Overcome Weekend Overeating While Still Enjoying Tasty Food and Snacks
How to Overcome Weekend Overeating and Live to Tell About It
Do you ever have one of those weeks? You know the kind that usually finds you saying “I need a pizza and a glass of wine… or three… and chocolate. Yes definitely chocolate!”
It happens to everyone at some point in their health and fitness journey. Why is that?
You reason that it’s the weekend and you “earned” it by enduring the day to day that comes with life. You’ve crossed the “must-do” finish line at the end of the week and entered the post race VIP party tent of your head. You see it as a time when “normal rules” don’t apply. It’s time to let loose and put your feet up on responsibilities so you can hurry up and relax.
Side note: I’m not saying that it’s wrong to enjoy a little pizza and vino with some chocolate. It definitely has its place. However, this pattern can easily become a gateway coping method for stress management or to reward healthy choices elsewhere.
This might show up in the middle of the week with a mid-day drive through run because you “had a stressful morning at work” or “just a little’ chocolate at the end of every day because it’s the only thing you have to look forward to.
However, using food to fill a void other than hunger will only expand the void and can derail your progress toward a healthier and stronger mind and body.
Food will never fill an emotional, mental, or spiritual void.
Here are some tips to help you keep this over indulgence from becoming a gateway method of dealing with life:
Aim for progress, not perfection- setting no more than 3 small achievable action steps for each day will help you to feel accomplished at the end of the day instead of disappointed for missing a mark too high.
Let go of weekday “food rules” such as “don’t eat this” “eat only that” “don’t eat at that time” “eat only at this time” etc. While habits and structure are helpful tools, your passion in life shouldn’t be your spreadsheet of unfulfilling food rules. Reflect on the restrictions you’ve set for yourself and see if you can dial it back to something more sustainable.
Own your choices. If you’re going to eat that pizza and chocolate, consider how it is going to make you physically feel. Bloated? Stomach ache? Guilty? Remember that you’re free to choose whatever you want but in the end choices still have consequences. You are not a powerless victim of circumstance.
Quit rationalizing and making deals with yourself. Weekends are easy times to justify that unhealthy foods are the only option. Excuses abound with family gatherings, stress relievers, too tired to shop, etc. Instead, ask why you want that pizza. It might just reveal a non-food void that needs attention.
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