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Healthy Indulgence

Strawberry Indulgence

This photo was taken at a business event in LA. Dessert after lunch was a huge bowl of delicious fresh local berries, plus a side bowl of fresh whipped cream. Why yes I will indulge – and feel Slim, Fit and Sexy!

Deprivation – “You can’t have that!”

Deprivation feels like something is being taken away from me that I want. It reminds me of being told “You can’t have that!”as a child. I’ve always had a sweet tooth, so it was usually something sugary that I wasn’t allowed. My response was to sneak it and have it anyway (and then feel ashamed).

As an adult, I recreated this energy with dieting. I wouldn’t allow myself to have something that I wanted – which of course made me want it even more… and then indulge in an extreme way when I lost self control (and of course feel ashamed that I couldn’t stick with the diet).

Moderation – Indulgence as part of a Healthy Diet

Moderation is enjoying a middle ground and avoiding excess and extremes. There’s a lot more wiggle room when I eat in moderation. It’s easier to to stick to a healthy diet when I allow for a bit of indulging. Even better, there’s no reason to feel bad or ashamed when I do indulge. It’s not the end of my healthy diet – it’s part of it!

Truth be told, I don’t eat a lot of dairy, because it makes me feel congested. If I were to “stick to my diet” I would have just had the berries, but I would have felt deprived (and probably made some bad food choices later). Instead, I made a decision to consciously indulge and eat the berries with whipped cream mindfully, enjoying every moment. I’ll be honest, I didn’t just have one – I had a bowlful!

You see, I believe in enjoying food.

I believe in eating real food  and enjoying it to the max. Feeling bad about indulging and shaming myself afterward is a recipe for feeling bad about myself. Allowing myself to indulge and enjoy food as part of a healthy diet feels good.

So why’s my tongue hanging out? Nope, it’s not a sexy moment – my tongue is poised to catch the strawberry and safely deposit it in my mouth so I don’t waste it by wearing it on my dress.

Moreover, it represents the the act of tasting and enjoying food… and a good dose of healthy indulgence.

 

 

20 Responses to Healthy Indulgence

  1. Liz I love this picture! And SO appreciate your approach to this bowl of delicious berries and cream. I struggled for a long time too in regularly denying myself the things I wanted in the name of health. Thank you for perpetuating this perspective of moderation and allowing ourselves to deeply nourish ourselves and enjoy every moment!

  2. Yes! I’m in a perpetual state of learning to enjoy food. I have dozens of reasons why I never naturally leaned into gastronomy, but fruit…ohhhhhhh, luscious fruit…is my reminder that utter bliss through nourishment is possible and normal. I’m easing into finding more moments to really savor. Savor flavors, and savor moments.

  3. Liz! what a fun picture! yes I totally agree. I love to explore passion and pleasure and well yes, you embody beauty too..saying yes to the yummy in life, yes to ourselves and yes to enjoyment creates health too! and passion that make it all worthwhile! Enjoy!

  4. Oh ya Gorgeous! Healthy Indulgence absolutely!! No deprivation…that only leads to as you mentioned, sneaking, shame and mega guilt. None of that here…If I feel like a piece of GF Chocolate cake then I have it! Thankfully, sweet is not my thing…now salt…well that is a whole other matter lol

    • Well I’ve had my share of problems with potato chips as well… thankfully my salty tooth is satisfied with healthier forms of crunchy salt goodness most of the time these days ;).

  5. Liz, I totally can relate to you about indulgence. I have given up a lot of things in my lifestyle over the years. Dairy has been one of them as well. Bravo to you, for indulging in the delicious strawberries with whipped cream. I believe I did too! 🙂
    Here’s to enjoying food from one foodie to another!

  6. I absolutely adore this photo of you! I love to relish in the sensory experience of eating good food, especially when I am sharing the experience with others. I agree that a little bit of indulgence can go a long way. Thank you for infusing this reminder with such playful delight, Liz!

  7. Love how you turned a photo into a blog post, Liz!!! Brilliant! Plus it’s a gutsy photo- food wise and expression-wise! It says soooo much. And your self-loving, pleasure in moderation food philosophy is so much more effective and sustainable and truly nourishing! Thanks for sharing your issues around food/diet shame- that’s also gutsy and inspiring. You rock, Sister!

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