Something I am constantly working on is purposeful eating. I have always had a love for food and growing up we always planned trips around restaurants we wanted to try. One of the first things I asked my husband was if he was willing to try new foods...this was the only way things were going to work!
I. LOVE. FOOD.
Once I started eating cleaner and eventually Paleo I started to look at food differently. It may have taken over a year to fully understand it but now the battle to balance what my body wants compared to what it needs is a small one.
When it comes to treating myself to what I want I hate calling it a cheat! I think of it more as a special meal that I put a lot of thought into. I want it to be something Ill enjoy...not something that Ill feel regret, guilt and ashamed about. I wouldnt want to put junk in my body no matter how good it tasted! Yes, Ive had cake over the last year but too many days of "cheating" only hurts your body in the long run.
I try to do one special meal a month and I try to make it something that still mimics the real thing, like Dark chocolate mousse made from coconut milk or something I don't get to have very often like raw tuna. Even trying a new recipe is a great way to show your taste buds some love! All while still making smart choices!