I went to the chip shop

You can’t go wrong with fish and chips

Michael Sandel

I went to the chip shop. I KNOW, WILD RIGHT!!?? ????????

My boiler has packed in. It’s overheating and cutting out so we’re waiting for an engineer to come and can fix it. Sometime in the next 24 hours – let’s hope it’s soon!

In the meantime, my plans for tonight’s tea have gone right out the window. I was going to do something that involved time in and on the oven. The boiler is in the kitchen so if the engineer arrives while I’m cooking the food will be ruined, and if he arrives while we’re all sat at the table eating that’s going to be awkward. Please Mr Engineer, please do carry on and do your job while we all sit and eat and watch you. So, we need a replacement meal and in a hurry. Luckily there’s a chip shop 5 mins from my house!

Once upon a time, back in dieting times, that would have been horrendous. Regardless of what diet I was on it would have been the meal that broke the week. Those chips would be the thing that made me think ‘to hell with it’. The rest of the day at least would be spent eating as if it were my last chance on Earth to have food and I’d have binged. If I were lucky it would have been just that day, but more often than not it turned into the whole week because diets start on a Monday right? Clue: they do not!

Sound familiar?

Since I found intuitive eating and said a big ‘screw you’ to dieting, times like this are so much less stressful. You know why? Because….

I’m not worried about how many calories I’d eaten, or what the macros looked like.
I’m not weighing every last chip so that I can count the syns or the points I’d massively over consumed.
I don’t care how many more steps I may or may not have to do now to ‘earn’ that meal.
Tomorrow I won’t be restricting my food and drink to ‘make up for it’.

It’s not the end of the world. I’m allowed to eat chips if I want them. It’s far healthier for me to have those chips, enjoy them, and then go back about my day than stressing and binging, or even not eating at all. It is one meal in the grand scheme of things, it’s not going to make or break my body and my health, and it’s warm food at a time where we’re cold.

This is the difference between my days dieting and my days now, as an intuitive eater. Thank goodness those days are long gone.

Please note:  This post is intended to be a record of my own personal journey, and is in no way intended to be advice on what the reader should do. As always, please see a registered professional before making changes to your diet⁠ and/or exercise.