I believe in healthy eating, obviously. 🙂 But I also believe that enjoying foods once in a while that you wouldn’t eat every day is the way to go.

Balance in healthy eating

Here are my kids helping with my free birthday dessert the other day. I should’ve had a picture of me eating it, but of course I didn’t think of it!

In my mind, that’s how you choose healthy as a lifestyle and don’t get stuck in the diet mentality (and ‘fail’ over and over again). I like to use the term diet to explain what I eat on a regular basis, not to describe a short-term fix that I plan to ditch once I achieve x, y, or z.

It’s all about striking a balance. Yes, you need to get over the physical hold that sugar has on you before you can indulge without diving face-first into the whole cake, but indulging is a part of life that I believe is essential to finding your healthy balance.

My lifestyle is pretty 90/10, but 80/20 is great too. It’s mostly awesome choices, with some indulgences mixed in.

How do you know when you’re on the lifestyle track and not another diet?

6 differences in a healthy eating lifestyle vs. a temporary diet:
  1. You choose healthy foods because you crave them and you want to feel good.
  2. You aren’t controlled by your cravings for sugar or salt.
  3. You don’t have cheat days or cheat meals. There is no cheating when you have balance.
  4. You don’t feel guilty about indulging once in a while (see #3).
  5. You don’t plan for the day when you won’t ‘have’ to eat this way anymore.
  6. You don’t feel deprived.

#6 is a big one. I honestly do not feel deprived when I choose not to eat the doughnut. I have found so many amazing foods that I love, and I know that if I really want the doughnut, I can have it.

That’s the mindset shift, there are no off-limits foods. There are foods I choose not to eat, and some I choose to only eat once in a while, but it’s truly a choice. I choose feeling good and I eat accordingly.

Cravings do not rule me like they used to. (As in my 30th birthday when I ate frosting for breakfast. And then proceeded to eat it all day long.)

You can get there too, I promise. No matter where you are starting from.

Will you feel deprived at first when you are transitioning to a healthier diet? You might. Some foods (like sugar) have a tight grip on you physically and emotionally. But once you get over that hump, it’s pretty smooth sailing.

If you’re ready to get over that hump, contact me for a free consultation and we’ll talk.

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