We write a lot about healthy eating on this blog. Everyone knows that we should be eating more fruits and veggies, more natural foods, less processed garbage, less red meat, etc.
But many of us still shovel cheeseburgers and French fries and soda into our mouths. Why is that??
I think in my case, it’s an “all or nothing” mindset. I get to a place that I call “the zone” in which I plan my meals, have plenty of healthy options, and avoid the junk. It works for a week, maybe a month, even 6 months. But then I start to fall back into my old habits and the pounds start creeping back up and my mindset becomes “I already blew it, so I may as well enjoy this doughnut!”
Plus, I love the taste of food. I’m guessing a lot of you can relate: some foods taste delicious, so I want to continue to enjoy them and I consciously choose to keep eating. I’m going to be brutally honest here: there have been times when my stomach was full, almost to the point of discomfort, and I still inhaled an extra slice of pizza or another piece of candy. WHAT IS UP WITH THAT?
It’s self-destruction, that’s what it is!! And it needs to stop. A lot of experts say that when we overeat it’s filling a void, so we need to figure out what the void is and take care of it with something other than food.
I think my void is boredom. Food is enjoyable and comforting and it’s fun to go to a restaurant with Dave and gab about our day while a server brings us delicious food.
But we know it’s bad for our health and finances, so we’re trying to do more cooking together and we’re trying new recipes to keep it fun. We actually sit down at the table to eat rather than in front of the TV, which “kind of” feels like we’re out at a restaurant. LOL. Plus, we always feel soooo much better on the nights when we stay in and cook, and we seem to appreciate the times we go out to eat if it’s not an everyday occurrence.
I just hope we stick with it!!
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