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I went overboard with my calorie intake yesterday.

 

It was only my second time celebrating one more special day in a year apart from my birthday, Christmas and New Year. Growing up, Father’s Day was a simple time to get together as a family, have a nice Sunday lunch and appreciate having an awesome Dad in our midst. My wife’s family is big in celebrations and traditions, which is not a bad thing at all. She literally prepared a feast yesterday!

My wife, toddler and I had a ‘Surf and Turf’ for lunch, and we had a few relatives and friends come over for dinner with lasagna, pizza, ribs, and everyone’s favorite ‘tuxedo cake.’
After dinner I had a few minutes of time to myself (because I didn’t have to wash the dishes as usual) and decided to log in my intake using the app MyFitnessPal. Lo and behold, I ate 788 calories more than my daily allowance!
The whole point why I’m sharing this to you is to show that it happens to ALL of us.
It’s easy to over-eat calories and go overboard our daily allowances.
But it’s not the end of the world. 
Here are THREE (3) things we can all learn from eating and celebrating on special days:
1) Live First, Count Later. 
I didn’t restrict myself to eating only 3200 calories (my current daily allowance with physical activity) yesterday. The first thing in my agenda was to spend time with family and have fun with them at the table. I believe that getting fitter and healthier through exercise and healthy eating is meant to improve our lives, and not overcome it.
Everyday in social media you’ll see a ‘fitness guru’ with 6-pack abs working out 7 days a week and eating only carrots and kale. How does their life outside of Instagram and Facebook look like? How is their social relationships? These people basically work and live in the gym. Sure, it’s good to be inspired by them but people like you and I have our own lives to live.
If you have a party coming up, go for it. If you’re too stressed out from work and you tend to stress-eat, let it be. My point is to not the restrictions in your “Fitness Journey” affect whatever is happening in your life. Let life happen.

“Getting fitter and healthier through exercise and healthy eating is meant to improve our lives, and not overcome it.”

2) You Won’t Know Until You Count. 
I still did count my calories AFTER I knew that I probably ate a lot than I need to fuel my body. And it does not matter. I didn’t count my calories to bring myself down and feel bad after. I only counted for ONE PURPOSE: Awareness.
After logging in the estimates of what I consumed, I had an idea that I ate almost 800 (I probably under-estimated) extra calories than my daily allowance! It’s a big number, but I also know that I keep an average of 300 calorie deficit on most days because I’m currently trying to cut down. This means that my WEEKLY caloric allowance is still on point. I have dropped over 15 lbs. the past three months and I know that one day of going overboard won’t get me off-track. There’s no pressure. I didn’t stress about restricting myself to a certain number.
Know your numbers daily AND weekly. If you do, you don’t have to put the pressure on yourself every single day to maintain your daily allowance. Does it mean you have to count everyday? No. But at least do it ONCE to get an idea of how much calories you really eat on an average day.
One more thing, I don’t care if you say ‘I already eat healthy‘ or ‘I don’t eat too much‘ — healthy foods doesn’t always mean less calories. Less food volume doesn’t always equate to fewer calories.
Here’s what I mean: two handful of strawberries have less calories than a scoop of ice cream. Almonds are considered to be a healthy snack, but a fist size (100g) would already contain 575 calories.
Main point: if you haven’t counted calories yet or haven’t done it for more than 6 months, do it at least once starting now.

“Healthy foods doesn’t always mean less calories. Less food volume doesn’t always equate to fewer calories.”

3) Food with Purpose.
I honestly can’t remember the last time I had lasagna before yesterday. Pizza, maybe 3 to 4 weeks ago. Those sumptuous, fall-off-the bone  ribs, probably a month or so.
For me, I look at these types of foods as “special”: They are specially more flavorful and they specially have more calories, so they are meant to be eaten only on special occasions!
The problem with most people nowadays is that our consumer-culture makes ANY kind of food readily available to us, and everyone can be an instant “foodie.” I think this is what takes away the “special-ness” of certain food items, it is easy to have these special foods take over what is supposed to be healthy, wholesome, staple foods in our regular diets. Are you following where I’m getting at?

Believe me, I have met a young female gym member recently who confessed that she eats chocolate cake for breakfast every single day. I have also met a guy in his 50’s who snacks on deep fried prawns almost every night. I have nothing against these types of foods. I eat them myself! But not treating them as ‘special’ foods and instead making them part of your regular diet won’t do any help.

 

Think about all the food and drinks present in your daily diet. List them down on a piece of paper. Then see if each item is specially flavorful and calorific and could be dedicated for special occasions. The rest should be nutritious, wholesome foods that you eat to fuel your body properly everyday.

“Some Foods are specially more flavorful and they specially have more calories, so they are meant to be eaten only on special occasions!”

Looking at food and how it plays a part in our lives will take away the stress of not keeping up with your calories and macros, and removes the fear of gaining extra pounds the day after.

 

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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