Finding your own balance

Pursuing perfection is overwhelming!

Somehow the world has created a precise checklist of what it considers to be ‘perfect’... the list we all at some point or another compare ourselves to, whether it be the perfect body, the perfect job, the perfect diet or the perfect lifestyle. We are constantly bombarded by the media and their interpretation of what a whole happy person should look like. The problem with this is that there is no room for individuality or embracing the beauty of being unique. The very fact that we don’t look the same, don’t like the same things or that we experience the world differently, should be celebrated. Isn’t that what being human is all about?

Living a happy and healthy life comes from making a decision daily to embrace where you are, where you want to go...who you are and who you want to be. Accepting yourself and appreciating all the good things in your life, is crucial to keeping your balance.

Sure, taking care of your health and your body are really important, but it doesn’t define you. The way in which you approach your nutrition should be a reflection of how you approach and treat yourself. We’ve all heard it before, that your body is the only one you have, so treat it with respect.

So how do we approach our nutrition with this in mind?

The trick to finding your personal balanced approach to nutrition is to keep it simple. Look at what comes naturally, where you are and what your goals are. The truth is that one big goal is accomplished by taking little steps in the right direction. Over complicating a program or the way in which you construct your meal plan shouldn’t overwhelm you. If eating a simple breakfast like a slice of wholewheat toast and a boiled egg suits you better [time/convenience wise] than an overnight bowl of chia pudding or oats, then go for it and enjoy it. Many of my clients tell me that they can’t stick to a plan because it calls for complicated recipes with ingredients that they don’t have and don’t feel comfortable with. So my response it strip it down and simplify it. Ask yourself honestly what do I have time for today and what do you generally have lying around? Eating a good healthy diet lies more in what you choose each time you eat and making sure you have the good stuff on hand, rather than sticking to a regimen.

If a meal reflects a balance of whole fresh ingredients that haven’t been processed beyond recognition, if it is as close to it’s original natural form, chances are it will be absolutely fine to eat and enjoy. The most important part is that you combine protein, complex carbs and healthy fats that nourish your body.