We’ve all heard about buyer’s remorse, but what about eater’s remorse?
Because you can’t return what you’ve eaten, how does one deal with the regret of eating something they didn’t plan on eating?
I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying by Benjamin Franklin, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”, but what if you can’t seem to stick to your plan?
I’ve gone into one too many parties with the plan of..
- Starting with vegetables
- Only drinking water
- Using a dessert plate
- Leaving the food area after getting my first plate
And I leave the party…
- With a doggie bag
Ok, maybe not that extreme but I do leave the party thinking to myself, “ASHLEY, why didn’t you just enjoy those carrots, few appetizers, and a glass of wine and just call it a night? Why’d you have to dive face first into that 7-layer dip 7 times?”.
If you’re thinking you’re going to reach the end of this post and find a profound epiphany, you should probably stop readying now, because guess what… I haven’t figured it out yet. Call it what you may, I still struggle with sticking to my plan.
I like to think that I’m like Frank from Old School, blacking out while I’m eating, only to wake up with queso on my face wondering what the heck happened to me, but the reality is, sometimes I lose my willpower when I’m around food.
As I’ve shared before, I think what it boils down to is wanting to be healthy more than you want to eat that food. I often forget about that when I’m out with friends, celebrating, or even just bored, but I’ve got to remain connected with my long term goals.
As much as I want to eat the scone at Starbucks, indulge in the chocolate in the office kitchen, drink 3 pints of “but it’s not going to be around much longer” pumpkin ale, or eat my weight in tortilla chips, I need to remember that I never like how I feel, both mentally and physically, afterwards.
At some point you just have to realize that the eater’s remorse just isn’t worth it.