I’m going to tell you a secret today…
I used to get stressed AF about having treats out in public.
I worried that if a client, friend, or blog reader ran into me eating a donut or having a Pink Drink from Starbucks that they would judge me or think less of me professionally.
I was living with a self-imposed expectation of perfect eating because I’m a trainer, a nutrition coach, and people look up to me. The amount of time I spent wondering if anyone was noticing that I ate a cookie as dessert was obscene.
When I write it out now it actually kind of makes me laugh. People don’t pay near as much attention to us as we think they do.
Today I walked into Dunkin Donuts to get a coffee and a couple mini donuts for P and I and I had that thought….what if someone i know is in here?! And then I shrugged it off.
I’ve come to the conclusion that you dear reader, don’t need another person modeling “perfect eating” for you. Someone that sets an expectation so high that you will never achieve it and make yourself feel like shit while you try to do so.
We’ve got enough “perfect” examples out there and honestly so much if its is probably bullshit anyway. On the internet, its really easy to only let people see the things you want them to.
I want to be someone that encourages you to eat a variety of unprocessed foods. Fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and nuts.
But I also want you to see that it’s ok to eat a donut once in awhile. You’re not bad. You don’t need to go and do 75 burpees to “burn it off.”
Let’s be realistic….
Donuts aren’t nutritious. But they are delicious.
If you’re feeling the push (either from yourself or someone else) to never have treats like this I’d like to encourage you to ditch that mentality (or that person). It’s perpetuating your all or nothing approach to eating.
And quite honestly what is the fucking point of eating a donut if you’re just going to feel shame about it all day?
If you’re going to eat it then own that you’re eating it. Afterwards, make your next meal or your next snack nutritious. It really is that simple.