I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and came across a picture of a decadant dessert. My friend quoted, with the picture “We shall not talk about the calories. It was worth it.” This made me stop and think (and not just because I believe it’s not only about the number of calories, but also about the quality of calories!)
Whether you count calories, or grams of carbs, or points, or quantity of clean food in your diet, is it really worth that ‘delicious’ one, two or ten bites of food that is not on your plan? I’m far from perfect – I have fallen off the wagon more times than I can remember. From my experience, the thought of the ‘forbidden food’ is much better than the taste of the actual food. The taste never lives up to my expectations. Even if it does I will generally not feel that great after eating the ‘forbidden food’- everything from stomach aches, to hot flushes, to having trouble falling asleep. Having generally cut out processed foods from my diet for a while now I really notice the impact that processed food has on my body – and I don’t like it.
So, in conclusion, no – it’s not worth it. It’s not worth feeling the way I do afterwards, it’s not worth the feeling of guilt I feel, it not worth feeling the unhealthy cravings again. And it’s not worth feeling like I have to start over again.