Over the holidays, I ate WAY too many....
Another holiday season has come and gone and thank goodness because holy moly there are a lot of temptations kicking around during those weeks, am I right? For about two weeks we were surrounded by desserts and cookies and more cookies. Plenty of cocktails and snacks and cheese. Oh the cheese. I love cheese so much. But the one thing I overdid it with, maybe lost control a little....potato chips.
Crazy right? And it wasn't until New Years eve that I even encountered them. Nelsy thought chip and dip was a good idea to add to the 236 other food items we had that night and for some reason he bought 2 bags. I love me some potato chips and let's just say I'm glad they're out of the house now (because full disclosure: I finished them yesterday with my lunch).
Here's the thing, I don't believe in deprivation because it can totally backfire. Yes I may have had a few too many chips this time but typically I set some pretty reasonable ground rules for myself. I know that chips are a major weakness, so for starters, we rarely have them in the house. That helps a ton. On those rare occasions when they do end up here I allow myself to have some, if they are accompanying my lunch. I eat leftovers most days, so chips wouldn't really go with that. When I decide to have a sandwich or a wrap or something then I put a few chips on the plate and put. the. bag. away. I try to stick with the one big rule that chips are not a snack on their own because that's where the trouble starts.
He also bought a bunch of big shrimp so we could have our holiday fave, bacon wrapped BBQ shrimp (I learned that one from working at a restaurant in Yellowstone). Luckily we had the sense to say- OK, that's enough. We don't need any more food! So we cooked them up on New Year's Day and ate them with a nice healthy salad- FOR THE WIN!
So the moral of this story is, you can have your cake and eat it too (whatever that means) as long as you do so responsibly. I can assure you that if those shrimp were just an appetizer on a platter I would have (or certainly would have been tempted to) eaten more than I should because man, they are SO good. But with a nice salad, that was the meal, two or three are perfect.
You can improve your eating habits without depriving yourself. You just need a small amount of discipline and a decent strategy. You just need to be realistic about your goals and your efforts and go from there. If you need help with this, hit me up! I'm here for YOU!