Why You Can Still Trust Me After What I Did Friday Night

See that up there?  Do you know what that is?  It’s one of only two desserts I like better than chocolate cake – the other being Key Lime Pie.  It’s a delicious, glorious, beautiful serving of Creme’ Brûlée.  And….it’s 700 calories.

Once every three-to-six months, I drive about 2.5 hours to visit our son by myself, as does my husband.  So about twice a year or so, we each have a weekend of him by ourselves.  It’s more spontaneous than planned.  My husband had a weekend conference to work, so I decided it would be a great weekend to visit, especially considering it was St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Initially my son had asked me to walk a 5K with him.  I was down for that, until we checked the weather in Columbus.  Cold with freezing rain.  I’m all about a 5K and doing healthy things, but in cold weather, I’m all about being comfortable and warm, so we nixed that idea.

And then – Mitchell’s Steakhouse happened.

I had never been to Mitchell’s, but thought the building looked nice on our way to another restaurant.  My son – who is *very* spontaneous – decided it would be a good thing to take his Mom to a swanky restaurant.  It was worth every delicious bite, from the salad to the 7-ounce filet mignon to the mashed potatoes to the buttered broccoli.  I carefully spooned out a portion of mashed potatoes, knowing what a healthy-eating bomb they can be.  Everything was on track until the creme brûlée.  And you know what?

I didn’t care (and sometimes, you shouldn’t either).

Yes, I’m the wellness coach who just this week shared an article about how to quit sugar.  And yes, I think sugar is the devil and can cause all sorts of health problems.  I preach against it and 98.5% of the time follow my own advice.

But it was time with my son.  

Ecclesiastes 3:1 – “To everything there is a season…”

Do I advocate absolutely, positively, 100% of the time foregoing pleasure foods?  Absolutely not! Because I don’t!  That’s not reality my friend.

What message would it have sent my son when he asked if I wanted Creme brûlée and I’d turned it down?  A healthy message?  Perhaps.  A message of self-discipline?  Maybe.  Would it have taken away some of his delight at treating his mom to a meal.  Probably.

God made food for us to enjoy, but there’s a difference between an occasional indulgence, and diving head-first into a package of chocolate chip cookies.

The difference is I ate it, and went right back to my regular way of eating.  It did not set off a binge, nor did I feel the need to go to the gym in a “I ate it now I must negate it” mindset (which is another type of unhealthy, but that’s for another post).

Be smart with your choices and enjoy your life.  Every single day isn’t a special occasion worthy of having a 700-calorie dessert, but there are some times when making memories are more important that counting calories.   If you’re on track with your choices 80% of the time, this is nothing more than a blip on the radar.



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  1. Anita Thomas
    April 19, 2018

    Lisa, I love this post. I’m glad you enjoyed the dessert and didn’t feel guilty, then just went on with life as normal. I totally agree with that mindset and the part about food being a source of happiness for us. Of course, it was supposed to be natural, not processed, but our body is so amazingly made that it manages to keep us alive even when we don’t feed it as well as we should.

    Glad you enjoyed your time with your son too.

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