In healthy living, as with everything else in life, there is a very fine balance between being passionate and being obsessed. Obsessions, no matter how noble and good their object is, never bring about anything good. Sometimes it’s hard to find the balance between obsession and passion – they’re both one step away from each other. I find it helpful to keep safe guards in place in order to ensure that my habits are healthy and not obsessive.
- If I am able to enjoy an overall whole-food diet, but allow myself to enjoy treats every so often (which for me means more often then not) then I am keeping things in balance.
- If I am able to mold my diet and exercise habits in order to fit my life, and not the other way around. Meaning that I don’t base my schedule, the people I do or don’t see, events and activities I can or can’t participate in on my “healthy living”. It’s something I take with me, but that doesn’t control me.
- If I am able to defend my beliefs and opinions if necessary, but don’t force them on others or look down on others who don’t act as I do.
- If I am able to listen to my body over my mind. When I need the rest day, or crave something that would override a perfectly “balanced” diet I go for it, even if it’s not the “healthiest” thing to do.
So far my sticking to these safeguards I feel like I’m in a pretty good place – both physically and mentally. I’m also more convinced than ever that if you’ve developed good, healthy habits listening to your body is the best way to go. For instance – if you’re craving a bunch of sweets one day and you listen to that craving – chances are tomorrow all you’ll want is salad. Or if you rest one day, the next few days you’ll work out harder then you ever have. It’s all part of your body’s natural balance.
And now thw fun part – WIAW!!!
This WIAW came after a day of almost pure carbs (my stomach was in a major funk and basically all I could eat was banana oatmeal, dry cereal and some boiled veggies), so all I wanted today was fruit and fresh veg – not complaining though!
Breakfast “cherry cheesecake oats” creamy oats made with ½ banana,3 tbsp oats , 2 tbsp bran and 2 tbsp corn flour. A complicated combination – but it worked.
Topped with cottage cheese, homemade blackberry jam and cherries.
Lunch was scarfed down in a hurry, because I had to leave the house ASAP. So it was a pre-made creamy sweet pea soup. My favorite way of making soups creamy and filling at the same time is blending white beans into the mixture. The end result is a very hearty, creamy, thick soup.
For dessert I had a slice of sunflower bread with peanut butter hummus and apple slices. Don’t knock it till you try it ;).
This lunch kept me full for a record amount of time – about 4 hours. But by the 5th hour when I got home from grocery shopping I was more then ready for snack. It was probably the best thing I ate today, and sadly I didn’t get a picture – a juice ripe peace and sliced strawberries topped with thick, full fat yogurt (full fat all the way!!!). It was a dream.
Dinner was a total – “follow my cravings meal” and all I wanted was a huge salad and chickpeas – so that’s what I had.
Dessert included a cracker with peanut/date butter and ½ a small apple. A winner every time.
Happy WIAW everyone!
Do you feel you keep your healthy living in it’s proper place in your life. Do you keep any safe guards to ensure you do so?
Do you occasionally enjoy snacks more then meals. I must say I’m guilty of this all the time :P.