Full of Veggies Stumbles a Bit

Okay, let’s be real for a second. How many of you, from time to time, fall off the wagon? You’re doing good, Eating to Live and feeling strong, but one day—WHAM—your weaknesses get the best of you, and you cheat. Maybe it’s a piece of chocolate cake, a bag of chips, or even a late night run to Taco Bell. How do you feel afterward; ashamed, disappointed, angry, annoyed?

For me, it’s all of the above—and then some! And, to top it off I usually punish myself with an extra day at the gym. Full of Veggies recently fell off the wagon, and, she’s not happy about it. After a two-day dietary detour she's recommitting herself to the idea “food is for nutrition.” Take a look:
Food is for nutrition. Food is for nutrition. Food is for nutrition. Why can't I remember this? Can I have it magically tattooed to my hand so that it blinks like a bright neon sign every time I go to put something that is nutritionally void in my mouth? If I could have one wish at this point it wouldn't be to be instantaneously skinny with the ability to eat anything I want - it'd be to think FOOD IS FOR NUTRITION and not food is because it's yummy or food is because __________ (insert stupid excuse here). Somehow I will have to instill this thought into my head so it's what I think of first and it's what happens when I start to want something bad for me. Maybe I'll get a bracelet or something... similar to a magical tattoo, no?
I guess the important thing to remember is nobody’s perfect. We all falter sometimes. So, if every once in a while you cheat, and then get really down on yourself like me and Full of Veggies, just keep this little excerpt from Eat to Live in mind:
If you go off your diet and eat junk food on occasion, mark it on your calendar and consider it a special occasion that you won’t repeat too often.

Nobody is perfect; however, do not let your weight yo-yo. You must adhere to the plan strictly enough so that you never put back on whatever weight you do take off.
What’s ironic about all this is I just had sushi for lunch—and now I’m annoyed with myself! Looks like no more fish for me this month, and there goes my day off from the gym this week. Me and my bright ideas, next time I get another bright idea I’ll try keeping this quote from Homer Simpson in mind, “Shut up, Brain, or I'll stab you with a Q-tip!”
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Jackie Danicki - November 9, 2006 4:02 PM

We all struggle with this, but it has been proven that those whose diets allow for some 'cheating' tend to keep weight off longterm, because their expectations of themselves are much more reasonable and sustainable. The very worst thing is to eat the 'cheat' and not enjoy it because we let it cause us horrific guilt. Eat, enjoy, and climb back on the wagon - as Dr Fuhrman says, just don't fall off too often. If I can be a peak performer 80% of the time, I'm thrilled with myself.

Heidi - November 10, 2006 8:35 AM

Food merely as nutrition? Sure, it is its primary purpose, but we are human beings, not robots. LIke it or not, food serves other purposes and to deny this is to deny the complexity of being human. The comments above could move easily into the territory of being disordered, rigid, and just palin unhealthy. We have been given the benefit information from the work of Dr. Fuhrman, and therefore we now know the best choices to make for our health, however, getting all "freaky about it" is not advancing one's health, as health is a multi-faceted entity. If our psyches are all caught up in a kind of terror of "falling off the wagon", that is not improving one's health. Aside from being physical, health is also psychological. Eat well out of reverence for yourself, and, if you "fall off", just get back on. All is not lost. I think Jackie brought up a good point, by the way! Basically, do your best and let the rest go. The more success you have it is likely the more you will be motivated to take good care of yourself.

Linda - November 10, 2006 10:23 AM

I've personally found that I don't fall off any wagons! I was a major fat-phobe AND a carbaholic. E.T.L.ing nourishes me to the point that I never crave any junk...it's been almost three years. I know this may not be everyone's experience, but, I think, like Dr. F. suggests, once you get over the hump (which can be super-tough for some) it's pretty easy from then on.

I no longer have those unhealthy fears and thoroughly enjoy my whole foods.

One of the best decisions I ever made.

Ryan - November 10, 2006 12:51 PM

Not a comment to this article directly, but I was hoping some could point me in the right direction so I could read some of the references used in these articles. I've had difficulty narrowing a search on pubmed and haven't been able to find any here.
thanks

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