How many times have you justified eating something you know you shouldn't "because you deserve it"?
I used to do it a lot. I used to have the
thought that there wasn't much else good in my life, not much else to enjoy and
so I deserved to treat myself with food.
It is completely ingrained in
our culture, well probably just about every culture to celebrate (or commiserate) with food.
Feasts and goodies to eat for anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, deaths,
passing exams, behaving ourselves and so on. So when you feel like cheering
yourself up, you eat something yummy, after all you deserve it.
It is a
habit truly hard to shake.
Trouble is, anniversaries, birthdays,
weddings, deaths, passing exams, are all very well, but they don't occur every
If you become in the habit of eating something just to make
yourself happy on a daily basis, it is time to look elsewhere. It may be time to
look into why you rely on food to make you happy, and why you think you deserve
copious amounts of 'treats'.
If you are choosing to justify eating large
quantities of unhealthy food on a regular basis, because you 'deserve it', it is
perhaps time to think about what you are actually doing to yourself.
that is the conclusion I came to anyway. Treats and fine foods and alcohol are
wonderful in moderation. But on a regular basis they weren't doing me any good.
They were making me fat. And being fat is unhealthy. I didn't want to be
unhealthy. I wanted to wake up in the morning and feel physically fantastic. I
decided that I deserved that. And as I started to achieve that, you know what,
it started to make me feel happier than any chocolate bar or packet of crisps
ever did (Maybe not a glass of wine though..haha!).
Recently I lost sight of this goal for absolute health. I was
feeling so good and healthy. I wasn't rewarding myself with food. But I stopped
a little short of the goal posts. I am still in an "unhealthy" weight range. So
although I feel so much better, I am not at the 'peak' yet. I now can't wait to
get there. Because if I feel this good now, who knows how much better it will
Another thing, I no longer reward my children with junk food
either. It has gotten to the point where I feel guilty if they consume large
amounts of sugar and fat. Such foods have caused my father to develop type 2
diabetes and I don't want them to end up the same way. He didn't deserve that and they deserve better.
And so do we all.
What we deserve are healthy bodies that work
efficiently, that move without effort and look good. What those bodies deserve
is clean, nourishing, healthy food.
So, if you are teetering on the brink
of eating something you shouldn't, and wishing to 'treat' yourself, perhaps
think about what your body actually needs. What your body truly
Fruit, vegetables, lean protein, wholegrains, healthy oil,
Oh go on...
You deserve it!