There is Always Room For Dessert-- But None For Guilt
Happy Easter everyone! As it is a day to celebrate and be with loved ones and share good food, I wanted to talk about some of my thoughts about "guilt-free" food. Holidays are often tied to indulgence and lots of eating. I love baking. I have always loved baking. I used to be known for my snickerdoodle cookies. I have even made and mailed them to friends back home in Oregon! But now, I've had the fun of rediscovering baking-- and using real food and real ingredients.
Can I be honest? I hate the term "cheat day" or "cheat meal". I don't think that any food should make you feel like you're cheating. Food is food, and you are choosing to eat what you want. Cheating is associated with guilt, and if I'm going to eat anything, the last thing I want is guilt. I love food and I want to enjoy it! I choose to bake paleo desserts because it's fun for me and lets my sweet tooth have a little treat. But no matter what I eat, I refuse to feel guilty. I have chosen to eat paleo because it makes my body feel better, have more energy, and fits with my food intolerances. But no matter what meal plan or food lifestyle fits you, enjoy all of it! Food is meant to make you feel good, not guilty. I think balance is key and there is always room for dessert :)
Photography by Jayleigh Daniel