So why is it so easy to fall off the healthy wagon?
In my "dieting" days, I could go weeks (okay maybe it was really days, but it sure felt like weeks) without munching my way through a bag of chips or slurping through a big bowl of ice cream. But then all of a sudden, that craving – that gnawing – would grab hold of me and my taste buds and I could (and would) sit down and polish off a bag of ripple chips and a container of French onion dip…and not the small one of either…in one sitting. Seriously. I literally felt like a pig who had been kept away from her trough, then set free to snarf my way to heaven.
I remember a time I had a craving for these delightful, sinful, sugary, soft, frosted cookies – Lofthouse…OMG, they are delicious. Anyway, I went to the grocery store and bought some and then proceeded to my car, where I immediately ripped the package open and shoved a couple in my mouth as fast as I could. I ended up eating four or five of them. Then, nearly threw up because I felt so sick.
That wasn’t the one and only time I have done that.
But see, that is the thing with DIETS…you’re told over and over again that you CAN’T have the little pleasures you enjoy so much that all of sudden you fall off the wagon and nearly purge yourself silly. It’s stupid, but that is the mindset people get into when they DIET. "Oh, I CAN’T have that. It’s BAD for me."
Well, guess what people? This time, I am not telling myself I CAN’T eat certain foods. This time, I am allowing myself those guilty pleasures. Those ooey gooey delectable delights. Maybe it won’t be every day, but once in awhile, to reward myself, to treat myself. As they say with so many things – alcohol and food, especially – moderation is the key.
This time around, I am not on a DIET, but I am on a healthy journey and moderation is part of my motto.