We spend so much time thinking about food that sometimes we forget to just live in the moment.
Living in the moment is all about enjoying each and every experience as it’s handed to you. If you spend your entire day day-dreaming about what you’re going to eat or fantasizing about something you just ate, you can never really take in what’s happening to you right then.
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Prepare for the (Un)expected
If you go away for the weekend, instead of winging your meals when you arrive, take a minute to look up what food options you may have. Yelp and especially, Happy Cow are both great apps to help you find healthy options near a specific location. This way you have a better idea of what to expect.
Chances are if you’re traveling somewhere, you know it’s going to be harder to make healthy choices, so you may as well come prepared. Pack a bag of food or even a cooler before you go. If you’re traveling via plane, you’d be surprised at how many things you can bring in your carry-on or pack a cooler in your checked luggage. This way you don’t go into a panic self-sabotaging mode when you arrive, and you can enjoy the experience.
Avoid Weekly Cheat Days
A friend and were traveling through Italy recently and I told myself that I could have whatever I wanted for 24 hours on the last day of our trip. So the entire holiday, all I could think about was my upcoming binge feast! Every gelato my friend order, I eyed like it was the most amazing thing and my mind ended up revolving around the entire food the entire trip. Exhausting!
If you give yourself one day to binge eat, then you spend your entire week feeling restricted. And not only that, but your mind ends up being consumed with how you can’t wait to eat whatever you want that you don’t really think about much else… and you forget to enjoy the delicious meals that you are eating.
Know it’s OK to Cheat
Wait, what? Didn’t I just say to not have cheat days? Yes, I did! But binging once/week is completely different than cheating here and there. When you have a set day to indulge, it consumes your mind.
Take my Italy trip for example. If I had just ordered my own ice cream once or twice instead of setting a day in the future to over-indulge, I wouldn’t have had to spend my whole holiday dreaming about all the food I would eventually be able to eat. I could have just been in the moment and enjoyed my ice cream on occasion instead of dwelling on everything I couldn’t have.
Let me let you in a little secret… I cheat all the time! Thankfully, though, my cheats have become fewer and farther between as my taste buds have developed to love healthy foods the more and more I eat them.
No More Feeling Guilty
So you indulged in nachos because your sister was in town. Ok, that was me last week when my sister came into town for a job interview. I remind myself that they were vegan and organic but regardless, there’s no sense in spending the entire day feeling guilty about it. I ate it. I enjoyed it. Life goes on. There are more important things to think about.
Are you really going to let some nachos or ice cream or bag of chips ruin your entire day? Please don’t. If you choose to eat it, enjoy it.
Stay Away from One-size-fits-all Diets
A one-size-fits-all diet is really a one-sided way of thinking. Traditional diets don’t work long-term and you know it because you’ve tried it. You’re an individual; you’re your own person. Your body has your own wants, desires, needs and deserves for them to be noticed.
Mainstream diets leave us with a laundry list of restrictions of what we can’t eat so in the end, that’s all we end up thinking about.
Whatever you do, don’t let food consume your mind. Enjoy life to it’s fullest by embracing every moment without every other thought being taken over by food.
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