I like to think of my SPLURGES as “splurging with a purpose.”  Is this you? “Well, I blew it so I might as well eat whatever I want, then do a 3 day detox or start your diet over again.”  That type of thinking keeps you in the cycle of battling with your food and not reaching your end game!

Splurging with a PURPOSE helps you enjoy life and not feel deprived and still reach your GOALS.  It is a SIMPLE strategy too – PRE-PLAN your SPLURGES.

Step 1: FIGURE out YOUR splurge. What’s really going to do it for you? Are you craving something hot, cold, sweet, salty, creamy or crunchy? Make sure you select something 100% worthwhile, as one of my clients told me years ago she chooses a HIGH QUALITY it has to be splurge worthy!

Once you figured out your splurge, think about what you will be spending by building your splurge food into a meal.

Remember, most splurges are low in nutrients and high in carbs and fat. So create a balance, and pair them with lean protein and veggies.

For example, if you’re going out to dinner and you know you want to enjoy a decadent dessert order an entrée of grilled salmon and steamed veggies and skip the bread, potatoes and butter. By not going ‘whole hog’ and ordering a big meal (appetizers, wine, potatoes, breads and creamy sauces) you’ll leave feeling satisfied but not sluggish, and this type of give and take is exactly what moderation is all about.  AND remember to share that amazing delicious dessert with your friends. Finally, tune in as you enjoy your treat. Listen to your body and stop when you’ve had enough to feel satisfied, even if that means not finishing. Remind yourself that this isn’t your last chance to ever eat this treat, because you’ve let go of forbidden food rules. When your goal is to enjoy an indulgence and satisfy a craving so you won’t feel deprived, there’s no need to stuff yourself.

PLAN YOUR SPLURGE & make sure it is splurge worthy!

Need help with your SPLURGIES! Contact Cindy Treaster, Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, Realwomenlift@aol.com or 904-501-5759.