How to Bounce Back from A Diet Slip Up: My 3 Top Tips
Have a little too much wine this weekend? Did you enjoy one to many bites or your favourite dessert? Did you take your planned guilt-free meal a few bites further than you had expected?
We all go a little over the top from time to time and that is a part of life and of discovering your own sense of balance. The problem lies in continuing to repeat destructive eating patterns over and over. Just a little bit here and a little bit there adds up and before we know it a week has flown by and we are quite off track.
So where does the strength to get back to what is healthy and feels best come from? How do we conjour it up on a cool, autumn Monday when we need it?
Here Are Some of The Steps I Take:
1. Forgive yourself - You ate it, its in the past, now move on. No the food consumed was not in line with your goals, no it is not going to help you reach your goals but it’s done. There is no point wasting your precious energy in regret or feeling guilty. It’s time to move forward.
2. Get back to your meal plan ASAP - The best thing that you can do for yourself is change gears and get back to your meal plan or healthy eating regime right away. Structure is important when you are feeling out of sorts or out of control. Fall back into a plan that you have faith in an stick with it no matter what temptations or interferences may come up. Someone brings cinnamon buns to work? Leave the room and enjoy one of your timed meals or snacks, you will find much more satisfaction in them, trust me. If it is not time for a meal, treat yourself to a delicious cup of your favourite tea. For me, a Fantasy Island Almond Milk Misto from DavidsTea does it every time.
3. Do Not Over or Under Compensate - If you enjoyed some treats the night before or over the course of the last week, do not under eat to make up for this. THIS WILL NOT HELP YOU, all it will do is lower your metabolic rate (the rate at which you burn calories) and you will need to continuously eat less and less for the same effect. After recovering from an eating disorder that began with compensating my food, I can tell you that this is a destructive and dangerous path to walk. The best thing to do is stick to your meal plan and you will be amazed at how quickly your body and mind adapt.
**Note: If you do not have a meal plan that you feel comfortable with, I create personal plans that are custom to your dietary or lifestyle needs, click here for more information on my custom meal plans.
Alternatively, you may refer to hundreds of amazing books such as the Eat Clean Diet Series for delicious, clean recipes and meal plans that can help you achieve your goals.