A couple weeks back I had a scare and yes that lovely sweet stuff was involved. Sugar!!!! This is the downside of a healthy lifestyle as it can sometimes make you obsessed about being perfect at all times.
I ordered breakfast on my mobile app at work and totally forgot to add a note on it requesting that they not add brown sugar to my oatmeal.
I definitely wasn’t in that jolly “a spoonful of sugar” zone like the lovely Julie Andrews was in the movie Mary Poppins. I found I started panicking as I was super worried about ingesting that much sugar! Why isn’t there an option to remove toppings on the app I thought? Ugh! I didn’t remember the last time I consumed brown sugar.
I use things like date paste to sweeten things because I try and eat whole foods as much as possible. I strive to cut out as much processed foods as possible in my diet.
I just went with it and forced myself to stop obsessing about it. My past with an eating disorder crept out and I nipped that in the bud real fast. I will not let food control my life ever again.
I ate that oatmeal and guess what? I didn’t die or feel sick after eating it. You see I’ve preprogrammed myself to think that refined sugar of any kind will make me sick. To my shock that actually didn’t happen! I might break out but that’s pretty much it.
I still eat my homemade oatmeal without any sugar added on a normal basis at home. I think berries sweeten it perfectly. If I have to order my oatmeal however from my local coffee shop then I will do so without guilt. Now and again it’s ok to enjoy some sugar and we shouldn’t obsess about it! It’s called living in the moment and sometimes you just have to roll with it.
I had to remind myself that I don’t over indulge in sugar filled goodies daily so over all my health wouldn’t be affected. I’m a far cry from the 22 teaspoons of sugar consumed by the average person these days. That’s the equivalent of 355 calories!!! Wow! Yeah no thanks. I like to eat real food and consume calories that actually fill me up and nourish my body.
Here is the infamous oatmeal that caused me to sweat and panick below. It’s funny how an innocent serving of oatmeal can cause a person so much unnecessary stress and worry. Look’s tasty doesn’t it? Why was I obsessing about it?
I like to think I’ve come a long way since my dark days with an eating disorder. When situations like this kreep up though it reminds me that it’s so easy to fall into old behaviors. I have to snap out of it and regain control over the situation.
Life is always an adventure and you never know what will trigger scary feelings and situations within ourselves. I’ve learned that it’s best to feel the emotions and be kind to yourself in those situations. Then its time to get really real with ourselves. We must remind ourselves that we are in total control of the situation and our lives. We have more power and strength then we ever give ourselves credit for!
I always strive to be as healthy as possible but I will allow myself some wiggle room. I will allow myself to enjoy life to the fullest and sometimes indulge in unhealthy food. I’m always trying to strive toward balance. Balance is key. I will always have those off days. The days where yes the thought of sugar will send me into a sweaty panick and that’s ok. I’ll get over it. I always do. Again Balance is key right? Good days & bad days are normal parts of this human experience.
I think we need to focus on how far we’ve come on our health and wellness journeys. Living in a state of gratitude for the amazing body we have been given is vital in my opinion. Giving ourselves grace for the moments of unhealthy treats is vital. Love life and try not sweating the small stuff. We truly are blessed to be healthy, strong and vibrant.
Here is an Affirmation that might help you if you find yourself in a similar state one day. These health and fitness goals sometime send us into a frenzy and we forget that its really not that serious.
Health, Joy & Positive Vibes,
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