‘Healthy’ isn’t the restrictive word it used to be to me though.
Today it’s a way of eating and moving my body that makes me feel energised, light and able to make the most of my days.
I don’t want to eat bland, healthy food that leaves me longing for more, and nor do I want to punish my body with grueling exercise.
But I also acknowledge I don’t live in a bubble.
At work there is the temptation of morning tea cakes, free pizza for lunch and a vending machine that calls my name when I’m stressed and/or bored (how kind of it).
So in order to maintain my version of healthy, I have a few tricks I use at work that keep me feeling good.
Be armed with snacks
Not having healthy snacks around me is a one way ticket to eating foods that make me feel unwell.
I stock my drawer with nuts, fruit and popcorn most weeks. This makes sure that when I’m feeling the urge, I’ve got something I can grab and snack on that will not make me feel sluggish.
BYO lunch or rotate some healthy options
After working in the middle of nowhere for almost five years, I am pretty damn good at making my lunches. You can read more about my meal prepping tips here.
However, if I’ve lost cooking motivation or I’m out of lunch ideas, I have a few local healthy options (let’s face it, 99% of them are one of my favourite cuisines - Japanese) that I rotate.
I feel just as good eating those as if I had brought my own lunch in.
Loosen the reins so you don’t splurge on Friday
On Fridays there is a different feeling in the air. I often have lunch with coworkers and a chilled glass of white wine is calling my name by 4pm.
A few years back, this was usually a slide into splurging and sometimes a whole weekend of eating and drinking to excess.
However, these days I realise I need to have this much fun every day, in one way or the other.
If I treat myself in other ways throughout the week, I’m less likely to go crazy and feel blergh every Saturday morning.
Do it if you want to, then move on with your life
This is definitely my most important tip.
If your body wants a piece of pizza, or a cookie with your coffee or a pint of beer at Friday lunch, HAVE IT.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying those guilt-free, then moving on with your life.
Don’t obsess about it, or promise yourself you’ll be better tomorrow.
Simply enjoy the moment, listen to your body and move on with your life. Seriously.