Healthy Eating is Not Perfect Eating

How many times have you started a diet? If you’re like me, it would be almost impossible to count how many times I’ve resolved to stick with a healthy (or in earlier years, not-so-healthy/fad) diet. And each time when I’d start, I’d go into it with an all-or-nothing attitude. I’m going to eat nothing but vegetables for the rest of my life! (maybe a slight exaggeration) or I will stick to 1200 calories per day, and I will not go over, not even by 10 calories. Inevitably, this doesn’t work. At some point (maybe a few hours into the diet, ha ha) you want something other than vegetables. Some day you’re going to go over your designated calorie limit. It just happens. And what do most of us do at that point? We throw in the towel, at least for the day, and resolve to start again another day.

Perhaps there’s a better way…

Stephanie Quilao

Stephanie Quilao is a blogger who focuses on healthy living and healthy choices. On one of her blogs, http://www.stephaniequilao.com, she discusses her eating philosphy: Make healthy choices 80% of the time, and eat whatever you want 20% of the time.

In her post, she points out that when she’s going to have a “20%”-type of meal, she’ll help balance it out with extra exercise that day.

So if you blow your diet at lunchtime, don’t decide to give up for the day. You haven’t wasted the whole day. You haven’t fallen off the wagon. Don’t feel guilty about those extra calories, just do something about them! Enjoy the decadent lunch (occasionally), but maybe have a light dinner and maybe add a long walk after dinner.

Stay tuned for a healthy recipe later on today…

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