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You know, we all have our days. The days when we feel “fat” and lazy and don’t wanna do anything. The days when we feel like we’re just failing in life. Then you resort to food to help fill the voids. Sometimes you can’t get yourself out of a bad cycle…and you keep telling yourself, “I’ll start over tomorrow”. So you allow yourself to consume these foods that are just going to make you feel worse – fries, cookies, cakes, candy…

I saw a quote once on Pinterest that I am kinda iffy about repeating because it can definitely be taken the wrong way, but I’ll tell you what it is. It said, “Your body is not a garbage disposal. Stop throwing trash in there, “ or something like that.

Think of your body as a sacred thing – it is the most amazing thing you will ever own, because it houses your heart, your brain, your thoughts, your emotions, your personality…everything that makes you YOU. If you want to feel better and look better, you’ve got o start nourishing from the inside. Nourish your body with fruits, veggies, lean proteins and whole grains. Stay away from the fried, fatty, sugary stuff as much as possible. These kinds of foods may taste good for a few seconds in your mouth but you are guaranteed to have a lethargic, lazy mood afterwards. A mood that builds upon itself, so that you start thinking things like, “Well I already had a burger and soda, so who cares, another cupcake and some chips won’t hurt.”

Trust me, I’ve been there too. I ate a whole HUGE bag of Stacy’s Pita Chips this weekend in one sitting. It’s normal to “binge” sometimes . But to avoid an overeating fest, allow yourself a cheat meal a couple times a week. Maybe just once a week if you can bear it. In my opinion, I’d stay away from a full “cheat day”. I would just feel so sick. What you eat directly affects how you function. Food is your fuel after all and I would rather keep my fuel clean. You can recover from cheat meals pretty easily, bit cheat days? I can’t even begin to tell you why buffets are such a bad idea…

To have control over your emotional eating and your healthy living efforts, it’s best to start your day off RIGHT so you don’t feel like a failure off the bat. Begin your morning with a light breakfast and a good workout! Then you feel like you’re set for the rest of the day. You already worked hard, so can’t ruin it now! And then just think before you eat. Like, do you REALLY need that extra cookie? Or do you just want a taste? If you just want a bite, cut yourself a piece and be done with the craving. Sometimes if you try to substitute, you end up eating all of these half-way things PLUS the thing you wanted to begin with, therefore making you rack up waaaayyyy too many unnecessary calories.

That cookie you wanted was more like eating for the soul…not for fuel! But it’s okay to want it. You gotta nourish the soul too. So eat a piece, just be aware of the connection between your emotions and your hunger. Don’t overfill voids! Does that make sense? Know what you’re craving and banish the craving as quick as you can and never feel like you are a bottomless pit because that’s when the binging begins. Know your boundaries and STAY CONSCIOUS! Love your body, know that it’s amazing, keep it that way and don’t settle for anything less!

❤ Cassey

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