When you are running around trying to deal with whatever life throws at you, sometimes the last thing you are thinking about is the quality of food you grab on the go. Your choice may not be the healthiest of options, but it may be the only thing available a midst the chaos of your life. You wouldn’t be the first person to finish your kid’s plate of chicken nuggets and french fries. And guess what? It’s ok! If you forgot to pack your healthy lunch for the day and you only have time to wolf down a high caloric meal because it’s cheap and easily accessible, you can wipe the slate clean tomorrow!
In the past, I’ve felt that a momentary set back in my diet means I should give up in fear of “falling off the wagon”. Not all of us make perfect food choices every day, and some days we crave that big fat juicy burger or delicious cheesy pizza. Giving into temptation every now and then doesn’t make you a failure. The key to success is getting back up once you fall. The strength is in moving forward after you’ve had a day when healthy food was not on the top of your list.
My primary care doctor has to remind me that it’s all about the big picture, so I’m here to remind you. I feared that my year long battle with food would show very unhealthy lab results at my physical the other week, but surprisingly my labs were within normal range and extremely improved over the past year. I owe my healthier lifestyle not only to the health care professionals, but to myself for remembering to continue forward on this journey and not give up. It’s been a wellness journey that is full of ups and downs and will be a constant ebb and flow for the rest of my life.
I try to eat my best daily and stay away from fast food, but when life gets in the way I remind myself it’s OK to stray. The important part is getting back on track the next day.