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What Did You Eat Today and Why?

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

I've been eating clean for over 4 years now, and it has really paid off for me. I've developed a pretty good habit of staying disciplined through out the week and then treating myself here and there on the weekends. It wasn't until lately that I've learned to be grateful for the habits that I've developed.

I have a few co-workers that sit around me that go out to lunch twice maybe three times a week to go be "bad" as one put it. They go out for burgers and fries, huge burrito bowls or pizza and pasta. Each time I witness all the negative affects of their "bad" choices when they come back. So here is the thing I'm grateful for. They have stopped inviting me to go, because, I've turned them down so many times. I've finally come to the point that I would rather feel good mentally and physically than to give into what I think my taste buds want. Sitting at my desk after a heavy meal feeling bloated, sleepy and guilt ridden is not something I want to experience anymore.

So I have this question then. I know why I chose to eat healthy, but what makes us still eat "bad" food even when we know the negative out come? I definitely still have my moments. How do we justify that those foods are worth it? When I come up with the answer I'll let all of you know.
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    I know that for me, I have a very interesting relationship with food. I learned very early in life to use food as a "drug" and I can easily "comfort" myself with food. So I have an addiction- type reaction to certain foods like an alcoholic would with a drink. There are some foods that I simply can't do in moderation (at least not when I'm vulnerable). Fish n chips, for instance. Mexican food is triggering. Even sushi is very triggering for me. There's a dopamine- type reaction when I eat certain things that can totally put me off track for a long time. I'm definitely a work in progress!

    Like you, I have picked up some healthy habits over the years also. I acquired a taste for "eating clean" and quite enjoy it.

    Your blog has motivated me to get back on track! Thank you!!
    1779 days ago
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    For me, lately I think of my treat meal as a way to keep my sanity. It's nice to be able to eat something that I've been wanting and I know if I wait until that day I can have it. I don't generally stuff myself anymore, but do have my moments LOL. I try not to think of it as rewarding myself with food, but it does feel like I've earned it if I've been on track all week with my food and workouts. Not to be confused with allowing myself to eat whatever I want just because I exercised. I usually have one treat meal a week and keep it to just that meal plus dessert and not a whole day of being off track. That helps to keep me satisfied. Some weeks I've had two treat meals depending on what's going on, but then there are weeks that we just don't have time to go out so it balances out.

    Great blog! And thanks for sharing.
    1779 days ago
    I hate the bloated, full, tired feeling after eating something I know I shouldn't have. I haven't quite figured out why I do it either, but I'm happy that those times are further apart than they used to be :D
    1779 days ago
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