When you start getting serious about wanting to lose weight, there are so many obstacles that can be in your way. Whether it’s not having the energy to work out every day, or having trouble resisting that piece of chocolate cake, it’s no wonder that we all have trouble losing weight!
Even with the best intentions, there are still times when you eat too much and decide to go for that fried food or heavy dessert. When you’ve been on a really good stretch of eating healthy, it can be really discouraging when you find yourself eating something you know you shouldn’t.
When I first began this journey in October, I was extremely nervous about eating anything unhealthy, and whenever I did, I felt like a failure. Anytime I reached for french fries or ate a full-fat dessert, I could just picture the pounds coming back on as I ate. The next day, I would feel awful about myself and wonder whether it was worth it to indulge in that unhealthy food.
My advice for anyone who has overindulged: don’t panic! I completely understand how you might be feeling, because I have been there so many times before. And from that experience, I can tell you with certainty that you will not gain all the weight back from one extra cookie.
When you’re first starting off on your weight loss journey, it’s normal and expected that you will be nervous about any “bad” food that you might encounter. But as I have learned more and more about eating healthy, I’ve realized that indulging every once in a while is not going to kill me.
As I mentioned in a previous post, my nutritionist gave me amazing advice about what to do about eating the unhealthy food associated with celebrations. Instead of forcing myself to stick with a strict plan and missing out on all of the delicious food, I could take small portions of carb-heavy and fattening food, and fill up at least half of my plate with non-starchy vegetables. Since I knew that I would be eating an unhealthy meal during the party, I could start the day off right with a healthy, filling breakfast and strive to eat healthy during any other meal during the day.
I think getting this advice early on in my journey has been helpful for me as I continue to lose weight in a healthy way. Instead of freaking out over every calorie, I feel a lot more relaxed about treating myself every so often when I feel like it. To be honest, if I never treated myself to anything, I am quite sure that I would have given up way back in October, instead of going on to lose 30 pounds.
A couple of weeks ago, we decided to treat my mom to a nice Italian buffet lunch for Mother’s Day. The food was delicious, and of course they had to bring out homemade cannoli for dessert! Now, if I had been the same person that I was a few months ago, I would be worried about even considering eating a cannoli. Instead of feeling guilty about the amount of calories that I would be eating, I decided to eat one anyway. I am Italian, so any Italian dessert is my favorite, and I knew that I would regret it if I didn’t try it.
And you know what? It was amazing and I didn’t gain a single pound from eating it! I think a lot of times when people start to lose weight, they develop a really bad relationship with food. Anything that isn’t healthy is considered “bad,” and they beat themselves up whenever they eat anything unhealthy. This is such a silly way to go through life. We need food to live, so why should we be so uptight about it?
Of course, this doesn’t mean you can eat unhealthy food all the time. You can indulge a little bit, but it’s also important to stick with eating healthy most of the time. If you have a day when you eat something unhealthy, don’t freak out. When you wake up the next day, you can go back to eating healthy and go back to your workout schedule as usual.
The great thing about life is that every day is a new day. You will not get stuck in a vicious cycle of unhealthy eating if you treat yourself to something. Balance is everything, and you can still be healthy even when you eat unhealthy food. You can always go back to your healthy lifestyle and continue on your weight loss journey, no matter what happens.
I hope that with this post, I will encourage anyone who is feeling bad about eating unhealthy food. Do not beat yourself up! You will get through this, and be even stronger than you were before.
Do any of you have advice about indulging in unhealthy food? Feel free to share, I’d love to hear it!