Ever ate the ENTIRE BAG of chips in one sitting when you only intended to eat one measly serving?
Today, you’ll learn how to deal with it.
Actually, that’s just PART of what I wanted to talk to you about. It’s more like how to deal when SHIT HAPPENS IN LIFE.
Bit of background here that’s TOTALLY RELEVANT to that bag of chips you just ate: After reading Adharanand Finn’s “The Way of the Runner”, I picked up Scott Jurek’s “Eat and Run”.
Scott Jurek is a world-renowned vegan champion ultramarathoner who constantly pushes himself beyond his limits.
This dude is INSANE, phenomenally INSPIRATIONAL, almost inhuman. On my runs, I often think of the things I learnt from his book. His words, the stuff he’s done. Then I keep pushing myself.
The way I see “Eat and Run”: An account of Scott Jurek’s life. Tough childhood, tough adulthood, tough family and relationship problems, tough everything. Evolution into a vegan runner. Weave in a recipe at the end of every other chapter and there you have it, “Eat and Run”.
What impressed me: Vivid accounts of running injuries and how he pushed through them at CRAZY ultramarathons. I admire his tenacity and gained valuable insight into the world of ultramarathons. Before this, I had ZERO knowledge of ultramarathons. Now, I can rattle off some names – Western States, Badwater, Spartathlon…. I can even spell Pheidippides! I bet you I can hold a 5-minute convo with an ultramarathoner without sounding like a complete doofus.
Other thoughts: As a plant-powered runner, I defo identify with his eating habits and way of life. Despite having written extensively about my weight loss journey, I really dislike having to explain my food choices, or why I became plant-based over a year ago. I eat a vegetarian diet, but I’m not vegan (yet), unlike what many have presumed. Maybe one day I’ll write about it. If you’re seeking advice from me as to what you should be eating, I’m only going to tell you this: it’s purely personal preference, so eat what you like. In moderation, of course.
Love me some figs! And apples! And oatmeal!
NOW, back to the damn chips.
1. Scott Jurek’s VERY EFFECTIVE 4-step check list for when shit happens
Shit happens. All. The. Damn. Time. This is REAL LIFE.
Step 1: Allow yourself to feel the negative emotion
Suppressing your initial, negative emotions will do NOTHING to help you, mentally and emotionally. In fact, when shit happens, you should let yourself feel however the heck you want (yes, that includes bawling, “WHY ME?!?!?!” to the heavens). Then LET IT GO.
Just like abstaining from all of your favourite foods will do nothing to help you with your “diet”. In fact, I bet my bottom dollar it WILL backfire on you. Let yourself eat what you want, then get over it – it’s all about moderation. If you cut out everything, you’ll only end up binging. It’s a permanent lifestyle change, not a crash diet. See my point? Applying the same principle, suppressing negative feelings will likely lead to a mental breakdown.
So you ate the whole bag of chips.
“SHIT! I ATE THEM ALL! NOOOO…. IMMA BE A BLOATED WHALE TOMORROW! ALL THAT SODIUM! I’VE FALLEN OFF THE WAGON!”
Do that, then CALM DOWN.