Today I want to talk about an all or nothing personality. This is pretty much my own personality.
I tend to be an all or nothing person, I dive in head first, I research everybody who has been successful in that field, I try to be perfect. At least in the past.
It is awesome in some parts, because I do end up being pretty successful. But what ends up happening always, is that I burn out, or fall off track and can’t maintain that perfection. I have always had that problem in the past.
So when it comes to health and nutrition, people ask me all the time, “What’s your favorite cheat meal?” or “What do you do when you want to eat something unhealthy?”
Well, I used to be super strict with my nutrition and exercise, and I would rarely have cheat meals. Until the end of my program, then I would go crazy and eat everything in sight. This was not healthy, physically or mentally.
I now try to have a more balanced approach, so when I feel like I want a treat, I would incorporate that into my diet, and do it in moderation. I would also remove the guilt from eating that food.
For example, it’s Friday and I put my kids up from school, and they say “Hey mom it’s Friday, we want donuts! Let’s go get donuts!” and in the past I probably would have felt really bad if we had stopped to get donuts. But now, I will definitely stop and have donuts every once in a while. It’s not a big deal, and I try to balance my meals for the rest of the day with healthy foods.
Removing the guilt from eating unhealthy foods has really helped me. Because feeling guilty about something tends to make my eating worse.
I enjoy treats in moderation, when I go out for dinner, or we are invited for dinner at friends and family, I do not stress about what they are making or if it’s healthy.
I try to stay consistent with my healthy lifestyle, about 80% of what I eat is really healthy. And I can enjoy treats 20% of the time, and enjoy them guilt free.
If you are struggling with the all or nothing personality like I have in the past, maybe use my experience and try moderation.
I hope this was helpful.