There is a common phrase I hear women say and it goes like this: “I ate too much this weekend.” Or my personal favorite: “I was so bad this weekend.”
Why do we do this to ourselves?
Why do we feel guilty about enjoying food?
WE NEED TOP STOP. You need to stop. Please stop.
If you are going to eat French fries, be present in that moment and enjoy the French fries. Then once you are done, STOP THINKING ABOUT THEM. Or else, just don’t eat them to begin with.
And no, I am not only talking about French fries; I am talking about food in general. As women, I feel the majority of us spend at least half our day thinking about food and debating what we should or shouldn’t eat. We let food run our lives.
Let me just say that I am guilty of this as well. I constantly shame myself for things I eat. As I eat a slice of pizza, I am calculating how much I need to run the next day in order to work it off. This is a mindset that I am not proud of. It is a mindset I am constantly trying to rid myself of.
I love food. Food brings me joy. Therefore, I need to adjust my mindset in such a way that allows me to eat without constant guilt looming over me. I also need to accept that my body type is unique. I am big-boned. I will never be stick-skinny like the models in magazines. And that is ok.
We were never meant to look like those models on the cover of Shape or Vogue magazine. That is just unrealistic. And when we put these unrealistic expectations on ourselves we are setting ourselves up for a lifetime of disappointment. We are pursuing a life full of unhappiness and dissatisfaction.
What you need to understand is that healthy looks different for everyone. Just because you read an article in Shape magazine about how celebrities only eat fruits and veggies, they only have dessert once a year, and they work out 3 times a day does not mean that is what you need to do. YOU ARE YOU…you were not meant to be anyone else.
Your reality of health is different than that of celebrities; your reality of health is unique to you. You simply need to find the lifestyle that makes you feel the healthiest, strongest, and most beautiful. Because when you feel healthy, your vision of yourself is shifted. When you feel healthy and understand your body, you will learn to feel confident in your own skin.
My health guide is simple and not nearly as restrictive as others you may read. My health guide involves two simple steps:
1. Everything in moderation
2. At least 30 minutes of physical activity a day.
Beauty is not within the eyes of the beholder; beauty is behind your own eyes. Beauty comes from how you think and feel about yourself.
So girl, go ahead, eat those French Fries! But please, do not feel guilty about it later.
You are beautiful the way you are and French Fries were never meant to be dipped in guilt…ketchup is much more tasty.