You prepare your meal and are ready to attack. How many times have you stepped back for the briefest moment to consider what you are about to put into your body? How many times have you decided what you are about to eat is no good for you and plowed through anyway?
No one is perfect and many do this from time to time. You might call it a “cheat meal” or something to that effect to distract from the fact you are giving in to your cravings. Frankly, if you are doing this sort of thing and maintaining a healthy body composition, meeting your fitness goals and the prospects for your future well being are still good, then it is probably not something to be concerned about.
If, however, you find yourself chucking another empty ready meal tray onto the already extensive pile of empty read meal trays, take this as a sign that all is probably not well. If the chocolate feast you set out to demolish becomes a sweet-acidic grind, then you are probably eating it to excess.
Normally, we desist from doing things which cause us discomfort. It’s when a mental narrative is in the way (for bad or for good) that we persist. Do either of these sound familiar?The second example is there to highlight how a mental narrative and persistence can result in positive change (assuming no injury).
The 80/20 Rule
A helpful food goal which is popular nowadays is to get it right 80% of the time.
Wouldn’t life be easier if we were like the cows in the cartoon above. We would be blissfully unaware that we were already eating the best food for our bodies. Alas, man-made refined foods blew our taste buds’ minds (the “AHA!” moment of the talking cow)! Once tasted, it is hard to forget.
Therefore, what we must do is this: It is down to each and every one of us to get a grip and practise a moderate attitude to food that works for us. Let us teach it to our families and friends!
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Further Reading: This article from Precision Nutrition tells us more about the internal cues/sensations and mindset patterns which can help us to eat for success.