You don’t need to get “back on track”

October 10, 2016 in Balance

Hi guys and happy Monday!! I hope you are all enjoying this long weekend if you have today off. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ 

Have a great Monday friends!! Sending lots of love <3

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  • Reply Claire at My Pink & Green Life October 10, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Love! This is so true and something I have to be SO cognizant of. Of course there will always be people in life who talk about “getting back on track” and not know how it affects the people around them. But it’s so important for me to acknowledge to myself that that’s NOT a way I can ever think after recovery.
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    • Reply Alyssa October 17, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      So true that we really do have to be so cognizant of this, because sometimes we can get into that mindset without even realizing it!

  • Reply Michelle October 10, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Love this post, as usual πŸ™‚ I agree, it’s all about mindset and we as a society need to stop giving food control over our emotions and our worth. It’s all about listening to your body and what feels right! Have great day girly!
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    • Reply Alyssa October 17, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      aw thank you Michelle! hope you are doing well <3

  • Reply Emily October 10, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    LOVE THIS SO MUCH. Thank you Lyss; you put into words something that I’ve thought about before; this takes the pressure of having to get back on track off, and it makes the transition from more indulgent weekends to less indulgent weeks more natural. πŸ™‚ It’s all about balance; ice cream and salad, cookies and carrots.
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    • Reply Alyssa October 17, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      thank YOU for reading Em! <3 and your support πŸ™‚ It is all about balance- I can't stress that enough!

  • Reply Emmy October 10, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Probably screenshotted like 4 times. Love you girly and reallyyy hope we can meet up one of these days <3

    • Reply Alyssa October 17, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      girl you are the sweetest. I really hope so too!! xoxo

  • Reply Caroline October 10, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Very true. Eating indulgently should never lead to someone feeling like they need to atone for what they’ve done. I also think that this type of mindset leads to a weird yo-yo between indulgent vs. healthy, when really, these things can all be part of an integrated healthy lifestyle. It shouldn’t be a big deal to eat a cupcake, and it shouldn’t be a big deal to eat kale. Things are so complicated yet also so simple. Food is food. It is not love, it is not guilt, it is not a reward, it is not a punishment. Thank you for trying to change the culture <3
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    • Reply Alyssa October 17, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      totally agree that it does lead to that yo-yo cycle! food is just food- and when we realize that and stop complicating it life gets a whole lot better. Thank you for your support love <3

  • Reply kat October 10, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    SO much truth here girl!! I tend to WANT to eat healthier after an indulgent weekend simply because I feel so sluggish and tired after all that food. Eating cleaner foods really helps my energy levels and makes me feel so much more vibrant, but that doesn’t mean I’ll turn down a late night pint of Ben & Jerry’s either πŸ˜‰
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    • Reply Alyssa October 17, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Totally makes sense to want to eat healthier to not feel sluggish! But like you said- we can’t turn down things that we are craving! xoxo
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  • Reply Steff October 10, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Good Day,
    I so agree with this, I also don’t know why people have to make a big announcement about it? Is it affirmation, is it guilt, I don’t know, and quite simply I don’t care. LOL. Thanks for another insightful post. Love you!!!!

    • Reply Alyssa October 17, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      I feel like it is an affirmation and I think people feel guilty, when in reality there is absolutely nothing to feel guilty about! love ya mama <3

  • Reply Megan Hallier October 10, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    This is awesome. I have thought about this before and I wanted to write a post about it but since you have I’ll just share yours!
    Every food should be “guilt-free” !!!!!
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    • Reply Alyssa October 17, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      Aw Megan, thank you so much! and yesss- every food should be guilt free! xoxo

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law October 10, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    YES! This is so so true.

    Life really is all about balance. Sometimes that’s chocolate cake in one hand and ice cream in the other and others it’s lots and lots of produce and a hearty serving of chocolate too πŸ˜‰ (Because if you are what you eat, I’m going to make sure I’m sweet :P)
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    • Reply Alyssa October 17, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      “if you are what you eat, I’m going to make sure I’m sweet” – YES! love that and you

  • Reply rachel @ athletic avocado October 10, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    another great post! sometimes I get stuck into the trap of coming off a weekend of indulging and thinking I need to “get back on track” which leaves me feeling anxious about the food I’m putting in my mouth. Those times happen and we all need to realize that it’s normal and we should just move forward! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚
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    • Reply Alyssa October 17, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      when we are in that mindset, we definitely get a bit more antsy around food. Thank you for reading this and your thoughts on this!

