Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Therapeutic Eating

I started this posting Jan. 31, and it took me until Feb. 3 to figure out what I really wanted to say.

I am not always mature when it comes to food choices. I know how I should eat and most of the time I make healthy choices. However, sometimes I practice what I call "therapeutic eating." When I just don't feel well, it's usually hot & sour soup with crab rangoon. When overwhelmed by stress, chocolate, fast food hamburgers, French fries, potato chips and dip, and fried pickles may be necessary.

When totally unable to make healthy choices due to stress, I set a time limit for how long the bad behavior will continue. Usually, one meal or even a whole day is all that is needed. I give myself permission to eat anything I want and I don't feel any guilt. Finding something to be fun is the point - fun reduces stress.

Well, I've set my deadlines and I'll be ready to get back to normal soon.

The point is, we don't have to be perfect all of the time. (I've heard rumors that even Bonnie Stein will have French fries once in a while.) Sometimes it is even good for us to get a little off track - have a piece of chocolate cake, take a day off walking... Just so we don't go nuts.

If you have had a fitness or "healthy living" set back - don't give up! Set a deadline and treat that deadline like it's special. Make it your own personal celebration or holiday - like New Year's all over again! Don't let a little bad behavior ruin what could be very positive remainder of the year!

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