I see cute little fitness posts a lot. And they annoy the shit out of me.
“It takes 524 burpees to burn off a large order of fries.”
“Running a marathon burns 2900 hundred calories, or 674 M&M’s……not that I looked that up.”
I’ve even seen a cute little poster of a half-marathoner…..comparing her calorie burn from her race to eating a Big Mac.
Fawk. Let’s lose the association of needing to burn away our “being bad” treats.
If you want to eat a large order of fries…..eat a damn large order of fries and enjoy it.
If you want to eat a freaking Big Mac, do it up!
Try to eat 674 M&M’s….I mean, maybe you could. I think you might get sick of them though. Unless they were peanut butter M&M’s…..then you probably wouldn’t
We need to lose the “I need to pay penance for my food sins” mindset.
I used to do this a lot back in the day. You know where it got me? Pissy, frustrated, and really in the same place I’d always been…..not on a good path with food. Over time, I learned to ditch the guilt of food. Like, it’s not easy, yo. If you have had food guilt for a long time…..it won’t just go away. You need to practice making it go away. And only YOU can practice that….no one else can do that for you.
You know what’s cool about ditching the guilt mindset? Suddenly, you realize you really CAN have anything to eat that you want to. When you realize that, suddenly those foods that used to make you lose control because they were on the naughty list…..well……they sometimes still taste good. But sometimes only a little bit is all you need. Or sometimes just a serving is all you need, and then you realize, “hey, that was good….but I’m done now.”
You don’t have to do 524 burpees to eat a large order of fries. You can just eat the fries and go home. You can wake up tomorrow and do your normal routine….you don’t need to stay at the gym for an extra two hours to do the burpees.
Here are a few of the steps I’ve taken to lose the “outrun my fork” mindset:
- I spent a year with Precision Nutrition learning about food and myself and my relationship to both (I’m not saying you need to do this….what I am saying is that a year is a long time to learn about food and my relationship to it….so take your time learning on your own or with help)
- I learned how to eat enough, but more importantly I learned the signals my body gives me when I’ve eaten too much or too little……THIS TOOK LOADS OF TIME
- I said “fawk the rules and diets” and decided to just go with the flow for a bit to see what happened (much to my surprise the wheels didn’t fall off the bus)
- I practiced not associating my food choices to myself or my self worth (easier said than done)
The final lesson I’ve learned in the past 18 months with my baby girl. Emma Babes LOVES food. She loves pork chops, she loves goldfish crackers, she loves eggs, she loves beets, she loves sweet potatoes, she loves Kicks Bake Shop donuts, she loves appies (apples)….she’s a foodie….just like her parents. What is interesting though, is that she eats to her appetite. Some days her appetite is LARGE, and she can pack food away like no one’s biznass. Some days, not so much. She eats when she is hungry, and then when she no longer is hungry, she throws it on the floor for Stella (we are working on this), or she plays with it….or she lets me know she doesn’t want it. She eats with zest……”NUUUUMMMMMMYYYYY!” is heard often when she is hungry and when she really likes something. She tells me “No?” and shakes her head when it isn’t what she wants. I have learned MORE in 18 months watching a baby turn into a toddler and eat and enjoy food and stop eating when she is no longer hungry than I have from any certification or eating program. Emma Babes, in all her eating glory, practices moderation. Without even knowing it. And you know what she doesn’t have? Food guilt. She just has energy to use and grow.
And she doesn’t have to do 524 burpees to pay for it.
The above is apparently 739 words that don’t accomplish much except for my desire for people to let go of the mindset that foods fall into a “bad” or “good” category. Food is JUST food. You don’t have to pay penance for eating foods that some lump into the “bad” category.
And again, I’ve MOSTLY ditched the guilt mindset. Sometimes it still rears it’s ugly head. BUT, I’m also learning to know when that is happening too. It’s a process….not something you will fix in a day or a week, yo.