Let’s be real for a second. Does the word “indulge” freak you out a little bit? If your focus has been on achieving the “perfect” meal plan or if you’ve been trying to gain control of your life through food, odds are good that the word “indulge” is a pretty scary word. It may seem counter intuitive to a well-balanced meal plan. But I’ll let you in on a little secret…
Indulgences are a totally normal part of being a healthy, happy eater! Where we get into trouble sometimes is when that indulgence leads to a place of discomfort. Whether that’s physical discomfort or emotional discomfort, neither allow us to feel amazing.
So how do we find that healthy balance? Here are a few tips to indulge this weekend:
Don’t skip meals. Seriously, your body doesn’t like it. Plus, you may find it more difficult to make mindful decisions when food does become available. If you let your hunger get to severe, you may also find it more difficult to eat slowly or recognize when your body is comfortably full.
Don’t settle. What foods come to mind when you think of the word “indulgence?” Or how about “decadent?” Be really specific. There is a BIG difference between a flourless chocolate cake and a Mr. Goodbar. Identifying which foods are irresistible versus ones you just kind of like can really help you make better decisions about what you are willing to incorporate into your meal plan.
Savor each bite. When you slow down and enjoy your indulgence, odds are good that you will naturally eat smaller amounts and still feel pretty satisfied. Remember, indulgences are okay, but its easy to over do it if you aren’t paying attention.
Rethink your indulgences. Who says indulgent foods aren’t also good for you foods as well? Not me! Many of my favorite indulgences are really double agents – providing great nutritional value AND great enjoyment! Avocado, salmon, wine, almonds and really dark chocolate are a few of my favorite indulgences and guess what!?! They are indulgences that offer me not only increased meal time satisfaction, but really boost the value of my meal.
So rethink those favorite treats and remember that there is absolutely a place for them on your plate. Just be sure you are approaching their inclusion with a balance mind set for optimal eating success.
What are some of your favorite indulgences and how do you incorporate them into your day?