I love french fries.
I love them cooked to have a little crunch on the outside, soft on the inside, and with extra salt.
There are lots of great ways to make french fry alternatives that don’t impede one’s nutritional objectives when trying to lose weight, but none of them are quite the same as the real deal. When I want french fries, I’m going to go for gold.
I also have nutritional goals. I want to maintain a lean physique that feels comfortable for me, while walking the walk that I talk to my clients every day. These goals typically state that I should not be consuming large amounts (the only french fry serving size I’ve ever known) of food high in carbohydrates and fats. If you weren’t aware, french fries contain a ton of delicious carbs and are loaded with mouth watering fats.
One might think that it is impossible for my love of french fries and my love of lean eating to coexist, but I have found a solution…
I eat the french fries.
All of them. In large amounts. And they’re always incredible.
Denying our favorite foods can lead to dire consequences to our long term success when making changes to our nutritional lifestyle. Food is delicious. Food is social. Food is fun. To simply say that we won’t eat something anymore that we love teaches us nothing. If nothing is learned, then long term viability for lifestyle change is unlikely.
When a craving comes along for one of your favorite foods, stop and think. Are you hungry for the beloved favorite food, or just hungry for anything because you haven’t eaten in a while. Are you wanting that cherished comestible just because you’re bored? Are you craving that prized beverage just because the people you’re hanging out with are having one? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then maybe you would be just as happy with another option that is more inline with your nutritional goals.
But sometimes, the answer is no. You want the damn french fries because you want the damn french fries. At times like these, go for it! Eat slowly. Savor the dish. Bask the amazing aroma. Really taste each and every bite. And when you’re done, don’t feel guilty. No one’s results were made or broken over one meal. Tomorrow, get back to work, having that particular craving sated for the time being. String together a few meals in a row back on your plan. Have a few great workouts. And maybe, start dreaming about you next round of fries.