Do you label food as “good” or “bad”?
It’s sooo tempting to do this (I’m GUILTY of it too!) especially when you are making a conscious effort to eat better and/or lose weight.
But this type of labelling – assigning morality to food – can actually have a very negative effect on us.
For example, say you order brown rice and steamed veggies...
Sounds healthy and filling, right?
But then the waitress tells you the restaurant only has white rice.
So you think: But white rice is bad… *I’M* being bad for ordering it…
You went from feeling GREAT... to down on yourself…
And possibly perplexed:
Should I get noodles?!
Scrap the whole thing and get deep-fried egg rolls?!
Calling a food “bad” only makes you feel bad or “wrong” for choosing to eat it.
Sure, brown rice is better for you nutritionally than white rice...
But that doesn’t make white rice BAD.
And you’re certainly not bad for eating it!!
Focus on DOING YOUR BEST in the situation you’re in.
White rice may not be optimal...
BUT IT’S A WHOLE LOT BETTER than the deep-fried egg roll, right?!
Keep this perspective and throw away the “good” versus “bad” thinking.
Be proud of yourself for choosing the BEST choice available.
That balance is what makes “living healthy” a SUSTAINABLE lifestyle.
The best, most perfect, ULTIMATE choice isn’t always possible in the real world.
And if you feel bad even when you make the best choice you can, it’ll be a million times harder to stay motivated and on track.
You’ll end up discouraged…
The meal plans help keep you from eating out, but “eating in” isn’t always possible...
Sometimes you have to go out for a work thing, or a friend’s birthday--or you just want to!!
Have a life, find that balance, and do the best YOU can (and feel GOOD about it).
There are no good or bad foods—just better choices. DO YOUR BEST.
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