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:
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