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Is It Okay to Eat Junk Food if You Exercise?

doughnutAre you the type of person who tries to justify unhealthy food choices with twisted rationale?

If so, you may have found yourself saying things like:

  • It’s okay to eat pizza tonight because I went to the gym.
  • Today was really stressful, so I deserve eating a box of chocolates.
  • I’m on vacation, so I’m going to treat myself to an extra piece of dessert.

At face value, it’s easy to see how this logic can be so convincing. And it certainly is okay to occasionally stray away from unhealthy food choices; life is about balance. But over time, these exceptions tend to become more and more frequent - and it’s easy to see how this philosophy can be a recipe for disaster.

Fear not. If you’re a junk food rationalizer, there is an easy fix. Simply untwist your logic.

Let’s look at the example of chocolates after a stressful day. If the intent is to feel better, will a box of chocolates really accomplish that? Will you feel better about yourself and your situation after loading your body with unhealthy fats and unneeded calories? Is there anything about eating chocolates that will leave you less stressed? Of course not. In actuality, you’ll probably feel even worse.

Similarly, people often tell me it’s okay for them to eat junk food because they exercise. For one, burning 300 calories at the gym doesn’t mean it’s okay to eat 1000 calories worth of doughnuts. Second, it really misses the whole point. Exercise is a way to honor your body with movement and sweat. It’s a way to improve your health and extend your longevity. In a nutshell, a healthy lifestyle helps you be the best you. There’s nothing so good about a the way a doughnut tastes that it’s worth undoing all of that.

Remember what you really, truly deserve - and then put logic to work for you.

In the comments below, share some of the ways that you try to justify unhealthy food choices.

Stop Making Decisions of Someone Who Deserves Less.

It’s a new year - and a new opportunity to create a different path forward.

Instead of recycling the same mindset and mentality of years gone by, let’s try something new. Rather than making decisions from a place of deprivation or denial, let’s shift the focus. Let’s come from a place of self-love.

It’s not about skipping the extra slice of cheesecake because you’re not supposed to eat it. It’s about selecting a smarter dessert choice because you want to nourish your body with the nutrients it craves and needs.

It’s not about going to the gym because you hate your body and desperately want to look different. It’s about exercising because you love your body - and you want to honor it with movement and sweat. After all, without your body, you can’t experience the joys of life, like wrapping your arms around someone you love, watching a sunset or swimming in the ocean.

In 2013, let’s shift our focus to a place of self-love. And as you do, it becomes infinitely easier and a million times more effortless to make decisions that promote better health.

You deserve good health - so stop making decisions of someone who deserves less. This is YOUR year.