No one is perfect. I’m not perfect, even when it comes to nutrition, and I know you aren’t either. Let’s not try to be! Life is for enjoying. I truly believe in 90/10 when it comes to food. I believe this because I’ve tried to eat 100% perfectly. Sometimes it lasted a few days, sometimes a few hours, but it always ended in failure. Why? I was depriving myself of what I really wanted and making substitutions that seemed ‘healthier’. The substitutions never quite stack up to what I really want and I end up eating what I want in the end anyway.
What I know now is to trust my body and listen to what it is telling me. And relax. And indulge in the coconut ice cream once in a while. (If you haven’t tried Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss Dark Chocolate ice cream, it’s ridiculous! You may not want to start.)
I strive to make healthy choices 90% of the time. Nutrient-packed foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds help me maintain energy and feel great throughout the day. This is how I eat to maintain a healthy weight. For the other 10%. . . , I allow myself some treats, some foods I just can’t live without (dark chocolate and red wine come to mind). If you keep indulgences to occasional foods and not every day staples, you can maintain a healthy body while not feeling deprived.
What’s your 10%?