Is it me, or does it seem like far too often I could be having an ordinary day, in my own ignorant bliss, patting my back for the salad I just ate for lunch, when suddenly I log on Facebook and am greeted by the devil, or posts like “Celebrate National Donut day!, It seems like everyday is some sort of holiday dedicated to all the foods I am actively trying to avoid, or forget their existence.
For example, Monday was allegedly, “National Cannoli Day” according to my timeline. What? Since when did we need special days or reasons to celebrate cannoli’s. I find myself rationing in my head, “Well, how can I not, it is National Cannoli day right?” Like what does that mean anyway, and what evil person decided to torture me with these patriotic duties.
The worst part is, these sacred goods, are often discounted, or even free on these days of obligation. It’s one thing to say no to a donut, but its a completely different level of willpower when saying no to a free donut, or cannoli. Why cant grocery stores ever be like “National fruit and veggies day” Come get your free supply! Or “National grilled chicken salad day” Well, I guess that wouldn’t be as fun.
I am not the Grinch of food holidays, nor am I against those who celebrate, and believe me nobody was happier than me to partake in “National Margarita Day” but we can’t let these little diversions alter our focus. A harmless donut on national donut day, may turn into a slippery slope of bad food making decisions. I know I often used to think(Okay, sometimes still think), “Well I already ate this donut, so might as well just go a-wall and eat as much of everything else bad for me that I can.”
This act of definiance, the middle finger to our diet is then followed in progression by food guilt. I then think about all the changes I need to make and then come the battle cries to ‘Start again tomorrow! “or…. how about Monday.” The trick is to break that habit and just make the next decision a good one.Nobody is perfect and there are always temptations around us. It is okay to indulge in these temptations, if we just get right back on track. Don’t wait until tomorrow, just make the next choice count!