Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tip for Tuesday: Splurge on Where You Eat vs. What You Eat

Last week, I almost ordered out and overindulged on some comfort food. 

But, I didn't.

It was a week-night, and my husband and I were both tired from a very busy day. The last thing that I wanted to do was cook dinner {sausage stir fry} but, I had no excuse not to; it was already all prepped ahead of time {thanks to my Sunday meal prepping}. All I had to do was throw the veggies and sausage in the skillet and let it cook. 

So I did.

That's when the thought came to me. Instead of splurging on what we're eating, we can splurge on where we're eating. My husband was already sitting on the couch when this idea came to mind, and I ran out to him and asked "do you want to eat dinner in the living room tonight?!", and he sighed a sigh of relief and said "yes, that sounds amazing". Something so little can be such a treat, if you allow it to be.



To give a little more background, I guess it would be good to know that unless we order out, or are eating dinner after Piper has gone to bed, my husband and I always eat dinner at the table with our daughter every night. It seems like only when we have a splurge meal do we venture out to do dinner and a movie in the living room. Those nights are a real treat, and we haven't had one of those nights in quite a while.

I believe that instead of splurging on comfort food, you can get the same effect by making yourself comfortable while you eat. If you eat dinner at the table every night, change it up! Claim the night as a "t.v. dinner night", get comfy on the couch with a blanket, and really savor the moment. 

I know that this tip might be contradictory of what some people would recommend. There is definitely something you need to be aware of here. I have found that when I routinely eat in front of the t.v., I tend to eat more out of mindlessness {like in my early 20's}. 

So, while it is true that we should be mindful when we're eating; for my own sake, I think that splurging on where I eat my dinner every once in a while, will help me to avoid splurging and overindulging on the actual meal itself.

So, last week, I ate my healthy stir fry with my family in front of the t.v. and it felt just as good as when we would order out. Sometimes it's good to just change things up.

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