I got a comment from one of you readers that it would be nice if I wrote a post about How to keep a balanced diet, so here we go! Remember that this is my point of view, knowledge and experiences around this subject – it can be different for someone else. As you know I strongly believe in bio – individuality which you can read about more here if you like.
So, to start with – I don’t believe in diets. I believe in a healthy, balanced lifestyle. The result from diets aren’t lasting and they are also very heavy on the body. Too much dieting will screw up your digestion, which in the worst case can be really hard to get back to normal. In this case I prefer different kinds of challenges, for example a month without sugar, cutting back on fast food etc. because these are actually good challenges for your body and will make you feel better.
I think the core to a balanced diet is to have a healthy base, but also allow yourself to have a treat every now and then. So think about it this way, 80% of what you eat should be food that is healthy and nourishing your body and 20% can be exactly what you want. So you eat the way you know you should eat to stay healthy, but if you’re out and about, you’re with friends or there’s a celebration – it’s ok to eat whatever you want to eat. This way, you keep both your body and mind happy.
Well, how do you start? How do you get to this balanced diet?
♡ Don’t underestimate the small changes in your everyday life that might not feel like much in the moment – it’s those changes that will be the big change in the end. Say for example that you are really bad at drinking water during the day and slowly start to add 2 – 3 glasses every day. By time, it will be a part of your daily routine and you won’t even noticed the changes, or yes, in a good way.
♡ This is easier said than done, but try not to stress about your diet (and weight.) Focusing too much on these areas often ends up backfiring and creating a stressful relationship with food. The mind and body is one and when you stress it will show in your diet and body. When the stress hormones are trigged, the body goes into fat – storage mode and actually becomes more effective at storing fat rather than burning it.
♡ Move the focus from the outside to the inside. Most of the time, people want to eat healthier/move etc. so that they can change the way they look/their bodies. Instead of putting all your attention on trying to change your outside, start to focus on how to make yourself feel better on the inside. This will show on the outside too.
♡ Instead of focusing on what you shouldn’t eat, focus on adding more healthy and nourishing food to your diet. This way the unhealthy food will automatically, by time, be replaced by the good food.
♡ Listen to your body.I do not, and have never, counted calories. Try to learn how to listen to your body – eat, when you are hungry, stop, when you are full.
For me, a balanced diet is a lot of vegetables, fruits, plenty of water, fish every now and then and whole grains. Coffee & tea. It also includes sleep, workouts and time with my friends. My 20% is way too much chocolate, pancakes, cinnamon buns and night outs with friends.
Start to think about what you want to change in your diet (or lifestyle) to get closer to a healthy, balanced diet. Then, start to make small steps towards your goal (and stick to these steps) and give it time. Changes like this doesn’t happen over a night and neither should they. Also, remember that other factors like sleep, the people you spend time with and your workout routine can affect your diet in a negative and positive way.
As always, I’m here if you have any questions or thoughts about this subject. Have a wonderful Sunday! <3