Sunday Thoughts (cheat day)

If being perfectly healthy and “good” all the time were easy… everyone would do it.

We all know it’s hard to resist temptation every now and then, despite how dedicated we are to our health. Especially when it comes to what we put in our mouths.

Why do we make it even harder by being so darn hard on ourselves?

Look, I’m not saying to throw up your hands and give up. Or scarf down a box of Twinkies.

But we sometimes put too much judgment on food. Or on ourselves for what we just ate.

And by doing so, we completely deprive ourselves of the enjoyment that food can bring.

Eating can be one of life’s greatest pleasures, if we’re being honest.

Many of us have a “relationship” with food, like any of the relationships in our lives. And if that relationship is filled with guilt, shame, fear or pain, it’s a recipe for a lot of anxiety and depression.

Like any of the relationships in our lives, right?

Which can lead to, you guessed it, more food, or choices that are poorer for us in the long run.

Picture yourself eating a piece of pie, or whatever your own Kryptonite is.

Now, I don’t eat pie every day, or every week. But when I do, I really let myself enjoy it.

I notice how rich and delicious it is. How it reminds me of my grandma, who used to make an apple pie that has my mouth watering just thinking about it.

Or the shoo fly pies you can only really get in Pennsylvania that are almost worth the probably 18 hour drive it would take for me get one. (Yes, I know you can get them through the mail, don’t remind me…)

The point is, that same experience is very different if you spend the entire time thinking about how “bad” you are for eating it.

When you allow yourself to savor your treat, you’ll actually eat less, believe me.

I also do one other thing when I decide to cheat. I have a bite, and then I decide if it’s worth it. Sometimes, that cookie is so delicious, so fresh and warm and gooey, it’s so, so worth it.

But sometimes it’s dry. Or crumbly. Or just an ordinary cookie that you could easily take a bite and pass on the rest.

Still, it’s about being in the moment. Enjoy it and enjoy it fully. Or decide to pass. And either way, hold back the judgements, both on yourself and on those around you who decide to indulge.

When it comes down to it, food is just food. Some are better to your body, some not as much. But that pie isn’t “bad” and neither are you for eating a piece.

Always remember, perfection is a bit of a fantasy.

And if being perfect means never eating stuffing on Thanksgiving, or a piece of birthday cake, or hot chicken when I visit the folks in Nashville… I’m never going to be perfect.

I’m ok with that. You should be too.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

God Bless,

Jeff Reagan
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance

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7 thoughts on “Sunday Thoughts (cheat day)

  1. Good morning Mr Reagan. I appreciate your thoughts and your heart. I’m 64 and 25 years ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes I was considerably overweight and trying to work three jobs but I sure loved food. My wife and I had a little Country Restaurant together plus I worked full-time job and I built cabinets on the side. I am one of 9 siblings and food was always a sacred event. Well being raised that you didn’t throw away food I thought I was the garbage disposal for the restaurant LOL. And boy howdy could my wife cook. Well I’m sure that all contributed to my condition as a diabetic. Since then I have learned somewhat to control myself. And I find after one or two bites of something that I have lusted for that it wasn’t all that I was hoping for. And I certainly didn’t need the condemnation of a misguided mouth full.of pie. All in all by the grace of God I’ve managed to keep my diabetes under control for the most part. I appreciate your products I have used your power greens for several years when I can afford them.. both my wife and I appreciate how they help our digestive systems. And improve our Clarity of thinking.. but mostly I appreciate your unashamed proclamation of Truth and compassion to the rest of us. Have a blessed day.

  2. Thanks for putting me back on your email list. I always enjoyed your comments, but for awhile I was not getting them. Don’t know what happened, but I’m now enjoying them again. Marjorie

  3. Food can lead to many great things such as gatherings of family or friends, pleasant conversation, fun events, etc.

  4. Thanks for insites. On the subject of junk food, I have decided that its ok for me to be picky. It has taken me awhile to determine what sweets or snacks I really like vs those that are just an unnecessary mush of sugar, flour and oil.
    When I take a bite of a sweet or snack, etc I ask myself; “Am I really enjoying this?”
    In my 60s now, its ok for me to be picky. I wish i had been picky 50 years ago. All those unnecessary calories. -Judy

  5. When I was growing up, my family ate dessert only after our Sunday meal. It was a treat. Mom kept cookies in the cookie jar on top of the refrigerator, knowing her children needed small treats during the week (not everyday). We did not request a second helping on Sunday dessert, because we were not deprived during the week.
    I spoke with four adults who deprived themselves, of their own volition, of every type of dessert/treat item for a month. After, when they went to a buffet, each selected 2-3 three desserts, devouring them first Deprivation resulted in lack of self control. The treats were devoured so quickly, they were barely tasted, and not enjoyed.

    Thank you for the sound advice to “allow yourself to savor the treat.” This is very satiating.

  6. I thought no one would ever write about shoo fly pie. Just the name itself makes people shudder. Not many people are aware it even exists. I grew up in York, PA which is 18 miles from Lancaster, PA where we visited many times. Every time we were there, we bought shoo fly pie. Now all the Farmers Markets in that area are selling them and it has helped to get the word out that Shoo Fly Pie is awesome. I even make my own from time to time. Thanks for giving Shoo Fly Pie its “day of recognition”!!

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