Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: We all Screw Up!

So, you’ve been good for the last umpteenth month or whatever and all of a sudden you fall off the wagon- hard.  You’ve lost all will to follow the rules about eating moderately, eating breakfast, or eating regularly for that matter.  After you get over the “I’m fat” complex, let’s talk about ways we can get you back on track.  Since you are probably starving shortly after you wake up due to the overeating the night before, protein and complex carbs are an excellent choice to prolong those stomach pains until you can moderate yourself to normalcy again.  Have scrambled eggs (minus the yolk) with whole wheat toast as soon as you wake up to start your metabolism and stretch out your fullness.  Designate your snack for two hours after you eat.  This will ease your ravishing cravings plus give you control as to what you are going to put in your body next.  Air-popped popcorn, fruit smoothies, and fresh fruits and vegetables are all excellent ways of feeding your cravings while not adding to your calorie count.  It’s also a good idea to stay away from sugar and alcoholic beverages when you trying to get back on track, as these may be the reason why we are having this conversation.  It should be no surprise by now that these feel-good items only add on empty calories and extra weight.  But it doesn’t have to take a miracle to make it all go away.  Try to monitor your emotional eating before you tackle this aspect of weening.  You may be grabbing for high-calorie, high-sweet, or high-salty foods for reasons other than hunger.  You may be stressed or under a lot of pressure.  Food can offer a quick solution for a meal for time’s sake or a crutch to use in times where you feel like rewarding yourself or fill any emotional need for that matter.  Once you figure out how to fix the emotional aspect then you can fix the physical aspect that food dishes up.  It’s so easy to deprive ourselves of food the moment we go into actual realization that we’ve overdone it for the past couple of days.  Instead of foregoing meals, moderate them with regular ones instead.  Have a glass of V8, oatmeal with low-fat milk, and some fruit for breakfast, a tuna salad for lunch, and lean meat, chicken or fish with vegetables for dinner.  For snacks, try yogurt, peanut butter sandwiches, or protein shakes.  Having the extra protein at every meal and in between meals will curb the temptation to binge on junk food and also help your body to shed extra water weight. We all fall off the wagon sometimes and you shouldn’t beat yourselves over it.  Allow your self-control to come back into play, be honest with yourself, and above all, don’t sweat the small stuff, you’ll be back on track in no time!

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