I was reading about doughnuts recently and came across this quote:
“When you talk about doughnuts, you’re talking about sugar and fat, which is something you need like air,” he said when I visited. “You can only hold your breath for so long. Eventually you’ve got to inhale. It’s the same with doughnuts.”
I tell my clients that it’s ok to have a treat every once in a while. But make sure you treat your treat like a special occasion. After all, if you did it every day, it wouldn’t be a treat, would it?
So go ahead and eat that doughnut. But first make sure if it is what you REALLY want. (Perhaps you’d rather have mashed potatoes, a candy bar, or ice cream?). Really sit and connect with yourself.
If the doughnut IS what you want. Then get it. But just get one. One can be a loving thing…more than one, not so much. Don’t eat it in the car, standing up, while reading or watching tv. And don’t eat it out of the bag.
Place it lovingly on your favorite plate. Pour yourself a nice glass of cold milk, a cup of coffee, or a chilled glass of water. Then sit down and look at your doughnut. Decide you will enjoy this doughnut. That you will taste and savor every bite. Imagine yourself chewing slowly and tasting every single crumb.
Perhaps you decide to eat just half or one quarter of the doughnut. Maybe all your truly want is that first bite. And then you put it away for another time.
Or maybe that one bite is enough to satisfy your craving and you toss the rest.
Try mindful eating and see what happens.
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