It happens. You’re going along, eating your greens and feeling great…and then, PIZZA! It seems like a special treat, and you deserve it.
(No argument here, by the way. I like pizza too.)
You feel alright, so you rationalize some other treat – like chocolate, or cake, or more cheese. Then you decide since the pizza went fine, you may as well eat it again….maybe with a beer this time…
…and before you know it, your day-to-day is full of all the stuff you’ve been avoiding, because you KNOW it makes you congested, or interferes with your sleep, or makes you burst into tears for no reason.
How did this happen? And what can you do about it?
Well. First of all, this happened because you, my friend, are human. So am I. So is Gwyneth Paltrow. Eating clean feels great, but let’s face it – it’s not the mainstream. Try to find healthy food on a road trip, if you don’t believe me.
There will ALWAYS be pizza, and beer, and chocolate cake, and there will always be people who blissfully indulge in these things, and seem to feel just fine.
And let’s be honest – pizza tastes good. So do ice cream, french fries, and nachos. If they didn’t, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.
So the first thing to do is actually something NOT to do, which is to beat yourself up for “falling off the wagon.” First of all, there IS no wagon (this is my Jedi strategy). There’s just food. Some food is real, natural, and nutrient-dense. Some is processed and full of chemicals and/or sugar. Some is fried. None of it is “good” or “bad.”
That shift in mindset alone can be enough to snap you out of it. If you know that cheese makes your digestion all wonky, you’ll stop eating it sooner or later. Maybe you just need to be reminded. (And nothing says “don’t eat me” like chronic diarrhea…right?)
Next thing to do is, plan a week’s worth of meals. Usually, all manner of dietary struggles just come down to a lack of preparedness. (Now, my Boy Scout strategy – always be prepared.) Setting aside some time to plan and prep a few meals for the week usually does the trick.
If you have healthy food on hand – like veggie sticks with hummus, or a quick one-pot meal you can throw together in minutes – you’ll be less likely to eat dinner out or reach for convenience foods.
Don’t know where to start? That’s okay – starting Monday, February 24th, I’m offering an online program complete with meal plans & recipes. It’s geared toward reducing your SUGAR intake – bonus.
In the meantime, just try it – stay simple, and design your plan around the times of day that present your biggest challenge. The key is this:
There’s nothing you can do about all the cheese you ate last week. Look ahead, and make healthy preparations for THIS week. You don’t need to eat greens and celery for five days in penitence.
In other words, chill out. It’s just cheese.
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