I learned when I got into recovery from my eating disorder that I needed to find other things for treats than food. I still very much enjoy food, cooking, ethnic restaurants, gourmet items on a regular basis. But I no longer divide food into “good” (boring) and “bad/treats” (desireable). I make sure my good food is desireable and I look elsewhere for “treats”.
I’m partially retired and will definitely be on a budget when I move back to the states in a week, so some of my favorite treats are: bubble baths with candles and books, wandering about for hours in the city going through shops buying small items such as used books, a new color nail polish, garage sales (bargains!!) and stopping in cafes for espresso (okay, one food as treat!) Nature is a big part of treats for me, spending time relaxing in a serene setting or lying in a hammock with a book. (Love my Guatemalan hammock, just have to find the right tree near my new house!). I’m working on a book and writing is both a treat and work at different times! Lots of things will be treats for me because I’ve missed them during the 2 years I have lived in Guatemala: going to the indie movie theaters, going to the library, playing with my 2-year old great niece, special trips to the beautiful sites here in Guatemala and soon to all the natural spots in California, especially with hot springs!