Let me tell you a story:
Once upon a time, there was a nutrition manager (a.k.a. ME) who was inside a gas station paying for her gas. And she runs into a member from the gym where she works. We will call this individual Member X. Member X is holding a box of Krispie Kreme Donuts. Upon seeing me, Member X immediately starts with, “these aren’t for me…” I smile, nod my head and laugh it off. Yet Member X still needs to me to understand and continues, “see we’re rushed for time this morning and my kids needed breakfast….” again I nod silently and try to escape. I pay for my gas, smile politely and quickly exit all the while listening to Member X continue to justify the donut purchase now to the poor cashier who could really give a flying flip.
So I bring this up because it got me thinking, why is it that people feel like they need to justify their food purchases? Is it because we have, as a society, labeled foods as either good or bad? I hate going to restaurants sometimes with people and feeling like what I order is the main topic of the dinner table. I mean, really, who cares?! I order what I want. Do I 90% of the time order and eat as healthy as possible? YES. Do I indulge every so often and order a burger and fries? YES. Do I do that every day or even every week? NO. It is okay? YES. Does it mean I am a bad nutrition manager? NO. Does it mean I am a normal, healthy person?YES. Do I feel guilty about it? NO.
If Member X was buying donuts for the kids or even for his own enjoyment, is it okay? Yes. Should it happen every day or every week? No. Is everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) okay in moderation? Yes.
I try so hard to stress to clients that it is always okay to indulge so long as it happens infrequently and you enjoy it. A healthy lifestyle is not about restriction. I don’t feel restricted by my healthy eating habits. I love them!! I love eating healthy fruits, vegetables and lean proteins because it makes my body feel good. It makes me respond well to my running, it makes my skin clear, my hair shiny and my complexion brighter. I truly enjoy the way healthy foods make me feel. But I also love my chips and cinnamon toast crunch cereal! 🙂 But do I forbid myself to have it? No. By restricting yourself from foods that may not be the “healthiest” you are setting yourself up for a binge later on down the road. So why not indulge in a really good piece of chocolate cake every so often. Savor and enjoy the taste and then move on.
What about you? Do you find as a foodie blogger that you are always judged by what you eat?
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