A few weeks back at my mother’s birthday party, there were lots of temptations on the counter like pizza, chips, chicken wings, and bread. I have no problem staying away from those kinds of foods, but people who know me know that I love dessert. That day I decided to take a small bite of pumpkin cheesecake, and immediately I wanted more. I ate a big slice and it was delicious! I did not feel bad because I have not eaten anything like this in a long time, so I decided to make it my treat for the week and continued with my usual healthy eating habits.
My willpower was definitely tested that day, and this time I caved. After all I am human! It was just a small slip up and I continued making good food choices for the rest of my day.
There are so many people that really give into temptation when they start. The attitude usually is “I had something bad to eat so my day is ruined anyways”. Some people literally sabotage themselves in one day, and even continue with a weekend of indulgence.
Here are some strategies that I use when I am feeling tempted with food:
- Remove yourself from temptation. If you get cravings in the evening, leave and go for a walk.
- Distract yourself. I like to do chores around the house or write my next article.
- Give yourself a reality check. Think to yourself, “is this really worth it? What will I achieve by eating this bag of chips tonight?”
- Eat some fruit. If it is sugar you are craving, eat a bowl of berries. They are low in calories and will satisfy your sweet tooth.
- Drink a cup of green tea. The water will help keep your belly full, plus green tea has many health benefits.
- Brush your teeth. This has always worked for me and the last thing you will feel like doing is eat right after you brush.
If you do have a slip up in your diet plan, let go of the guilt and move on. Continue making good choices for the rest of the day and do not beat yourself up over one small slip up. You have been working hard and one small slip in your diet will not make a difference.
Celebrate your accomplishments. Take a moment and celebrate the good things you have accomplished lately with your health and your fitness. Take time to realize the positive changes in your body and pat yourself on the back.
Remember slip ups do happen. You are in control of your life.