The moment that changed how I feel about eating sweets at night.
A few years ago I went on a blogger trip to Hawaii. I wasn’t invited on the trip initially, but preparation met opportunity as I had reach out to the Hawaii Travel Board and asked it they ever collaborated with bloggers and somehow they said, “Yes! And we’re planning a trip for bloggers in two months. You should come!” While other blogger trips I’d been on were with dietitian bloggers, this trip was with fashion and lifestyle bloggers who’s following tripled or quadrupled my own and who had never heard the words “intuitive eating.”
One night on the trip, one of the fashion bloggers said during a conversation, “I’m a person who enjoys eating sweets before bed.” It wasn’t said with a laugh or with judgement. It was just a a neutral fact. She had simply made the observation that she liked sweets before bed and that wasn’t a positive or a negative thing. It just was.
It made me think…what if eating sweets before bed was that uncomplicated for me? It gave me this peace with knowing that I too am a person who enjoys sweet before bed. That simple comment she made decreased the judgement around having sweet before bed and helped me feel more relaxed so I could tune into what my body actually wanted and I wasn’t acting out of mental food restriction.
Enjoying sweets at night isn’t a character flaw, as many may have you believe. It instead can be a pleasurable and enjoyable part of life if you let it be.