30 Days of Mindful Eating: Treats

Write about how it felt to enjoy an appropriate, healthy serving size of your favorite treat. How did it feel to not overindulge? Is this something that you think you could do regularly now that you’ve done it? 

Yesterday, I was having a bad morning, especially with training. I wanted a pick-me-up, so Gustavo grabbed me some donuts from the Dunkin next to our Crossfit. (There couldn’t be a more perfect placement.)

I was only intending to have one as a treat, but throughout the day I saw the other one just sitting there. I decided to incorporate it into two of my meals with some healthier options, like plain yogurt that needed a bit of sweetness. It felt good to incorporate my favorite into a few different meals throughout the day. Typically, after eating something so sugary on its own, I usually feel somewhat sluggish. By pairing it with other, normal foods for myself, it felt much more balanced and healthy.

That said, the day ended on somewhat of a stressful note and we were baking cookies for the holiday, so I definitely hopped off the moderation train. By comparison, I felt stuffed and uncomfortable. At the same time, I also felt uncomfortable mentally because I was more aware of why I was ignoring my hunger cues. While I feel much more accepting of when that happens, I also wish that I had paused for longer to better sit with and understand how I was feeling at the time which would have been a much more productive path.

Since I don’t typically restrict certain foods, I have no problem regularly incorporating my favorite treats into various meals. But I do think it continues to highlight the work I’d like to do on better acknowledging and honoring my emotions, rather than appeasing the uncomfortable ones through food.

Black Iron Nutrition is offering a 30 Day Mindful Eating Challenge that includes journal prompts and tasks to help bring more mindfulness to our relationships with food. And I’m in! This post is in response to today’s prompt to keep myself accountable and get the most out of my participation. If you’re interested in joining the free challenge, sign up at Black Iron Nutrition’s website here.

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