It gets to be about mid-week, and my cravings kick into high gear. I long for sweet, chocolate therapy inspired, sugar overloaded goodness. I crave salty, fatty, cheesy food. I begin to dream of stuffed crust pizza, or an overload of a carb-filled pasta dish. Not to mention, I'm already salivating over the pints of Ben & Jerry's at my local grocery stores days before I decide it's time for a treat that doesn't fit my macros. Now, since I am a flexible dieter, I can choose to make those kind of things fit my macros if I really wanted to. But I would rather eat 500 calories of this:
Rather than 500 calories of something like this:
I would much rather eat a nutrient dense meal that hits all the food groups, fills me up with a healthy amount of fiber, and have a little bit of peanut butter goodness on the side. Hey, peanut butter makes everything peanut better. ;)
Every week, (usually on Saturdays), I allow myself one treat meal of whatever the heck I want to eat. Usually, it's a pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. However, the last few weeks, I've decided to challenge myself and eat a treat meal with dessert included. The disordered part of me said that it was "too much" to have a main meal as a treat meal, and dessert to follow. But I've learned after many failed attempts of not challenging that voice, that the only way to win is to indeed challenge it. Do the opposite of what it's telling me. And doing so, I have reunited my taste buds with foods like...
And capping it off with the BEST pint of Ben & Jerry's known to man kind...(I mean seriously, just look at those fudgey swirls!)
People ask me, "do you really eat the whole pint?"
Yes. Yes I do. Because:
a.) It's impossible to stop at just one serving size (I mean really, who eats only 1/2 cup of ice cream at a time?!).
b.) I work out hard 6 days a week, eat clean 90% of the time, and doing so allows me to have ANYTHING I want in moderation, because I live a balanced lifestyle.
Those word right there. Moderation. Balance.
The two words that I have struggled with for years and years. Thanks to IIFYM (if it fits your macros), I am no longer afraid of foods that society would classify as "bad". That's the beauty of IIFYM and why I wish people who struggle with finding a balance between healthy and not so healthy foods would try it. It teaches you the concept of that there are no bad foods. Food is fuel. Period. Your body only views food in forms of macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats).
It is SO SO SO important for you to treat yourself. I hate when people say, "there are no days off". Everyone needs to give themselves a break. Unless you are striving to run your body and mental state into the ground, you need to stop, breathe, and live a little. It doesn't matter whether you decide treating yourself is a massage, manicure, or a meal at your favorite place to eat. If it is going to make you feel good and at peace, it's a treat. It's not "cheating" the lifestyle. It's treating your lifestyle.
So I have one assignment for you. Go out and treat yourself this weekend. Take yourself on a date. Get all dressed up. Feel beautiful (or handsome!), and truly cherish the time you're taking to enjoy your own presence. Because you are enough, and you're stuck with yourself for the rest of your life, so why not enjoy it? ♥