“I’m just going to have ONE cookie”… starts off innocently enough. But next thing we know – we’re 8 deep!
That brings me to a vulnerable moment I want to share with you today.
I hope it’ll help reassure you that no one is perfect, we are all human, just trying to do the best we can, and how having a healthy relationship with food helped the situation.
I had bought my favorite cookies in the morning to make with a friend at night. Slowly over the course of the day, my stomach started hurting more and more until…I got my period. UGH. The pain was very intense, and Midol wasn’t doing anything.
I needed relief and knew those cookies would help me forget about the pain – even for a few brief moments. Our bodies are smart, they know eating + sugar will give it a quick hit of pleasure and relaxation!
I took a ball of cookie dough out of the package, sat at the table, and ate it. OMG was it good!! I ate it slowly, savoring every bite.
Then I did it again. And again. And again. And again…over the course of about an hour, until 8 out of the 12 cookies were gone.
At that point, I noticed my stomach was starting to feel really full, so I threw those last 4 cookie dough balls away to avoid eating them. I ended up not feeling hungry again til it was time for a stir fry for dinner.
If this happened when I had an unhealthy relationship with food: I would have eaten those last 4 cookies – regardless of how full I felt.
I would have beat myself up for having any cookies to begin with let alone 12, and considered the damage already done and would have kept eating more processed, sugary foods for days.
But that didn’t happen. I wanted cookies, so I ate them. I did it mindfully, and enjoyed em! I stopped when I was feeling full, and threw the rest away to set myself up for success.
I moved on, went about my day, and tuned into my body to realize I wasn’t hungry again til around 7 for dinner. I ate a yummy stir fry with lots of veggies, because I was craving it, and carried on as usual from there.
We ALL have days that don’t go as we planned with food. And that’s ok!
The best way not to get derailed is to adjust our expectations and create a healthy relationship with food.
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