Today I had a really healthy & delicious lunch but I had a hankering for something sweet. I remembered I had a snack-sized 100 Grand bar in my purse from yesterday.
I got upstairs to my room, and got very busy with the afternoon activities. Thoughts of candy bars had vanished.
Fast forward to 3:30, when I started to realize I was developing a sweet tooth again. I told my assistant,
“Oooh, I forgot about a candy bar I have in my purse! I’m going to enjoy it after the clients leave!”
She screamed, “Noooo, don’t do it!”
That one candy bar could ruin everything. One moment in time.
But the fact is, that one snack, one meal, even a few days worth of eating has very little effect on your health. Rather, it’s what you eat over a period of time that influences your health.
But she wasn’t even talking about health, she was talking about my weight.
In the past, I would have restricted, eaten the candy bar anyway, beat myself up about it, and then stopped at a few drive-throughs on the way home.
What happened today?
I ate my candy bar mindfully, savored & enjoyed it, threw away the wrappers, and went on about my day. No guilt. No black or white thinking. Just pleasure.
And not the only pleasure of my day either.
Other joys included talking with friends, giving myself some much needed downtime after work, and journaling.
When food is just one lovely component of your life, instead of the ONLY one….
*it doesn’t glitter
*it can be eaten mindfully & intuitively
*it’s just food and not love