Cheating on your diet

In case you aren’t following me on YouTube yet, I uploaded a new video this morning. It’s about a topic that is super important to me. So important that I actually filmed it at least 10 times before finally getting a version I liked. I want to talk about “cheating on your diet” and “feeling guilty about food choices.”

For most people, every December we throw our diets out the window and eat whatever we feel like. Between parties, holidays, and visits with our families, we have so many opportunities to indulge in foods that we wouldn’t normally eat. Like cake, cookies, pizza, and ice cream…

And then every January, we regret it. We’ve gained 5 to 10 lbs., our clothes don’t fit, and we basically feel like crap.

So how do we break this cycle? Do we force ourselves to keep eating “healthy” in December? Say no to parties and our mom’s homemade pie? NOPE.

Instead let’s remove the guilt.

Remember that whatever diet you follow, YOU choose that diet. Because if you’re reading this blog post or watching my videos, you’re most likely an adult. No one forces you to eat a certain way. So when you choose to eat something you don’t normally eat, it’s just another grown-up choice. The only person it affects is yourself. So why are you feeling guilty?

I have a confession to make. If you follow this blog you know that by going gluten and dairy free, I’ve been able to get rid of my Fibromyalgia symptoms. But on occasion….I eat gluten. For example, every Christmas Jake’s mom makes Christmas cookies. And every Christmas I eat them, knowing full well that the next day I’ll get a flare. But I do it anyway, because I’m an adult and I chose to eat them.

No matter what you ate this past December, I want you to say out loud “I’m an adult. I chose to eat_______________, even though I knew the consequences. And man did it taste delicious!!”

Savor and enjoy that memory without feeling any shame or guilt. And get right back to eating healthy again.

And the next time you’re faced with the decision whether or not to eat something (cake, ice cream, nachos, pizza, beer, etc.), ask yourself “Do I really want this? Even though I know the consequences?” And if the answer is yes, then you eat that piece of cake and enjoy every bite. Because you’re an adult.

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