Fall down 7 times, stand up 8.
My day started off fantastic healthy eating-wise.
I ate scrambled eggs for breakfast, and I made them in coconut fat instead of butter. I ate those on top of two slices of toasted bread, plain.
Lunch was great too. It was one of many boxes I made in advance as part of my meal prep: chicken drummers, brown rice, cauliflower, and a little olive oil.
And then 2pm hit, and I wasn’t hungry, but two colleagues went out to buy candy and all of a sudden I was interested.
I ate one piece of candy.
And that should have been fine, but sugar always says ‘more, more, more’.
So sure enough, at 3pm, when our Chief of Product was heading out to the store, I asked him if he could grab something for me. He came back with a brownie. It. Was. Amazing.
Now I could be sad about this, but I’d have to try really, really hard, because honestly I couldn’t care less that I ate something that wasn’t healthy amongst all the other healthy things I ate.
But this hasn’t always been the case. 9 times out of 10 when we eat something unhealthy after a good day we mentally say ‘screw it, I’ve messed it all up now’, and give up.
I’m wondering why I feel different about this now, and if I can somehow get this to rub off on you guys (because it’s an awesome feeling!).
No-one wants to eat something delicious (even if it is 100 trillion calories), and then sit around feeling bad about it. That’s not healthy.
Health is about balance. A little of this, a little of that. No extremes.
I mean think about it, if you ate 80% clean, whole foods, what’s one biscuit going to hurt? Nothing. Exactly.
James Clear has an awesome methodology for eating foods that aren’t ‘good’ for you.
He calls it ‘Never miss twice’. ‘Whenever I eat an unhealthy meal, I follow it with a healthy one.’
Where we tend to eat one unhealthy thing, think ‘everything ruined, there’s no point trying with the rest of the day’, and then throw ourselves a bad food party about it; Clear says, ‘Oh that was delicious, back to the good stuff now’, and then he goes on with the rest of his day, guilt free.
Isn’t it awesome? Why not try it out?
Eat it. Own it. Move on.
Here’s to guilt-free indulgences!
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