I was reading an article about budgeting because I am always looking for ways to save money. One of the people who commented on the article said she was an “entitled spender.” I finished reading all the comments and then thought about that phrase.
I realized that I was an entitled eater.
Of course, we are all entitled to eat whatever we want, whenever we want, and in whatever quantities we want. However, I took that right to eat one step further. I felt entitled to eat junk food because I deserved it, I needed it, I had a right to it.
And I did, in theory. However, what I did not stop to consider at the time, was whether those feelings of “I deserve it” were helping me long-term or just satisfying a current craving. Looking back, those feelings were only satisfying the moment rather than helping me prepare for the future.
Eating Cheetos by the bag or candy bars all day long temporarily satisfied my feeling of “I deserve it” but left me feeling guilty, feeling sick to my stomach, and left me feeling like I would never reach my goals.
I was satisfying the now without considering how those choices would affect my future.
My attitude of entitled eating when I was morbidly obese negatively affected my future. I spent 10 years as an obese woman. I missed out on activities I could have participated in had I been at a healthy weight, I socially isolated myself on occasion, and I am left with physical reminders in the form of loose skin from my eventual weight loss.
Fortunately I did make the shift from being an entitled eater or an “I deserve it” eater who did not consider what affect my food choices would have on my future, to a person who finally realized that what I ate then did affect my future.
It all came down to choices and feelings. I felt like I wanted and deserved junk food, more fried chicken, or a third biscuit, but I choose to make a different choice in order to positively affect my future. Making poor choices time after time left me feeling defeated, but when I started making good choices most of the time, I started feeling like I was finally on a path toward a healthy future.
We are all entitled eaters because we all deserve food. However, I encourage you to shift your thinking from “I deserve this unhealthy food” to “I deserve to make the best food choices I can” because you are worth it. You are worth it. Your future is worth it. Your family’s future is worth it.
We can satisfy the now with junk and negatively affect our future health and life, or we can satisfy the now with good food and positively affect our lives.
Making this shift from thinking mainly about how the food was making me feel at the moment to thinking about how food was affecting my future really helped me stick with my diet and lose half my body weight. This way of thinking has also helped me maintain that weight loss for over 16 years.
What do you think? Have you ever gotten stuck in the “I deserve junk food” cycle? Diane