I love those stretches when my eating is nearly picture-perfect: yogurt and berries for breakfast, salads for lunch, fish for
dinner; plus, plenty of water and a couple of healthy snacks
in between. (You know
what I’m talking about, right?)
But inevitably something—like the candy dish at work—breaks my stride. On my way to a meeting, I’ll help myself to a few
peanut M&Ms. On my way back from the printer, I’ll snag another handful. And so it goes. Before I know it, I’ve easily
eaten more than a serving. Ick.
In the past, this sort of unplanned eating might have led me to throw in the towel for the day and just eat whatever I wanted
and as much of it as I liked. But now I know the
key to overcoming slip-ups is to forgive, forget it and get right back on track
Don’t let little lapses keep you from reaching your goals.
Here’s how to recover from a binge
1. Ask yourself what happened. Were you trying to be too good? If you’ve been eating nothing but celery all day, of course, a
bowl of chocolate is going to get the best of you. Pack your day with satisfying, diet-friendly meals
and, if you
have a sweet tooth, don’t forget to save room for delicious low-calorie desserts
2. Acknowledge the fact that you just ate your weight in pizza or ice cream, and then forget about it. Guilt begets more
bingeing. You’ve worked too hard to succumb to that.
3. Get back on track ASAP. Make your next meal one that’s low-calorie and healthful but also delicious and satisfying. Big
salads topped with something that provides a good amount of protein, such as the EatingWell Power Salad
, which features turkey and Swiss
cheese as well as plenty of veggies (mmm….), are good choices. So are soups
, which studies show tend to be more
satisfying than other types of foods.