I absolutely love my naughty food. By naughty food I mean food that I shouldn’t eat but do.
I have a real soft spot for McDonalds, I can never give up Ben & Jerry’s and I don’t know anyone else (but me) that likes Black Pudding sandwiches!
But do I really need them?
Or do I just want them?
When it comes to spending money we all adapt the need vs want mentality. We all want a new television or another holiday but we need food and we need heating. But there are endless wants in life and they make life more enjoyable don’t they?
But what if we cut down on our wants and stuck to our needs for a while, we could make a huge difference to our diet.
Instead of having a chocolate bar everyday, then have one when your body actually needs one, this is probably more like once a fortnight rather than once a week!
Then when you have a milkshake in the summer have just a small one instead of a large one, because lets face it – we really don’t need that large one do we?
A lot of the time we just get greedy and we want things as a NEED rather than a want and if we asked ourselves if we really needed something, or whether we should give it up for the time being.
There was a time (three years ago now) that I went out and bought three tubs of Ben & Jerry’s from Iceland just because they were on offer. I am a big Ben & Jerry’s addict and couldn’t resist them. And at 2 Euros a tub was much cheaper than the price we usually pay for them.
What did I do?
Well I ate them all in two days. I had no cravings for them and just ate them all because I was bored rather than because I had a need for them.
And they no longer fell into the “eat in moderation” rule that I have since learnt to follow!
In fact my Ben & Jerry’s binge cost me more than 3300 calories and even now I don’t consume that much in chocolate and ice cream calories in a month.
This then brings me to Christmas, I shamefully eat everything because its there and its Christmas, rather than because I actually need it.
So really think about that and what you are eating and see if you need to cut down or if you are eating things for the sake of it, rather than as fuel for your functioning body.