Find Your Healthy Balance - a sustainable diet

I have a confession to make, I splurged this weekend! Okay good, I’m glad that’s out. 

When I started counting my macros a little over a week ago one of the things I promised myself (and you) was that I’d be honest about everything I ate and I wouldn’t obsess over it either. In my opinion, obsession leads to failure. Maybe that isn’t the case for everyone, but I’ve learned a lot about myself over the years, and if I’m too strict with myself I give up. I want to be able to enjoy food and life. This is a lifestyle, not a quick fix. I mean, has anyone ever found a “quick fix” that lasts? Mine never have, and that’s why years of yo-yo dieting got me nowhere.

So what happens when we’ve set goals for ourselves, but life has other plans for us? I wanted to share my weekend with you, all of the things that happened, and everything that went through my head.

This weekend I got together with six of my girlfriends from college. We were all in a sorority together. We’ve done our best over the years to have little reunions, but we all have busy lives and live far from one another, so they aren’t the most frequent get togethers. This weekend we all met up in the bay area. My friend Mary had us over and cooked a delicious dinner. She was even kind enough to ask ahead of time if any of us had any dietary restrictions. I didn’t want to be completely unaccommodating but I did mention that I preferred to eat gluten free. She also asked if we ate cheese, to which I replied I didn’t. I actually dislike the taste of cheese, so even though I eat some dairy on occasion, cheese isn’t one of the things I like to have. She made an incredible spinach and mushroom stuffed chicken and just left the parmesan cheese off of a few pieces. She also baked some dinner rolls and bought one package of gluten free rolls. I could have simply avoided the rolls, but they did look quite tasty so I decided to have one. It was soooo good, because I rarely eat things like that. Another one of my friends works for a winery so there was an abundance of wine and champagne. One glass might have been enough, but it was so good I ended up having three by the end of the night. If I had had one more glass I probably would have been drunk, and subsequently woken up with a hangover, so I decided to keep myself to three glasses. And then a piece of chocolate cheesecake appeared in front of me. Yes, it just magically appeared. I don’t know where it came from, but it was there, with a fork. Awaiting me. To be honest, at this point I really hadn’t over indulged, I was enjoying the company of my friends, and this homemade cheesecake looked incredible. So I ate it. And it was worth it.

The next morning we woke up and mimosas were being poured. I love mimosas! But I also knew we had brunch reservations at Hogs Apothecary and that I was likely going to eat a very large and glutenous meal. So I had one mimosa and sipped on it slowly. Brunch was, as I suspected, filling. The eggs benedict sounded so good, so I just ordered it. Without any substitutions. I easily could have made a few substitutions and ordered something really healthy, but I went for the full on meal. It was delicious, but I will be honest, I started to have minor feeling of regret halfway though. Did I regret the meal in its entirety? No. I simply felt like I was overindulging. And I think that’s normal. I’m used to eating pretty healthy on a regular basis, and this meal felt a bit excessive.

My eating habits for the remainder of the day were a little out of whack. I snacked a lot rather than sitting down to eat a good meal. Sometimes when I overeat I let it get out of hand. I know myself well enough to know I need to be cautious of this. That’s why in the past when I’ve been too strict with my diet I’ve gone off the deep end, eaten way too much, and a vicious cycle begins.

That certainly didn’t happen this weekend though. I found a “healthy balance” in my opinion. I indulged in a few things that I normally wouldn’t, but I didn’t let it get out of hand. I was still able to enjoy myself and the company of my friends without obsessing over food and without blowing my diet at the same time. There was a time in my life where my diet was out of hand, and I avoided certain social situations in fear that I would eat something I shouldn’t or be peer pressured into eating or drinking something I didn’t want to. I’m glad that I’m at a point in my life where I can make healthy decisions in any situation and know when to have a little fun.

A few things I’d like to finish with:

  • Eat healthy nutritious food in balanced proportions and don’t deprive yourself. If you’re full of good food you won’t have room to binge on junk food.
  • Make time for fitness! Working out makes you feel good. Eating healthy makes you feel good. Combine the two and you’ll feel incredible. I promise!
  • Enjoy life. Like I said, I splurged a bit this weekend, but I don’t do it all of the time. If you’re a social butterfly with plans every weekend that’s fantastic, just don’t use that as your excuse to eat junk food every weekend. This is all about balance! Especially if you have specific goals you want to achieve. Find a good balance, but also be honest and realistic.

Below is my weekend food journal in case you were curious.


Friday January 29, 2016

Weight: 147 lbs

Breakfast
24 oz coffee
1 tbsp heavy whipping cream
1/2 yam (140g)
2 tbsp chopped onion (20g)
1 cup baby kale, spinach and chard blend
1 Organics kale and balsamic chicken sausage (2 oz)
1/2 tsp olive oil
2 egg whites
1 egg

Snack
PurePharma PR3 protein shake (10% off with code Beaver10)

Lunch
Pick It Up Paleo meal:
4 oz chicken breast
1 slice bacon
1/3 yam (100g)

Snack
Quest bar, double chocolate chunk
12 oz coffee

Snack
2 oz turkey jerky
1 apple
2 tbsp almond butter

Dinner
4 oz chicken breast
1 cup broccoli
1/2 cup tomato sauce

Snack
1/2 cup light ice cream
1/2 cup Sanfranola granola

Macro Breakdown - 1986 Calories

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Saturday January 30, 2016

Weight: 147 lbs

Breakfast
24 oz coffee
1 tbsp heavy whipping cream
1/2 yam (140g)
2 tbsp chopped onion (20g)
1 cup baby kale, spinach and chard blend
1 Organics kale and balsamic chicken sausage (2 oz)
1/2 tsp olive oil
2 egg whites
1 egg

Snack
Perfect bar, carob chip
16 oz black iced coffee

Lunch
4.5 oz chicken breast
1/3 yam (100g)
1 cup broccoli
1/2 tsp olive oil

Dinner
4 oz chicken breast stuffed with mushrooms and spinach
1 gluten free dinner roll
3 glasses of wine

Snack
1 slice of crustless chocolate cheesecake

Macro Breakdown - 1621 Calories

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Sunday January 31, 2016

No scale to weigh myself

Brunch
Hogs Apothecary Restaurant:
2 poached eggs
2 tbsp hollandaise sauce
2 oz pastrami
1 cup roasted potatoes
2 tsp olive oil
24 oz coffee
2 tbsp half and half
1 mimosa

Snack
2 gluten free chocolate chip cookies

Dinner
4.5 oz chicken breast
1/2 cup broccoli
1 cup brussels sprouts
1/4 yam (75g)

Snack
Quest bar, cinnamon roll
1 oz turkey jerky
1 apple
2 tbsp peanut butter

Snack
1/2 cup light ice cream

Macro Breakdown - 2062 Calories

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