To keep myself accountable, I have to be honest. I indulged too heartily this weekend and I was not happy with myself. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against indulgences and believe it is important to treat yourself in moderation to live a balanced lifestyle. I have come from a place of obsessive, restrictive dieting in my past, and it’s never helped me to become healthier, but in fact it did just the opposite. My approach now is 80% clean to 20% not-so-clean. My diet has evolved a lot over the past year. Greens and lean proteins are huge parts of my meal prepping, and I have reduced (but not omitted) starches. I feel more energized and feel full due to these changes. So what was the problem?
I over did it. I know, I know. I can’t beat myself up over treating myself, and I don’t. The thing is I did not treat myself, I overate throughout the Thanksgiving weekend. Starches, sugars, exessive caffeine and alcohol. How many pumpkin spice lattes did I throw back? Too many to mention. My alcohol limit went out the window. (Insert I’m so ashamed face here 😚) However, a valuable lesson did prevail. I know why gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins. The splurging was not worth it. Throughout the weekend, I felt lethargic, dehydrated, had a dull headache, felt bloated, gassy and was constipated. However TMI, this must be shared. Protein and veggies make me feel great. An excess in starches, sugars, caffeine, wine and not enough water make me feel all of the above. (Which does not warrant repeating. Insert I’m so ashamed face once again 😚.) To sum it up, crappy. It felt great while I was doing it (like any addicting substance) but the after effects truly are not worth it.
My evening after splurging:
As the holiday season approaches, I am confident to stick to my balanced approach. After all, Marie Anoinette said, “let them eat cake!” Not cakes. The Israelites ate unleavened bread at Passover, not eleven loaves of bread. So kale, spinach, swiss chard and beets will tip the scales, and a little Christmas cake will balance it all out.
What is your approach to healthy living, my lovelies?