Do you remember when Kate Moss said, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” about three years ago? My friends and I heard this and just kind of silently nodded in unison. (At the time, we were also yo-yo dieting and living off of $1 pizza slices.) Now, as a health coach and someone who wants to help as many people as possible quit dieting forever, I’m aware that I should probably be completely appalled with this statement. But, would you judge me if I told you I’m not?
Let me explain. I suppose what I really mean to say is, I don’t think there’s anything better than the feeling I have when I’m at my very best…when I’m making consistently healthy food choices, working out hard, not giving in to emotional eating impulses—and yes—just a few pounds lighter. And admittedly, when people comment that my skin is glowing or that I’m looking slim, I can’t help but to smile. A lot. (Really, who doesn’t like compliments?) Plus, isn’t it nice when you can make a wardrobe decision based on what you want to wear—not on what fits or what can hide a certain body part? Or what about when you start the week off feeling light and energized, not lethargic and bloated from binge eating over the weekend? It’s awesome!
Ok, you get my point. The purpose of this post is not to drudge up a myriad of serious issues like body image and eating disorders. I just want to take a new perspective on something that, initially, seems…well, horrible. My personal takeaway from this topic is realizing the impact that mindful eating practices have on weight loss. I have experienced the benefits first hand. Think about it: Is a nightly bowl of ice cream, a handful (or two) of Wheat Thins or even an extra scoop of peanut butter straight from the jar really worth what it could cost you to feel and look your best? Always, always ask yourself that question, no matter how small the indulgence seems. Even if it’s just taking nibbles of the pizza crust your boyfriend left on his plate.
Switch your mindset from: “It’s the weekend, I deserve a treat!” to “Those chocolate chip cookies look good, but do I really want them?” (If you do, by all means.) Always take a minute to slow down and pause—developing that habit could just make the difference between becoming the person you want to be…and not. Don’t focus on how yummy something will taste; zero in on what your goals are and if making a certain food choice is in line with achieving them. I mean, c’mon, we already know that a cookie is never going to taste bad!
I really don’t know if anything tastes as good as the confidence I have when I’m feeling fantastic. Cupcakes, however, just may be an exception to this rule. I rarely eat them, but when I do, I never regret it!
Tell me: Agree or Disagree: “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels?” My definition of “skinny,” not a supermodel’s. What are your “worth-it” foods? I think I’ll add pumpkin pancakes to my list!
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