Why do we eat? That’s really a loaded question that everyone will have their own answers to. Many of us eat the way we do to be social, to fit in, it is how you were raised, and the list goes on. When you add in all of these factors, eating anymore isn’t just eating, it’s a conscious decision that you make every single day. It’s estimated that there are 43,000 food items in your average grocery store and the average American makes 1.6 trips to the store a week (Food Marketing Institute). That being said… NO KIDDING it’s so difficult to decide what to eat anymore! There is always a new trend of dieting, a quick fix shake to help you lose 50 pounds in 50 minutes, or a miracle food that will lower your blood pressure by looking at it…. I hate to break it to you, but if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
It can be unbelievably stressful and discouraging when you start eating healthy, you start exercising and you don’t see the results you want right away. We live in a society where everything is instant gratification, but anything that is worthwhile will take some time. This is no different with leading a healthier lifestyle. There is always something like a wedding that you sulk over because you had a slice of cake, or a Saturday morning of guilt because O’Fallon Brewery released their Pumpkin Beer and you know that the three you had was not the lowest calorie choice. Many of us beat ourselves up to the point of deciding the infamous “Well, I ate bad yesterday so I may as well just keep it rolling and eat badly again today.” It’s time to ditch that mentality because that’s the one that gets us in the most trouble.
So you had a bad food day? We all do. Now pick yourself back up, get back on track the next day, and forget about it. One bad day does not need to throw you off for an entire week. A Saturday night with friends, a Thursday happy hour, a birthday party… these are the things you need to ENJOY since they are the things in life that make it so great. One bad day does not make you gain weight; it’s the decisions that are made the other six days a week that can lead to the unwanted pounds.
Let’s keep it simple and make substitutions to our everyday lives that keep us healthy but will still let us just eat for the enjoyment of eating! Let’s EAT!