I’m off for afternoon tea today with a group of my girlfriends. If you haven’t got the gist yet, I like food…A LOT. So afternoon tea is just my perfect weekend scenario. Champagne, bread, scones, cakes, cream and jam…What exactly is not to love in that list?!
Anyway, today I want to let you into a little secret…
…Are you ready?
You don’t have to be perfect all of the time!
I know many of my clients struggle with this “all or nothing” mentality, and I certainly fell into this category a few years back when I had just started training. You’re either eating healthy, or you’re not – with no middle ground or “normality.”
Does this sound like you?
I used to start the day off strong with a “perfect” breakfast and then “slip up” come 11am with a slice of cake, doughnut or cookie that I found in the kitchen as it was someone’s Birthday in the office.
That was game over for me. All hell broke loose and I would eat like a bin for the rest of the day as “I’d already blown it anyway.”
Looking back I can see that this is utterly ridiculous.
“Oh I’ve already ruined my diet today, I’ll just continue to eat crap!”
Is like saying,
“Oops! I’ve dropped my phone on the floor so I’ll just stamp on it until it breaks”
Completely crazy right?!
The truth is, one slice of cake, cookie or doughnut isn’t going to “ruin” anything when enjoyed as part of an overall healthy diet. It’s what you do the majority of the time that counts. If you’re filling your days with nutritious, good quality, whole foods in the correct portion sizes most of the time, then the odd treat isn’t going to hurt or set you back.
I now work on an 80/20 rule.
I’m ON IT 80% of the time, fuelling myself with lean proteins, good carbs and lots of good fats. Then 20% of the time I’m more relaxed and eat that chocolate bar or take away I fancy without beating myself up about it.
That picture up there is a bloody amazing cheesecake I had a couple of weeks ago when I went out for Sunday lunch with Gav and his Mum.
* It was a salted caramel cheesecake with peanut butter drizzle (more like a downpour) and a side of caramel ice cream in case you’re interested! *
Holy sh*t it was good!
I ate that after a Sunday roast with all the trimmings and a glass of prosecco. Did I then continue to eat junk for the rest of the day?
Balance is the key to success. Strict dieting DOES NOT work long term.
That’s a FACT.
If you’re banning yourself from certain foods that you love, it’s only a matter of time before you feel so deprived you resort to a blow out. Food isn’t meant to be stressful. It’s there to be enjoyed and to fuel you correctly so you can work hard and play harder.