Here's how my “healthy” eating habits ruined what could have been one of the best vacations in my life…
Watch the video below to see what happened, or keep reading.
I hope you read this and realize that food is not everything, and we shouldn't give it as much power as we tend to!
This story is going to be super embarrassing but I'm going to share it anyway, in case it resonates with you… But no judging, okay?
Here we go…
The Most Miserable Dinner
It was 2011 and we were traveling in Cyprus. I had done my morning run at 40C heat (of course), spent the day exploring the ruins of Limassol, and we were heading out to dinner.
You probably know that I love my wine. I've never really restricted that, lol! Especially if I had burned “enough” calories during the day. But when it came to food… things were different.
That dinner ended up being really miserable.
We got to the restaurant and ordered our foods. When my order, some kind of seafood dish which I *thought* was the lowest calorie option on the menu (this is how I always had ordered my food) arrived, I was about to lose my mind.
A Plate of Fried Food Ruined My Evening
What arrived was a plate full of fried octopus and other seafood, with a side of fries…
I was so mad because this food was going to make me FAT by tomorrow!!
I got super passive-aggressive when my friends asked if I wanted to order something else. I said that I'm fine, whatever, it's okay, and other lies. At the same time, I was quiet and angry the rest of the dinner. I clearly wasn't fine.
I barely touched any of my food and went to my hotel room to eat a few dry and gross Kelloggs 100-calorie granola bars while others stayed out playing pool and having a few drinks after dinner.
This sucked big time.
I sacrificed what could have been a fun night out, to my “healthy” habits which weren't even healthy! I was in Cyprus, with a bunch of nice people, we had spent a great day and could have spent a great evening too, if my food obsession would't have gotten on the way.
Here's What I'd Do Today In The Same Situation
Here's how I'd handle the situation today:
- If I really didn't like the food I ordered, I'd order something else.
- That being said, If there really were no other options (which is nearly impossible), I'd eat at least some of it. It's literally JUST FOOD, not poison. One meal won't kill me. And it's better than being hungry and hangry.
- I would not be passive-aggressive and bitch all night. It's silly.
- I'd go out and play pool with others.
- I'd write in my gratitude journal: I'm grateful for being able to travel to Cyprus, to have these friends, to have the money to eat out… I had many things that a lot of people don't have, but my food obsession was so strong that I wasn't able to see any of it.
I hope you will never have memories like this. They suck.
I don't want you to ever eat granola bars alone in a hotel room, missing out on life when you could be out there living it.
Do You Want to Stop Living This Way?
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