An Update on Sweets
Okay, so pretty much the day after I wrote the blog post on saying good-bye to sweets, I overloaded on sweets. Yep. It happens. I kind of had this "oh no I'm never going to be able to have sweets again" moment and that whole idea crashed.
But guess what? Out of that crash brought some clarity. If I'm mindful when I eat sweets, then I won't feel like I need them all. And you know what? It's true! I've lived most of my life saying that my all time favorite candy is Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. But when I sit and really take time to eat the two individual cups that I "thought" I loved so much, I discovered that I really don't like them as much as I thought I did. In fact, they give me hurt burn. Ugh! So why pick something I don't really like?
Instead, I pick things that I know I'm really going to love and then mindfully eat them. I don't down them because I'm afraid somebody will swipe them or that I will never have that dessert again. I savor them. This is all trial and error and sometimes I make mistakes when I am stressed. But in general, I'm finding that mindfully eating makes eating well...more enjoyable.
I know it can be tough to take time to mindfully eat. Usually we are on the run and eating while we drive or work or do other things. But for me at least, I think that tasting your food is part of self care. It allows you to communicate with your body and listen to what you need instead of what you "think" you need or "should" need.
So, I'm going to embrace slow eating and stop eating what doesn't taste good and savor what does.