Why Stress, Worry, and Food Guilt Are Worthless
I don’t know about you guys but man I enjoyed some amazing food this past Christmas, I dug in and didn’t worry one-second about holding back. If I wanted M&M’s I went for it, or anything else for that matter. A while ago, I read this article which describes a study that found that women who admitted to feeling guilty after eating a piece of chocolate cake were more likely to have gained weight than their guiltless counter parts 18 months later. While I know that doesn’t give me an excuse to eat until I feel gross and I’m going to pop because that defeats the purpose, however, it does prove that our relationship with food should always be positive. I eat healthy to fill my body with fuel and nutrients so I feel good and can do all the things I want to be able to do. I eat unhealthy sometimes to fill my soul with good memories and reward for all my healthy efforts. So, after a day like Christmas where the splurges were seemingly endless, how do I get back on track? I started by packing my breakfast and lunch like I do every night before work.
Back on Track Day
For breakfast I tried to avoid extra sugar so I packed a DIY Starbucks Feta Wrap, 2 small cuties, and a pear.
I ate the breakfast wrap and drank the black coffee around 8am. I ended up eating the cuties with lunch and the pear when I got home right before cross fit.
I also had some green juice in the morning, because thats the best way to kick off any day with a healthy start!
For lunch I packed a salad with garbanzo beans, 2T black olives, 2T feta, and 1/4 cup canned beats with a greek yogurt. I ate the carrots on the way home in the car.
I also snacked on 20 pistachios before crossfit.
Wall Balls: 25 with 14lbs, 25 with 10lbs
Ring Rows: As horizontal as I could possibly make myself
Power Snatches: The 35lb bar, an improvement from the training bar I used last time we did snatches.
When I got home I knew it was green smoothie time, with a hint of holiday cheer. I made a mint chocolate protein smoothie and it was DELICIOUS!
– 1/2 cup mint chocolate coconut milk
– 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
– 1.5 cups ice
– 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
– 1 big handful of spinach (2-3 cups)
– 1/4 cup rolled oats
Questions of the evening:
What are your ways you get back on track after holiday splurges?
Whats everyone thinking about for New Years resolutions?
I was kind of thinking about trying to run a race every month in 2014, no matter what the distance. I like it but not sure I am up to all the entrance fees!
Articles of Possible Interest
To Lose Weight, Make Realistic Resolutions (www.bccourier.com)
When It Comes to Walking, More is Better
How To Feed An Army It’s Veggies & Quinoa (www.cbsnews.com)
Interesting stats about guilt! I ate a ton. I didn’t feel guilty, just really full to the point of not being comfortable. Maybe confidence and success have something to do with not feeling guilty, too? Like I’ve been really really bad lately, but in the end I know I’ll get the “winter weight” off in January and am not worried about it.
It does feel good to get back on track! You’ve definitely got everything back together the next day!
I definitely Agree that your confidence level and past success would play a part, that’s interesting insight! You can just have Zumba marathon in January!