Today I threw my diet plan to the wind. I upped my intake for a couple of weeks, and I'm going to back to the lower numbers tomorrow. The lower numbers are lower than ever since you have to eat less and less to lose weight as your current weight goes down. For one day I decided that it would be okay to eat what I actually wanted to eat, and maybe even feel full. I know, I know... big no-no.
"Unhealthy food should never be used as a treat." You've probably heard this, but I think it's a bunch of bunk. First of all, I ate healthy food for the most part. I also had some cookies. Really, really good cookies, thanks to Megan. (Seriously, these cookies took it to a whole new level.) For the main course, I had taco soup. I added some cheese since it makes it taste much better, and I ate more than I would had I been counting calories. We also had corn bread. I don't normally "waste" calories on pure carbs. They aren't filling enough to be worth it. Today I enjoyed my corn bread. It wasn't exceptionally good corn bread, but it sure tasted good to my bread-deprived mouth.
Secondly, why not? Who gets to decide what a valid treat is? Why would God make food taste good if we weren't supposed to enjoy it? No, most healthy, low-cal food just isn't as good as the fattening, high-calorie kind. I don't know why, but I do think we should get to enjoy food occasionally. Why shouldn't we celebrate with food? I think the problem is more about using the "occasional celebration" excuse to overeat on a regular basis. I'd like to see Jenny Craig's plate on Christmas day. If being an emotional eater is defined as "finding pleasure in the taste of food", then I think it's pretty healthy to be an emotional eater.
Finally, I kind of needed the day off because I was getting obsessive about calorie counting. It's really odd to me, but I couldn't not count yesterday. I tried not to, but I still pulled out my trusty dry-erase board and counted every one.
As I said earlier, tomorrow I return to the oh-so-sad low calorie plan. In some weird way, I look forward to getting back on the wagon. One day off was may more than enough. Food isn't as good when you know what it's going to cost you.
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