Thoughts About Treats

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!!


About wahoowa96

I am a low carb fan and have been for over a year now. Before I discovered this way of eating, I was pre-diabetic, had off the charts cholesterol and high blood pressure. With no meds, all of that stuff is normal now. Thank you so much, Dr. Atkins, for showing me such a wonderful way of eating that is delicious, satisfying and healthy! Even if you don't struggle with your weight, I highly recommend you taking on the low carb way of life. The health benefits to doing so are legion! I have a beautiful wife and two of the most adorable children a dad could ask for.
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