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Probably the Best Advice I’ve Received

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.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Good thinking!! I recently adopted this mantra myself, but first went cold turkey off the sweets, my downfall. I did it last month successfully, but started adding them back in off and on and it got out of control again. So as of June 1 went cold turkey again and will stay off unless it is a special occasion and like you said make is something really good! And let that be it! No sense wasting calories over junk food, but if you just have to make it a good choice, and only if you won't feel guilty about it. Then move on!! emoticon
    1445 days ago
  • CYND59
    I was thinking the same thing this morning as I was working out. I had some store bought chocolate chip cookies yesterday that were not even that good. I wasted the calories. I will make better choices now and try to remember your two questions!

    1826 days ago
  • MJRVIC2000
    Whatsoever we sow, we shall reap. God Bless YOU! Vic.
    1826 days ago
    Never give up....stay motivated!
    1826 days ago
    1826 days ago
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