Layer upon layer of treat
Something else I’ve noticed is the tendency to layer treats. It’s no longer enough to have pizza on a Friday night, as a treat. We now have pizza, plus a few nibblies while waiting for the home delivery, plus two glasses of wine, plus a bowl of ice-cream.
But that scenario isn’t one treat. It’s layer, upon layer, upon layer.
I’ve noticed this in myself. A while ago, going out for coffee in the afternoon was a rarity. But then, the more I did it, I stopped seeing the afternoon coffee as special. It became normal.
So I found the thought of having a piece of cake would pop into my head. A lovely piece of cake, to go with my coffee, “what a treat”. I did this a couple of times, then caught myself – it’s the middle of the afternoon, I lead a good life and I’m having a really beautiful cup of coffee in a cafe, how much more of a treat do I actually need?
So I ditched the regular cake. Instead I luxuriate in my afternoon coffee, taking a break from work and some time away from my desk. No extra treat required.
Again if your aim is managing your weight or simply eating well, layering your “treats” ain’t helping.