Sorry for the lack of posts this week. I promise a new recipe is in the works. In the meantime, I wanted to share a sentiment.
I’ve been participating in the Elf for Health challenge for a few weeks now. It has been absolutely wonderful to have the support of so many other elves. However, I have noticed a few people commenting about how they were “bad” if they indulged in a little treat. I don’t like this thinking. Food should never be seen as “the enemy.” It should be something to enjoy.
Should we consume sugary beverages, fried foods, and massive desserts at every meal? Absolutely not. However, consuming a sugary beverage or a sweet treat every now and then should never create guilt. The way I see it, I work hard to lead a healthy lifestyle. I workout and am conscious of the foods I consume. Because I eat well most of the time and exercise on a regular basis, I see no problem in treating myself when I feel inclined. I saw this article the other day and thought this excerpt was perfect to share:
“I don’t think any food should be viewed as forbidden. If we classify foods in our mind as bad, then we feel bad about ourselves when we eat them. I think it’s important to find a way to fit in favorite foods. Once you get rid of the idea that something is off-limits, you may find that you crave it less. This forbidden food loses its power over you. You’re able to enjoy it when you do eat it – and you won’t suffer from guilt or remorse afterwards.”
If you are trying to live healthfully or even lose weight, you should never have to give up your favorite foods. Find a way to work them into your plan. I have a little something sweet after dinner almost every day. A little popcorn, a microwave-mug cake, some vanilla yogurt with chocolate chips. Just enough to satisfy. Knowing I can have a little sweet at night keeps me from buying a huge cookie or a calorie-packed mocha frappucinno after lunch.
If you love ice cream, let yourself have a scoop every now and then. If you completely eliminate it, your brain will keep thinking about it and thinking about it until you finally cave in, buy a tub, and eat it all in one sitting. Being happy is part of being healthy, so indulge a little. It may actually keep you on track.