Morning! Today is supposed to get up to 60 degrees! Can you even believe it? I’m giddy with excitement over here.
I wish I was going for a run today, but maybe tomorrow. I’m still taking it easy with my side. It’s MUCH better, but I’m still not full fledged running. I did some intervals yesterday which felt pretty good, but they were SLOW. I mostly walked and threw in 3-5 minutes of running here and there.
My stomach has been a bit off the past week or two. I’ve been eating semi-bland foods, like whole wheat or spelt bread and lots of soups. It’s kind of boring but it’s all about comfort food. I’m trying to get veggies in, in the middle of the day, so it’s not awful. Hopefully I feel better soon though.
With all of these belly issues going on, it’s so easy to feel like I should just throw in the towel on healthy eating. But really healthy eating isn’t an ALL or NOTHING situation. Just because I’m not eating how I usually eat, doesn’t mean I should be going all out on bread, pasta, chocolate and french fries.
So often we feel like our diets HAVE to be ALL or NOTHING. We feel like we should be eating salads & grilled chicken and if we’re not eating like that we should be eating hamburgers, grilled cheese, pizza, french fries and Girl Scout Cookies.
It DOESN’T have to be like that. We need to find BALANCE. And that’s what I really try to do with the majority of my clients. Find a balance, eat well and don’t deprive yourself because that’s what leads to binging on the not so nutritious foods. I promise if you find a balance, you’ll start to crave those veggies, fruits and whole grains!
[print_this]Let’s Get Started Finding Balance
Get Crowded: Instead of getting rid of foods, start by crowding out the not so good foods in your diet. Add in foods, like fresh fruits and veggies into your lunch and dinners.
Make Swaps: Swap out your favorite foods with their healthier counterparts. Love french fries? Try sweet potato fries. Love potato chips? Try popchips.
Start Small: Don’t over haul your whole diet overnight. Make small changes. Maybe revamp your breakfast with some oatmeal or a smoothie. The next week work on your lunch.
Put Goals into Place: Write down what you’d like to achive. Write them down specifically & realistically, don’t be vague. Put up inspiring pictures. Look at these things everyday.
Share with Others: Get other people on board with you. Have fun cooking new meals with your family. Share your goals and desires with a supportive community.
Forget it: If you slip up or go over board with a particular meals or snack, forget about it. Well first, acknowledge how it made you feel afterwards, and then forget it. There’s no point in dwelling on the past, just make a better choice the next time you go to eat. I always like to say that every day is a new chance to make better choices. Don’t waste time feeling guilty.
BE DETERMINED! Do you really WANT to get healthy? Well then make it happen! Focus on how much BETTER you feel when you make good food choices & exercise! Channel those thoughts when you are faced with situatins where you may make less than stellar choices! [/print_this]
How do you find balance in your diet? What’s your favorite tip to share with others?
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