When you’re trying to live healthier + be mindful of what you put into your body, it’s easy to fall into this pattern of villainizing foods that don’t quite fit with a *healthy* lifestyle. We train ourselves to avoid certain foods, eat a certain way, or abide by a designated portion size, + if we break these standards, we call it cheating.
We’re our own biggest critics — if we deviate even slightly from the standards we expect of ourselves, it can lead to feelings of disappointment + defeat. In life, we’re taught that cheating is a negative action that typically leads to losing something — a good grade, a significant other, or the respect others have for you.
Because of that, why do we view shifting from a diet as cheating? Going out for dinner or eating a little more than you intended doesn’t take anything away from you, + it typically doesn’t take away from the other good you do for your body on all other days of the week. There’s zero shame in a little indulging here + there.
Instead of viewing this as cheating, loosen your limitations + allow yourself to indulge in something you enjoy. Calling it *cheating* implies that you’re wronging yourself, but you don’t need to think that way. We’re only human, after all — we’re not programmed to follow strict diets + lifestyles.
If you’re anything like me, continuously telling yourself “no” or “you can’t have that” only makes me more likely to cave + eat even more than I normally would on another craving. Restricting myself + limiting my diet only leads me to binge eat + feel disappointed in myself. Now that doesn’t mean you should cave to every single craving or always go for the burger + dessert when out with friends — it’s all about moderation.
There no perfect formula for achieving *moderation*, but there are a couple of things you can do to help you balance out the treats. For starters, think about what you’re eating *more often than not*. If you eat healthy + nutritious foods far more often than sugary, processed or unhealthy options — you’ve found your individual balance! If you’re feeling guilty about treating yourself, allow yourself to think about why that is. Have you gotten away from your healthy habits? Or are you being to0 strict with yourself? [After all, no one’s *perfect*!].
The real key to moderation — don’t indulge in something unless you LOVE that food//drink! If you don’t have a *weak spot* for fries, don’t reach for em’ simple because they’re in front of you. If your friends order pizza at dinner, but you wanted a healthier option — don’t feel pressured to cave! It’s your body + your life ++ If you’re going to treat yourself, you should freakin’ enjoy it! By choosing only your favorite indulgences — you’ll stay #inCHAARG of your eating habits + you’ll feel more satisfied about your choices!
If you spend every day limiting your food intake + what you’re eating because you feel obligated to, you’re probably going to find yourself burned out or feeling uninspired by cooking. Food should make us feel energized, fueled, + satisfied [if it takes a donut every once + a while to hit the satisfaction part of that, then go for it ; )].
Never forget, it’s always ok treat yo’ self! ; )
+ Ali [ali.inchaarg], VirtCHAARG girl from Philly