I have FOMOF – Fear of Missing Out on Food. You know those times when everyone is doing the group thing and you don’t want to miss out on the experience? When everyone is ordering food from somewhere and you don’t want to be the odd man out, or be known as the “picky” one?
Those times stress me out.
I have a love/hate relationship with the social aspect of food. Food is one of those things that can really bring a group together, but succumbing to the group mentality also leads me to making really poor decisions.
Rewind a few weeks. A coworker brought in her daughter’s order form for Girl Scout cookies. Now I looooove Girl Scout cookies. I was a Girl Scout for many years and of course my mom had to be the “cookie mom”. These cookies have a special place in my heart. Although this was before 6Fit officially started, I knew I really shouldn’t be ordering any cookies. Not only are they insanely overpriced, but also I have never, ever been able to ration any of those cookies to last longer than a week. They’re just too amazing. But everyone was ordering… a lot! And I didn’t want to be left out. And I certainly didn’t want to be the one to not support this adorable face.
So I bought 6 boxes. And just last week, this showed up on my desk at work:
My stomach dropped. How in God’s name was I not going to inhale these within the week? Part of me wishes I had never ordered them. But everyone was doing it! And again, that face! How can you say no?
Fast forward to work last week. I was doing so well eating the theme of the week: Hunt, Gather, Grow. Not exactly Paleo, but focusing on eating natural foods and less processed junk. That was until our big strategy meeting at the end of the week. It was one of those meetings where everyone sits around a table in a conference room for 8 hours and lunch is brought in for you because you’re just too busy to leave. Well, the one thing that’s great about my company is they do food right for these meetings. No cafeteria food for us… they brought in California Pizza Kitchen! Now, I probably could have anticipated something like this would happen and I should have brought in my own food, but I didn’t want to be the picky one! I didn’t want the weird looks, like why the heck can’t she just eat what everyone else is eating? So I gave in and just went with it. There was salad (woo!), but mostly pizza. Why I didn’t just stick with the salad, I don’t know. When I get into these situations, I don’t look for the healthy option. I just give up. I went for the pizza.
Finally we come to Monday morning. A new week, focusing on healthy breakfasts and eating dairy-free. I was really excited for this week because I felt like cutting out (or cutting back on, lets be real) dairy will be one of those things that could really help me feel better all-around. But what do I see when I walk into my dept on Monday morning? A giant bag of Brooklyn Water Bagels.
And everyone was sitting around grabbing bagels from the bag, laughing and sharing stories about surviving the latest coming of Snowpocalypse 2015. And I really wanted to be a part of it. I wasn’t even hungry, but I felt like I needed to have a bagel to be a part of what was going on. So I ate one. I felt absolutely crappy the rest of the day. I don’t recommend eating a giant chewy bagel when you’re not hungry. Not only does it make your insides feel terrible, but I was also mentally kicking myself for not even making it past 9am on dairy-free week.
That’s when my 6Fit team jumped in and picked me up from the puddle of food shame I’d dissolved into. It was Kayte telling me that one bad day does not mean a bad week. It was Jill telling me not to worry, we all have our days. It was Miss Ashley sharing how when she gets into those situations, she’s learned to “6Fit” it. Instead of having the whole bagel, start with half. I can still be a part of the group, but I don’t need to eat the whole thing. At those work meetings, I can eat the salad that’s brought in and I can supplement with healthy snacks I bring from home. I can buy Girl Scout cookies, but I don’t need to out-buy everyone else. And I can pop them in the freezer as soon as I get home. That’ll make it harder to give in to sudden cravings! A huge thank-you goes out to Team Kale this week! Although I may have started out on a bad foot, it was a big wake-up call to one of my biggest food challenges. In the words of Miss Ashley, next time I’ll be much better prepared to “6Fit” it.
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Mom of 3, wife, business owner, ballet teacher and fitness instructor. Trying hard to raise healthy, happy and grateful children while running the studio of my dreams. Trying to stay FIT, flexible, stylish and take care of myself in the process!