Eat the cake.
As soon as a food is “off-limits” , it immediately becomes more appealing.
Think about it. When you were younger and your parents told you that you could only have one piece of candy or one chewy Flintstones multivitamin….you wanted more. I distinctly remember sneaking into the kitchen with my siblings while my parents weren’t looking and enjoying a few more of those different colored Flintstones . Why? Because it was fun and against the rules. To this day, we still laugh about it….and I’m pretty sure my mom only recently found out about it. [Sorry mom!]
So back to my point….as soon as you tell yourself or someone tells you can’t have something, you want it MORE. Food is no different. What if I told you that in “having good self-control with food”, it may really mean that food ends up controlling you. It doesn’t sound so fun does it?
I went through a phase where I wouldn’t eat certain foods or was pretty particular about when it was okay to eat them. Let me tell you, that only made me more neurotic about food.
Where as a kid, if there was cake or cookies available, I’d eat what I wanted and leave the rest. To many of us that scenario is now foreign. Why? Because the more food rules we try to follow, the more we lose our natural ability to know how much and what to eat.
What do you think happens when a kid who is always told to only have one piece of candy (if any) is then given the whole bowl when no one else is looking?
YUP. You guessed it. Empty bowl. …..and maybe a little GI distress. 🙂
So if you’ve ever wondered: How can you not eat the whole slice of cake? How can you just take a few bites of ice-cream and not finish the whole pint? How are you satisfied after just a few chips ?
Here’s how: It’s because that food is no longer off limits. It is no longer a big deal.
Now, there is A LOT more that goes into eating and nourishing your body appropriately that I’m super excited to delve into in future blog posts. There is no way that one post could possibly explain everything I’ve learned about food, nutrition, and our bodies. But for now, just know that everything in moderation (one of the most popular dietitian phrases) really does work.
The key is that YOU aren’t the one controlling the moderation, your body is.
There are no “good” or “bad” foods. There is just food and what you make of it.
Let me tell you, there is no greater feeling than enjoying a slice of cake to the point where you’re satisfied and 1) not feeling like you should eat a ton of it now because later it’ll be off limits again and/or 2) not having to think so much about the cake and how much or how little you should eat so that you’re able to focus on more important things…like the people and celebration around you.
So, eat the cake.
And all the other things you are self-restricting and avoiding.