Sweet Temptations

Human nature is a funny thing.  With our own built-in radar system, we are naturally drawn to certain things and prone to particular temptations.  Humans can be lured by anything and everything under the sun, whether it be tangible or intangible, edible or inedible.  In fact, temptations can be so strong that we humans are rendered powerless before them.

Sweet desserts, engaging shows and amazing technology can all capture us to the point of losing ourselves.  Fulfilling temptations such as these are a common part of the human experience that can add joy to our daily life.  Fulfilling these urges is perfectly fine, as long as they do not take precedence over our health and overall wellbeing.  Too much of a good thing can be certainly be problematic.

Consider our beloved computers.  Sometimes we might spend way too much time on our computers.  I have a name for this.  It is called ‘computer-itis’, close cousin to arthritis, with similar symptoms including stiff muscles, sore joints, cramped legs, and gnarled fingers.  No one is immune to ‘computeritis’ and as far as I know, there is no known pill to cure this problem.  However, there is a simple remedy which involves awareness and a common tool we all have in our home: a timer.  I suggest that you set the timer for a reasonable time period, ideally before you anticipate rigor mortis setting in and once the timer sounds, you can rise from the computer and skip all the way to the kitchen for a slice of your favourite dessert!

Knowing your limits is key to healthy living.  What healthy choices have you made for yourself this week?  Was it going to bed at a reasonable hour, joining an exercise club, or simply giving yourself a break in the middle of each day?   There are many ways that you can care for yourself and it is important to make self-care a regular habit.  You will not regret it.  For me, I have committed to quiet activities one hour before bedtime.  It is special time reserved for myself to relax and unwind after a busy day.  Now doesn’t that sound tempting?!

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