  • Reply Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It October 10, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Yes to all of this Lyss!!! Bodies are amazing, I can definitely tell when I WANT comfort food and when I WANT healthier food, and there’s no judgment in that. I can’t wait until our society removes the “diet mentality”…maybe you and I will together! πŸ˜‰
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    • Reply Alyssa October 17, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      girl YES! I really want to work with you on this stuff in the future. We just need some ideas… lol πŸ™‚ love yaaa

  • Reply Taylor October 11, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Great post! I get that feeling of needing to get back on track after a few too many treats on the weekend, but I try to remind myself that it is okay to just enjoy life and not worry constantly about eating healthy food. These days eating healthy is important to me because it makes me feel good. I don’t feel like I have to, but I want to because it makes me feel like the best version of me (with a few treats thrown in there too!).
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    • Reply Alyssa October 17, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      I think that is a healthy mindset that recognizing when we fuel ourselves with good food, we feel good! We just can’t get too carried away with it like you said πŸ™‚

  • Reply Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar October 11, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    I adore that quote about how that 5-10 extra pounds is your life. It’s so true. 5-10 extra pounds isn’t going to hurt you if it allows you to enjoy life and not be plagued by guilt and fear. I also think it’s so wise what you’ve set here about “getting back on track” being not unlike punishment. Like sure, of course it’s good to eat vegetables now and again, and if we’re indulging in some less nutrient-dense foods, then it makes sense that we might be honestly happier and feel better if we also eat our fruits and veggies and whole grains and all that. But we should do it because we want to–not because we have to or to punish ourselves. πŸ™

    • Reply Alyssa October 17, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      right?! I loved that quote too. And amen to not punishing ourselves- we should never feel like we have to do that just based off what we eat!

  • Reply Cayanne Marcus @healthyezsweet October 11, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Needed this reminder girl. I’ve been in a “back on track” mindset since my brother has been here and we’ve been having a LOT of fast food / meals out. But now I remember the track sucks, I decide it for myself, and it’s all about being happy anyways. Love you.
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    • Reply Alyssa October 17, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      the track does suck girl. I’m thinkin of ya, because I don’t want you stuck in that mentality since nothing good comes from it! keep trucking along bb <3

  • Reply Sarah October 12, 2016 at 1:48 am

    Love those quotes Lyss! This is seriously one of your best posts! In my opinion, the back on track mindset leads to people beating themselves up and could develop into disordered behaviors. Also, balance is different for every one, and if you feel god and are treating your body well than that’s what matters!
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    • Reply Alyssa October 17, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      Aw Sarah thank you!! Totally agree with you too that balance is different for each and every person πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy October 12, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Great post. Totally agree – some weekends we may just need more cupcakes and ice cream, and that is A ok!
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    • Reply Alyssa October 17, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      yesss- it is A okay! Thanks for reading Sarah πŸ™‚

  • Reply Edye October 12, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Such a well written post! Recently I’e tried to be more spontaneous with my food choices. Like if my family wants to have pizza one day and I wasn’t planning on it, I still say yes. Food is meant to be enjoyed in a balanced manner. But, it’s not meant to rule our minds 24/7.
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    • Reply Alyssa October 17, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      love that you are trying to be more spontaeous! That is such a great goal to have πŸ™‚

  • Reply Susie @ SuzLyfe October 12, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    I 100% am with you in the fact that “getting back on track” is just… well, unnecessary. For the same reason that I don’t do detoxes or the word detox–I don’t want to detox my life! I like to get back to me, but that doesn’t mean that I went awry! Just means that I made different choices.

    • Reply Alyssa October 17, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      amen girl!! agree with everything that you said!

  • Reply Jordan October 12, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    I love this! Food is just food and there is no need to feel guilty about indulging. This is something I’m really trying to work on since reading “Intuitive Eating”, which is a book I would definitely recommend to get away from the diet mentality. Such an important message!

    • Reply Alyssa October 17, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      I heard that is an excellent book! I will have to check that out. Thanks for stopping by Jordan!

  • Reply Cora October 13, 2016 at 2:31 am

    You are so right – it is a tricky balance. I love what Suz just said before me, that it may be a sense of “getting back to ME, but that doesn’t mean I went awry!” I think it is all in the mentality we bring to it. If we think ahead of time that we are going to “have to” eat “better” the next day, then it is all preconceived and riding the lines of punishment. Whereas if we let our bodies tell us when it wants more nutrient dense foods again, we are trusting that our bodies know best and that no matter how long those “indulgent days” last, we will want that kale again… at some point.
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    • Reply Alyssa October 17, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      Loved what Suz said too. Like you said, it is all in our mentality. And we will want that kale at some point, just like we will want that cupcake. Our bodies know best!

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