Hey, mama! Can I tell you something 🤫You DON’T have to earn that brownie (or any food for that matter)
One thing I never expected when I ditched the diet fueled thinking was how much more mental energy I would have.🤯
I honestly didn’t realize just how much energy I spent every single day doing mental math on calories in vs calories out. ⚖️
I know it probably sounds a little obsessive, but I used to meticulously count every calorie, macro, or point I put in my mouth or that I burned.
I was so worried about doing it ‘perfectly’ and still maintaining a calorie deficit to keep the gains coming. I was always thinking about ways I could somehow ‘cheat’ the system and still get results, hello #cheatdays.💪🏻
Without even thinking about it, I would often find myself rewarding my hard work in the gym and my strict commitment to my meal plan with weekend binge sessions or a little extra here and there because I thought had ‘earned it’. 😑
Ultimately though, this was just sabotaging my efforts throughout the week.
Sadly, this is such a common problem the ambitious mamas I work with face as well.
They workout 🏋🏼♀️
They watch what they eat 🤔🥦
They are essentially doing it all ‘right’…but without fail, they still end up using food as a reward.
It’s not my client’s fault, it wasn’t my fault, and it’s not yours either.💁♀️
We have been conditioned to think we have to earn our food (You DON’T by the way). There are messages all over Instagram and the internet sending us the message we have to earn the splurges or we have to earn the right to indulge.
Of course, I’m not advocating for a free for all either all the time because I don’t believe that serves us either in the long run.
But as long as we are operating in the mindset of earning our food, we will make our choices based off of what we think we deserve rather than making choices with self-control and our best in mind. And end up draining our energy in the process. Which is kind of the opposite of what why we’re working out and making health conscious choices in the first place.
When we are doing things by the book and operating under the mindset of using food as a reward, it subconsciously triggers the feelings you’ve ‘earned’ the brownie.
But because of such restriction throughout the week, we often times over-reward. Instead of eating ONE brownie and being totally satisfied, we scarf the tray and end up feeling pretty crappy about ourselves afterwards.
When you remove the idea you have to earn your food and you stop tracking what you burn vs what you eat, you can eat the foods you would normally reward yourself with mindfulness and a weird sense of peace.
⚡️There is no guilt for messing up again.
⚡️There is no out of control binge sessions happening.
⚡️You can eat the food in the right amount for your body, and move on with your life.
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