Here is an example: Physiologically speaking, my body needs 70% protein and 30% carbohydrate after a challenging morning strength workout. Mentally, I want chocolate protein pudding oats (duh!). So, I fix myself a bowl every morning (no shame!) with about 1/4 cup fruit and it makes me feel amazing inside and out. I don’t care that I’m eating close to the same thing every day because, mentally, I love it and want it. It’s something I look forward to every day. I don’t care about the research that says my body will become too accustomed to the same thing and not change – because it’s my body! I will treat it the way it wants to be treated.
Ultimately, I’ve found that my way of living a “balanced” life is eating clean, vegan food to fuel my body. I try to look at food first as fuel and second as pleasure. I love my pinot grigio, sea salt popcorn, and ice cream on occasion and I savor every last bite. In my mind, these are not “treats” – they are part of living a life of balance; they are part of the seesaw of want and need.
How do you define “balanced eating” for yourself? If you’re still on that journey, what are you learning?
The two winners of the Color Me Rad 5K Giveaway are MK (Twitter handle @mkat_tiu ) and Kat (Twitter handle @KatClark21 ). Congrats, ladies – I’m so happy for you! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address and I’ll get those out to you on Monday!