This past month I did the Whole30 as a way to push the reset button and get back on track with my nutrition. If you're not sure what this is, it is an intense elimination nutrition program where you get rid of things like sugar, gluten, and dairy. After the holidays, I was in a major slump because let's be honest, I ate all the cookies. I learned a lot from the program, but perhaps my biggest takeaway was that I need balance.
What does that even mean? I recently had a friend post a picture of her morning yoga class followed with a delicious Bloedow’s donut. Her question was… Does one defeat the other? Nope! This, to me, is the perfect example of balance.
We spend so much time “shoulding” all over ourselves. I do it all the time. I should eat more salads. I should read more books. I should enjoy winter more. I should… I should… We put all this pressure on ourselves on what we should or shouldn’t do. It’s draining!
My mantra for the month: I am listening to what I need in the moment and feeling balanced.
What does this look like for you?
a night out with friends followed by a quiet night alone
working out hard and then taking a few days off
eating a salad for lunch and then dessert (and maybe a glass of wine) for dinner
binge watching my favorite tv show and then digging into a good book the next night
going to a yoga class and then eating (and loving!) that Bloedow’s donut
The key is letting go of guilt.
Balance is finding that middle ground, and sometimes, to be honest, it doesn’t exist. I feel like I am constantly trying to figure out how to walk the line of balance, and sometimes it just doesn’t happen. There are seasons in our lives that are busier than others, and that might mean balance looks a little different. When I am teaching a balancing pose, I tell people over and over not to take themselves too seriously because balance shifts every single day. Some days we can stay in tree pose for what seems like forever and other days we're lucky if we get our toes off the ground. Wherever you are… figure out one or two things that you can do to create a little bit of balance, let go of the shoulding and the guilt, and as I’ve said before, just do you. Forgive yourself a thousand times a day and keep going. Oh, and find some time to enjoy it too because life is too short to take yourself so seriously all the time.