Okay, so you were off to a great start with your New Year’s resolution to cut out the bad stuff inn your diet. That is, you cut out sugar, most of your carbs, fats and that generally unhealthy stuff. You’ve even lost a few pounds. Then…you walk into work one day. There- sitting in the breakroom is that evil pink box full of the sugary fat pills. At first, you ignore it. Easy. There’s always a box of some sort full of sweets in the breakroom. You’ve got this.
Then, ten o’clock rolls around and you go for your bag of snacks…only to remember dismally that you left it on the kitchen counter as you rushed out the door to beat that morning traffic. Breakfast was too long ago to remember, and lunch seems hours away. The vending machine taunts you with chips and cookies…
It’s ten o’five. You can see that pink box with the lid slightly open and a few donuts are still left untouched. Your favorite one with the glaze covering is just hovering in sight.
It’s ten o’six. Man, how can time be crawling? Lunch can’t possibly get here fast enough. You make your way to the water cooler to refill your bottle (staying hydrated at least) in hopes to stave off those hunger pains…
Ten-fifteen. You sit back down and suddenly realize you’re not hungry anymore. But then with the realization that you ate that donut that tottally had your name on it. It was good, and it was gone before you even knew what happened. You think, “Oh! There goes my diet! And I was doing so well too!” Of course it might also be something along the line of “I’ll just push myself a little more, do x amount of sit-ups or crunches or an extra mile to burn off those extra calories.”
Well, if you are in the first case, all is not lost. And if your thinking leans towards the second, at least you have a positive outlook.
However, don’t sweat the small stuff. One donut isn’t going to ruin a month or a week’s worth of work. And for those in the second camp with the thoughts of working it off, just keep in mind that you may have already worked it off by lunch- otherwise you would’t be hungry again. Don’t ever use excercise as a punishment for eating. And conversely, don’t use eating as a reward for exercise. More on that in another post.
What it comes down to is this: eating a good balanced, healthy and nutritious diet is something that we plan and do on a daily basis. I know of a lot of people who have “cheat days” where they allow themselves to have that peice of cake, scoop of ice cream, pizza, hambuger, milshake, all the things that are not good for us. For a few people (very few) this works. However, the rest of us tend to increase those cheat days and meals and end up right back where we started.
It’s really about creating a new way of eating and living. The junk food-cut it out. No “cheat days”, but ways to eat healthy all the time. Snacks are important. Find healthy snacks that you like. Fruit, nuts, crackers and trail mix. Read labels-buy snacks that are made from real ingredients. Get sorbet instead of ice cream. Make your snacks in the form of PB & J on whole wheat in finger sandwiches, cut fruit, or ants on a log (celery and PB with dried fruit bits on top). That saves money, are fun to eat and make, and if you have kids, it leads by example with good eating habits.
That way, for the times when you go out with friends, are at the next office party, or just out and about, that junk food won’t seem at all tempting:
However, when you do grab that donut from the box, rest assured that your eating habits more thanmake up for a liitle sugar splurging every now and then.