Balance isn't something we can force. It's something that we need to learn to feel our way in to. It isn't necessarily about what's on your plate, but how your belly feels about what's on your plate. It isn't about the perfect relationships, but how your heart opens itself up to these relationships. And it isn't about the perfect job. but rather what your soul craves to do day in and day out at the job/work you engage in on a daily basis. Balance isn't something that you can add up on a calculator at the end of the day and give yourself a score. It isn't a number on a scale. And it definitely isn't the accolades you receive by those who "approve and applaud" your efforts. Those things are nice, but at the end of the day, how you feel about the entire picture, that's what creates balance.
In a balanced life, we would feel complete about the choices we make in, the foods we consume, the friends we keep, the family we live with, and mostly, the body we live in. This takes checking ourselves day to day and moment to moment. To feel your way to health and to live your way in love. You can't find a prescription for the perfect diet online because to subscribe to only one way of eating takes away your options for choice. There is no one way to eat that is going to bring you into balance. Your body is an energetic pathway that seeks to constantly be kept in a specific equilibrium. Eating only one way, whatever that way is, is a surefire way to take yourself out of balance. This doesn't mean eat nothing but twigs and berries on Monday and bacon cheeseburgers with a double batch of fries on Tuesday. But more so questioning what your body is asking for by paying attention to how your body, and your mind, feels. This is something that has been coming up for me more and more. I love to eat a diet full of veggies and proteins. I'm on board more or less with an Ancestral way of eating that falls in line with a ketogenic/paleo-ish style of eating. But there are times that I just all out crave some tacos or a burger with a real bun. And no amount of steak, fish, or chicken and a side of veggies is going to tap that craving.
Your body doesn't lie. If you're like me and you have been rather strict with eating habits most of your life and feel that have run into a dead end, it's time to recalibrate so that you can actually fall more (iN) balance. This is a way to assess and know your body so when you know when it's (iM) balanced. Doing an occasional refeed or having a meal that is off limits but yet makes you feel happy soothes the soul. It refuels your body on a cellular level. It feeds your hormones. It will help you get a restful nights sleep. And it will calm your cravings.
Obviously if you have food sensitivities or allergies, be careful with the choices you make. Either go to a place that you know is conscientious of the ingredients they put in or make your own. Personally I love to cook so making fish tacos or a monster sized burger is fun for me. I'd rather do my own. But there are so many places out there that cater to those with sensitivities and allergies. You can get gluten and dairy free options anywhere. You can swap out meat for vegan options. And you can add in and take out anything that doesn't agree with you. But if you're truly sensitive.......try it at home first.
Balance is about checking in with yourself consistently. There is no computerized program that can spit out your results at the end of the day and make you feel the way you want to feel. When meal time comes around, ask yourself what you really want. What your body really needs. I agree sometimes our bodies due to former addictions lies to us. But there is always a happy medium.
Breathe. Meditate. And be Guided to the answer. Each day. Each Moment.