those days

You know those days when you are trying to balance healthy habits, whole foods and your cravings for cheeseburgers?

Oh, you don’t have those days?

The day started out great. Yoga Sculpt always kicks my booty and I feel incredibly strong and like the wimpiest person in the room all at the same time. It’s amazing. Breakfast was a combination of oatmeal and greek yogurt – filling and full of protein and fiber.

But then I made the mistake of not packing a lunch. Why I do this to myself I’ll never know – my options are extremely limited and I obviously know this. I’m sick of the salad bar at Byerly’s, Chipotle is out because I just had Mexican for dinner and for some reason unbeknown to me, there isn’t a decent deli to just get a good sandwich in my vicinity.

So I decided to try a salad from Smashburger. I thought that if I got a burger on top of a salad I would be covering all my bases: a lunch full of veggies and a craving for burgers. As I placed my order, part of me had a second thought and I almost just got a burger because they have whole grain buns and all sorts of fun toppings! But I went with my salad.

It was pretty good, but the minute I finished it, I realized that I was still starving. I panicked. My desk drawer only contained dried mango slices. It was 4 degrees out. (aka, I was not about to venture outside again) so I went to the vending machine and got a bag of cheetos.

Orange fingers and 320 calories later, I was reminded of a important concept. Your body does a really good job of telling you what it wants. Listen to it. And don’t try to trick it with a burger topped salad. It won’t be fooled.

You win some, you lose some. I’m not worried about the calories, or the processed food but looking back, I’d prefer a burger on a real bun over cheetos any day.

Do you ever have those days? Do you listen to your body or your “healthy mind?”


  1. says

    I have really started to focus on my body’s craving signals rather than what my mind tells me I ‘should’ want.

    With things like bread/buns or burgers or bacon, I eat whatever feels “right.” I think our bodies are better self-regulators than we give them credit for!

  2. says

    I have those days all the time… most of the time i try to fool myself into thinking i want something else, and I eventually just eat what I originally wanted anyway. Could have just had that in the first place!

  3. Sarah says

    I am having one of those days already! All I want to not eat healthy or weigh or measure or write anything down. Starting with a giant bagel! But I didn’t. There is still plenty of time left in my day. Like you said though, maybe I just need a bagel and to be done with it? Something to ponder.

    • Emily says

      Yes, I think if that is what you really want you should just have it or have half and be done. Otherwise you’ll be thinking about it all day, eat other things and then eat it anway! (At least that is what happens to me!!)

  4. Sarah Fox says

    When I was pregnant with Ella I was craving burgers, but I fought the cravings because I was trying to be healthy. It turned out I was profoundly anemic and craving burgers for a reason…

  5. says

    OK, so I ate an ENTIRE Chipotle burrito for dinner last night. Like seriously, the entire thing — picked every last stray black bean and bit of corn salsa up from the wrapper, entire thing! I blame the cold weather! :)

    I eat way more junk than I “should,” but who cares? My cholesterol is low, my BP is extraordinarily low, I’m at a healthy weight, and I get plenty of exercise. You only live once!

  6. says

    Ugh, I hate when that happens. Sometimes I think I purposely sabotage myself with not bringing my lunch so I can go out and try something yummy (although most of the time I dont like to spend too much money on lunch during the wk)

    Ive been trying to listen to my body more and didn’t last night. I made a healthy meal with spinach, kale, tofu and when I took it out I was like meh. So I had a burger, fries and beer instead. It was worth every bite!

  7. says

    I definitely have “those days!” When I go out to eat, I always try to find a healthy option on the menu, however that healthy option isn’t always what I really want! I find that when I deny my craving, I do just what you did…I end up eating MORE than I would have had I just trusted my instinct. Gah…I guess the ideal is finding that happy balance…Sometimes giving into “naughty” cravings, and other times choosing the option that you know reaps more nutritional benefits.

    Cheetos are my favorite chip/crunch! Always have been! Gotta love orange fingers!

  8. says

    I fully believe in eating what you are craving. When I don’t, I end up eating several things trying to mask the craving and then end up with what I was craving in the first place.

    My mom has to be the biggest Cheetos consumer in the world, so those bags always make me think of her.

  9. says

    I have a handful of those days – sometimes I ignore my healthy mind and other times I listen. The times I ignore it, I pay later. :)
    I just really try to stick to my Sunday deal which is my “Eat whatever the heck you want day”. That works because I don’t give into temptations during the week – I just think to myself, “I can have it on Sunday!” :)

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