3 Ways to Break the Rules and Win
Let’s be real. If there’s a way to break the rules and win, I for one, want to know about it.
Last weekend was Mother’s Day. You know the one… it’s the day when families around the globe unite to celebrate the women who cleaned our runny noses, soothed our childhood tantrums and possibly read our teenage diaries (that one is still open for debate) but we love them, just the same.
My family and I went out for lunch to an idyllic and extremely quaint, countryside restaurant. The surroundings were tranquil. The weather was sublime. And the food? The food was AMAZING!
Was it organic? Nope.
Was it low salt? Cooked in non-homogenised coconut oil and prayed over by Tibetan monks? Nope and nope.
But was it delicious? OH YEAH!
Why am I telling you this?
It’s important to know that it’s OKAY to break the rules. It’s OKAY to eat “regular” food if that’s what YOU want to do.
And here’s why…
1. Everything doesn’t have to be 100% organic or clean ALL the time
Everything doesn’t have to be 100% organic or clean ALL the time (what IS clean food, anyway? Are the rest of us eating dirt?) Give yourself the freedom to eat WHAT you want, WHEN you want it and TRUST yourself to stop when you’ve had enough. Eating mountains of mousse just because you had a a spoonful is not helpful. It’s not helpful to your waistline. It’s not helpful to your sanity. And most of all, it’s not helpful to mousse supplies world wide if you’re eating it all and there’s none left for the rest of us to enjoy!
2. Tell yourself the truth. ALL the time.
Now, I could have snapped a selfie of my side salad and fed you the whole “there’s always a way to eat healthy when eating out.” spiel. I could have told you I sipped on green tea while my family ate cheesy bread. But I didn’t. Because that’s not how it went down. YES I ate the fluffy, super refined cheesy bread. YES I ate the white, hyper glutinous rice. And yes… I ENJOYED EVERY MOUTHFUL. It’s fine to eat outside of your regular routine, just own your decisions. Don’t feed yourself stories of “starting again tomorrow”. You’re eating now. Enjoy it now. Make tomorrow’s choices tomorrow and own your choices today.
3. You can’t mess it up.
Of course it’s great to give your body the love and the space to enjoy plenty of whole food lovin’, but KNOW that there’s NOTHING WRONG with enjoying other foods too. You haven’t “broken your diet” so you don’t need to go on a 3 day Krispy Kreme binge-fest. And you won’t gain five kilos by tomorrow morning just because you ate some fries. And don’t come crying to me with that whole “but once I start I can’t stop” song. I sang that one for years (never in tune, by the way) and I can tell you, it’s no more believable now than it was then. Of course you can stop. It’s a matter of giving yourself the freedom to decide based on how you FEEL rather than what you FEAR. When you finally take the restriction away, you will find that your body naturally the foods that make it healthier, fitter and stronger. But first you must trust it enough to listen.
Sending you love