It’s wicked Wednesday. Hump Day. The week is half over. Time for a wicked indulgence. Comfort for a bad day or celebration for a good day. You earned it.
Today’s wicked indulgence: Bake something sweet! Indulge your sweet tooth. Satisfy your cravings for sugar, chocolate,or buttery bread. Hot or cold. Creamy, salty, crunchy. Sweet carbs to make you feel good.
Living a healthy lifestyle is great but good habits can be draining. Depriving yourself is a very unhappy way to live your life. A little treat here and there can energize you, please you, and make you feel cared for. It actually makes it easier to maintain healthy eating.
Sometimes you just need a little “something”. It might be a donut, a cupcake, a cookie, or a cinnamon roll. A hot pretzel from Auntie Anne’s. A Turtle Caramel Nut Milkshake from Steak and Shake. A bag of Hershey’s Hugs Kisses. Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pancakes from IHOP.
Double your pleasure by baking or making your own treats. Nothing beats the warm aroma of bread baking or the sweet smell of cookies and cupcakes fresh out of the oven. It will fill your home with delicious smells, warm comfort and contentment.
Baking can satisfy the need to create. Creating increases well being. It makes you feel good about yourself. It is fun to experiment and express yourself by concocting new flavors and decorating designs. It is pleasing to make something new that is almost too pretty to eat.
Any kind of food preparation is about nurturing yourself or your loved ones. Food is one of the ultimate and simplest gifts of love. Baking for your family and friends is a way to show that love. It is another way to show people just how much you care for them. It feels good to express love by creating a special treat for your dearest friends and family. Cooking for others gives you confidence in your ability to care for them.
Baking is an exercise in meditation and mindfulness. It stimulates the senses of touch, taste, and smell which is pleasurable. Measuring and stirring are activities that use your whole attention. It clears your mind. Cooking can distract you from your problems and negative thinking. Baking is a calming and meditative activity. Baking for friends or even the food pantry is a very kind and pleasurable thing to do.
Buy that special treat or bake up some love. Cake mixes, cookie mixes, prepared frosting, even frozen bread dough are available for purchase in all grocery stores. A multitude of recipes with pictures are available via cyberspace websites, cookbooks, magazines, and Pinterest. Have some fun creating and eating some gorgeous, yummy treats.
Special treats are a lovely indulgence. Sharing them with your loved ones is even better. It doesn’t matter whether you buy them or make them.
Think about what you crave and get it for yourself. Fulfill your cravings. Share them. Life is too short to deprive yourself of the things you love. Sample, taste, enjoy and be careful not to overeat. Overeating feels uncomfortable and completely takes the joy out of indulging. If you are worried about calories or have willpower issues, eat a small serving and give the rest away. Throw it away if you must get it out of the house. Moderation is the key.