Researchers at Cornell University determined that we make more than 200 food-related decisions per day. How many times can you choose to go the healthier route when faced with these many decisions? How easy or how tough is it for you to make good choices about food? How many times a day are you faced with the decision, ”to eat, or not to eat” ?
I've posted this in my challenge groups in the past but the concept really hit home to me this weekend. I tend to get so wrapped up in the things that I choose to eat that are NOT to plan. Small things that while, not ideal are not really a big deal either. Perfectionism is a dangerous trap. It can make you want to give up and just eat ALL the things if you don't live up to your idea of a perfect diet.
I know this weekend I was not by any means perfect with my diet. But I can tell you that I made the decision to not eat several things that crossed my path. I didn't buy that bottle of wine on Friday night even though I wanted to. I didn't have any of the pumpkin sugar cookies that I brought to bring to a church event. I didn't get a smoothie or shake at Evos when I took the kids, I got the herbal unsweetened iced tea instead. I managed to leave IKEA without a cinnamon roll. And, I didn't have any of the pizza that the family had Sunday night and instead treated myself to a bit of high quality cheese with gluten free crackers and a big plate of fresh veggies and hummus.
All of these choices add up. It's consistency, not perfection that gets to to a healthy lifestyle. It's important to give yourself credit for the restraint that you practice each day. Celebrate them as victories!