I’ve heard a lot of people say “today was my cheat day” or “I cheated yesterday I had XYZ, ” and it just doesn't sound right. You know it sounds like in order to enjoy your food you have to cheat. That to have something that's really good that's called cheating. There's something wrong with that. It's like this notion of the food police following me everywhere I eat. There’s some guilt associated with eating that I don't think should be there. Granted if you’re out of tolerance, If you're overweight, if you're having health challenges, diabetes, things like that, you may have to do some things to bring that down into a good range. But once you get there you should be able to enjoy things and the sensation of having things that taste good. Whether that’s desserts, steak, whatever it is that you really enjoy. For me it was eggnog.
I'll use a Christmas example. My neighbors brought over some chocolate fudge and some peanut butter fudge and some peanut brittle. When I first saw the tray, I ate half the peanut brittle in less than an hour. Then I said okay this is a problem! And so, I had some people over, and they were watching the Cowboy game with me. Here’s my unashamed plug of the Cowboys real quick, probably losing some viewers! Now back to regularly scheduled programming, but I had some people over to watch the game, and I said hey take this fudge with you when you leave. I don't need it all.
You know when you go to the store you don't need to buy a whole gallon of ice cream. You don't need to buy a whole cake, a whole pie. You can buy a slice of pie. Or if you have people over, make sure they take it when they go. If you’ve got a whole bunch of kids in the house, you can say hey it's dessert time, and we're all eating it. Don't hide it off to yourself, you know and save it in a special cabinet or something like that. It's not something to be hidden because if you feel like it's just something you're sneaking and doing, it just doesn't seem right. Eat it in the open and just learn how to eat it in smaller quantities. Learn to be able to enjoy your eating experience but not let it dominate your life.
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