Monday, May 20, 2013
We are all faced with daily temptations to eat off plan … to have an extra treat here and there. A friend once told me, “If you’re going to eat off plan, make it something extraordinary!” This past weekend I used this advice to beat back a chocolate craving. Actually, I made it into a two-part question:
(1) Is it worth the guilty feeling I’m sure to have after eating off plan? And,
(2) Is it something extraordinary?
Most of the things that tempt me on a regular basis are plain, readily accessible, quite ordinary things … even store-bought versus homemade … and honestly, they are NOT worth the few minutes of so-called pleasure eating off plan might bring.
Be careful to judge the food and not the associated event when applying these criteria. There are many extraordinary events in life, special occasions, once-in-a-lifetime events. But is the food item extraordinary, unique, worth that regretful, guilty feeling? Maybe. Maybe not. So, if you’re going to indulge in pizza and it’s not on your plan, don’t settle for a frozen pizza or even one from a chain of well-known pizza places. Go for the best pizza in town! Or the best steak … or the best cheesecake …. I think you get the idea.
Applying these two questions to your choice to eat off plan may help you avoid some disappointment and extra calories.