The fitness community throws around the term “balance” all the time, but what does that really mean? Some people push cheat meals, some swear by macros, others eat intuitively. So what is best to achieve that perfectly balanced lifestyle?
I wish I had the answer to that, but I don’t. All I can tell you is what I have learned along the way. It hasn’t always been pretty and I will be brutally honest with you, but isn’t that how we learn? I think so 🙂 .
Overeating has always been an issue for me – dare I admit to you that I enjoy eating large amounts of food? Because I do! I love nothing more than making a cake and eating half the batter and icing. I love sitting down to a huge breakfast and planning to clean my plate. I looooooveeee endless candy bowls. I can’t change that. I cannot change the fact that I enjoy eating a ton, I’m a foodie and that’s that!
BUT I know that when I binge or eat to the point of a tummy ache, I truly feel worse. It’s not worth it! But of course, I have trouble remembering it isn’t worth it in the moment.
For example – over the holidays I spent about 10 days eating whatever the heck I wanted and in LARGE portions. I was bloated, gassy, and went to bed feeling sick most nights. Sure all the food tasted good, but was it worth the lowered self-confidence and lack of energy? HECK NO!
I have come up with a few strategies to help me avoid this type of behavior that I want to share with you.
- Don’t go into an event with lots of food with the mindset that it’s all or nothing. Be flexible.
- Check out the entire spread before you fill your plate so you can see what you really want to indulge in.
- Drink lots of water with your meal.
- Eat slowly – when you start to feel full, take a break. You can always go back for more!
- Get right back on track after you indulge – don’t turn a one meal treat into an all-day binge!