It’s a daily challenge to avoid eating foods that are bad for me. My biggest challenge is, I LIKE FOOD!
Last night my husband and I were lucky enough to go on a date night without the kids…to Ribfest. I love Ribfest. The atmosphere, the food, the opportunity to eat ribs prepared various ways is a lot of fun. But the temptation to eat all the lovely food is always there. They have the ribs, funnel cake, Tiny Tom donuts, the bloomin’ onion, ice cream and just about anything you can think of that is deep fried.
We got in line at one of the rib places. My brain wanted to eat ribs. But I tried to think logically. What if I eat some ribs and some better things? I decided to get a pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, beans and cornbread. That’s a lot of food! If I eat all that, I’ll feel sick. I managed to eat half the pulled pork (none of the bread), the coleslaw, the beans and half the cornbread. I actually had leftovers! And I still felt good after. Don’t ditch your favourite foods. You just need to eat in moderation. Sure, have some ribs. But do you really need a full rack? Probably not.
You don’t have to give up your favourite foods to be healthy. You just need to eat in moderation. Sure, have some ribs. But do you really need a full rack? Probably not.
It took me a long time to get to the point where I could actually ask myself “Do I really need that?”. My 22 or 23-year-old self would have gone to ribfest every day of the Labour Day long weekend. And I would have eaten a full rack of ribs just about every time. But my 22 or 23-year-old self didn’t have kids to think about. I need to be healthy for them.
Eat the foods you love, but be smart about it. At your next big meal, fast food meal or meal full of all your favourite “not so good for you foods”, ask yourself “Do I really need that?”.
Get moving because you’ll feel better than you did yesterday!