I can almost guarantee that if you’ve taken any sort of health class, whether or not it was voluntary or forced by your high school, you have learned all about a balanced diet.
When it comes to a healthy lifestyle, I find it important to work out once a day and eat healthy during the work week. Let’s be honest, the notion of a strict no carb diet is dreadful, and how many times can we actually say it’s something we have followed through with? I know for me, the term diet and the thought of a dramatic change are too intimidating to even think about. Instead, I’ve reverted to a lifestyle with a balanced routine.
As for working out, I have given myself the objective of sweating for at least 30 minutes a day. I chose 30 minutes a day because it’s not just doable but it’s also exciting to think I get to put aside a half hour to be with myself, my songs, and not care about what everyone else is doing.
Similar to my workout regimen, I have set a limit to going out just on the weekends, except when there’s a special occasion. Alcohol consumption is tough on the body and paired with the loss of sleep can make you eat more and turn into a cycle of unhealthy chaos. I learned the importance of this balance by first cutting out alcohol altogether, only to go through the pendulum swing to the more common side of casual and social alcohol intake. It took me a while to develop an understanding of how my body reacts to certain spirits, and how often I can drink without putting a damper on the next few days.
For me, finding a balance between dining out and eating has been nothing short of difficult. In my friends asking me if I wish to go to dinner or the thought of not wanting to cook, finding moderation here’s tough. Throughout college, I found it hard to say no to going out to eat since it was societal and I was tired from my day. However, once I started to meal prep, the game changed for the better. I began to give myself limits once again and told myself when I ate in at least three nights a week, I could go out to dinner on the weekends without feeling guilty.
Balance in life is tough to find, throughout the hectic demands of work and the little time we have left for ourselves in the end of the day, I’ve found it important to balance the few parts we have control of.