As a trainer it's not the SPLURGE that I am concerned with. I would ask the individual 2 questions. First, why did you splurge? Second, how quickly was the recovery? The reason for the SPLURGE is important because if it is linked to emotional eating that is serious and must be addressed. But if it is linked to a vacation, a night out, a special date etc., then that is more realistic and acceptable. For instance, to go on an eating quest for days on end because you are stressed about work, family, or life will create a habit. It may get better, but comforting your body with food is like giving a dog treats, eventually depending on your mood you'll be back for more.
However, if you eat vicariously not watching sugar as much or increasing your portions a tad while at a family gathering, so be it. Depriving yourself of certain things and watching others loath in it can be just as dangerous. The big question is how fast do you recover from both scenarios?
Obviously SPLURGING based on emotion, just never ends unless you tackle the emotional eating. But SPLURGING on occasion, at an event, or on a trip is fine with proper disciple to get back on track ASAP. Being disciplined enough to regroup after a short SPLURGE makes the SPLURGE not so harmful. But you must have the mental strength to recoup. Now, I am definitely not perfect. As a trainer I want my clients to know me and know me well. On vacation in one day I had a SPLURGE moment. A hot dog for dinner and ice cream for dessert. Now this was not just ice cream, it was smothered in chocolate and cookies. BAD NIKKI...is what most may think? Not me. I knew what I was doing and I also knew that the first day off vacation I was going back to the gym. First thing this morning I clocked 3 miles, 1 mile of hill intervals and core strengthening. Just like that I am back on track and enjoyed my short SPLURGES! So there you have it …I’m not perfect, I confessed my sin.....and I don't expect others to be perfect. Just know that with SPLURGING comes accountability to get back on track, and to do so quickly. If you are unable to regroup after a day or two it's best you reach out for help from a trainer, attend a workout class, or buddy up with a friend for some motivation. Good Luck!