Thursday, November 08, 2012

What's Your Best Worst Choice?

In any given week I bet I hear the phrase, "I fell off the wagon", at least 5 times.

Makes me think the folks who are uttering it are on the wrong wagon.

If your goal is simply to do your best, there's really never any need to fall off any moving objects.

Sure, you might for various reasons make nutritionally or calorically frightening choices, but so long as you asked yourself those two ever important questions, "Is it worth it", and, "How much do I need to be happily satisfied", there can't be a wrong choice.

Sometimes your best may be a basket of chicken wings but perhaps a smaller basket than normal and one less beer, or a fancy coffee with whip just ordered less frequently, or Chinese take out minus the calorie-insane General Tsao's staple, or a bowl of ice-cream instead of a pint, or a small bag of chips rather than the giant bag, or a full-sized chocolate bar rather than a Blizzard.

What I'm getting at is that sometimes we make choices that are less than ideal, but that so long as you've made your best worst choice, you're still doing great!

Bookmark and Share


  1. Thank you! I needed that today!

  2. Anonymous8:11 am

    Oh yes! Best news to start the day.

  3. Anonymous11:30 am

    I'm with idyllicchick - I don't know how you do it, but you just seem to post the right things at the right time for me! That was exactly what I needed to hear today. My office is becoming cluttered with Dr. Freedhof quotes, after adding "How much do I need to be happily satisfied?" :)

  4. Thanks for the kind words folks

  5. Further, I'd propose shifting the language from best choice and worst choice--chocolate cake may be the best choice because it's what you really want and honoring that and eating it mindfully is in my view, the best choice! It's less about good foods and bad foods--even relatively speaking--and more about how you use food, whether you allow yourself to taste the food, whether you punish yourself after having what you'd really like, etc.

  6. This is a great reminder. It's easy for me to fall into all-or-nothing thinking. Someone who's trying to stick to a plan or program can get into that frame of mind: I did X, so I've failed.

    Also, I think it helps counter the forbidden-fruit approach, though it's rarely fruit that's been forbidden.