Do you know how to bounce back from an indulgence? Or does one small slip usually cause a change reaction that derails your entire day?
No matter how committed and motivated you are to follow a healthy diet, once in a while it’s absolutely natural and normal to eat something that you normally wouldn’t. The issue really doesn’t come from succumbing to indulgence once—what’s problematic is the domino effect that one slip can trigger. That’s why learning how to course correct your day and get back on track is such an important skill that everyone needs to learn and practice.
Having a pastry, a burger, or a slice of pizza is one thing… But you have to learn to stop yourself before you eat the entire box of donuts or the entire pizza! You also must learn that eating one thing off track does not mean that you should throw away your entire day. The attitude of “starting again tomorrow” is misguided. Learn to draw the line right now to get back on track with the rest of your day with your usual healthy habits.
When you indulge, you face a crossroads. You can turn down the path to your usual healthy eating, or you can take a long tumble down the other path that will set you back much farther from your health goals. Draw the line and choose to get back on your path.
It helps when you don’t make that single slip such a big deal. Things usually go awry when people attribute too much gravity to the indulgence. The day is not ruined by one treat, but it will be if you continue to pig out!
Here are 3 tips to help you draw the line and course correct your day after you’ve gotten off track.
1. Drink 500mL of water. When you consume sugary or fatty foods, you can feel heavy and unclean which can lower your self-esteem and contribute to the feeling that you’ve “ruined the whole day.” Drinking water will refresh you, clean your palette and will help to mark your end to indulging and your beginning to getting back on track. Make sure that you drink plenty of extra water throughout the rest of the day.
2. Decide and commit to your next healthy meal. Whatever you just ate doesn’t matter; it’s in the past. The future is what’s important. Plan for your next meal to be healthy with lots of vegetables. Visualize your healthy choice and stick to that plan.
3. Get some exercise. It will feel good to get your body moving and it will help to reinforce your healthy values. Even if you only have time for a short walk, make it brisk and—more importantly—make it happen!
Habituating yourself to a healthy lifestyle is not a single act; it’s an ongoing process learning process. It’s not about being perfect and perfection doesn’t even exist! The healthiest people aren’t healthy because they never ever eat anything “bad”; they achieve a healthy body weight by continually exercising good habits. Practicing course correction is as important, if not more important, than learning to practice restraint. So the next time you indulge, look at the silver lining and use it as a learning opportunity. You’ll be better off for it in the long run.
Stephanie is a Holistic Health Coach who specializes in helping busy women honor themselves, their family, and their future by showing them how to streamline their life, eat better, create more energy, and make better decisions thus decreasing stress. Find out more at StephanieKatherine.com
Stephanie is a Holistic Health Coach who specializes in helping busy women honor themselves, their family, and their future by showing them how to streamline their life, eat better, create more energy, and make better decisions in order to decrease stress.