21 August 2012

Girls Night--Conversation, Wine and Cheese Dip?

Posted in Diet and Nutrition

Girls Night--Conversation, Wine and Cheese Dip?

This past weekend I participated in a night in with the girls. It included lots of laughing, conversation, encouragement, wine, some fantastic buffalo chicken cheese dip and ultimate chocolate chip cookies. From the moment I set foot in the door I was relaxed. Looking forward to this all week, I was now able to let my hair down, relax and indulge in some guilty pleasures.

Now I am sure some of you are saying to yourself, "Isn't she a health coach? Why is she eating cheese dip and cookies?" See, I believe in the 80/20 (sometimes even 70/30 lol) rule—Eat clean 80% of the time and let loose for 20%. My eating cookies, drinking wine and tasting some of the best cheese dip ever wasn't going to kill me. It was simply a break from the norm and in doing so allows a couple of things to happen.

First, it changes my relationship with forbidden foods. Even as a person who takes great pride in feeding my body nutritious, whole foods, I still have my weaknesses. Often times when we have foods that are "off limits" it only makes us want them more. So allowing myself the occasional treat removes that temptation and quite frankly will even lessen my desire to eat them.

Second, it makes me realize my body can't handle these foods like it used to. Every time I treat myself, I am finding that it takes less and less to satisfy my craving. So what that means to me is before I know it I would have completely lost the urge to eat certain foods period. Take the buffalo chicken cheese dip for example. It was GREAT! However, I have pretty much eliminated dairy from my diet therefore my body isn't used to digesting it anymore. So despite enjoying it, I woke up the next morning with a headache and a bad case of morning mucus (gross I know).

The moral of my long story is to treat yourself sometimes. There is nothing wrong with occasionally eating that cookie or slice of pizza. Just be mindful when you do. Pay attention to what your body tells you after your finished or even the next day and be sure exercise some self-control.

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