Yesterday we discussed the difference between what is "tasty" (like Oreo cookies) and what is "good" (like apples). No matter what lifestyle program you adopt, it can be helpful to set a day to splurge a little. We have no hard and fast rules for picking a day to do this periodically, but we need to remember, the days we splurge need to be the exception and not the rule. Also, we'd like to pose the question: How much progress can someone make if they starve themselves for five days counting every calorie consumed, only to turn around on their splurge day and eat six double cheese pizzas, an extra large order of fries, a sugary soda (plus free refill) and a triple scoop of ice cream on the side? It's a really good thing to consider your options before proceeding.
Let's think this through a bit more. Remember, "good" vs. "tasty" -- a "good" treat will still be semi healthy (made from whole-food ingredients), while a "tasty" treat will taste oh-so-good, but may be filled with questionable ingredients, addictive additives, and high in fat, salt or cholesterol. We aren't suggesting you never indulge in a chocolate truffle ever again, but rather that you weigh the risks with the benefits. Many of us suffer with food addictions, and sometimes it's best to stay away from treats which may cause all our good wellness-related intentions to slip out the door. Sugar can be particularly deceptive in this way. Only YOU know your real weaknesses, and whatever they may be we encourage you to stand strong and keep trucking on! You're health and your life are worth the self-discipline it takes to make "good" choices vs. "tasty" ones.
Our next splurge? We are looking forward to joining our CHIP alumni and guests tonight, Thursday November 16 at 6:30pm at 602 Bordeaux Street to watch the "What the Health" documentary, enjoy some hearty soups and stews, and some homemade healthy pumpkin cinnamon rolls (whole wheat, low sugar) -- a little on the "tasty" side, but also relatively "good" too. If you'd like to join us for this free event, give us a call (seats are limited, but we still have room for more). Call 308.432.4558 to save your seats!
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