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Treat yo’ self: The importance of eating what you want


It’s been a long day. One of your professors assigned a major project, you have a long essay due tomorrow and a test on Friday. At work, your boss dumped even more responsibility on you, and your office mate has a reserved parking spot on your nerves.

On your way home, you drive by the local hamburger joint. It calls to you, the smell of delicious satisfaction wafting into your nose and taking over your mind. You can taste those greasy French fries and for a minute all your stressors melt away.

Do you dare? With everything else you need to do tonight, you’re going to have to pull out the blue box of mac and cheese anyway – this is not the night for an elaborate dinner. And, due to how busy you’ve been, the gym has been low on your priority list.

Listen to that voice inside you that says, “Yes, go ahead, you deserve it.”

Sometimes, getting things like a big cheeseburger, fries and a chocolate shake are necessary. Think back to that episode of NBC’s Parks and Rec when Donna and Tom take Ben shopping. When he’s going back and forth on whether to actually spend money, they just keep repeating “Treat yo self.”

You deserve that burger, you deserve that Batman suit. You work hard, so you deserve a break and the right to “Treat yo self.”

I’ve learned the hard way that if you work too hard without some kind of light at the end of the tunnel, you’re going to end up burnt out, lacking energy and motivation to do all the things on your plate. By having some sort of thing every now and then to bring you a little bit of joy and put a bounce in your step for at least a little while, you can pull through.

If your treat is that cheeseburger and you’re worried about it upsetting your fitness plan, don’t worry. One meal isn’t going to set you off. In fact, it might even help curb all those cravings your were having for worse things like the whole package of cookies or a vat of mac and cheese from the frozen foods section of the grocery store.

Not that I’m any sort of diet, health or fitness expert but I support the idea of everything in moderation. And this not only applies to health and fitness, but also your everyday life. You need a balance of work and school, but part of that balance should be time for you and something that makes you happy and keeps you going.

It’s important to make time for yourself and treat yourself to something every now and then. It’ll help you find a moment of peace while your to-do list keeps on growing.

Photo via AngelaAurelio

About the Author

Julie Winsel

With a background in magazine and newspaper publishing with a splash of business-sense, Julie (Eckardt) Winsel is re-pursuing her passion for writing. Now living in Eugene, Oregon, with her husband and cat, she likes vodka-crans and getting caught in the rain.


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