Yesterday evening I was driving home and it was late, I had worked hard and could tell that my hormones were playing games with me. I am trying (yet again) to make some small but significant changes to my diet and having McDonalds in the evening is part of that change. However as I said, it was late, I was tired, feeling the woes of womanhood pressing heavily upon my shoulders and since I was driving past a 24 hour McDonalds, thought it would not hurt to pass through (and order a meal). So anyway I drove through ordered a medium meal (only to be told that with a large meal I get a free glass. I thought why not and opted for the large) and continued my journey home. The meal hit all the right spots and I went to sleep happily that evening.
However today I am thinking about all the extra calories that I worked into my body and the less than equivalent amount of exercise I am willing to do. I am happy that at least I do not feel guilty about having the meal because (so I am told), guilt is an unhealthy emotion to have towards food. This puts me in a bit of a predicament because if I do not feel guilty about eating fried, fatty foods at night and furthermore enjoy eating fried, fatty foods at night – how will I make the change?
Last week I blogged about temptation and the fact that there is a biological impulse to all habits. Apparently chemical pathways are created in the brain that cause the reflex reactions we have to certain situations. That is why we have to replace bad habits with good ones and cannot simply aim at simply stopping an act so that a new pathway is created. That in mind I have decided that I need to find a new, healthy midnight snack.