When did the word “treat” get a new meaning? Nowadays, when you think of treat, you think of some sort of sweet. A Snickers bar would be called a treat. So when you say “treat” what you really mean is a sweet snack or dessert.
A “treat” really should be something special. Something you don’t do all that often. Last night, my wife and I had a special date at our favorite chinese food place in Waco. I could have eaten low carb there, but it was a treat. We were letting our hair down, so to speak. So, yes, I had the best sesame chicken in the world with the best wife in the world. It was a treat. I haven’t eaten dirty in six months. That is truly something special. The problem is when you your “treats” get closer together. The first problem is that you start a slippery slope towards unhealthful living that leads to metabolic syndrome and coronary heart disease. The other problem is that the “treat” loses its special-ness. If you had Christmas every day of the year, it wouldn’t be as special? Neither would the sesame chicken be near as tasty if I had it every week. See the connection?
So what is the post mortem of my treat? I gained a pound overnight and I feel like crap. There is no way I could eat 3500 calories more than I burned yesterday, so I know the gain is water, but that gain is what leads to the crap feeling. I feel bloated and gassy. Sorry. TMI, I know, but its the truth. That feeling is gross, and un-appealing, so its pretty good motivation to eat clean for the next six months. When I was at my largest, I never really noticed that feeling, but then again, I guess that “crap” was the norm. To feel otherwise would have been unusual.
I am happy I had my treat with my special lady last night. I am also glad that I am on the mend and on my way back to feeling awesome. You know, that energetic and positive feeling you get when you live the life low carb!!