On Sunday, after cleaning house for six hours straight, I was ready to settle in for the evening and watch the Golden Globe Awards show on TV. It was amazing how quickly the thoughts of snacks started popping up in my mind.

You worked hard today; you deserve some treats.

Trader Joe’s is just down the street.

You can get chips & dip. Ooh, and maybe some cookies!

Within a split second, I imagined myself going up and down the aisles, mentally selecting the treats I would eat while watching the show.

But then something interesting happened. Since I was already imagining my evening of selecting treats and eating them in front of the TV, I then chose to take it all the way through and mentally fast-forwarded to how I would feel after eating the chips, dip, and cookies. In a word: GROSS.  And knowing myself, I would have ultimately wished that I hadn’t eaten that.

Can you relate to this scenario?

If so, then you know all too well that feeling of “Food Regret” that starts to settle in as you lick the crumbs off your fingers as the last bite is consumed. The food is now gone and you’re left there feeling mentally and physically like crap.

Since we already know what the outcome is going to be, why not cut out the middleman and just not eat it in the first place? It truly is the kinder thing to do when we know that certain foods don’t feel good in our bodies. I realize that this is easier said than done—but it is doable—especially when it’s coming from a place of love for our bodies.

Yes, I did work hard today. CORRECTION: My body worked hard today. It did not need to then work even harder to digest those particular food choices. I mentally pictured what my body would have to go through to process food like that and suddenly getting dressed and going to Trader Joe’s didn’t sound so appealing anymore.

Your body works hard for you, too. It helps you get around. It helps you complete the items on your to-do list. It helps you give and receive love. Doesn’t it deserve better than the aftermath of “Food Regret”?

Before you take action on the thought, “I deserve a treat”:

1. Stop.

2. Do a mental fast-forward in your mind (based on past experience) and imagine how you are going to feel post-treat.

3. Ask yourself, “Does my body deserve the outcome of this choice?”

If the answer is NO, the kindest thing you can do for yourself and your body is to skip it. Not because you “should,” but because you genuinely want to out of self-love.