Even the healthiest moms like to indulge once in a while.
I can't say I am the healthiest mom so I will admit that I like to indulge more than once in a while. In fact, I truly think that little indulgences can be a really fun part of life, even a healthy life.
Something that helped me to not over-indulge in the naughtier things in life was when I expanded what I considered an indulgence. Once upon a time I thought of an indulgence as a banana split after a bacon double cheeseburger. Ok, ok, I still dive into a bacon cheeseburger once in a while but it is a rarity these days thanks to the idea of crowding out. I have added so many other indulgences that there is really no room in my life for some of my old choices.
The idea of crowding out means that I avoid telling myself, “Never again!” as in “NEVER AGAIN shall we have a banana split!” Or “NEVER AGAIN will we have a glass of wine with dinner on a random Monday evening.”
The term "never again" feels like a very long and sad life sentence.
So I ditched the idea of "never again" and started ADDING IN!
I added in more, more, more of the GOOD STUFF! I started expanding what I thought was a treat, what counted as an indulgence.
Do you want to know what I consider an indulgence these days?
Take a look!
Avocado oil is a great addition to any healthy lifestyle but I consider it an indulgence because it can be a bit more costly than my standard olive oil... although I do find great deals much more often these days. (Psst, like the one I included here! It is worth a peek!) Avocado oil is high in those awesome healthy fats and antioxidants. It is also an excellent addition to your diet if you are hoping to promote skin regeneration and reverse the aging process on a cellular level. And yes, you will hear me say things like, "Mmm, I can't wait to eat my salad. I have avocado oil today." Funny but true. If you want to read more about Avocado oil you can check out a short but informative article HERE.
I can't put my finger on it: is it the alone time? Having someone help pretty you up? The pampering? Who cares!?! Taking the time for a manicure and/or a pedicure is ah-mazing. My personal touch is to go with some home-brewed green tea. A fancy travel cup doesn't hurt either.
Yea, nothing is going to beat chocolate.
These days, however, I don't indulge in 28 bite-sized halloween style chocolates. Nope, I have upgraded myself to higher quality and absolutely delicious chocolates and feel pretty decadent myself when enjoying a square or two. (Yes, that is actually enough to be satisfying!) I have a new favorite on my personal chocolate scene, Raaka Chocolate from Brooklyn. Definitely worth checking out. One of my longtime favorites that are local to us here in Central NJ is Mecha Chocolate. Amazing stuff! Lastly, as a matter of convenience, I might add an Endangered Species chocolate to my Amazon order. I mean, you have to have a little chocolate in the fridge at all times, right?
Epsom Salt Bath
For me, an epsom salt bath takes a little planning. I mean, I have to figure out when everyone will either be asleep or out of the house because that is the only way I am getting an uninterrupted bath. If I can manage all the right calculations, this is a total treat. Not only does it feel like an indulgence but it is so healthy, detoxifying, and relaxing. Worth it every time!
Want to go bigger?
When you treat yourself to a massage everything seems right with the world. I will admit this is a treat that I don’t indulge in often enough but even if it is only once in a blue moon that you make this happen for yourself, it is worth it.
Holistic Beauty Products
Treating myself to healthy beauty products that are free from harmful ingredients is one of my favorite indulgences. Bath gels, facial scrubs, firming lotions, BRING IT ON! There are a few that I love but Neal’s Yard Rememdies have products have been my favorite for a long time now.
Building a healthier life doesn’t mean that moms like us can’t indulge. With a simple shift in what we consider an indulgence, we can treat ourselves and be spoiled in a way that respects our healthy lifestyle.
This list is just the tip of the iceberg.
Ready to feel spoiled? Which one of these indulgences are calling your name?