Hi guys and happy Monday!! I hope you are all enjoying this long weekend if you have today off. 🙂 Andd that you all had a great Saturday and Sunday!
Jumping into this post head first today. Y’all know that saying “I need to get back on track” in regards to eating? You know, when people usually indulge a bit, eat less greens, and eat more food that’s good for the soul. They feel like they have to get “back on track.” But the thing is, eating that food doesn’t even cause you to steer off the track!! (lol) And when you go into your next day thinking that you need to clean up your diet and get “back on track,” that’s when things get really messy real quick.
I talk a lot about balance with food. With pretty much everyone. Because it’s something I strongly believe we all need to work on: balance. We live in a life where people are always pushing towards the extremes that sometimes balanced just gets shoved aside. And I know for a fact it does with food. We have the high carb, low fat vegans on one end and then the people who have never touched a fruit or vegetable on the other end. If both are happy living there life, then so be it! But the thing is, there is a happy medium for everything, and there is a balance when it comes to food.
But sometimes we have days where we don’t eat in that happy medium range and you know what? That is 100% okay and that is NORMAL. That is living. Sometimes we have periods of times where our eating isn’t as nutrient dense and that is 100% okay as well.
I know you’re probably thinking, “well you always promote balance, so wouldn’t eating a lot cleaner after those times be the right thing to do?” Yes and no to that. You can’t have the mindset that you need to eat healthier after a few days of indulgence. Because when you feel like you need to hop on the bandwagon of cleaning up your diet, you’re also giving a lot of unneeded power to food. When you try and “get back on track,” it sort of reminds me of punishment. Similar to the mentality that if you eat an extra cupcake you need to workout more… that mentality that is so detrimental to our health. The “get back on track” mindset can lead to an obsession with only eating healthy things just because you indulged. It’s taking away from the intuive side of eating, and no one wants to have any sort of restriction on their diet.
There is a fine line between wanting to eat more nutrient dense foods after a few days of indulgence because you truly want to for your body or because you feel like you have to. Chances are, you might be craving a big bowl of oats after a day out trying new foods and going to a new restaurant. Or maybe you actually aren’t in the mood for a cookie the day after you just had cake and ice cream at a party. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to fuel your body with all the nutrients after indulging in soul food foods. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to eat all the fruit and veggies after those days. But when you go in with the mindset that you have to do this and you need to get back on your regular eating regime, you lose touch of what your body actually wants and you give food so much control. You think you’re in control by “getting back on track,” but pretty soon the food will be controlling you if you let it.
There’s a happy medium with everything, and I do believe there is for learning to balance food after days of a less nutritious diet. Eat the kale if you want it, or eat it if you know it will make you feel good and less sluggish. But also eat the chocolate if you crave it. Have that fresh fruit in the morning and that quinoa salad for lunch because you love it and you know it will make you feel good. When we have the mindset that we need to “get back on track,” we are promoting food guilt. We are promoting an unhealthy mindset around food.
Again- there’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting some more nutrient filled food after some days of indulgence. Our bodies want that! What’s wrong is the mindset some have after these days of indulgence. The diet mentality that they did something wrong by eating that slice of cake or ice cream cone and now they have to “get back on track”- that is an unhealthy mindset. There is such a fine line with all this stuff, and we all just need to work on finding that happy medium that works for us.
That’s it for this little ramble today!
If you have any thoughts on this, leave them in the comments! Seriously, anything at all. I love hearing what you guys have to say. 🙂
Have a great Monday friends!! Sending lots of love <3
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