Advice Article

Balance is Bogus

Harsh words, I know. But this is something that I’ve been thinking about lately and was too cowardly to actually say anything about it.

With Christmas coming and passing, I saw a lot of people over Instagram and social media posting about how they’re going to enjoy Christmas and eat whatever they feel like, then go back to healthy eating later. Yes, this is a perfect example of what you should be doing. Being healthy isn’t just how small your jeans are. Being healthy is having a peaceful mindset and being accepting of yourself as a person. That also means your world doesn’t revolve around food.

When people hear the word healthy they automatically picture an apple or a treadmill. Newsflash, like I said above, healthy is not just about food. So when people talk about being healthy over the holidays and refer to their food, I can’t help but think they’re missing the bigger picture.

Being healthy means living your life without counting the consequences. Being healthy means feeling comfortable at all times and not worrying or stressing about things like food or exercise. If anything, we as a society have been driven to believe healthy is only about those two things, when in reality, it’s so much more.

Which brings me to my next point – balance.

Ah how I loathe to hear this term being thrown around like it has some higher spiritual meaning.

“Christmas dinner is sweet potato and asparagus, but also chicken cuz; balance”

“Having a green smoothie for breakfast and chocolate cake for dinner; gotta stay balanced”

I feel like Balanced is just a term people use to make themselves feel better about eating unhealthy.. or just eating whatever the hell they want.

HELLO PEOPLE!! You do not need to announce that you are balanced to justify eating what you want.

PoiseSome days I eat bananas and some days I eat six cookies. Do I go around preaching balance and tell everyone how I don’t deprive myself, I eat balanced?? No. I just live my life and eat what I want. And you know what that’s called? LIVING?

It shouldn’t be called balance. I shouldn’t have to defend or justify my food/life choices by using the word balanced.

My Dad does this thing where he tries to say he is ‘vegan’ or ‘veganish’ as Operah says, but in reality, he just incorporates more vegetables into his diet; as does most of the world. He’ll have dinner and tell me he’s having most fruits and vegetables, but also having some chicken. Only a little bit though and that it’s okay because he’s balancing it out with the fruits and vegetables.

1. You are not vegan. 2. If you want to eat chicken, then just do it without the need of trying to explain to me that you are balanced.

Life is not one big judging contest. If you want to eat vegan, cool, eat vegan. If you want to eat 100% healthy, that is fine, as long as you’re happy. But if you eat healthy all day then indulge in some chocolate cake, please, for the love of God, do not justify yourself by saying you are ‘balanced.’

You’re just living.

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My Christmas Dinner: tofu, sweet potato, reg potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, and cranberry sauce. mmmmmmm

 

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    Amy @ Eat Pray Workout
    December 27, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I laughed a lot during this!! Yes I agree there is no need to justify and the examples you used are quite extreme. Used in the right context I think balanced is a great way to explain a way to helping one live a happy life, it’s just a shame that the word is abused by some.

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