We’ve all been there. You have a few days where you eat perfectly: a variety of fruits, vegetables and lean protein with some necessary carbohydrates. No desserts, sugary drinks, or unhealthy snacks.
After a few days or weeks of eating healthy, you cave to temptation. You have a full-on eating binge. You ate three bowls of pasta, a dessert or two, multiple cups of coffee, some chips, and anything else your doctor wouldn’t recommend to eat.
First, it’s okay. Bad days happen. You’re not perfect and you shouldn’t expect perfection all the time. Mistakes are part of life and you can recover from this. Disclaimer: I want you to know it’s okay to give into cravings. Treating yourself with a chocolate bar is not the same as eating dessert for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bad days and treats are two different things.
Although it’s okay to allow yourself cheat days or cheat meals, you don’t want it to ruin your healthy eating or healthy lifestyle altogether. You’ll add some bliss in your life knowing you’ve taken the steps you correct your bad day, and make sure you focus on tomorrow.
Don’t dwell on your mistakes:
As I’ve said before, we all make mistakes and that’s okay. Don’t let your one day of bad eating affect your upcoming days. Think of it as a lesson learned. Move on, and make sure you don’t dwell on it. It will only make you feel guilty and make you feel worse.
Find your bad periods & correct them:
Do you tend to crave carbs in the morning, or do you eat ice cream late at night? We have times of the day where we feel the urge to eat poorly or make bad eating decisions. Find when you’re most likely to give in and fix it. Schedule time to workout in the evening to stop late-night snacking, etc.
Plan for the next three days:
I say three days instead of one day because it’ll take 72 hours for your body to adjust from the bad eating and focus itself on eating healthy again. Once you make it over three days, the desire to eat dessert and salty foods will decrease. Eating healthy will come more natural.
Focus on hydration:
Sometimes, we think we are hungry when we are actually thirsty. That’s because we jump to eating when we are bored, tired, etc. If you struggle to hydrate throughout the day, set a timer or reminder on a post-it note on drinking a certain amount of water. It’ll help reach your suggested intake.
Set a goal and stick to it:
Do you want to eat more vegetables throughout the day, or focus on your workout routine more regularly? Whatever your goal is: set it, stick to it and make it happen. You are capable of anything and you will achieve your goals with determination and discipline.