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I used to think in order to reach my health goal, I had to SACRIFICE or DEPRIVE myself of something. That could be ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฅž๐Ÿ•๐Ÿž๐Ÿง€ or even just enjoying food.

When I had that mindset, food became purely fuel โ›ฝ, and not something to enjoy.

I created a toxic notion that โ€œif it tastes good, itโ€™s not good or healthy for youโ€. It took months to get out of.

After learning more about nutrition, health, and fitness and how they link together, it occurred to me, I did NOT have to be so strict with myself๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ. If anything, being super STRICT did more harm than good.

So instead of being ๐Ÿ’ฏ โ€œgood and/or cleanโ€, Iโ€™d aim to eat nutrition-dense whole foods on most meals, and if ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿฐ is on the menu in that meal, I'd

  1. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป Honour the craving This meant giving oneself grace to eat what I was craving. Bonus tip๐Ÿ’ฅ: If you're concerned at not being able to stop yourself, you can pre-portion your treat beforehand so you can be sure to not eat the whole packet in one go.

  2. ๐Ÿคญ Tell myself I donโ€™t have to finish all of it in one go Sometimes our ๐Ÿง  are in a scarcity mode where we think we HAVE to finish it now or we can't enjoy it later. This made a huge difference to my eating pattern after I started practicing this.

  3. ๐Ÿค” Be mindful of my hunger cues I've gotten so lost in thought before that I didn't even pay attention to what I was eating, much less how much of it I was eating until I was crazy full. So once I started being present when I ate, I found that I actually ate a lot less than before.

With practice and time, I now LOVE and ENJOY food again! Whatโ€™s more, Iโ€™m happy to say Iโ€™m still on track with my health and fitness goals.๐ŸŽฏ

Comment with a ๐Ÿงก if you love food!


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