Let me describe a scenario and tell me if you can relate.
It’s Sunday evening, you hop into bed after a loooong, jam packed weekend. I’m talking the kind where you feel like you never even got a chance to sit down. As you backtrack the events from the past couple of days you think to yourself “Man, I ate like poop”.
Or maybe you weren’t super busy, and you plain and simple made some not-so great food choices…again.. and again..
So, can you relate? Well, that’s me. Right now. As I am typing this. Between a super stressful week that induced some extra ice cream indulgence on Friday, a birthday party on Saturday and an anniversary party Sunday, I’m feeling less than thrilled with my eating habits this weekend. What’s a girl to do?! I’ve got two words for you. Ready?
- In all honesty, your extra caloric intake probably wasn’t that much. It takes about 3,500 extra calories to gain a pound of fat. I am guessing that extra slice of cake and that greasy pizza is no where close to that.
- Your body will adjust accordingly. Our bodies know when we take in more than it needs and it will account for that. Either by an increase in physical activity or lessening your hunger the next day, it’ll adjust.
- Indulgence can lead to a lessened desire to indulge. Let me explain. So, if we never let our bodies eat a slice of cake or fried food EVER, it’s going to want those off limit foods even more. Treating yourself every now and again lets your body know that these foods are allowed if you want them- taking away the desire to rebel with “bad” foods. Make sense now?
- It’ll remind you why you choose to eat foods that nourish your body VS foods that aren’t so great for it. Who wants to feel sluggish, bloated, and food coma-ed? I ain’t got time for that, that’s for sure. So, use overindulgence as a reminder of why you choose to eat nourishing foods – to feel energized and alert!
I mean, really, what good is beating yourself up over poor food choices going to do? Nothing but make you wallow, which would probably lead to more bad food choices out of self pity. Get your big girl (or boy) panties on, get over it, and move on.
Life threatening? Nope. Morally wrong? Nope. It’s just food.
So, if you are in the same boat as me this Monday morning, I hope you choose to move on also. Think back on how the weekend was spent while indulging in those foods. I definitely don’t regret the cake…. that I ate at the Birthday party I threw my dog… Not kidding.
Share below HOW you indulged! Not the food itself, but the events. Was it a birthday party too? Or maybe a date night out? Focus on that instead.
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