11 Oct 2012
Around our house the word treat is used pretty frequently.
I’d estimate at least once a day, but more realistically probably verging on three or four times.
Treat, however, is a word we never use in reference to food. Healthy eating is a given in our household and just means the sum total of what we eat in a day. We always have the kinds of foods in the house others might refer to as treats (healthy chocolate bars, ice cream etc.) but to us they’re simply food.
Treats for our family are 100 percent experiential.
A treat can be as small as one-on-one time with a parent or as big as seeing Wicked on Broadway.
At our house the word treat means the gift of an experience outside the norm. It’s something we look forward to, are grateful for and appreciate.
As with most six year olds my daughter seems to be constantly clamoring for treats (movies with mama, swimming with daddy) the *only* difference is she’s not seeking food.
All that said, the prevailing notion of healthy treats is an ever-present topic of conversation among my mom-friends.
We’re all responsible for providing daily school snacks for our children and many of my friends struggle with finding a ‘treat’ they feel good about sending.
The majority of the time they use the word treat.
Not surprisingly, when we discuss this concept, the “treats” I chime in about are the “also’s” I send with my daughter’s snack. Short notes. Surprise photos (like the one above). Even drawings I’ve done a la the ones she frequently leaves around the house for me to discover.
While so many of my friends fret about the food-treat, I’m confident these “added snack experiences” lend a sweetness to her afternoon which couldn’t be obtained through food.
Still, all these treat’versations sparked me to consider how we use the word and whether it would be applicable to her daily snacks.
I’m an intuitive eater.
I listen to what my body asks for and ‘treat’ it to those foods.
I believe all healthy, whole, clean foods are treat’y because they help our bodies to thrive.
With that definition in mind I do send treat-snacks to school each day.
Foods that will nourish my daughter’s body and give her the energy to make it through her day. Foods where the *experience* of eating them is a pleasurable one.
Foods I like to think, were she at an age to fully grasp mindful eating, she’d intuitively know her little body was asking for.
We don’t refer to food as treats in our household and yet, after reflection, I’d say all foods we eat are ‘treats’ it is merely a matter of semantics.
- Does your family refer to particular foods as treat foods?
- Do you differentiate between healthy treats and ‘non?’
- Anyone else use the notion of ‘treat’ solely for experiences?
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