How To Deal With Cheat Meals?
Recently, I had a lengthy discussion about foods and how many people, especially in the fitness industry, use certain kinds of foods as rewards for doing something “good” for their body. You know the routine... “if I do 30 minutes on the cardio machine, then I can have that drink/get that dessert/order those onion rings instead of veggies. It got fairly heated because I attempted to dispel that idea altogether.⠀
It's important to note that there is a correlation between your gut and essentially every other function in our bodies. Most people associate it will “feeling bad”, but there is more and more evidence pointing to the relationship between gut health and mental health. But let's look at this more in-depth. To read more or listen to or download the podcast, follow the link.
When you begin to consciously (or subconsciously) separate each food as either “bad” or “good”, you realize that your whole attitude towards nourishment changes. To make matters worse, everyone has their own idea of good and bad and although we would say that doesn't matter, environmental influences or social peer pressure exert their own influences on foods we eat as well. ⠀
Here's what I mean. Let's say you are working hard on the treadmill, and you begin thinking to yourself how you've been craving onion rings. I bet if you were to begin thinking about onion rings, your thoughts would drift to greasy, fried rings dipped in ketchup. They might be delicious, but not entirely good for our bodies, but it would bring enjoyment or mental pleasure to us by eating. ⠀
But let's pretend that as a child, your grandmother (who has since passed) used to make baked onion rings with a special recipe. You remember helping her make them in her kitchen as a child... all of those memories are beneficial for our own mental well-being. It's never a bad thing to have happy memories. But when you begin associating those happy memories as rewards of something else, your outlook begins to change from a positive source of happiness to one of negativity. So as you move forward on your health journey, understand that you deserve to be happy and healthy, especially as it relates to foods. You don't deserve to have a milkshake, cupcake,
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Jared Toay, aka. the "Digestion Dude" or "Mad Scientist" has actively been promoting the importance of gut health and digestion for more than 5 years. A weight loss researcher, bodybuilder, and creator of a wide variety of fermented foods and drinks, he has had a lengthy journey on his way to healthy living. As an accomplished author and speaker, he has found that the best way to be awakened to our full potential inside and outwardly to the world is through strengthening the gut and brain connection. If you are ready to experience why you are such an amazing human, be sure to follow him on all his social media platforms where you hang out.
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