What do you do when you’ve failed your diet? I recently posted about changing my eating habits. I had been doing a good job since my doctor told me I had to go gluten-free and limit my dairy intake. I went totally gluten-free and didn’t even eat that many gluten-free snack foods that she warned against. I limited dairy pretty well although I still put grated cheese on my tacos and eat yogurt occasionally. I’m proud of my change in eating habits and have been reaping the benefits of it.
Today, was a different story. It started out at my husband’s family reunion. I was hungry and didn’t eat anything prior to going to the reunion, like I should have. That was mistake #1. Then, there was a table loaded with yummy, dairy and gluten-filled food and dessert. I know it was yummy because I ate it! I ate the home-made potato salad, the bow-tie pasta salad, the brownie dessert topped with marshmallows and chocolate, and the pretzel and cheese dessert with raspberry jello on top. I ate, and it was delicious! However, I didn’t overeat. I had one plate and ate until I was satisfied.
After the reunion, I had already broken my diet so I felt even more justified to go through the coffee drive through and have real milk in my coffee drink. I only had half the flavoring so at least I was partly good, right?
Later on, my eating got better and I had a yummy gluten-free sandwich and fries at a favorite restaurant. So I guess I ended my eating day on an OK note.
The Diet Solution
I have decided not to beat myself up over this day of incorrect eating. I will remember it with fondness that I didn’t totally deprive myself. However, I will look at tomorrow as a new day with new eating opportunities. I don’t think breaking my diet today will affect my eating choices tomorrow. I will remind myself that my taste buds had a good time today and that they don’t need such an experience for quite a while. I plan to start tomorrow with my delicious, healthy shake and eat at home where there aren’t really unhealthy food choices for me to eat.
When we change our eating habits, we need to realize we might slip up here and there. I think it’s OK as long as those slip ups are few and far between and it isn’t immediately detrimental to our health, of course. I’m going to focus on all the good days of healthy eating. My body is getting into shape, and I feel healthier than I used to.
If you have a similar diet story, please comment below. Encouraging comments are appreciated.
Have a healthy day!