I’ve been meaning to talk donuts for over a week now. Yes, this is a healthy food blog. No, the donuts I want to talk about aren’t healthy. But….. the whole outlook and bigger picture regarding donuts is something I want to talk about.
When I wrote this post last week I mentioned that I wanted to to get donuts with the boys in our pajamas.
Well, we did.
On National Running Day. Ha ha.
Totally inappropriate? Yep.
With at least 3 holes in my old pajama pants? Why yes.
Not the most healthy way to start the day? Sure.
Made me think about all these things I wanted to talk about on the blog? Yes, yes it did.
The next day I was too busy posting about the low calorie ice cream that I never had the little donut chat I wanted.
So, here I am to talk donuts really quick.
I was craving a donut the minute I crossed the finish line at the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon a couple weeks ago. I knew exactly the one I wanted. The biggest buttermilk bar with the most chocolate frosting from our local donut place, Peterson’s Donut Corner.
I didn’t get it that day (I ate pretty much everything else in sight), but I still wanted one a few days later.
The last time I had one of those donuts was when I was 9 months pregnant. (Check out my looking back post to see a funny picture of my belly back then.)
I avoid food like that a lot.
Here are the reasons.
Processed food is junk. It doesn’t satisfy you, It makes your blood sugar spike and then leaves you feeling tired and lousy afterwards.
It does not fuel your body with what it really needs.
Personally, my stomach can’t handle high fat, greasy, dairy foods like that well.
Back in the day, if I had one donut, the rest of the day would be shot. One donut would lead to two which would lead to an entire bag of chips at lunch, which would lead to craving some other high calorie sugary thing afterwards, etc. Then I’d figure that if I already messed up my day I might as well eat everything that if “off limits” and start over the next day. Does that sound familiar to anyone else?
Thank goodness that was then.
I’m in a much better place now. I live primarily by the 80/20 rule (I mention this in my about page which desperately needs a makeover).
I know I eat well the majority of the time. I feed my body wholesome, nutritional foods. I stay away from packaged goodies as much as possible.
sometimes you just have to have a donut.
(Oops. That’s a pretty unfortunate picture of the man on the left. Sorry.)
If you really want one donut, go for it. Maybe give it a couple days to make sure you really want it so it’s not an impulse decision. But, if you decide that’s what you really want, do it. Make sure to do it up right though in your pajamas.
You know. Have fun with it. Cause a scene.
Ask strangers to take a picture (or three).
Then enjoy your huge full fat donut.
This was mine.
These were theirs. (They got to pick out their own.)
We served it up with some healthy protein and fruit on the side.
Scrambled egg whites and fresh strawberries.
It may not have been the best breakfast and I wouldn’t recommend doing it on a regular basis, but hey, every once in awhile you’ve got to give yourself a break.
And eat a big freaking donut.
The whole donut.
I really think that by treating yourself every so often, you will avoid the all or nothing attitude. Just make sensible choices the majority of the time.
The rest of that day was pretty normal. I didn’t feel guilty. I just made sure to eat a light lunch and eat really well at dinner. Sure, my treadmill run was slow (like really slow), but I still did it.
And the next day I felt fine.
Which was a really good thing because it was this day.
That’s right. I ate a ginormous donut the day before I had to impress my best friend Bob.
That’s how I roll.
Okay. That’s my little pitch for the day. I’m off to eat some pumpkin protein dough now.
Hope you’re having a good weekend!