Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Treat me!

The other day ice cream was on sale at my local grocery store. It was two gallons for $5 (or maybe it was $6), I'm really not sure.  I knew I wanted to get a gallon for Baylee because I sometimes put her pills in ice cream for her as a treat. (This is totally fine as the vet told me I could do that. And I know enough to not give her chocolate ice cream).

I was only intending to by one gallon but hey, it's a sale so I might as well buy two, right?  I bought a vanilla for Baylee and a Pistachio for myself. I love Pistachio ice cream but I don't buy it often because I rarely buy ice cream. Why have tempting treats in the house?


As I walked away into the next isle I started feeling extremely guilty. I did NOT need this ice cream. It's okay to eat it if I'm out somewhere or at a party but I'm not purposely going to indulge in those extra calories.  Of course if the ice cream was in the house I would eat it ALL. But if it wasn't in the house, I wouldn't miss it at ALL. It's not as if I ever said "Gee, I wish I had some ice cream".

So, I turned my cart around and put the pistachio ice cream back in the freezer section. I couldn't pass up the two for $5 or $6 (or whatever it was), so I got Baylee a gallon of pumpkin ice cream. She likes that.

So my point in telling you this story is that I tend to do that a lot. It's not always with ice cream, sometimes its with those limited edition Oreos, sour patch kids, or those TGI Friday potato skin chips!  They are things that I enjoy, but I don't let myself buy them because if I know they are in the house I will crave it but if I don't have them in the house, I won't think twice about it and that is the kind of healthy eating I striving for.

I know it's all about balance and "treating" yourself once in a while but I think I've come to realize that I rarely "treat" myself while at home. I would feel much better having a sweet treat or something with empty calories if I'm on vacation or its during a holiday or special occasion (or sometimes while I'm visiting my parents but I still feel guilty about it then).

Do you purposely stay away from having treats in your house?  -M

19 comments:

  1. I don't buy junk food for my house except when I have company and then my hubby eats it all quickly.

    Ice cream is my downfall.

    I have started buying sandwiches to control portion size (though my hubby will eat several.)

    But mostly I treat myself to sweets when I am away from home.

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    1. I love to bake so I use company or the holidays for an excuse for it cus I know I shouldn't have those sweets in the house for me or my husband!

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  2. Ice cream is a big vice of mine too. I'm like you and don't keep it in the house a lot because I do eat it all. :-)

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    1. Yea, ice cream is not a favorite but I still don't need the temptation.

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  3. I always have ice cream in the freezer. Ben and Jerry are my boyfriends, you know. I tried Halo Top--its "guilt free", right? But it just doesn't do it for me.

    If Cocoa won't take her medicine, I put it in peanut butter. She loves that!

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    1. I've been wondering if that Halo is worth trying?

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  4. Yum Ice cream! I love looking at the Turkey Hill flavors, but I rarely buy ice cream, because I can't finish it before it gets the ice on top and that grosses me out! I do love the Hagen Daz ice cream bars, and could eat those non stop! but you are right, those are not purchased often, to keep me from eating them all!

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    1. Yes, Turkey Hill has the most interesting flavors and I just want to take a bite to try them all. I wonder if Turkey Hill is just a regional thing?

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    2. I think Turkey Hill is a PA thing. I'll have to research it.

      have you ever been to the Turkey Hill factory, I've wanted to go for a while, I read there is a tasting station, I would love to try lots of flavors!

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    3. I actually did look up the turkey hill factory after I wrote this post. It looks like it is more of an activity center for kids than an actual factory tour. It even said on the site somewhere that no icecream is actually made at that facility.

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  5. This is something I am working on because you're so right - if its IN the house, its IN my belly.

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  6. I bake healthy stuff a LOT (as you may have noticed). But I'm with you -- I don't keep ice cream in the house. If I want it, I go out & get it (and that doesn't happen a whole lot).

    And sometimes I have to take a hiatus from baking, too. Even the healthy stuff.

    We're all different, and we all have different vices/metabolisms/self control. So it's whatever works for you.

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  7. I'm just like you. If I have it in my house I'll eat it.
    The only way I've been able to begin losing this weight was to keep things I like (way too much LOL) out of the house. So I literally keep one weeks food on hand at a time and I use all willpower needed to avoid buying the sweets. Oh the struggle is real LOL
    But you're so right, out of sight out of mind.. (mostly LOL)
    I do love you buy your cute dog ice cream!!!

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  8. Oh my goodness yes! I've done this many times. By the way, I think it's so cute that Baylee loves ice cream!

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  9. I choose not to keep tempting treats in the house - it's my safe space, where I usually can't do too much damage to my diet. Besides, we get treats on Saturdays after running, so I'm good there. I didn't know about giving dogs ice cream (Paco is glaring at me right now - I guess he's mad I've been just using peanut butter)!

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  10. I keep some sort of chocolate in the house bc I do like a little bit everyday. When I know I can have it if I want it, then I don't crave it as much

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  11. Yes we normally have some junk in the house but right now I am pretty good about only eating itvwhen I want it, not just because it's there. I wasn't always like this, though! It's mostly dessert type stuff because we love dessert. We always have tortilla chips and the occasional bag of cheese curls! We try to have a frozen pizza just in case we are both really craving one. That's the typical junk we have!

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  12. I buy treats "for the kids". Usually ice cream. The 4th of July pop rock Oreos caught my eye. I've been good about not buying junk lately but there's still some leftover birthday cake lurking from the weekend.

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