Hey, we know that calorie counting isn’t for everyone. If you’d rather not focus on them at all, click here for a similar post without all the calories.
It’s the start of the summer party season for the US. Which means tons of BBQ meat, beers, margaritas and CAKE! You can’t have a party without cake! The perfect time for all that anxiety in your gut to start rising up about your food choices, and just how “good” you’ve been the last weeks. (I’ll talk in a minute about how “being good” actually means nothing, by the way.)
But if you’re like me, and have made the choice to start logging your food intake…
Whatever you do don’t stop because of one day of indulgence
For example, my Total Daily Energy Expenditure (the amount of calories that my body will burn in a 24-hour period) is 2300 calories a day. That means in order to maintain my weight, I need to eat 2300. If I go to a party, and end up consuming 3000 calories in that evening, and had 600 calories earlier in the day, for a total of 3600 calories that day, I’m 1300 over my maintenance budget.
I have two choices…
Stop using the tools and be frustrated that “nothing works”
“I’m fucked,” I can decide. I went over my calorie limit for this one day and might as well throw in the towel. There is no point in logging food, because it doesn’t stop me from over-eating like it obviously should. I can blame myself not having self control, or will power, at this event that is meant to be enjoyed with my family and friends. Or…
Continue to log my food and drink
I could log my day of awesome indulgence, understanding that, in order to gain even one extra pound, I would have to consume 2300 (my maintenance) + 3500 (the amount of extra calories you would have to consume to gain one pound) for a total of 5800 in a day, and move on.
That math was big for me. Really fucking big. This was realizing that, for the first time in my adult life, I was slowly developing a healthy relationship with food.
When I started realizing that being kind to myself was a lot easier, and a lot more enjoyable, I stopped having so much anxiety towards social situations, and the delicious food that is generally a big part of them.
Whatever you drink, whatever you eat, YOU ARE STILL GOOD
In fact you are fucking fantastic. You know why?… Because food does not dictate who you are as a human being.
The only place “good” needs to be used in respect to food is a descriptive word about how it tastes, not as a reflection on you as a person.