If you’re into fitness or follow fitness gurus on Instagram you should be familiar with the concept of a “cheat day.” The premise is that working out and eating healthy becomes more consistent as a lifestyle change what you know that you have a certain day that you can “cheat” and eat whatever you like. Abolishing deprivation that could lead to binges.
I understand the concept of a “cheat day” but I never joined the bandwagon despite understanding the benefits. I couldn’t figure out why a designated “cheat day” didn’t resonate with me until today. Today I went to yoga in Central Park at Atlantic Station and decided to make a post yoga run to IKEA which is very close by. Walking through IKEA I often get decor inspiration and I need book shelves so I wanted to compare what they offer to having it built. The store was closing and I started to feel hungry so I went down to the fast food section to grab a hot dog (FYI they are made of turkey). I decided to walk around and look at the unfamiliar Swedish foods and stumbled upon the wall of Swedish candies. The sign said “Lördagsgodis: Saturday Candy” and went on to explain the Swedish tradition of families taking their children to get sweets on Saturdays, the day designated for trips to the many candy shops in Sweden. I was intrigued. It resonated with me because it was a positive way to frame a “cheat day.” The day is set aside for a fun trip to the candy shop. I could instantly visualize myself at a favorite doughnut shop Saturday morning and then later in the day passing by IKEA to try an unusual Swedish candy flavor combination. Suddenly I’m on a taste bud adventure in my head! Oh the chocolates and other treats I could sample on Lördagsgodis. Lördagsgodis wouldn’t just be for Swedish fare, I could explore the world through their confections. I would travel the would one sweet treat at a time. But that’s not all, Lördagsgodis resonates with me because I have always considered myself an adventurous eater and Internationally minded, and with Lördagsgodis, I can be both sweetly.
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