I really want to sit and eat junk (mostly candy and cookies) just one day a week, lol! I haven’t caved to this mainly because I know I will feel like crap afterwards and it’s really not worth it but the desire is there and some days it’s really strong! What can I do about this desire? (Can I have a junk day lol?) I’m moving pass my viscous episodes of bingeing and punishing myself. So what are your thoughts? I love how physically strong I’m feeling and how good I feel when I eat balanced but the mental and emotional balance is a little harder to maintain or reach some days. Thank you for your help!
Ok so a couple things:
A lot of people like to incorporate an untracked meal, a “joy eat” or a “cheat day”--and it there isn’t a problem with it--it just depends on a lot of factors. You are more than welcome to incorporate a “junk meal” (not a day lol) but how do you think your mindset will respond to that? Will it mess with your head? Will it be a nice break? Will one meal turn into a day or a weekend? It really depends on your personality. And it’s similar with your physical progress also--if you notice you’re not making the progress you want--it’s tightening up the weighing and tracking and eliminating these kinds of extras that is your first step!
As far as the desire--(and we actually sent an email about this today--Wednesday)--you have to just allow it. It’s called riding the wave. Just allow it, don’t judge it, don’t make the presence of this desire mean anything about you as a person--or make it mean anything about your progress. The more you allow it and don’t judge it and don’t act on it--the less these desires will have power over you in the long run. Allowing the discomfort of cravings or negative emotions of any kind--and not acting on them or judging yourself for them--IS the secret. You can just say, man I am really craving cookies and candy right now, that’s interesting.
And perhaps consider building them into your day, like an end of day treat for example! It could be a good thing for you to understand what they cost and how to fit them in--you won’t be in a cut forever and when you reverse and count in maintenance they will easier to fit. You don’t have to live the rest of your life without cookies and candy to see or keep your results--it’s just a question of what’s worth it to and when/how to fit them into your day in a way that works for you physically and mentally.