I was recently talking to my mom, who has been trying to eat healthier and has been doing a fantastic job for the past few months. Her method is simply cutting back on portion sizes and trying to make a healthier choice when given options. She does moderation really, really well. She can have a piece of Easter candy without raiding everyone’s baskets in the dead of night like a bizarro Easter bunny. Still, she was feeling a little self conscious because she was occasionally eating treats—things that aren’t societally “diet approved.” She was worried she wasn’t dieting the ‘right way.’ I reassured her that she was doing well, and reminded her that the most important aspect of healthy living is sustainability. You need to find a way of living that you can commit to, day in and day out.
There are so many experts out there giving us tips and direction that it can be overwhelming. One day we read about the importance of a hearty breakfast and the next day we are being told about the benefits of intermittent fasting. We’re told to eat small meals throughout the day and then we are told about the benefits of intermittent fasting (people are really into intermittent fasting these days!) Some experts tell us to avoid carbs, others say everything in moderation. Some tell us to avoid fat, others tell us we aren’t getting enough. One trainer tells us how critical cardio is and another says it’s a waste of time. It’s wonderful that there’s such a vast sea of advice and information available, but you need to rely on some autonomy to avoid drowning in it.
If you’re striving to achieve a healthier life, read some of the advice out there and try it out. Try eating a hearty breakfast and then try intermittent fasting. Eat a low carb diet for a week and then try a plant-based diet. Do some cardio, then try lifting weights instead. Better yet, do both! Eventually, you’ll figure out what feels right for you. We all have different personalities and different lifestyles and there’s never going to be one “right” way to live healthy. Don’t second guess yourself because you read some contradictory information on Facebook or somebody questioned your routine. Trust that you will always know what works for you.