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14 Lies You Tell Yourself While Eating Badly in College

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Recently I've been reflecting on my current eating habits and have come to a realization...or 14. I discovered that I tend to justify my poor eating decisions, so that I do not feel as guilty about what I am eating. I then opened up this idea to my friends and hallmates to see if they maybe did the same thing. It turns out that they totally do! After a few hours of discussion, I took note of 14 things that we all told ourselves while eating things that we probably could live without. A few may even sound familiar to you. Here they are:

1. "It's a Cheat Day"
Cheat days only work if they are not abused. Usually if you give yourself a cheat day, you will likely eat poorly the following day. You may recall your eating habits from the day before and decide that you mine as well eat badly again since you are already on this downward slope. But remember, it is not too late! This brings me to the next point...

2. "I'll Just Eat Super Healthy Tomorrow"

This can actually work; however, you need a plan. At least, I usually do. Think about specific items that you will be having for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast, do not tell yourself, "I will have some fruit." Instead say, "I will have sliced banana and berries on top of whole grain oatmeal and a cup of green tea on the side." That way, you know exactly what to get the next day.

3. "I'll Just Have a Little"

Well, things are good in moderation. Again, moderation.

4. "I Swear, I Will Work Out Tomorrow"
Making general statements sometimes is not always effective. Instead, setting a specific date and time makes working out a more concrete event, meaning you will be more likely to actually do it.

5. "It's That Time of the Month"
TOTALLY VALID. Eat whatever you want this week, especially the first day. This "event" is an automatic cheat day. When your pants are a crime scene, you deserve whatever your heart desires.

6. "I Can Eat Late and Then Stay Up Late"

Let me guess? Your excuse is that you want your food to properly digest? I mean, you go to bed at 2 a.m. anyway, right? Wrong. You are probably exhausted from homework, socializing, walking to/from class and just being overworked. Chances are you will fall asleep directly after those four slices of pizza and an episode of The Office. P.S. How good does that sound right now?

7. "I Am Stressed"
I get this; I really do. However, think about how much better you will feel after eating a healthy, nutritious and delicious meal. That is one less thing you would have to stress about!

8. "But, I Haven't Eaten All Day"

I know when you feel like you are starving, you do not even care about what you are eating, just as long as you are eating something. Just keep in mind that a healthy meal can be just as satisfying and fulfilling as a not-so-healthy one. Think about a huge salad with all of your favorite things! Yum.

9. "Everything Will Be OK"

And, it will! However, you may feel significantly better knowing you chose the healthier option.

10. "If I Eat This, I Won't Eat Dinner"
This works. One of the reasons is because you are not falling asleep directly after you eat, which will allow your food to properly digest. Depending on what you have eaten, you may be hungry around dinner time. If this is the case, a small, low-carb meal for dinner would suffice. Works for me!

11. "I'll Eat a Healthy Side...a Salad"

I have always believed that eating greasy protein with a side salad instead of fries is kind of not that bad. It is true: A salad instead of fries is a healthier option, but it does not take away from the greasy protein. Nevertheless, having a healthy side is a step in the right direction and honestly makes me feel a lot better!

12. "I've Been Working Out a Lot, so This Is a reward"

Hahahaha. I love this one. If you are working out, eat well, too. You will probably get the results you are looking for even faster.

13. "I Ate a Salad for Lunch"
If this is true, keep it up for the rest of the day. Make sure your dinner is as delicious, nutritious and good for you as well. You can do it!

14. "I Don't Have Control Over What I Eat"

"My mom made fried food" or "My dining hall is only serving this" are legit reasons. If you can, try to make sure you have some alternative options around. Having snacks such as dried fruit or unsweetened trail mix can help you stay on track and fill you up a little, so when you eat what your parents have made or what your dining hall has served, you will be eating less of the not-so-healthy options.

People come in all shapes and sizes, and everyone is beautiful. Eating and sleeping well and taking care of yourself will help you become the best you that you can be. However, if you really want that third slice of red velvet cake, do not beat yourself up about it. These 14 things simply show that we are all human, and it's normal to fall off the bandwagon sometimes!

Stay golden!
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