But alas, we cannot just throw the baby out with the bathwater. Although I try to keep my cheats and treats somewhat on the healthy side, like fish tacos or a grass fed burger, if I ate like that every day, I would not feel well either. It's simply a balance of keeping it clean, paying attention to the signals the body is giving off, and reminding yourself that at your next meal, you simply get back on track. Some proponents of "refeeds" say go all out one day a week. Personally, I find that to be extremely disturbing to the digestive system and often times sets a person up for what would be a binge. The purpose of a refeed is to reset the body and allow the mind to relax a bit. Dieting isn't always easy for many people and knowing that you have your weekly off plan meal can have tremendous emotional and mental benefits when it comes to your staying on track
If you, like I do, choose for it to be on a Sunday or a weekend day, then you simply have your meal and Monday morning go right back to your plan directing you towards your goal. I like to keep it high and tight during the week. For me that means simply waking up Monday mornings and having water, yerba mate, and getting a workout in. I follow up with either a shake that is low in carbs and high in protein, fats, and fiber or I make a large veggie scramble/omelet with half an avocado. I prefer to keep the carbs low in the morning....that is what works for me. The rest of the day is also rather simple.....tons of veggies, protein from chicken breast/thighs or fish, healthy fats from olive oil, avocado oil, avocados, and a little bit of ghee and coconut oil. Sometimes depending on how I feel at night I will add in a sweet potato or some sort of winter squash to help me sleep.
I believe that simplicity is where it is at when it comes to staying on track. If we get too caught up in the labeling of diets and micromanaging of macros, we can get frustrated. But a disciplined mind is the keynote speaker when it comes to staying on course. And like any other goal, it takes patience and practice to build that discipline muscle. Before you know it, you, like everyone else will be saying "It's A Lifestyle." Because it will be.
So today is Monday. How will you start your day. My splurge yesterday at True Food Kitchen included two enormous over stuffed fish tacos and a lazy day at the movies. Not to mention I had some fudge as well. So this morning I am hydrating, having some yerba mate tea, and going to head out for a run and a leg workout. I literally feel completely satisfied and satiated from yesterday. I am energized, rested, and feel at ease in my mind. These are signs you want to look for when seeking balance.