Cheating is sometimes fun but in the long run it always has consequences. For instance, planning for a wedding and packing up a house and transitioning your life from what you have known for so long to moving to a completely different location and way of being, can be an ultimately stressful experience. You may be tempted and pulled into directions you would not normally go and cross lines that would otherwise seem like something you would never do. It may even have some long term consequences that you would rather not have to experience.
Yes, I am talking about ME… But I am not talking about what YOU may be thinking. I am talking about food. Sugary, Buttery, Salty, Greasy, Food that makes your mouth water and your organs shut down. Last night I indulged in a movie and a sweet tasty yummy banana split. Now mind you, I had coconut bliss ice cream instead of regular ice cream, and organic raw chocolate, but I did put a mound of whipped cream and cherries and wedding cake in the mix. During the last week, I ate foods that I would not normally consume. From Honeybaked ham sandwiches to pesto and tomato basil cheese on crackers, I CHEATED. Not only did I cheat with food, but I cheated on my physical activity. I had excuse after excuse about not taking enough time or energy because of planning the wedding and having so many things to do, but what is the truth? Everyone has 15 minutes here and there to sweat and work out. Even while I was moving, my excuse was that moving IS exercise. Truth is that it is not the same as steady increased heart rate and sweat for a length of time. So now you have it. I am not perfect, I am a CHEATER.
It happens; we all do it. We try to profess perfection or at least we strive and strive for it, and some of us actually attain a 99% discipline rate where what we do is in integrity with what we say, but there is always that 1% where we are not congruent, where we fall into the chaos of life, and where we neglect our own ideals, beliefs, and wishes for our health. I fell into the cheater’s trap. My body is expressing its remorse. I know that I will be tempted more. I also know how to avoid and say NO to that temptation.
As we come up on the holiday season, there will be so many opportunities to be challenged. This season will be a great test for all of us. Will we go into the New Year with Cheater’s Remorse, or will we reaffirm our beliefs throughout the season and maintain a healthy, well-balanced approach to our food and wellness lifestyle? I for one am looking at this lapse as a re affirmation of my commitment to be healthy in body, mind, and soul. Thanks to my cheater’s remorse, I can re affirm my own integrity and write this holiday season as a testament to the value of an occasional falling off of the wagon…
Will this holiday season be YOUR downfall? In what ways will YOU avoid having Cheater’s Remorse? Share your stories of a Cheater’s Remorse, and how you dealt with it so that your stories will act as stories of inspiration and recovery for the other closeted cheaters among us.
TIPS FOR BEING FREE FROM CHEATER’S REMORSE
- Use smaller plates during Thanksgiving
- Studies have proven that smaller plates have a direct correlation to the amount of food consumed. This is a great way to trick your mind into feeling that you have eaten enough.
- Try air frying your turkey, instead of roasting it. It maintains great juices without soaking in its own fat or from adding fat by oil frying. It may not be traditional, but it is tasty and can be very flavorful if adding rosemary and other spices to the rub.
- Try healthy recipes for things like your mashed potatoes and yams. Instead of using marshmallows for the top, simply use cinnamon and pineapple, thus avoiding pointless sugar highs, and for the potatoes use garlic and sour cream instead of heavy cream for a great whipped mashed potato.
- Always try organic ingredients where you can. They may be a little more money, but eating foods that have not been filled with pesticides, herbacides, insecticides, and other neuro and immune toxic chemicals will help your body in long run from the agony of Cheater’s Remorse.
- Rather than loading up on the pies and desserts, make sure you load up on salad and veggies during the meal.
Taste buds will be satisfied without your body suffering the consequences of CHEATER’S REMORSE!!!
Have a Blessed Healthy Balanced Day!!!
Written by Ari Gronich…
Ari Gronich is highly trained and certified in many disciplines within the fields of bodywork, emotional release, energy work, nutrition, health, and kinesiology and sports therapy. For the last 17 years, he has helped transform his client’s bodies and lives through increased performance, enhancing physical, mental and emotional health.
Ari has led ergonomics and productivity seminars, as well as created corporate wellness programs for top companies all across America. He has been a successful business man within the health and fitness field utilizing his unique combination of expertise related to body posture, public speaking and facilitating trainings which gives him the capability of guiding people to create their most powerful presence and taking companies to the next level in productivity and employee benefits.
Ari is an “Outside of the Box” thinker and has a way of taking ANY situation and finding the holes that need to be filled thus creating WIN WIN relationships and powerful programs that serve to enhance everyone involved.