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Top 10 reasons why you overindulge

Published: 6:00 am CDT, November 26, 2013

Excuses – we’ve all got them when it comes to making healthier food choices. Any of these ring true for you?

1. Because it’s a holiday

We applaud Joey for the creative repurposing of maternity pants as “Thanksgiving” pants. But if your planned binge involves specialized clothing, you may want to rethink your eating, even if it is a holiday.

 2. Emotional eating

Yeah, we’ve all been there. But is ugly crying while stuffing your face really going to help things? Please, put down the spoon and step away from the ice cream.

 

3. I already blew it

Just because you pigged out doesn’t mean you should give up forever.  You can always start again beginning at your next meal (P.S. If your overeating was triggered by a girls’ night in, maybe you need to encourage your friends to take up healthier habits.).

 

4. I hate veggies

So you don’t like veggies. That doesn’t mean you can justify eating everything else instead.

You could try this clever trick, though.

 

5. I’m already healthy

Oh, dear, dear Phoebe. We do love you in all your awkward glory.

And, speaking of awkward …

 

6. Someone brought donuts to the office

But it doesn’t mean you have to eat the whole box.

 

7. I don’t have time to eat healthy

We know, even cats find it hard to eat healthy when they’re tied to their desk all day. Planning ahead can help you stay on track.

 

8. My team won! My team lost!

Popcorn, hot dogs and nachos won’t ease the agony of defeat or increase the thrill of victory.

 

9. I  want to get my money’s worth at the  all-you-can-eat buffet

But is it worth needing to be rolled out of the restaurant?

 

10. I’ll start eating healthy tomorrow

Promises, promises.

Don’t let these excuses keep you from eating healthy. We’ve got easy healthy recipes, tips for making better food choices and more at  www.heart.org/healthyliving

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