This week instead of posting a recipe, I wanted to talk about the fact that nutrition doesn't have to be all or nothing. Yes, nutrition plays a very big role in our body composition, health, and overall well being. But that doesn't mean that we can't ever enjoy some foods that may be less nutritious.
Below are some of my personal favorites, and I allow myself to enjoy them. After I eat them, I don't feel shame or guilt, or tell myself, "well I guess I fell off track, I might as well keep eating this way, and then start over on Monday or next month."
The perspective that I have decided to take, and that I hope you take as well is that if you can eat foods that contain vitamins, minerals, lean protein, quality fat, natural complex carbs most of the time, then 10-20% of the time, just eat foods that you really enjoy, without counting the calories, sugar content, or checking the preservatives. Allowing yourself to enjoy these foods will prevent feelings of shame and guilt, and reduce the likelihood that you will over-consume them.
Life is a journey. Let's eliminate the expectation of perfection and the mindset of being "on track" or "off track". If you're alive then you are on track. If you have the means and opportunity to decide what you're going to eat, instead of wondering when your next meal will come, then you are very fortunate. Be grateful, be mindful, and enjoy the journey!