Treats are a wonderful thing, no doubt. Even my disobedient dogs will sit if there is bacon involved—until they get the bacon, and then all bets are off. Still, they got so happy that it was fun for me to give them treats. Until we visited the vet, who suggested that the girls were no longer at their ideal weights.
We are human, which means that we have thumbs that can work can openers and other methods of controlling when and what we eat. We also like treats. Lest we have the same kind of conversation I had with the vet with our doctors, we need to pay attention to those treats.
Treats are not everyday food. We don’t get a treat just because we are tired and whiny. We don’t have to have a treat just because that guy two cubicles down has a birthday, or a new pie recipe, or an always-full candy jar.
The good news is that treats don’t have to be food-based. We can get our toes painted a different color, spend half an hour swinging on the swings at the park (assuming no small people got there first), read comic books, go swimming, dance in the backyard. Even napping can be a treat.
Whatever we choose for our treats, let’s make sure we really enjoy them.