Superbowl Sunday is this weekend. Another day of celebration highlighted by rich foods and fun with family and friends. So, are you agonizing over what to eat and how much? Are you worried you are going to be "bad" if you indulge in the "bad" hot wings with the blue cheese dressing? Or, are you planning on being "good" and sticking to your "good" food even though you would love a treat. "Deprive and abstain" are your motto and make you feel like you have control and you feel good about yourself when you turn down that dessert.
This above mindset is called "moralizing food", we do it with exercise and I touch on that in this blog post. I wanted to check in with you, friends, and say, eating well and living a healthy lifestyle should make you feel good, physically and psychologically and leave you satisfied, not guilty, or like a failure. Your healthy choices should serve your body, soul and mind.
There is a new eating disorder emerging called Orthorexia and is characterized by an unhealthy and rigid obsession to eat healthfully. Food rules such as: no carbs, low carbs, no fat, low fat, juice cleanses, shakes, no dairy, only vegetables etc.... can be so overwhelming! According to food Psychologist Paul Rozin, "there is a negative impact of worry and stress over healthy eating and that worry might play a bigger role in your health than the actual food consumed."
According to Doctor Roger Gould, in his book "Shrink Yourself" if you eat 100 calories more each day than your body needs, in one year you would have gained 12 pounds. An apple is about 100 calories, that's just a little bit of extra food more than you need.
So, what do you do? Enjoy your food, savor it, choose what you like and enjoy it, without guilt. Choose food that serves you but that also satisfies. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you feel satisfied. Don't stuff yourself either, this does not serve you or your health.
In their book, "Intuitive Eating" authors Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch state, "Enjoy eating food. Not too much- not too little. Mostly what satisfies."
As Oscar Wilde said, "Everything in moderation, including moderation."
If this sounds like what you have been looking for, I would love to have you join the Health, Wellness and Chocolate membership community where you learn the tools to help you improve your health and wellness without feeling deprived.
So go have fun today with your family and friends, be well, enjoy life!