Updated: Feb 20
Lets face it, food is amazing. I try to have self control and follow a healthy lifestyle (within my budget), but there is this thing called life that can throw us off our routine from time to time. One of the ways I get off track is stress eating. I meditate, pray, practice yoga, and workout on a consistent basis; but there are just some situations that even a yoga class can't save me from over indulging!
I was supposed to embark on a fabulous seven day cruise with my family this year. Due to the hurricanes and storms affecting Florida our cruise got canceled. I did not mind much, I would rather my family to be safe than sail straight into a storm. I contacted the cruise line to see when to expect a full refund and was told that simply was not an option. I went on to explain that this was a one time trip for myself and they stated it's the standard policy.
I work hard and cherish all my coins, so when I was told that I couldn't get a refund of my funds what do you think I did? Called my girlfriends to complain? Journal about how I shouldn't stress the situations I can't control? Call my mom and be overly dramatic? None of thee above ladies and gentleman. I got in my car and found myself and my nearest grocery store and bought the most delicious chocolate cake of my dreams. Usually I stay away from large intakes of chocolate for a few reasons. I'm addicted to chocolate because it's so freaking good, once I start eating it I cannot stop, and it makes me feel crappy when consumed in large portions.
But I was stressed and felt like I could do nothing about the situation, however I could control what I ate. I hate that cake within two days, with the help of a friend (honestly she only have 3 pieces).
I share that to say this, its is okay to indulge every once in awhile. If you are having a bad day or didn't get the news you were hoping for or the job you wanted, it is okay to grab your favorite snack, binge watch a favorite show, spend time alone and etc. They key is to not stay in that sunken place for too long. For example I ate that cake in two days, I sure did, and had a snickers the next day too, and didn't work out for 2 days. Which resulted in making me feel crappy and not like myself. But after those two days I regained my focus, dusted my shoulders off, and got back to my routine.
None of us are perfect or will have every situation go in our favor, as long as we recognize the signs and use effective tools or wake up calls that work for us we are continuing to work on the best version of yourself, even with bumps in the road along the way!
As always, work on becoming the best version of yourself, you are your only competition!
Owner, Soul Health Chronicles