Today I was feeling really beat and low energy. I felt like a wanted a treat… something that screams out pleasure to me. Today that pleasure came in the form of a peanut butter milkshake from the Chocolate Moose. I have a long positive association with peanut butter milkshakes from my childhood as they were a a favorite of my dad’s too. He and I would get shakes and imagine owning an ice cream parlor. I know I have been talking about all kinds of healthy ways to take care of myself, but the truth is sweet treats are one of my favorite ways to give myself some love. My new rule is I have to absolutely enjoy every second of the treat… no mindless eating. This has to be tuned in pleasure. I will tell you the first 9/10 of my milkshake were heaven..creamy, fatty, yummy but suddenly I started thinking about just finishing it and then I threw the last 1/10 away. I got to have it as long as it was heaven, the second it started to feel not quite as good I let it go. For me when I over eat it is almost always not about pleasure. Tuning into my pleasure keeps me aware of whether my indulgence is self care or self punishment. So I have no guilt at all about my treat. It was the perfect pick me up. Helped sustain my blood sugar till I got some real food and it made me happy. SO indulge your pleasure; just be sure to really get the pleasure part of the indulgence!