When you trip on your way to the store, do you call it quits and go home or do you just brush it off and keep on going?
When you make a mistake in an essay, do you delete the entire document or just correct it and continue writing?
People seem to have to an “all or nothing” mentality when it comes to dieting. Whenever they make a mistake, they burn it all down and pack it in.
So what if you had a “bad” food for breakfast? Does that mean you should abandon your diet for the rest of the day? No. Just because you ate something that does not meet your criteria of a “good” food or acceptable diet food, does not mean you have failed your diet. By the way, there are no such things as “good”, “bad”, “clean” or “dirty” foods. These are just labels you place on them and by doing so you give them power over you.
The relationship you have with a particular food, like so many other things in your life, is one you can choose and make reality. You might choose to set some boundaries, and reserve particular foods for certain circumstances, or eventually feel at ease having any food at any time in any scenario. There is no right or wrong.
You made a choice, deal with the consequences and learn from it. You do not need to have a “do-over” or punish yourself with additional exercise. Make better choices for the rest of the day.
Think about how you felt after eating it and weigh the pros and cons. Did you enjoy the treat? Was it worth the mental guilt? Don’t beat yourself up over a “wrong” choice. Life’s too short for that. Make a mistake, feel bad for a bit, reflect and move on.