Most people have a "bad for you" vs "good for you" food mindset. But what if you changed the conversation?
Let me explain.
You love ice cream. You love it to celebrate special occasions, you love it on date night, you love it on a hot summer evening. But.... it's in the "bad for you"category. And because of this you torture yourself and either avoid any and all situations where you might be tempted to eat it (sorry little Joey, I can't attend your birthday because there will be ice cream there) or you suck it up, go weeks without it and then you have a stressful day with little sleep and you finally give into temptation. Now here you are, are 2 pints of Ben and Jerry's deep before you realize what you are doing and have instant regret.
I've suffered through both situations and let me tell you, it sucked. But, what if instead of labeling ice cream as "bad," you planned for it. You know on Saturday you are going on a date and want to enjoy ice cream at the end of the night. So, guess what you do?
ORDER THE ICE CREAM.
Because one ice cream date won't kill you or kill your progress.
Because ice cream, or any food for that matter isn't really "bad".
Sure, it might not be the most nutrient dense option but you are human and a bowl of broccoli isn't the sexiest date night food. Am I right?
Nutrient dense food vs not as nutrient dense food, that's how I prefer to categorize them. The goal is to eat a diet high in nutrient dense food with lots of variety, as often as possible. This will ensure you are reaching all your micro and macro nutrient needs as well as keeping you happy.
It is also important to remember that if you have one single evening of a low-nutrient dense food that was not pre-planned, all is not lost. At your next meal, you simply pick up right where you left off. It's the accumulation of your choices that lead you down the path of success. Remember, one choice that is less than your definition of ideal, in the grand scheme of things won't completely ruin all your hard work. As long as the one choice doesn't snow ball and you end up choosing this over and over again, I say eat the dang ice cream.
I want to leave you with this. Read it, digest it and apply it:
Health isn't just diet. It is feelings behind food and understanding the "why" to make it work for you. Its not about deprivation, rather eating the "bad" and not feeling like you need to offset it with exercise or starving yourself. There is no "good" or "bad". There is BALANCE. Learning how to achieve that balance for YOU the individual you are is key. There is no one size fits all. And it's not rocket science or crazy time consuming. It's just learning the how too and the tools.
Want to learn more about how you can eat the foods you love, guilt free and STILL make progress? Let's chat!