Happy Thursday, friends!
I hope you loved yesterday’s playlist! Thanks to everyone who left comments – I’d still love to hear what YOU’VE been listening to as of late!
Today’s post is short and sweet. Literally.
Last night my husband and I did something pretty crazy. We went on a week-night date! Just call us crazy cats. But, we did have a good reason, we were celebrating his two year anniversary at his job. I am so incredibly proud of him and all of his hard work, so when he suggested going out to celebrate, I couldn’t say no!
We ate at a fairly new, (to Little Rock) restaurant called BJ’s Brewhouse. If you’ve been there in your own town, then you know it is de-licious. And filling. Which brings me today’s topic!
Everything in Moderation: There’s Always Room for Dessert
I think sometimes readers probably think, “how does she eat junk all the time and still run and blog about healthy living?” Well, I don’t eat junk and sweets ALL the time, but when I do, I do in moderation, and I’m sure to follow it up with a dose of exercise, and healthier habits the next day. I don’t guilt trip myself for rewarding myself every now and then. If 90% of the time I’m eating a whole, colorful, and balanced diet, I think I’m doing pretty good. I would be flat out lying to your face if I said what I ate was healthy 100% of the time. I have a sweet tooth the size of the moon, but I’d still call myself “healthy.”
I would consider Sweet Miles to fall into the “healthy living blog” category, but not every “healthy living blog” dictates healthy living as all organic, non-processed, low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free.
The good Lord knows I’m none of those, and I will never promote those diets/fads/lifestyles, if that’s not how I live day-to-day!
My motto for healthy living is “everything in moderation.” The Bible warns against all sorts of gluttony, so I’m also not talking about overeating and eating whatever you want all the time, but more so about portion control, smart choices, and common sense. Make sense?
I’m not a fan of feeling restricted in what I eat, so I try not to worry too much about it, honestly. There’s too many other things in life to worry about, other than are my oats whole wheat or not. If I’m actually eating oats, I’m already off to a good start.
I truly believe you can live a healthy lifestyle if you just THINK before you eat. Just take TWO seconds and think about what you are about to put in your mouth. Is it a huge portion that might make you regret it later? Is your plate overflowing? Does it contain a thousand ingredients you probably can’t pronounce? Does it honestly, deep down inside your conscience, even appear to be healthy? Would your grandmother slap you upside the head for eating it? Are you already trying to come up with a justified reason to eat it? Is it man-made or could it have come from a garden?
Don’t over think it by any means, but just eat honestly. Be honest with yourself on whether or not what you are eating is a good idea. Sometimes a whole lot of a good thing, can still be a bad thing. Eat until you’re full, then put it down. Save half for later. Split it with someone. Don’t get up for seconds. But, enjoy that dessert because you probably deserve it. You can start over tomorrow. Better yet, take a long walk after dinner.
Everything in moderation is key. A little this and a little that here or there, isn’t going to kill you. But the stress of sticking to your crazy diet, might.
I’m by no means promoting that you truly can just eat whatever you want. I’m promoting the idea that mess up days, are going to happen, and that’s okay. You’re human! That saving room for dessert every now and then is okay. Eating that dessert doesn’t suddenly make you “unhealthy.” That one soda here or one slice of pizza there, isn’t going to ruin your health. Just don’t be so hard on yourself! Your “diet” will NEVER be perfect.
Disclaimer: Obviously if you have a health reason for AVOIDING certain foods altogether, you’re not going to then eat them in moderation. Example: A person with Celiac’s or gluten sensitivity is clearly not going to eat gluten “in moderation.” A person who is lactose-intolerant, is clearly not going to just eat dairy “in moderation.” A person who is overweight with diabetes, is not going to eat candy “in moderation.” And a person who is legitimately trying to lose weight, isn’t going to load up on carbs and fats “in moderation.”
Hopefully that last point was common sense, ya’ll. I’m no doctor, but I’m hoping you were smart enough to assume that!
So, here’s to living a healthy lifestyle – one that allows for happiness, the occasional reward, and less stress! And plenty of running and exercise of course 🙂
What are your thoughts on diets? Are you real restrictive on what you eat? Do you take time to enjoy dessert every now and then? Positive thoughts only please!