I’m going to let you in on my dirty little secret here. Are you ready? Moderation. I love love love junk food. Froyo is practically it’s own food group in my diet during the warmer months of the year. Now I’m not saying that’s something that I’m proud of, but it is what it is. If I want something, I’m most likely going to eat it. Now that doesn’t mean I’m going to smash my face into a big bowl of froyo and go to town or that I’m going to make a pit stop at Menchies EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. the thought of froyo crosses my mind either. It means if I’m REALLY craving something, I’m going to eat it and move on with my life.
That being said, I do tend to go for QUALITY splurges. I make sure to get the good stuff, instead of snacking on three month old Halloween candy I found in the bottom of a drawer at work. If I’m craving chocolate, I’ll usually hold out for truffles from See’s instead of a no name chocolate bar from the bank drive thru or if I’m craving hot chocolate, I’ll make sure to swing by my favorite coffee stand, instead of the more convenient espresso stand that doesn’t make it with the soy milk I like. The moral of the story here if that if I’m going to eat it, it’s going to be worth it.
If you would have asked me this question a couple of years ago when I was working out like a maniac and at my skinniest, I would have given you a completely different answer. My diet was really regimented then. I didn’t eat junk food, never ate dairy and really watched my carb intake. Even though I was lighter then than I am now, obsessing over food ruled my life and it was exhausting.
After going through a brief period of time when I logged my calories in MyFitnessPal and was really hard on myself because I couldn’t manage to stick to the 1200 calorie limit it gave me for the day, I knew it was time for a change. Stressing over food like a crazy person wasn’t what I wanted for my life. I was sick of putting so much weight on every single food decision I made, so I decided to stop it then and there before it got even more out of hand.
Now I deal with things a little differently. I don’t have any categories of food that are off limits. Elimination diets aren’t my thing because if I want a bowl of froyo, I’m going to eat it, dang it! Life’s too short! When I tell myself I can’t have something, I end up wanting them way more than I did before for the pure simple fact that I told myself I couldn’t have it. So because of that, everything is okay in moderation in my book.
One trick I do use to keep unhealthy temptations in check is to not keep junk food around. That way if I really want it, I have to go to the store to buy it. Most of the time my cravings hit at night when I’m watching Vanderpump Rules in my pj’s, so you best believe I am NOT braving the cold to go get some cookies. If I still really want them the next day, I’ll stop and get some on the way home. I figure if I still want it almost a day later, then it’s not just mindless snacking anymore.
Now inevitably, there will be times when I will slip up and overindulge in junk food. So how do I handle that? I just spend a little extra time at the gym the next couple of times I go to make up for it and move on with my life. As long as I’m working out and eating mostly healthy foods, I try not to put too much emphasis on slip ups.
I know this is easier said than done and trust me, I’m not perfect by any means. I struggle just like everyone else. When I find myself getting a little nutty again, I just try to put my focus on the good things that I’m doing, spend time with my friends/family/puppy and do things that I enjoy instead. Life’s too short to worry about every single piece of food you put in your mouth.
Questions of the Day:
How do you deal with unhealthy cravings and temptations?
What’s your guilty food pleasure?