Good news people: enjoy your chocolate and alcohol – in moderation!
By Ricky Parcell
This weeks blog from thebodycamp.com was written at one of my favorite so called “naughty” food cafés in America – the amazing @theyogurtshoppe – a cool place to enjoy a pure, American classic dessert. As I eat this lovely, creamy ice cream, I feel very, very happy!
There are a few various reasons for my happiness….
Not just the three different flavors, (Jennifer’s home made peanut butter, chocolate fudge brownie and salted caramel) with all the chocolate nuggets spread around the large tub and a massive chocolate brownie sat on top of it. No I feel happy because of the following five key rules I keep in mind, which guests learn at thebodycamp’s home base in Ibiza….
- “I understand that it is unhealthy to link shame to eating”
When we associate the feeling of shame with what we are eating, we may invite different ways of dealing with this to enter our mind. Therefore the recommended way to deal with food is enjoy all “naughty” food in small portions and in moderation.
- “I have already earned this naughty extra sugar or simple carbs this morning with a workout”
When we learn to workout before we enjoy simple sugars/chocolates and processed dead foods such as bread, cereals and pasta, we simply put the body back into balance and ensure that we do not store fat as easily when we go and enjoy it.
- “When I don’t have this type of high sugar food all the time or only sometimes – it tastes fantastic!
When we limit or decide to only have these treats once a while, they suddenly have a bigger impact on our taste buds and we appreciate them more – so does our waist line!
- “I am highly conscious of the “naughty” foods that make me want more of he same.”
When we become conscious of the foods which we want more and more of (such as biscuits, chocolates, breads etc.) we can then put measures into place where we gain control over these tricky situations e.g. asking at the restaurant that they only bring only one small piece of bread for a starter, instead a large plate of different breads.
- “There is no such food as a bad food”
When we realize that not even a chocolate bar is a bad food and that its how many bars of chocolate that you consume which can make us unhealthy (same with alcohol).
I have just finished my yogurt and this blog! Remember, No food is bad! It’s all about simply how much you have of that food. If you overload yourself with chocolate, pasta and breads, of course there will be consequences. However in moderation, and especially when they are earned with a workout – you will ensure your body stays in balance for longer and you will be able to enjoy even more “naughty” foods as you grow older.
Talk about a win-win!