Sometimes I feel that people think a nutritionist eats healthy 100% of the time. While some practitioners like to portray this image of dietary perfection, I choose to say….Hey I’m human! And guess what? I like wine and french fries as much as the next person.
Just because I choose to help others make dietary changes does not mean that I am some superhuman that never makes mistakes. The reason I am so good at connecting with people is because of my flaws and my journey through success and failure.
Now I am not saying that I eat like crap all the time…that would make me hypocritical…instead, I eat healthy and give my body premium fuel 80-90% of the time. You can bet for that other 20-10% I am fully enjoying my indulgence. Favorites for me include: gluten free dessert and Mexican foods.
Even when I choose to indulge, I do not beat myself up about it. Instead, I savor the mouth watering deliciousness. I went to Temecula (wine country) this past weekend and I sure as heck indulged. The funny thing that I notice is that the indulgences were delicious in the moment but just fueled my desire for something healthy the next day. It’s like my body is saying… “ok Megan that was fun…but I need some premo fuel now…k thanks.”
In the days of my ED I never would have thought that I could allow myself to indulge and still be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I had this belief that any slip-ups would lead to a head long plunge into dietary sinville and I would never return. Ironically, it’s the permission I give myself to have indulgence every now and then that truly help me appreciate my healthy lifestyle.
I am far from perfect so sometimes I indulge a little too much (my body definitely lets me know when this is the case!) but the difference is that I express compassion for myself and make the next right choice. That horrible voice of judgement in my head that screams like a harpy every time I indulge gets told to sit down and shut up.
Instead of letting that voice berate me for indulging a little, or even too much sometimes, I simply press mute for that voice and listen to my own compassionate voice of wisdom that reminds me I am A-OK in the grand scheme of things. This forgiveness and compassion is what gives me the ability to silence the critic and make the next right choice for my body and mind.
What are your favorite indulgences? Does your judgmental harpy berate you when you indulge???? How would it feel to tell Ms.Judgmental to sit down and shut up??
Much love and light,