According to a 2012 poll on Twitter, the most common items which people gave up for Lent were food related. Chocolate, Alcohol, Bread, Soda, Junk Food, Sweets, Ice Cream, McDonald’s…and the list goes on.
It is clear that these foods are most often associated with feelings of guilt after consumption. But we at Positive Eats are trying to reduce negative food emotions, and this is exactly why we have come up with the Positive Eats 40-Day Challenge: Give up the Guilt!
Instead of giving up any foods, we encourage you to give up the guilt. In fact, we challenge you to consume DAILY something that is part of your “banned foods” or “bad foods” list. And we challenge you to savor that food. Think positively about the nutrition in that food. And then move on with your day.
It is up to you what you wish to consume each day as part of the challenge. A piece of chocolate from the office candy bowl. Ranch dressing on your salad. A bag of chips during a picnic. Whole fat milk. Or a piece of cake at your friend’s birthday party. Mayo on your sandwich. Or a soda at the movie theatre. A beer at the ball game. White bread instead of whole wheat.
Take foods from that list you usually ban from your diet, and enjoy a small pieces of them every. day. — for 40 days.
We hope that in completing this challenge you will see that foods are just foods. And all foods can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle. The most important part is to think positively about the nutrition in what you eat, and after you eat, MOVE ON WITH YOUR DAY. You have a life to live!
Are you up for the challenge? Update us daily on Facebook, thru email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or in the comments below!