A Balancing Act

CrossFit's nutrition prescription is simple: "Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar." The problem is, it's my 4-year old's birthday on Saturday and he wants me to make homemade cake. I don't see homemade cake on that list.

Okay, that's not really my problem, because I don't have a 4-year old. But maybe it's yours, and maybe mine is different. Either way, around the holidays or when traveling nutrition can be hard. Do you know what I think can be even harder? My everyday nutrition. It can be hard to be strict about healthy habits when your roommate leaves out dishes of candy, your co-worker brings in donuts, or when it's Tuesday.

I want to encourage you with a thought: strict is not how I want you to eat; strict is how I want you to build strength on your pull ups. When it comes to eating, I want us to practice balance. Kind of like the balance you practice in Norma's yoga class. We don't want to be too far one way or the other or...well, you know what happens...and then we spend the rest of the class in child's pose wishing we wouldn't have tried.

In the act of trying to have a healthy diet, balance can be hard to achieve, and even harder to maintain. It is easy to beat ourselves up with feelings of failure.We get exhausted with picking ourselves back up every time we fall. But, what if you were able to not feel that way? (Or at least change your point of view.) So if, your coworker brings in donuts and you choose to eat one, you don't have to feel like you might as well eat anything you see until you snap out of it two weeks from now. Instead enjoy the donut. Or, notice how it makes you feel and make a different choice next time. Instead of dwelling on it, move forward.

Mostly, I want you to feel like you can be healthy and that being healthy can also include eating cake with your mom on her birthday—if that's what you want to do. And when that is what you choose, you don't have to eat every sweet in her house because cheat day, you can still eat vegetables at your next meal.