At the One Day Away retreat I made a 3 month commitment with my diet-partner. One of the commitments was to be treat free until the next retreat.
It's proved to be a work of intention.
Well...on Thanksgiving my daughter was quietly making memories of her own in her kitchen. (She lives in our lower level apartment.) She had decided to make a surprise for her Dad. Growing up the family treat was "cinnamon rolls". Left over pie dough rolled out, brushed with butter and then sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Very simple, totally classic and our family carried on the tradition, making 100's for other Dudley family every Thanksgiving. Keto changed all of that. No more cinnamon rolls. That is until this Thanksgiving.
My daughter appeared at the stairs with a huge smile on her face, "I've made a surprise for Daddy.! I need your help, please taste this and tell me if it's any good. It's a Keto cinnamon roll"... Now my child doesn't know I've committed to no treats for 3 months on top of the 3 weeks prior to the retreat commitment. I took the bite, and agreed it was really perfect, as close as you can get it. I smiled and stepped back...Waiting for all kinds of emotion to hit. I never took another one or another bite. I intended on keeping to my simple plate of dinner and a few pork rinds later.
The rest of the night proved to be very hard, after all the cinnamon rolls were a hit, and He sat there indulging like He can. My daughter was beaming and she and her boyfriend were getting ready to head into his family food frenzy. I sat there...right next to the cinnamon rolls, quiet and smiling at his enjoyment. His happiness was in the treat, my happiness was in being and staying intentional. The next day I FELT GREAT...waking up and FEELING great is a consequence of intention. BE INTENTIONAL
I don't eat those any more. I tasted his to help her. I DID NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE of the situation. That's what I am MOST proud of. I've taken advantage of moments in the past and found myself with keto cookie dust all over me, and guilt flooding in as I faced my BEHAVIOR with my FOOD. I didn't have just one MORE to make sure they were good. I didn't "take the night off" after having tasted the treat...I simply did NOT take advantage of the unexpected situation. Waking up feeling great is a consequence of being intentional the night before!.
I helped my kid because it was a keto treat. I would never have helped her if it had been the family recipe. She also would never have asked. I simply do NOT eat like that any more.