SO HOW CAN YOU CHANGE YOUR APPROACH?
Instead of ‘good foods’ v ‘bad foods’, try thinking about ‘effective’ v ‘ineffective’ foods. This will help you to make the choice that feels right for you and your goals in any given situation. Here’s an example:
You’re stressed at work and the day is flying by. You have weight loss goals and a prepared lunch in the fridge. A coworker has brought in a tray of cupcakes for morning tea and they’re sitting in the staff room. You’re so hungry and grab a cake without thinking and eat it in 2 minutes flat. Now you’re frustrated with yourself, irritated and you feel guilty. You say to yourself, well the day is stuffed, I may as well have another. Sound familiar??
You go out for coffee with some friends. You happen to go to the place that has the most divine cupcakes. You decide to order a cupcake with your coffee, and sit and enjoy it slowly with your friends. It tastes delicious, you leave with no feelings of guilt and go on with the rest of your day.
In Scenario 1 the cupcake was an ‘ineffective’ food considering your weight loss goals or helping with your hunger. It actually led you to another decision you weren’t proud of because you were frustrated.
In Scenario 2 you made a conscious decision to enjoy a cupcake with your friends. It was an ‘effective’ food in savouring a sweet treat, enjoying the moment and connecting with your friends. The important thing was that you moved on and didn’t beat yourself up.
This was exactly the SAME food but two VERY DIFFERENT experiences. In every scenario you have the chance to ask yourself questions like:
what are my current goals?
right now, which foods are effective in getting me there?
You can then prioritize based on your goals, the situation, enjoy your food more and stop beating yourself up over enjoying a treat!
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