Jan 11, 2016

Changing my Way of Thinking About Clean Eating

Every have a thought or read something that just punches you in the throat? When you know a truth bomb has been dropped and you can't keep your same way of thinking anymore.

This was my truth bomb this morning when I wanted to break my no processed foods diet. 

Damn. Double damn now it's time to make a green smoothie and not eat the peanut butter english muffin that I was craving.

Now I've never been one of those moms who never takes care of herself. I've showered every single day of my life. I don't think it's selfish to drop my kids in the childcare center and workout at the gym. I try to eat healthy most of the time but queso and peppermint M&Ms are irresistible for me.

But twice a year when my husband and I give up processed foods I really struggle with eating and wanting to cheat. So much so that we've never made it through January. Not once. The longest we have lasted is 16 days. Pretty darn pitiful.

Well today is day 11 and it's cold and miserable out and I didn't want a green smoothie for breakfast or eggs which are my only breakfast options. I'm not much of a breakfast eater, I don't really like the majority of breakfast foods.

As I was thinking about cheating on my diet that truth bomb was dropped on me. I wouldn't cheat on my husband, why would I cheat on myself?

That's when I knew I had to change my way of thinking about this diet. I need to stop focusing on what I missing out on like queso and focus on why I do this challenge in the first place. I want to reset my eating habits, cook for scratch to remind myself that it's not that hard, and drink more water. While yes I end up losing some weight that's not my motivation. I want to eat better.

I'm glad I had this realization today because if history has taught me anything it's that week three is the hardest. That may sound crazy but it's true. By week 3 I'm sick of cooking and dying for a Diet Dr. Pepper.

I'm hoping my new mindset will help me get through the rest of the month.


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