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Let’s say we binged on food for a night, loading our body with calories like a bulldozer filling a flower pot with dirt.
We hear it all the time. It’s OK to make mistakes, as long as we learn from it.
Well, it’s not OK to make mistakes. But if we do, our mistakes don’t define us. Making a mistake does not mean that we’re a mistake. And, especially in diet, mistakes are often not permanent.
If we’re told to learn from our mistakes, then we’d be clear on what NOT not to do. But exactly what to do remains ambiguous.
“I know I shouldn’t have eaten that entire pizza and a tub of Ben & Jerry’s last night…”
But yet tonight we eat a multi-deck cheeseburger, garlic fries, and a large milkshake.
Our lesson gained from the mistake taught us what not to do, but was not clear on what to do.
Another “lesson” buried under further excess calories.
Rather than trying to learn from our mistakes (which is really just meaningless rhetoric and the only real lesson is the useless don’t do it again), try to learn from our successes.
What have we done in the past that was successful?
Eat something light for one night? Eat mostly vegetables and a quality piece of fish? Or maybe skip the meal altogether and go for a walk, go to the bookstore, or drink some sparkling water with a good magazine?
What has worked? What had made you feel better, physically and mentally, after a night of uninhibited eating? For me it’s just skipping a meal or two… simply turning off the valve. At other times I go completely Paleo for a couple of days.
Whatever balances out the caloric intake in our favor over the next day or two (or by the end of the week) is considered success.
I know for a fact that going 100% Paleo for a couple of days, or using short-term fasting, have brought success — and they have allowed me to think of pizza and ice cream less of a mistake and more of a joy.
When we try to learn from failure, then we become fixated on failure. Instead, learn from our successes.
And do what has brought them.