I saw an image the other day that provoked me to write this. It had to do with giving up food for lent or a "spring break diet" or something. Anyway, the point was that it said to give up "naughty" spreads like nutella and peanut butter.
First of all, peanut butter is really quite healthy and nutella really is not horrible either- it doesn't have any weird chemicals and although it's high calorie it contains healthy fats we need.
But the use of the word "naughty" is really what bothered me. "Naughty" is what you use to describe your dog after chewing up a shoe or a little kid for getting paint on the walls. Not for eating harmless food that will pass through your digestive system within 24 hours.
Let's say they used the word naughty for a food that was unhealthier, like something fried or cake. Sure, eating a donut will probably not benefit your body in the way an apple would. But eating a donut is not "bad" or "naughty." It is a delightful dessert that makes you feel happy because it's delicious! It's ok to eat donuts.
Our culture attaches so much guilt to food and it makes me sad. If you eat something unhealthy or overeat once in a while, what is the worst thing that can happen?? You did not murder someone. Murdering someone is bad. You ate.
Of course, balance is key. You don't want to eat donuts all the time because that's not in your body's best interests. When I say that eating donuts makes you happy, it's under specific circumstances.
This is how you check to see what is making you want a donut:
1. Are you bored or hungry?
If you're bored, you don't need the donut. :)
2. When was the last time you ate?
If it was a long time ago, you're probably craving all the donuts in the world. Eat something healthy first, like fruit and peanut butter with toast, then see if you still want a donut.
3. Is it because you want to fill an emotional void?
Talk to someone about it, do something you love, or exercise- your body will thank you for dealing with your emotions in that way.
4. Do you still want the donut?
Maybe you just really want a donut because they taste really good. Go ahead and eat the donut, you deserve a treat!
I hope this post helped some of you today. Feel free to look back on it when you need it. :)