The Art of Letting it Go: Eating to Live
We've all heard the phrase "you eat to live," and yes, you MUST! However, somewhere in the not so distant past the paradox shifted employing something similar to an "eating is life" mentality. I cannot count the times I recall in both my personal and professional life the phrasing "I'm just going to eat what I want and enjoy life"; somehow initiating the idea that it is simply impossible to enjoy anything else in our life than our favorite goodies at our fingertips at any given second. Remember that eating is a part of your life-- but it is not the only part.
Food should be enjoyed. However, as much time as we spend thinking about food it's often the last thing we set up a plan for in our day. I mean, we think about how long the commute to work will take, the obligations of the work day, the stress of the boss, the kids soccer practice, our spouse's dry cleaning and transition on from one moment to the next outlining life's little intricacies (hint: these are all those amazing things we can enjoy in life other than food!). However, we often neglect to delegate the tasks necessary to set up the only thing we absolutely MUST do in our day to survive. EAT! A successful day will require a balance of both.
By the time we swing by the drive through between that last phone call at work and rushing to soccer practice we're going to get whatever we can get our hands on as quickly as possible like its going out of style. And this is the trap we set for ourselves! We must eat it all! because it will taste great and we convince ourselves "it's the last time." So when they ask you at the window "would you like to get the meal deal for $0.57 more" here are the things you should consider:
It is NOT your last time at the drive through window in your life. In fact, if you so desired, you could come through it again tomorrow. And the day after. So stick to what you planned to order, enjoy it, and move on with your life!
Stick to water. You're hungry, remember. In no way did a giant soda ever quench hunger. Get what you came to order, and move along.
It's FREAKING $0.57 MORE! you're not getting a deal! They are! They prepare your meal for pennies on the dollar. So not only are you getting an exponential number or additional calories, but they successfully just sold you oodles of junk you don't need.
But lets say you went ahead and went for the meal deal (or perhaps your eyes were just bigger than your stomach to begin). 3/4 of the way through your feeling satisfied. Don't trick yourself into justifying finishing the whole thing because you paid for it. Finishing the meal wont make the $0.57 cents come back. It will just fill your body with unnecessary calories with a side of guilt. Pull up to a trash and make it a point to let it go. You'll never believe how powerful your choice will make you feel!
And after you've enjoyed your meal set up a plan for tomorrow. Run through your anticipated day in your mind as you likely do at some point in the evening. Throw in food preparation to your plan (remember, that one thing we MUST do to live!). Even if its just starting with one meal or snack, plans have a way of building on themselves with practice. Take ten minutes to cut up that head of broccoli and portion into individual bags, make a sandwich, etc.) It's always an excellent time to start!
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