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.
For many people, eating episodes like this are considered a “food sin” and often lead to a make-up mentality that sounds something like this:
To make up for this, I will…
- skip breakfast and lunch tomorrow.
- work out extra hard all week.
- not eat sugar for the next 30 days.
- go on a detox diet for a week.
This penance approach frequently results in a vicious cycle of restricting and overeating. It’s ineffective, exhausting and demoralizing—and terribly unenjoyable.
The key to escaping this cycle is to stop believing you have to make up for your eating decisions—and stop making a fix-it plan.
Instead, when you feel like you’ve committed a “food transgression,” just go on with your life. Instead of feeling guilty and shifting into make-up mentality, resume doing what you always do.
And listen to your body. It will tell you what it needs.
For example, you may wake up and find your appetite is smaller than usual. So eat a smaller breakfast. Or, you may find you’re hungry for your usual breakfast. So have that.
Don't deny or punish your body because you feel you ate too much the day before. 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.