Hey guys! I just wanted to pop in with an impromptu blog post! Sometimes I just have all the things to say and they are going to be too long for an Instagram post.
Please note that if you are recovering from an eating disorder, or are easily triggered in anyway, this isn’t a good post for you. Also please note that I am not a registered dietician or a therapist. This is merely a tactic that has worked for me to find balance in my life.
Anyway – to the point. I am pretty open and honest with you all about the struggles I’ve had with food in the past. For the most part these days, it isn’t something I deal with daily. Everyone once in a while however, it will crop up. A perfect example is tonight – John wanted to do a date night!! Something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. It is funny how moving in together doesn’t automatically mean you spend QT together. So we are going to get dinner and hit up the movies.
While I don’t have to, I’d like to have a glass of wine at dinner. I’d also like to have a package of Sour Patch kids at the movies (the best candy in the world). My immediate thought is that I shouldn’t have either of those things and just to skip them. And it is true, skipping them wouldn’t bother me at all. But I know John will have a beer at dinner and its fun to eat candy together at the movies.
So I busted out the old My Fitness Pal. I stopped counting macros quite a while ago, and don’t track my food much these days. However, for a situation like this – I knew it would be the perfect way to show myself that the wine and candy can fit in perfectly with a balanced day of eating.
I went ahead and logged what I know I’ll have for breakfast, lunch and snacks – I try to meal prep at the beginning of the week to save $$$ on groceries. Then I added what I think I’ll probably get for dinner, the wine & the candy. You can read about how to track wine here.
Then I checked the nutrients and bam! A very acceptable macro breakdown for me. Some people would say that’s not enough food, or too many carbs, or not enough carbs – but all of those numbers are in a range that is about right for MY body (not yours, or yours, or yours).
Of course I logically know that a glass of wine and some candy won’t ruin a good day of eating, but this is a great way for me to have a little more flexibility and practice loosening up. There are some days when it is easy for me not to worry about it. Other days are harder, and this has been a good way for me to find balance.
Wherever you are in your journey – hopefully this can help you too!