I am a healthy eater. Like many twenty-somethings, I have embraced the clean eating phenomenon, and carefully think about what I eat and why.
I eat lots of protein-rich foods, rarely buy a pre-made meal and drink oodles of water. Yet whenever I fall off the wagon, I’m left wracked with overwhelming guilt.
But I’ve decided that I need to stop feeling so bad about myself. And here’s why you should too.
No one is criticising your body
Our celebrity-obsessed culture may have you thinking otherwise, but trust me- people day to day barely even register that your stomach is rounder than you’d like, or that you have cellulite. What they will notice, however, is that you are a normal human being who eats well but treats themselves too.
I’m a firm believer in having the salad and the pizza
Food and socialising go hand in hand
Imagine how boring your life would be if you turned down every opportunity to go out for food or drinks! This is what a balanced diet is all about- when you aim to eat well day-to-day and exercise as much as you can, then a pizza night in with friends or cocktail o’clock is not only earned but needed.
Have a healthy body and healthy mind
Scientists have determined that a new type of eating disorder exists, called orthorexia, where someone is obsessed with eating ‘healthy’ foods. Nothing should ever be an obsession, no matter how allegedly ‘good for you’ it is. A healthy body and healthy mind are equally important.
You’ll always want what you can’t have
Never ban foods, or your cravings will kick in big time. If you need chocolate to get through the day then you go for it, gurl! A healthy lifestyle is about kicking unhealthy eating habits, not unhealthy foods.
You’ll never be perfect
There, I said it. Accept your body type (sexy), acknowledge your cravings (chocolate and wine pls) and get on with enjoying life.
How do you keep your body and mind healthy? Share your thoughts in the comments below!