Choices – Part 2: Own It and Move On
Another awesome post from Coach KDub. If you missed “Part 1″, but sure to click
and read it as well! This is a great article to read as we head into the weekend, where many people struggle with nutritional choices.
In part 1 of “Choices” I challenged you to change your mindset to “I don’t” instead of “I can’t” when it comes to your nutrition. Now I want to tackle the question of “Does that mean I can never have ______ again?”
When this question arises, I always share the same example. In our family, November is full of birthdays. With my dad’s and my husband’s birthdays being just a day apart, we often celebrate their birthdays together, and they usually request the same dessert…apple pie! MY HOMEMADE apple pie! Now I don’t mean to brag, but I make a darn good apple pie. (And it’s not paleo J) Even though I typically don’t eat sweets, I make the decision to eat a slice of this delicious yummy-ness on this special occasion; and I enjoy each and every luscious bite. I do not beat myself up afterward, I don’t feel guilty, I don’t even refer to this as “cheating.” I make a choice, enjoy it and move on.
So, the answer to the question, “Does that mean I can never have ______ again?” is no. Let’s say you decide that you don’t eat bread, and you go out to your favorite restaurant where they serve bread and oil as a complimentary appetizer. It is okay to make the decision to have a piece…and enjoy it. Don’t say that you are “cheating” by having a piece or spend the rest of the evening feeling guilty; instead, own the decision and move on.
However, one thing I want you to notice in the examples above is that I didn’t decide to eat half the pie or encourage you to have 5 slices of bread. I believe that self-control is important. Like it says in Proverbs 25:28, “ A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.” When we do not exercise self-control, we no longer feel empowered and, instead, expose ourselves to all kinds of temptations and insecurities. This is not God’s desire for us. He gives us a spirit of power and self-discipline in order to be able to make a choice, still exercising self-control, and move on.
My hope for you is that you are starting to feel empowered when it comes to your nutrition by changing how you think about food, making your own decisions of what you eat and even allowing yourself to eat something unhealthy once in a while.