You ate that doughnut…now what?
I must admit, even the simple act of doing an image-search for “maple frosted doughnut” was enough to make my mouth water. I am 100% totally smitten with maple doughnuts. Oh heck, who am I kidding? I’ve yet to meet a doughnut that I didn’t adore. Maybe it’s because I have such fond memories of going to Jack Frost Donuts as a child with mom and dad (if you live in Northeast Ohio, you must go! If not, take a road trip. It is soooo worth it!) I would pick out my favorites to be part of the dozen and would always leave with a courtesy “smiley face” doughnut from the owner!
I could eat doughnuts every day, but I choose not to. They simply aren’t in alignment with my health goals—not to mention the enormous energy dip I experience after indulging in one. I don’t forbid myself from eating doughnuts, in fact, with every grocery trip I make it a point to stroll by the doughnut case and say to myself- “I can totally have one of those if I really want one!” And I always walk away. Again, because they aren’t in alignment with my health goals.
Exception…August 30th. Forget the cake and ice cream, I’ve made it a yearly tradition to enjoy one maple-frosted Jack Frost doughnut on my birthday. I must say, it’s quite the intimate experience. I dim the lights, pour myself a glass of milk and savor every last bite. The only thing missing are the sultry sounds of a Barry White song. Trust me…I’ve thought about it.
So I ate the doughnut. Now what?
- Did I feel guilty? NO!
- Did I call myself a pig? NO!
- Did I say “What the heck…I blew it! Bring on the cookies, chips and ice cream”? NO!
Because I planned for that doughnut, here’s what I DID do:
- I ate a little lighter that day. Not much, just a little.
- I went for a 20 minute walk afterwards (research shows that taking a brief walk after a meal can help lower your blood sugar).
- I proceeded with my usual eating habits the very next day, with fond memories of my doughnut experience.
What’s your “maple-frosted doughnut?” Do you adore chocolate? Do you melt for hot fudge sundaes? Are you in love with Lays potato chips? Well, then…make room for it! Don’t eat it every day (that wouldn’t be healthy AND you would lose appreciation for it). The key is to plan for it.
If you think about it, how often do you actually plan for a treat? Usually we eat it impulsively and then feel guilty afterwards. When you plan for it, you are in control and the experience takes on an entirely different flavor. So, plan for it! Then eat a little lighter that day and take a 20-minute walk afterwards. The worst thing you could do is deny yourself. Food is nourishment indeed—which is why the bulk of my diet is fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and lean protein—but it’s also enjoyment and pleasure. And those are both very important pieces of the healthy eating puzzle my friends.
Now to download those Barry White songs…