Finding Balance In Your Diet and Life

Finding a healthy balance in your diet can be a difficult task. We are surrounded by so many companies and people telling us what we should and shouldn't do, it all makes for a bit of confusion as to what is right and wrong when it comes to food.

Before becoming vegan my relationship with food wasn't very great. I didn't find food to be important and I definitely didn't view it as nourishment. I would never eat breakfast and usually skip lunch in high school. I'd come home and eat the first thing I found which was usually some overly processed animal products. Fresh fruits and veggies weren't a part of my life and I thought that eating 1,200 calories per day was a good thing. I was taught that dieting was a normal and totally healthy thing to do. 

Wrong.

Ever since I became vegan (and gluten free) over 2 years ago I have been primarily plant based. I never went through the "junk food vegan" stage and was totally fine with that. Looking back, it's quite amazing the transformation that I made in such a short period of time. I bought a few books, Intuitive Eating and Food Rules, and read through them which really helped me distance myself from the negative energy that I suffocated my relationship with food in. I began to feel so much better and I had so much fun with my newly found diet/lifestyle. If I was out somewhere that there were vegan junk foods I would eat them on occasion but that was it. I never really desired them and was totally happy eating a salad verses some seitan wings when out at a restaurant. 

Things have changed recently though and I've began to branch out more. I've become quite interested recently in trying to count my macros to see how that affects my workouts. I know that it's totally possible to do this in a plant based way but I've been wanting to branch out a bit and try some other foods. Along with that came my decision to try to bring gluten back into my diet. I removed gluten back in 2013 because I thought that it would help with some digestive issues that I was having. It did help and gluten became a special occasion thing since then. I've really been wanting bread recently though, so the other night Darrin and I got some. It was awesome and I savored it so much. The only thing that happened was that I got a bit of a headache from it. All throughout this past week I've been eating random bits of gluten and each time I've been getting a headache. Gluten isn't something that I think I'm going to stick to eating regularly but I'm experiencing and trying out things that I typically wouldn't do. 

And to be honest, I am really enjoying this new balance between healthy and slightly processed foods. It's cool to me because I've never been into eating processed foods as a vegan.

Now when I say that I'm eating processed foods I mean that I'm eating snack bars, chocolates, tofu, cereals, etc. and I'm eating one or two processed things a day. My diet is still 85% clean but this is my current experience and thoughts on this topic.

I think that's how to successfully find balance in your diet though. Ask yourself if the foods you're eating make you feel good and ask yourself if your truly enjoy them. If the answer is yes, then I say go for it! Experiment and see what works best for your body. It's that simple. Life is too short to turn down eating a pint of ice cream with your boyfriend on occasion. But it's also too short to spend it feeling sick and down all of the time because of the foods you're eating. Ultimately you know what is best for your body. It's your responsibility to listen to it and make the best decisions for yourself.

Balance.

You're in charge of your own life, 100%. Each day that you wake up you get to decide what kind of day you're going to have. I wake up everyday and choose to make the best of what I have. I have created a fun and loving relationship with eating plants and I keep that positivity alive by trying new things, switching it up, and not being too rigid in my decisions. 

You can do it too.

Don't be afraid of food and calories. They're not the enemy. Eating a healthy, balanced, and intuitive (vegan) diet is a great way to create a healthy relationship with yourself and food. Once you have the foundation of that, everything else falls into place.

 

Create The Life You Want - May Goals

Happy May my Friends!! I hope that your days are becoming filled with more sunshine than ever. I am so excited for this coming month! I wait all year for warm weather and sunshine. I feel like I'm so much more productive during the summer months than I am any other time of the year. I got my first (accidental) sunburn this past month and it was a pretty terrible one. I always use sunscreen if I'm going to be outside for long periods of time, but I was so excited about the warm day and sunscreen didn't even cross my mind. I couldn't help but smile because of the sunburn because that means that good days are ahead! Woo!

It's that time of the month again to set some new goals. I'm excited. How is your goal setting going? Let me know!

Before we get to it though, let's review my April goals!

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April Goal Reviews

  • Work more on really putting myself out there I think I'm doing fairly well at this! I'm working on posting things on here and Instagram that I want to post and not worrying too much about it. Yay!
  • Find and write down three good things from each day I've been on and off for this. I do write each day but not in this format like I wish that I did. Come on self!!
  • Oil pull everyday I. Love. Doing. This. I do this everyday!! Love, love, love. Highly recommended and I'm so glad that I made this a habit this past month.
  • Meditate consistently Oh boy... I don't even know if I did this more than a few days. So bad! Maybe I'll try again in May.
  • Talk more about veganism Trying to do this!! I really am and I think that I'm achieving it. Woo hoo!

I had a very challenging and tough April so I am really pleased with what I was able to achieve! I don't allow myself to get stressed out or feel guilty for not reaching some of my goals. Life happens. Being aware of your set goals and your aspirations is what matters the most! Plus, there's always next month!

  • Train for a half marathon I'm running a half marathon next month! I just signed up today and I am so excited! I've always loved running but have never committed myself to signing up for a race longer than a 5k.
  • Take a yoga class I'm so bad at doing this. I really want to be good at it, but my options are limited in my location. Whenever I'm in the position to take a class though I usually get nervous about going to a new studio. I'm very spoiled by taking so many Strala classes when I'm in NYC and there's nothing like that in my area. I want to try new things though and it's happening this month!
  • Say yes more I'm very lazy when it comes to hanging out with friends for the most part. I always think about how I could work on creating recipes, writing posts, etc. in the time that we would be hanging out. That's not fair to them or to me! So I'm working on saying yes more. I started this already. I made plans twice with friends so far this week and I think that it's been great for me. I think it'll motivate me more and help me to get more done!
  • Get rid of 50 materialistic items I started this with 100 items. But then I figured that I need to start slow here or I'll get overwhelmed. Plus if I do 50 things then I can always go for more as well! I've been wanting to own less materialistic things. I feel like the more I get rid of, the more that I get out of life and appreciate. I want to redo my wardrobe almost completely and this will be a good step towards doing so.
  • Floss daily Okay maybe this is gross to some of you and maybe this is normal to others. But I don't floss everyday. I'm lucky to floss once a week. Whoops. Since last month I started oil pulling I figured that this month is a great time to get on the flossing train too! Making it happen. My teeth will thank me, I already know.
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Let's do this! It's amazing how much you can accomplish over a months worth of time by taking things day by day and checking off each thing as time goes by. I'm excited for May and all of the things that I want to achieve. What about you?! Let me know!