Eat dessert. It’s good for you! | Project Life Wellness

My struggle with binge eating

In a desperate attempt to stay thin, I spent too many years of my life deprived of all my favorite foods. Prior to settling down and getting pregnant, I had managed to keep myself in tip top shape by exercising often and eating as healthy as possible. So where was the problem in all of this? I wasn’t truly happy. In fact, I was downright miserable at times because the self image that I worked so hard to uphold was tiring and becoming increasingly difficult to maintain.

I remember watching those around me eat whatever they wanted and would envy their ability to simply accept themselves how they were. Here I was struggling more than ever to love myself and my body; in fact, I struggled with an extremely negative body image for many years despite the fact that I was at a very healthy weight (at the time). On the outside to others, I appeared to have incredible will power but on the inside, I felt weak and powerless.

Because of my effort to cut out nearly all indulgences such as desserts, I would binge-eat quite frequently and feel extreme guilt afterwards. This vicious cycle continued for many years until I realized I needed to make a change. For me the transition came after I had gained 50 lbs in my first pregnancy. I knew that I had no choice but to begin to love and accept my new body while working to get back into shape.  Since the old way wasn’t working for me physically or mentally, I decided to include a little bit of everything in my diet as long as it was in moderation.

I still cut out certain foods from time-to-time to give my body a chance to “reset” and cleanse but It’s usually temporary so I do not feel deprived when doing so. For example, I recently decided to give my body a break from all animal products with the exception of fish. I manged to keep this up for a couple of months and felt great but had to forfeit it mid-way as we found out we are expecting baby #2 (more on that later!). Because I wanted to ensure I was getting enough nutrients for myself and baby, I began to reintroduce animal products into my diet. This of course, included dairy which was fine by me.

I’ve learned that you can still be healthy while enjoying everything that you love, as long as you don’t go overboard. Moderation and balance is key to everything and there are always “better options” out there when it comes to our unhealthy favorites such as ice cream and cake.

Why I love Kemps Yo² Frozen Yogurt

I’ve always been a sucker for frozen yogurt so while I was at Jewel-Osco the other day, I picked up a couple of pints of the Kemps Yo² Frozen Yogurt for my hubby and I. They had a few different flavors to choose from and I selected the salted caramel cookie crunch, and the chocolate peanut butter fudge. Let me just say, GAME CHANGER! forget everything you though you knew about frozen yogurt. This stuff tastes like pure, creamy ice cream.

What I love about it is that the label is clean. It is free from artificial flavors, high fructose corn syrup, and contains absolutely no artificial growth hormones. This was a dessert I could feel good about–in moderation of course!

kemps yo² frozen yogurt

kemps yo² frozen yogurt

kemps yo² frozen yogurt

I am happy to say that today, I enjoy all of the foods that I love and have very little guilt because I enjoy them in moderation and in reasonable portions. It’s helped me maintain my weight for the most part and prevented me from the horrible binge eating I endured for many years.

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What I’ve found that’s worked for me is buying and using smaller plates, bowls, and cups. This helps me control the amount of food/drinks that I am consuming and prevents me from going overboard.

kemps yo² frozen yogurt

 

click HERE to download a $1.00 off coupon now and visit your local Jewel-Osco to pick up this amazingly better-for-you version of ice cream and INDULGE-in moderation of course 🙂

kemps yo² frozen yogurt

What I’ve learned from my struggle

  1. It’s OK to indulge in my favorite foods from time-to-time as long as it isn’t excessive.
  2. My body is amazing because it helped to bring another human into this world.
  3. It’s important to use positive affirmations on a daily basis to help boost confidence.
  4. Life is too short to live deprived, of anything.
  5. Eat dessert. It’s good for you!

13 COMMENTS

  1. Celia @ Chicago Jogger | 1st Jun 17

    Thanks for sharing your story! The ice cream looks delicious 🙂

    • Projectlifewellness | 1st Jun 17

      Thank you so much for reading and your kind words!! I’m in Chicago also! Well the north suburbs lol small world!

  2. Ritu | 3rd Jun 17

    Love this! Of course you can still indulge… carefully!

  3. Becca Barracuda | 3rd Jun 17

    Love your message– you’re so right! It’s all about portion control. I’ve gone through similar times when I’m just denying myself things that make me happy, but in reality, as long is it’s done in moderation, there’s no real harm. Thanks for sharing your experiences!

  4. StephJ | 3rd Jun 17

    GOod job with the health goals! I love me some icecream. Nom nom

  5. collegeceliackc | 3rd Jun 17

    Thanks for sharing your story! I definitely think that finding healthy foods you can really enjoy eating is such an important part of eating healthy without feeling deprived. And that frozen yogurt looks AMAZING!

  6. Nicole | 3rd Jun 17

    I like the way you think!! I made some small health goals this month, just little things like not eating late at night, and eating smaller portions. But I made the mistake of telling my mom I was trying to be healthier and now she’s trying to keep me from eating EVERYTHING I want. I really think I’m doing it right though by just limiting myself a bit, and now I have your post to back that up 🙂

  7. Jalisa Harris | 8th Jun 17

    Thanks for sharing. I’m the only one in my family who likes frozen yogurt. With having more flavor options I hope to gather my family over to the frozen yogurt side haha

    • Projectlifewellness | 8th Jun 17

      haha i know what you mean! my hubby didnt like it very much for a few years and now he loves it!

  8. Stephanie Lowry | 9th Jun 17

    Thanks for haring your story! I struggled with weight ever since my first pregnancy. I gained 45 lbs with my first. And I absolutely have a soft spot for frozen yogurt! I can’t wait to try this one!

    • Projectlifewellness | 9th Jun 17

      I gained 50 with my first! Lost 30 and kept on 20. Now im going into this pregnancy really scared lol but im hoping i dont gain more than I need to for my new weight! I love frozen yogurt too! my hubby says this one tastes like ice cream lol

  9. babiestobookworms | 11th Jun 17

    I have heard great things but haven’t tried these yet! I will have to check them out!

  10. Meredith from Mommy in Leggings | 11th Jun 17

    OMG this stuff looks SO GOOD!!!!!!

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