Just the other day my neighbor’s daughter, Aubrey, said “It’s funny that Mrs. Molly is a health trainer because she loves food so much.” This made me laugh, mostly because it’s so true! Don’t let me fool you with my constant posts of healthy meals and snacks-I absolutely LOVE food. Going out to an awesome restaurant might be one of my favorite things to do in life. My family can attest to me shimmying in excitement over a gorgeous gluten-free cupcake (I have Celiacs) or busting into the “Roger Rabbit” when I see a plate of chicken enchiladas topped with queso cheese.
With my true love and adoration of tasty food, I also rein it in as much as possible. I really believe in all things- “moderation is best.” I would not be a happy person if I could NEVER have a peanut butter cup sundae from Bruester’s or some movie theater popcorn when I go to see a film. However, I have learned to “allow” myself to splurge when it really matters-when I am out to eat at an amazing restaurant that makes hand-crafted pear martinis or when we are hosting company in town and want to show them what an “Amelie’s” salted caramel brownie is all about. And 9 times out of 10, I don’t feel good when I do eat these foods, but since I don’t do it too often, it’s worth it to me to feel a little rough once in awhile.
My goal is to make the majority of my meals at home, with lots of vegetables and lean proteins. I only drink water, coffee, and LaCroixs at the house MOST days of the week. (I might add in a glass or two of Vino or a white claw…) But, I totally APPRECIATE good food even more now because I hold back more often than not.
I think if you are frustrated with saying NO to yourself or constantly dieting, you should try just to “eat well” 70-80% of the time. Life is too short not to ENJOY the good things but also realizing it’s not worth feeling fat, sick, and tired all the time by consuming too much alcohol, sugar, refined carbs, and nasty fats.
I am no angel when it comes to eating, but I will continue to try my best to refrain from going overboard because I know I am happier, healthier, and a better person when I don’t. Hope this note didn’t make you too hungry-go grab a celery stick with almond butter and save your indulgence for when it really counts. 🙂
Molly Kujawski (via Excelfit with Molly)