With bowls and bags of Halloween candy scattered around the office and home, it’s easy to eat way more sugar than you typically would.
To make up for being bad, I will…
skip breakfast and lunch tomorrow.
cut carbs and work out extra hard all week.
go on a 10-day detox diet.
not eat sugar for the next month.
This penance approach frequently results in a vicious cycle of restrict-binge-repent-repeat. It’s ineffective, physically and psychologically damaging, and causes a lot of unnecessary suffering.
The key to avoiding this painful cycle is to stop believing you have to make up for your eating decisions—and stop making a fix-it plan.
Rather than feeling guilty, beating yourself up, and shifting into make-up mentality, simply resume your daily self-care practices.
And listen to your body. It will tell you what it needs.
For example, you may wake up tomorrow and find your appetite is smaller than usual. So eat a smaller breakfast.
Or, you may find you’re hungry for your usual breakfast or something completely different. Go for whatever sounds the most nourishing and satisfying.
Don't deprive or punish yourself and your body because you feel you ate badly. Doing so always backfires.
By avoiding the make-up mentality, you’ll experience a greater sense of ease and peace with food and your body.