese is far and away her favourite. She has never had people food and doesn't go for it unless there is cheese on it. She seems to like grass too as she snatches it up at every opportunity.
    Here is to enjoying more non food treats!
    37 days ago
    Healthy treats, non-food treats - all keep me going!
    37 days ago
    I love the concept of non-food treats, and usually when I'm having food treat issues it's because I've been neglecting the non-food variety!
    37 days ago
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  • LYNCHD05
    There are so many ways to treat ourselves. Love so many thing snout nature, a few special things from the kitchen and even a glass of wine shared with friends. How sad our lives would be without something special.
    37 days ago
    Absolutely! I am a chocolate fan and so have built a couple treats into my daily calorie budget..... morning mocha and a portion size protein bar or shake
    37 days ago
    Treats should be part of life...but, as a non-sweets person, I have always preferred flowers or a mani-pedi or a massage, etc.
    37 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    37 days ago
    I love treats - all of them - from the slippery feeling of clean sheets on the bed (after a shower) to birthday cake at somebody's party. Or wedding cake - even more so! Or the sunset or the sip of white wine or the expensive whole car shampoo after a grimy winter or a sweltering summer. Or fluffing my hands through dog fur or listing to Handel's Alcea on the back porch. Yeah. Treats.
    37 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Right now it is more food treats... spending a bit more to get pasture raised eggs, fresh farm stand foods. Mediation and other online stuff.
    When things return to (ahem) normal more day trips, nails getting done, exploring would be the order of the day.
    37 days ago
    Hmmm...treats. Something sweet to eat isn't always a treat. Sometimes it's just something that comes along at the end (or not the end) of the meal. So, a treat...hmmm. Grandsons love Reese's cups, so they sometimes get those as a treat. I think DH gives himself one occasionally also. A treat for me is probably a special chocolatey indulgence, but for me the treat is going out to the little pool with the grandsons and playing! ...or when the younger takes a nap and I have an hour to read during the daytime. Yeah, the naps don't happen every day anymore, so it's a treat! Remember those days?!!
    37 days ago
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    37 days ago
    Treats oh how good they are sometimes too good.
    37 days ago

    Keep on Keeping on!

    Make today the greatest day of your life!
    Until tomorrow!

    God bless America, land that I love.
    Stand beside her and guide her through the night with the light from above.
    From the mountains to the prairies to the oceans white with foam.
    God bless America, my home sweet home.

    Irving Berlin
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    37 days ago
  • no profile photo MLR_00
    Stay safe, stay healthy
    37 days ago
    Wish I could suggest anything that might help. My husband has zero appetite and no taste after radiation so I juggle my needs and his. It gets busy in my little kitchen. He has his caloric treats and I simply have to close my eyes.
    37 days ago
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