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Let’s just start this out with five seconds of forgiveness.
Forgive yourself for the bag of Cheetos you just ate in your car or that heaping slice of Chocolate Cake that you ate for dinner last night.
Sing with me now, “Let it GO! Let it GOOOO!”
We’re all human, and bad food happens to be delicious and sometimes we slip.
So now that we have that out of the way, here’s how to keep that moment of “Oops I ate cake for dinner” from becoming, “Oh Shit! All I ate this week was cake!!”
Step ONE: Forgive yourself!
We’re already on the road to recovery!
It’s okay to miss the healthy boat on occasion, just don’t beat yourself up over it. Making yourself feel guilty or bad for not being 100% perfect could lead to emotional eating, which means more cake! Move on.
Step TWO: Get right back on the horse!
Okay, so you had donuts for breakfast.
Don’t think that you have ruined your day of healthy eating and this is now an excuse to have McDonalds for lunch and then Pizza for dinner.
If you had donuts for breakfast, keep that “oops” in control by having lean protein and veggies the rest of the day.
Step THREE: Drink water!
Drinking water is not only crazy good for you, it will make you feel full and keep you from overeating after your momentary lapse, and you’ll burn a few extra calories on those extra bathroom trips.
Step FOUR: Work it out, kid!
Whenever I accidentally eat cake for a meal, I make an extra effort to get off my duff and exercise.
Working out burns the “oops” calories and is a great way to remind yourself of your goals! I always get refocused during a workout and don’t want to erase my hard work with unhealthy food. Working out is also a great way to remind yourself that food is fuel.
Ever work out after eating donuts? It sucks!
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is work and no-one is perfect.
Remind yourself of why being healthy is important to you.
If you fall, get right back up and that “oops” will just be a blip on the screen.
In the words of Aaaahhhnold… YOU CAN DO IT!