It's National Workplace Wellbeing Day tomorrow and "cake culture" in the workplace is on the hitlist. According to their tips, two or three days a week should be “cake-free”, so that the “temptation is not there for all staff”. It’s all a bit bossy and joyless, so I've come up with some of my own.
1. We're all adults. If someone wants two pieces of cake, or no pieces of cake, don't comment on it. What other people eat, or don't eat, is none of your business.
2. If you eat cake, enjoy it just for what it is, and move on. Don't say "I feel fat". Fat is not a feeling.
3. You haven't gone off track, or fallen off a wagon, if you eat cake. There is no track, or wagon, except our own negative self-talk. You are not bold or guilty. You are in charge of what you eat. If eating something makes you feel like crap, avoid it, and don't feel like you have to explain yourself.
4. On the other hand, cake and sweet things can be truly comforting, and sometimes are just perfect for making you feel a bit better. After a recent stressful encounter at an airport check-in desk, I comfort ate a Lindt chocolate bunny that I had in my carry-on bag. And it worked! So calming. I should probably always travel with one.