Would I go crazy and eat every unhealthy food in sight, or would I feel so good after a day of healthy eating that I’d want to continue the trend?
Let’s just say, it’s a good thing I don’t live in the States right now or I would’ve spent a small fortune on decadent meals at my favorite restaurants. Instead, I went to the grocery store and spent a small fortune on some of my favorite American-brand sweets. (The cheesecake alone was about $18 but oh-so-worth-it.)
As I was shopping, a surprising thing happened: I gained unexpected insight into my relationship with food.
Before this challenge, I would have claimed that I already eat pretty much whatever I want. If you looked in my trash bin, you’d see evidence of pizza and ice cream and soda consumption to prove it. But today, I realized my claim isn’t entirely true.
Let’s use my Diet Pepsi addiction as an example. I know I should cut out soda altogether, but I don’t want to, so I don’t. I do, however, curb my consumption. Most days, I would love to drink three or four or five Diet Pepsis, but usually, I only drink one or two.
But having the freedom to eat ANYTHING for a day, made me pay more attention to my cravings. I discovered I have a lot of them. I also discovered that somewhere between conscious and subconscious thought, I bargain with myself about which cravings to indulge.
No, Angela, you can’t get a Snickers bar. Remember that pint of ice cream you ate in one sitting last night? Yes, you can eat a few gummy worms, but only a few.
As I write this, I’m aware that the cravings I have here in Korea are extremely different from the ones I have at home. When I’m in America, I rarely desire chocolate. Here, I can not get enough. I don’t really understand it, but it must have something to do with the flavors in the food here.
I also realized why I don’t give into all my cravings. I’ve learned that I feel like absolute crapola when I do. Remember my healthy dessert from yesterday’s challenge? Well I cut up the strawberries and melted the chocolate and put them atop an enormous piece of cheesecake — which I haven’t been able to finish yet — and honestly don’t think I will. I can’t even look at all those other sweets right now.
But I will go have another soda.
How did your day of indulgence go?
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