Faced with a plate of freshly baked cookies, it’s so easy to say to ourselves “well this is different than the last time I tried to have just one and ate 14 because I’m at work”¦” If you have a trigger – respect it. Know it. Believe it. Especially if you’re in a weakened state like you’re hungry or tired.
We’re not telling you to avoid those things forever – but if you’re going to enjoy, enjoy! No regret or guilt necessary.
Our best advice for enjoying a treat? Choose the best possible version. Skip the “gas station version” and go for the real deal. Sit back, relax and enjoy it. Usually we do more damage with our minds. It’s not the one gourmet cookie that took us down – it’s the mindset of “oh my gosh I had one – I blew it, I may as well eat 25 more. And then later while I’m at it, I’ll have x, y & z and really blow it.” No need! A treat is in order once in a while.
Crash dieting and starving yourself silly is not the way to go. You might think it’s working if you start to look smaller for a short while, but that’s not how you get the body of your dreams. It’s really not. Ignoring what you’re doing to your insides, eventually you get so cranky and hungry and throw in the towel”¦ the next thing you know, there’s a pizza box in the trash and your face is covered in grease. Not pretty. There is a better way! Join us to remember how easy it can be.
Plus, trying to eat as little as possible during the day (and skipping meals) often causes folks to significantly overeat in the late evening. Don’t be at war with your food. You have to eat to live. What kind of life is that?
If food cravings are driving you b-a-n-a-n-a-s, come join us for a class! It’s likely just one variable in your diet that’s making you feel that way. It’s not you.
“The” results – that is, “success” or whatever you’re striving for – it takes time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and all that jazz.
Don’t get greedy and expect that your success will appear overnight. It won’t (sorry). Maybe for the lucky few… but for most of us, it takes the daily grind. Doing the good stuff, as much as we can. It can be hard to do this on our own, and that’s what Cambiati is all about. Support, accountability, being here to help you when you need it.
Feel like you’ve strayed and are having trouble getting back on track on your own? Come back to a class for a quick tune up and you’ll be wondering what took you so long.
Did you think this one would be about exercise? Maybe it should have been – but it’s not. (But do get out there and move, you’ll be happier and live longer!)
When you get home late after work, preparing a healthy, clean dinner is probably one of the last things on your mind. We know.
To avoid falling prey to this deadly (diet) sin… Keep it simple. Every night doesn’t need to be Top Chef-worthy. Broccoli slaw can be microwaved in a few minutes, topped with organic marinara sauce. Scramble up some eggs to eat on the side and you’re done. Dinner in about 8 minutes (dish washing time not included). You can pick up pre-made yummies at Diablo Foods in Lafayette (like the famous Brown Rice Risotto) or Whole Foods. (Or take yourself out to McCovey’s!) Another easy one: buy pre-washed lettuce, pre-cooked chicken, grab a package of hummus and carrots and…. voila! Fast food doesn’t have to come from the Golden Arches.
A few nights of meal prep or making a weekly chart to keep you organized can make a world of difference. Try it!
So what. You went off track and ate a couple (hundred) cookies. But there’s no need to spend the next 3 days hating yourself. Seriously. It’s such a waste of your life.
Sometimes people think eating CambiatiClean means avoiding non-CambiatiClean foods forever. It doesn’t! We’re not telling you to avoid something forever. We’re more about doing the good stuff as much as you can – which leaves space for a treat now and then. I you’re going to enjoy, enjoy responsibly. (And “enjoy” doesn’t have anything to do with guilt or shame. So if you feel that way after having a treat, that wasn’t enjoyment you were feeling)
Our best advice for enjoying a treat? Choose the best possible version. Skip the “gas station version” and go for the real deal. Sit back, relax and enjoy it. Usually we do more damage with our minds. It’s not the one gourmet cookie that took us down – it’s the mindset of “oh my gosh I had one – I blew it, I may as well eat 25 more.” No need! A treat is in order once in a while. No need to blow it all up over a treat.
PS – sometimes going way overboard happens seemingly out of nowhere because we’ve been too deprived. If you haven’t been eating enough, you might try bulking up your portions a bit (make sure you’re eating protein!) or call us to chat about ways to tweak your diet to help with satiation and cravings.
Don’t look to your impossibly thin friend (or neighbor, or co-worker, or sister, or friend, or celebrity girl-crush) for your measures of success. There’s so much energy out in the media and our culture in general that we all need to be in this constant state of change, perpetually thinking we must keep working toward the unattainable. But it’s ok to just be you.
Yes, helping people make changes is a lot of what we do here at good ol’ Cambiati – but we also help them hold onto the positive changes they create for themselves. Maintenance isn’t a bad place to be, no matter what you see on magazine covers.
Are you happy? If yes, great! Keep doing what you’re doing. If you’re not, let’s talk – and then get you where you want to be.
Blame our kindergarten teachers for instilling us with that deep-seated yearning for gold stars – but there’s nothing wrong with still wanting to do a good job, right? But when it comes to thinking you eat healthier than you really do, you’ll only spin your wheels, wondering why you’re not accomplishing your goals.
Eating a salad for dinner is great, yes, but if you cover it with blue cheese dressing? Not the same thing.
Or, picture this: you were “perfect” all day – cue round of applause! But when that “perfection” brings us sneaking back to the kitchen at 11pm and going all Cookie Monster? Probably time to take a look at what’s been going on and re-calibrate.
Think the cookies or pasta that you’re enjoying on the regular “must be fine” since they’re organic and gluten free? Beware the “healthy halo.” Remember: just because you found something in the “healthy part” of a grocery store doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for us (yes, even if you paid top dollar at Whole Foods!).
Try this: Wondering if you’re not really eating as well as you think you are? An easy way to find out is to keep a detailed (key word: detailed) food journal for a week. Call us up if you’re still not sure.