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.