Monday, February 9, 2015

A Different Kind of Pleasure

This weekend, I enjoyed some splurges – some Finnish Chocolates, a couple of fun-size Almond Joys, and a few pumpkin chocolate chip muffins as well as about a dozen of those Valentine’s Day conversation hearts. For some, all of that in one weekend may have been considered a binge. For me, it was a giant splurge because I’ve done worse. Much worse.

I enjoyed every bit of it as I ate it, but there was a heavy price to pay this morning. I woke ravenously hungry despite the fact that I had probably consumed more calories this weekend than I had in the previous five days. It was that terrible hunger that makes me feel like I can never get enough to eat, but I knew the answer – get back to the healthiest possible eating, so I started this morning with a big bowl of oatmeal and flaxseed with a small salad on the side, and I have felt quite a bit better since.

Not long ago, when my son and I sat down to share a perfect red grapefruit as a snack, he said, “Mom, eating healthy is a different kind of pleasure,” and I have to agree. When I eat something that is delicious and nutritious, the rewards go far beyond the moments I spend eating that food. Instead of feeling that terrible hunger, I feel energized and satisfied, which makes life overall a much greater pleasure. And who of us doesn’t want more pleasure in our lives? I’m up for some. And with that Monday morning bowl of oatmeal, I’m off to a good start. 

A different kind of pleasure for sure. My mouth waters just looking at it.

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