We have all been there: eating junk food either by choice or circumstance. Sometimes eating clean gets boring and monotonous. Or maybe you are somewhere that has only junk food to offer. It’s ok. As long as you do not make the mistake of changing a splurge meal into a splurge day, which can turn to a splurge weekend, and so on. It is very easy to reconcile having a few more treats once you have “broken” your diet. But any excuse is just an excuse, nothing more.
The good news is that the day may not even be a total loss. Depending on how much you had to eat in that meal, you may even be able to stick to your daily caloric allowance. It probably will not be easy: think replacing a meal with whole vegetables or in the form of juice. And though that may be a sacrifice, continuing with the splurge can have serious negative effects on your healthy lifestyle.
It should not be a surprise that junk food does not do a whole lot of good for the body. Your body needs energy to move and to perform other functions. The food you consume even plays a big part in your mood because without proper nutrients your mind and body will not function properly. When you are not feeling well, the last thing you will want to do is exercise, and if you do not exercise you have just hit your healthy lifestyle with two negative actions: eating bad and choosing not to exercise. The longer you eat junk and refrain from physical activity, the harder it is to eat right and go back to exercising. That is why, even if you mess up, you need to have a strategy to go right back to your healthy lifestyle.
That can be something as little as going for a walk right after you eat the junk food. It is also important to remember that you can practice moderation even with junk food. Do not have the attitude that ‘if I eat a little, I might as well eat a lot’. It is easy to have the mentality that you want to eat as much as you can in one day so you will not eat it the next day. I have found that all that does is get you craving the junk more, and may even make you feel so defeated that you continue for days or weeks eating the junk food.
Remember that no matter why you ate the junk food, as long as you practice moderation, and do your best to get back on track as soon as possible you should be fine. Also important to note is that some people schedule their splurge days so that they can enjoy their favorite foods in moderation. And when it is planned it is less likely to cause you to neglect your healthy eating habits for longer than planned.