It’s that time of year.  Parties. Families and tons of holiday “treats.”

We are a culture that loves to “treat” ourselves to sugary candies, cakes cookies and anything else that’s full of sugar…

But are we really “treating” ourselves?

When I worked in a restaurant back in the kitchen I was surrounded by guys who loved to drink, smoke pot and didn’t care about what they put into their bodies.

Almost everything they ate was refined and processed.

They’d laugh at me when I’d bring in my green smoothies or veggies for lunch and they’d ask me, “Heather, why don’t you let go and treat yourself every once in a while?”

The question struck me as strange…they wanted me to eat sugar-filled refined & processed foods that make me feel depressed, lethargic, I’ll gain weight, and if I “treat” myself to them on a regular basis like most people do, I’d become diabetic.

Is that really a treat?

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In this context, a treat means, “anything that affords particular pleasure or enjoyment.”

Is there anything pleasurable about depression, exhaustion, diabetes, and being overweight?

Not in my opinion.

My response to the guys was that I do “treat” myself every day.  I eat things that taste great and make me feel great.

I fill my body up with things that make not only my taste buds happy but my blood, my organs, my skin, my mind….every part of my body gets to enjoy it.

And, on the rare occasions that I will have something with sugar in it, I make sure that it’s the highest quality that I can find…not the chemically, over-processed, filled with artificial stuff–I get the real deal that doesn’t leave me feeling like crap.

If you ask me, that’s a real treat.

So, let me ask you this.

How often do you “treat” yourself?

So, the next time you are wondering what to eat, ask yourself, is this really a “treat.”

Until next time,

Eat Smart, Feel Sexy!

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P.S.  Here’s a delicious treat that you’ll love Kale with Raisins and Pine-nuts