The stash of chocolate my kids have already is just scary. We still have 2 days to go and I’m sure there will be more on its way. I’m not sure how to handle it this year, do I let them go for it and eat nothing but chocolate on Sunday or do I ration the stash so we are still eating it at Christmas (yes, that has happened in the past). Last year we did the former and actually we ended up with a far more positive outcome. The kids ate as much as they wanted and then by about the Tuesday we melted the rest down, made chocolate crispie cakes with it and handed them out to the teachers at school.
I know that there are many of you who will be dreading Easter and your kids chocolate stash, possibly even those of you who will have been given your own Easter eggs but you don’t need to be scared of it. Chocolate is just food. There’s nothing magical about it and if you want to eat it you should go ahead.
It’s not just chocolate either. When we have struggled with weight and been on and off diets we tend to allow certain foods to begin to have a hold over us. I have a friend who has a great attitude towards sweets and puddings with her kids, she says,” I just tell them; sometimes we have cake and sometimes we have fruit. They love both the same and don’t see the cake as being any more attractive than the fruit. I just know that we have fruit a little more often”.
Of course, as adults we have more knowledge about these things and we have ‘baggage’ from the past. The baggage of ‘banned’ or ‘unhealthy’ food lists. These are counter productive and just serve to make us crave the foods we think we can’t have. As with my tactic with Easter eggs, I don’t make them banned or a treat. I make them readily available and my kids eat what they want of them and then they are fed up with them and ready to give them away.
Try it yourself with the foods you crave. Eat them mindfully, without cramming them in because you never allow yourself to have them. Taste them and think about when you have eaten enough. Then stop. Try to really taste them at the same time. You may find that some of the foods you thought you loved, really don’t taste that great afer all, others you will find you still like them but you will crave them less and eat less of them when you do eat them.
So this weekend, have the chocolate if you want it, or don’t have it if you don’t want it. It’s up to you. But don’t not have it until you can’t resist and gorge it all in one go without it touching the sides.
What foods do you need to develop your healthy relationship with? Is it chocolate, crisps or something more obscure? Tell me about it in the comments section below.