Tell me if this sounds familiar. “I’m just going to eat ONE MORE and then I’ll be done. Forever. No more brownies for me.” Except that one tastes so freaking good. And this is the last one you’re ever going to eat in your entire life. You did say “forever”. So clearly if you eat one more it won’t be a big deal because starting tomorrow you’re going to be perfect and never eat another. Those two turn into three, which turns into the whole pan. Yep, you ate the whole thing. And then pulled the mixing bowl out of the sink and licked that too. But it’s okay because tomorrow you are brownie- free for life. Except you’re not…
See, here’s the problem. You aren’t going to give up brownies forever. It’s kind of like drinking too much and then getting sick. Sure you pray to be all better immediately with the promise of never drinking again. But, we all know how that turns out, right?
Unless you’re never faced with brownies (or insert your food kryptonite here) again, you WILL eat them. So, why torture yourself? ENJOY your food, don’t torment yourself with it. If you want a brownie, eat one. One. Enjoy every bite instead of thinking about whether or not you’re going to get another one the entire time you’re eating the first. While you’re contemplating seconds, you’re missing out on the deliciousness of the first. If you don’t enjoy the first one, you won’t be satisfied by it. This leads to eating the second one. After eating the second one you feel miserable and “punish” yourself by polishing off the rest.
Break this cycle. Enjoy your food. Don’t eat like it’s your last supper. It’s not. There will be more brownies, more donuts, more chips, more… MORE. There will always be more. By approaching food with this attitude, you’ll be amazed at how gratifying “just one” can be.
Stop saying “tomorrow” you will make a change. Today is the “tomorrow” you promised yourself yesterday.