Was the Foodgasm Worth it?

To keep myself accountable, I have to be honest. I indulged too heartily this weekend and I was not happy with myself. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against indulgences and believe it is important to treat yourself in moderation to live a balanced lifestyle. I have come from a place of obsessive, restrictive dieting in my past, and it’s never helped me to become healthier, but in fact it did just the opposite.  My approach now is 80% clean to 20% not-so-clean.  My diet has evolved a lot over the past year. Greens and lean proteins are huge parts of my meal prepping, and I have reduced (but not omitted) starches. I feel more energized and feel full due to these changes.  So what was the problem?

I over did it. I know, I know. I can’t beat myself up over treating myself, and I don’t. The thing is I did not treat myself, I overate throughout the Thanksgiving weekend. Starches, sugars, exessive caffeine and alcohol. How many pumpkin spice lattes did I throw back? Too many to mention. My alcohol limit went out the window. (Insert I’m so ashamed face here 😚)  However, a valuable lesson did prevail. I know why gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins. The splurging was not worth it. Throughout the weekend, I felt lethargic, dehydrated, had a dull headache, felt bloated, gassy and was constipated. However TMI, this must be shared.  Protein and veggies make me feel great. An excess in starches, sugars, caffeine, wine and not enough water make me feel all of the above. (Which does not warrant repeating. Insert I’m so ashamed face once again 😚.)  To sum it up, crappy.  It felt great while I was doing it (like any addicting substance) but the after effects truly are not worth it.

My evening after splurging:

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As the holiday season approaches, I am confident to stick to my balanced approach. After all, Marie Anoinette said, “let them eat cake!” Not cakes. The Israelites ate unleavened bread at Passover, not eleven loaves of bread. So kale, spinach, swiss chard and beets will tip the scales, and a little Christmas cake will balance it all out.

What is your approach to healthy living, my lovelies?

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10 thoughts on “Was the Foodgasm Worth it?

  1. Oh, I have weekends just like that and I always regret them. It’s so tough and weekends are the toughest! At least you had the excuse of a holiday, which is a pretty good excuse, IMO. I’ve learned to save my indulgences for things that I really, really love. Too often I eat things that I realize aren’t even worth it. The key for me is to stay committed and “present” every time I eat.

  2. Oh Tigress, your realization of your overindulgence is to be celebrated! It’s like Salvation, just because we are saved, doesn’t make us perfect. We still sin, but our conscience pricks us and we feel ashamed, knowing it sure wasn’t worth that moment of pleasure. That realization moves us forward or destroys us. Don’t allow it to destroy your health.

    It is the same with food binges too. It’s a learning process. I LIKE myself better when I’m healthier and you decided you liked yourself better too. Weigh that in the balance and decide a strategy for the next time – because there will be a next time. Continue to strive for excellence and it will instill confidence that you’re strong enough to overcome temptation! Don’t be taken down by a Twinkie or potato chip! I’m here for you my friend. Blessings,

    1. Such wise words, Ellie I will try to always apply. That is exactly as you described. I feel so much better when I take care of myself and do feel that prick of guilt when I don’t.
      Thank God I am at a much better place than I was 20 years ago. I have realized just how vital health is, and not to take it for granted.

  3. The only thing you can do is to pick up and keep going. New day, clean slate. I’ve experienced those feelings of guilt when I was losing weight in college. I’d go weigh myself and even the slightest gain would seriously set me off into a downward spiral of shame and beating myself up. Since then (and over 50 pounds of weight loss later) I have learned not to always obsess over the scale. I go more off of how my clothes feel and look on me. Exercise and running will remain a constant in my life–and with that and being an athlete, since what I put in my body is crucial and affects my workouts, I have adopted healthier eating habits. But what’s more important is enjoying your life the people in it and the things you love in moderation. You are a beautiful lady inside and out and don’t ever forget that!

    1. Thanks you for your very kind sentiments. Guilt is still something I suffer from with my weight loss and then gain and yo-yo lifestyle. It was fun celebrating with loved ones all I have to be thankful for, having too much fun.
      I am finding such a huge difference in exercise performance now that I am eating well. You’re so right. Gotta get back at it and move on. At least now my negative habits don’t last long as they used too.
      Thanks again for your support. 🙂

  4. dont spend to much time in guiltville. One naughty weekend wont break you…just like one salad wont fix you.. 😉 Get back to your normal routine (food and exercise) and your body will snap back and recover. So happy to hear you had Tons of Fun! Happy Thanksgiving!

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