Newsflash: we’re not perfect. If you’re able to do all 30 days without having AT LEAST one off-day, you must be a mythical creature with willpower granted by the gods.
Because I’ve been blogging about clean eating every day for the past twelve days, I’ve managed to stay on track — up until today. Today I spent the day catching up with old friends and drinking sugary coffee drinks and eating frozen yogurt. Definitely not clean-eating approved.
I did manage to keep the rest of my day clean (minestrone soup, whole wheat grilled sandwich with hummus and veggies, and a spinach smoothie), so that’s a victory!
Here are 4 tips for recovering from an unhealthy day of eating:
1. Don’t beat yourself up. I’m pretty unapologetic about what I eat. Instead of thinking, “ugh I shouldn’t have had that mocha,” I’m usually like “I had that mocha and I LIKED IT! Next time I’ll eat healthier, but today is what it is.” It’s really important that you don’t get yourself down, because that will only make you frustrated. You only fail if you quit. Don’t quit. Know that some days don’t always shake out 80/20 like they’re supposed to.
2. Get right back to it. Instead of throwing away the whole day, I just shrugged my shoulders and ate healthy foods after that. Lots of greens, veggies, protein, and some fruit as well.
3. Re-establish your goals. Goal-setting is key to sticking to a healthy lifestyle. I don’t think weight is necessarily a good goal if you’re at a healthy weight — instead, I like measuring body fat and general overall fitness, like how fast I can run a mile or how far I can run in two hours. So find a good, achievable goal and track it. Write down your goal and put it somewhere you can see it every day.
4. Plan ahead. Usually, the reason we eat unhealthy is because there aren’t any healthy choices available and we just give in to the unhealthy choices presented to us. That’s why it’s key