Last week I was sitting on my bed watching television, taking a second to relax and de-stress before I would begin studying for my upcoming Spanish test. I decided I wanted a snack, so I went into my kitchen and grabbed the package of Chips Ahoy! cookies I had recently purchased.
I settled back into catching up on one of my favorite TV shows, “Nashville,” and began eating a delicious chocolate chip cookie. Then a second one. Then another. Before I knew it, half the package was gone.
Suddenly I felt guilty. But why?
What if I want to eat two cookies, six cookies or the whole freaking package? I should not have to feel guilty afterward, right?
Yet somehow our society has ingrained into our heads that it is wrong, that I can’t indulge in such a treat every now and then. I try hard to eat healthy throughout the week and maintain a regular exercise regiment, but obviously if I have cookies in my kitchen I enjoy a nice treat now and then.
I realized at that moment how extremely silly it was that I felt guilty for eating a few cookies.
If I want to eat the whole package of cookies, I’m going to do so and not feel guilty about it.
Too often people go on diets and they start cutting out foods. No more carbs. No more pizza. No more junk food. No more this and that. Sometimes it seems like the lists can go for miles.
Don’t do that to yourself. If someone told me I could no longer eat chocolate chip cookies, ever, it would make me want them twice as much.
It is not a joke when people say we want what we can’t have.
Cutting the things deemed unhealthy, or our “secret indulgences,” completely out of our eating habits is not the smartest choice. Take it one step at a time.
Next time you go to grab the bag of your favorite potato chips, put some in a serving-size container instead.
If you are at the store and walk past the candy aisle, don’t grab the big bag of mini Snickers bars. Wait until you are at the front and pick up an individual serving sized snack.
You won’t ruin your new healthy eating habits if you indulge every now and then. It is nice to have a treat as long as it is just that, a treat. It isn’t a treat if you eat it everyday.
Some of my friends call it a “Cheat Day” when they decide to pig out on all their favorite junk foods and drink soda. Even then I feel that term comes with a negative connotation.
Cheating is a bad thing but it isn’t bad if you want to enjoy pizza and wings with the guys. You shouldn’t have to give it a name or explanation.
I feel it’s important to remember you can still enjoy foods that are unhealthy. I’m not saying it isn’t important to eat healthy, because my kitchen is surely filled with asparagus, brown rice, bananas and almond milk. I’m saying it’s okay to sometimes not eat healthy and not feel guilty about it.
You don’t owe anyone an explanation for why you are buying a large milkshake and not a small one and you surely don’t have to justify eating the whole package of chocolate chip cookies.
Indulge in your favorite snacks now and then. Eat a “5 Star Plate” from Jimmy Z’s because you’re not cultured if you haven’t. Just remember at the end of the day the choice is yours.
I’m no longer going to feel guilty. I am surely not giving up my cookies and neither should you.