I was talking with some clients this week about “slip ups.” You know, when you eat something that isn’t the best for you. They were talking about feeling bad, guilty and remorseful. This is such a bummer. Why? Because food shouldn’t make us “feel” anything. It should fuel and nourish us.
There are so many psychological stigmas surrounding food. Since I’m not a psychologist, I’m not going to comment on what we need to do to overcome those thoughts. I do want to help you get right back on track. What’s on track? Eating whole, clean foods when our body needs it.
My experience is not to let a slip up turn into a landslide. Back in the old days, it was easy for me to eat something less than stellar, get a bad case of the “F-its,” and the next thing you know, I’m in a tailspin of poor eating for a week. THAT is hard to unwind.
Here are strategies for getting back to healthy eating after a slip up:
- Throw the leftover crap food into the trash.
- Brush your teeth.
- Plan, prep, shop for the next meal and make sure that it’s whole, nourishing and ready to eat.
- Don’t wait to get hungry. Eat at your usual time. If you have a “blow it” snack, don’t starve yourself to make up for it.
- Don’t dwell too much over one or two poor choices.
- Don’t attach words like “bad, guilty, ashamed or cheating” to your eating habits.
Like so many topics that I write about, this isn’t easy to do 100% of the time. Like a muscle, it needs to be worked. Practice, practice, practice!