Today I’m going to share a story while I think out loud…
I’m not about restriction. If your diet has you cutting whole macro nutrient groups (i.e. carbs or fat - ps why is it never protein that these fad diets hate on?) you’re not going to be able to keep that change long term.
For one, nearly everything has all three macro nutrients (fat, carbs, protein) in it, for two by cutting macro nutrient groups you could be missing out on important nutrients that are found in these groups (i.e. fat soluble vitamins).
Restricting ‘treats’ can also lead to problems, but can be ok in some situations – i.e. if you eat a whole bag of cookies before bed every night, maybe cut it down to a couple, but never allowing yourself to enjoy decadent foods starts to put a strain on your relationship with food.
Food is about enjoyment and pleasure and celebrations. I’ve talked about this before, and I’ll continue to talk about it because food is such an integral part of human life. This is why balance is in my vocabulary. You need a little dark chocolate to go with the green smoothies. Do you feel me?
About 99% of the time I promote balance and this applies to most aspects of life – food, fitness, scheduling, working, ect. – but some times it’s ok to say no to balance. Let me explain…
Mr A and I went to a movie on the weekend, something we rarely do (we saw St. Vincent, it was so good!). Usually when I go to the movies I get popcorn. You guys…I love movie theatre popcorn. I love the saltiness, I love that I can add as much butter as I want (yes butter, not that margarine crap), and I love that I can take the left overs home and eat them the next (two) days. For me, getting popcorn at the movies is something that I see as balance because I rarely go to movies, hence I rarely get the popcorn.
This day was different. Something I had eaten earlier wasn’t sitting well in my stomach – it wasn’t crazy upset but I was feeling a little bloated.
This presented a problem: I could get the popcorn, achieve the ‘balance’ that I was out for, satisfy my craving, and not deny myself what I really, truly wanted in that moment OR I could skip the popcorn, feel sad about denying myself, but make my stomach feel better.
I chose to skip the popcorn and get a nice chamomile tea instead. Was I bummed? Of course! I seriously love that popcorn… But my body was thankful I skipped it, I would have walked out of that theatre with my belt undone for sure had I eaten it.
I wanted to tell this story because it can parallel so many other situations – think holiday baking or treats at work, sure they’re great, but maybe they’re not what you need right now? Just because balance says that you can eat whatever you want whenever you want it, doesn’t mean that you should.
Listen to what your body wants and hey….if it wants that shortbread cookie with green and red sprinkles on it, who am I to tell you not to eat it?
Have you ever struggled with balance? Do you love movie popcorn as much as me? - I seriously can’t be the only one…