Imagine waking up every day knowing that you can enjoy food without stress, guilt, or anxiety.
Imagine ignoring all the food rules made up by someone else and create your own.
Imagine every food is an option for you, EVERY SINGLE DAY.
This may sound crazy and impossible, but this is my life.
Today, I'm giving you a quick behind-the-scenes look at how I live a happy, healthy life without food rules.
This is MY version of healthy eating.
Eating whatever I want, whenever I want is what I call healthy.
Healthy includes my emotional, mental, spiritual, AND physical health.
There are no good and bad foods anymore.
Nothing is 'off-limits'.
As a result, there's no stress, anxiety, or confusion around food.
Now, when I sit down at a restaurant with friends, I can look at the menu and know that everything is an option for me. I can actually enjoy the meal and NOT be in a cloud of worry about whether or not I should eat the bread.
If I want the bread and it's good, I eat it.
My desire is my guide: desire to eat a certain food, to feel good and satisfied, and to experience pleasure (not guilt) while I'm eating.
THIS is how I live MY life.
I decided to show you what's behind the curtain because there are diet and fitness gurus who lead you to believe that if you don't follow the rules of cutting carbs, or eating kale and chicken breasts every day, and doing hour-long workouts 5 or 6 days a week, there's no way you can be healthy and fit.
That may work for some people, but it doesn't work for me.
In the past few years, I've moved away from the destructive cycle of restricting and overeating to a happy place of health and moderation.
NOTE: This is not meant to be a how-to guide...it's simply a peek inside the way I enjoy food and maintain my sanity.
A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT HOW I BREAK THE RULES
I indulge every day...not just on weekends, holidays, and special occasions. My favorite daily indulgence is a breakfast of turkey sausage, black-eyed peas, greens, with a French press coffee and a banana for dessert. It's the best way to get my day started.
I eat pizza...NOT the whole pizza. I shared it with my family. I also had a slice of mushroom pizza while we were waiting for this to come out of the oven...because it was so good!!
Occasionally, I get tired of drinking water with dinner. And Coke tastes good.
If I followed the "no carbs after dark" rule, I would've never enjoyed hot cocoa and chocolate chip cookies one evening while waiting for a snowstorm to arrive.
The FREEDOM in giving myself permission to eat what I want is indescribable, especially since I've spent the majority of my life trying to control myself around food. Those days are over and I'm not turning back.
Oh, the other thing that makes this freedom even better is the fact that I don't feel the need to do "damage control" after any of these meals. EVER.
A cheese pizza on Monday night does NOT mean extra cardio on Tuesday morning.
All of this became a reality for me once I realized that following rules written by someone else were doing more damage than good.
The journey to get to this destination required a change in my thinking and what I believed about food and about myself.
In a world where we're constantly swimming in a sea of food rules, it's easy to feel like you're drowning.
The solution to living a happy, healthy life and enjoying food isn't just about changing what you eat...it's so much deeper than that. You have to be willing to do the work.
Tell me, what's ONE food rule you want to let go of this year?
Share it in the comments below.