Taking Responsibility for the Food You’re Eating

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Which food do you pick to get the results you want? The choice is yours.

It’s easy to point the blame at your friends, work colleagues, wife/husband, partner, or even your parents for “encouraging” you to eat certain things. They eat pizza around you or offer you their home-baked muffins. What are you supposed to do?!

Well… I think I’d say Man-up or Woman-up (I’m pretty sure that’s not a thing, but it probably should be) and take responsibility for your own actions.

Did you REALLY have to?

I often talk to my clients about the issue of taking responsibility for your own food choices.

Some of them tell me stuff like this:

“I was at my mother-in-law’s house so I HAD to have her lasagne.”

“I’m OK at eating when I’m at home, but I HAD to have that burger when I went out because there wasn’t much else.”

“It was Christmas/Hanukkah/my dog’s birthday so I HAD to have a lot of crappy food.”

Now I think it’s fair to say that you didn’t NEED to eat it.

You made a choice that you wanted it or you felt too shy/awkward/embarrassed to reject it.

Either way, YOU and only YOU have to take responsibility for whatever food you eat.

I understand that certain circumstances (holidays, visiting friends/family, traveling) make choosing the right foods more challenging. I’m not trying to spoil anyone’s fun. I sometimes eat stuff on the crappy list too, including cheesecake, Frappuccinos, and any variety of delicious chocolate treats.

BUT…

Take responsibility for what you’re eating.

I wanted it. I ate it. I’ll accept the consequences (and hopefully do better at my next meal). Unless you’re a baby or toddler and someone else controls what food you have access to, you can decide what you’re willing to eat. Actually, I have a 19-month-old baby and can tell you for certain that I can’t force him to eat anything either.

All I’m saying is that you have no one to blame if you’re not eating the right foods for you.

Yes, it can be difficult to make the right choices. It requires preparation. It takes more time than just eating whatever food happens to be right in front of you. I know you’re busy. I know you’re sometimes too tired to care.

When you reach your goals and feel so much better, you’ll realize that it’s all worth it.

Ivana Chapman 

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Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman BSc BA CSCS is a Canadian fitness and nutrition coach, happy wife, and mom to an energetic 5-year-old boy. She is a writer, published fitness model, speaker, 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, former World Cup Karate Champion, one-time marathoner, and CBBF National level Natural Bikini competitor. She loves weight training and chocolate, not always in that order of preference.
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