I hear a lot about how you shouldn’t eat YOLO meals. You know, “You Only Live Once.” I guess it makes sense if you are trying to achieve a certain body type and have and maintain six pack abs, but it just doesn’t make sense for my life. One thing that allows me to eat healthy most of the time, is that I know I can have a meal that doesn’t fit into my diet plan every once in awhile. “Once in awhile” for me is maybe once or twice a month.
Everyone who knows me well knows that my weakness is pizza. I knew going into this diet change that if I had to give up pizza FOREVER, it probably wasn’t going to work for me. So, I allow myself to have pizza at least once every two months. I eat as much as I’d like to and I don’t feel guilty about it. I always make fun of my father because he has these little life sayings, but he has one that rings true for me when it comes to eating healthy. It’s not what you do some of the time, it’s what you do all of the time.
You really do need to allow yourself to enjoy your favorite foods all the time and not beat yourself up about it. I find that when I’m not eating those splurge foods all of the time, I really do enjoy them more when I have them and it gives me something little to look forward to. Also, if I allow myself to have the pizza and plan for it, I don’t have the attitude that “I already messed up for the day, I may as well eat this cake too!”
I’m curious if anyone else has any strategies that work for them to help them stay on a nutritious diet, at least most of the time. Chime in below.