I’ll be honest, I had the hardest time figuring out what I wanted to write this week.
Should I write about the new baby plants that just went into my garden?
Maybe safe sunscreen options?
Summer exercise routines?
But really, what I’ve been thinking about is how I’m feeling a little like a failure when it comes to food.
As a health coach, I frequently give clients advice about foods to add into their diet and foods to limit.
Lately though, I’m feeling like a “Do as I say, and not as I do” coach.
After 6ish months with limited caffeine, coffee is making the rounds in my diet again.
Froyo? Chocolate chips? Check and check.
To be fair, these foods were always in my diet, but lately they’ve been showing up more frequently than normal.
My hyper vigilant meal planning has fallen to the wayside the past few weeks, and dinner’s been on a whim depending on what we have in the fridge and how much we want takeout.
So what’s changed?
A few things.
For one, its summer!
And the summer Jersey girl in my wants to throw all my cares to the wind and spend my days on the beach and my nights on the boardwalk, soaking up the sun and the breeze and the salty air.
But possibly more importantly, is the fact that I was feeing the need to be “bad” in a way.
I was feeling like I needed to say “Fuck it” to everything I’m supposed to do, be, feel etc.
I needed to be rebellious, and do the opposite of what people, society, the world was telling me I “should” do.
So, lattes were had, drinks consumed and snacks eaten.
Responsibilities tossed to the side (have you noticed a lapse in blog posts?), and the laundry, cleaning, and dishes were left undone.
And you know what? It felt fucking great.
I truly believe in the need to go crazy sometimes.
It takes different forms for different people.
Maybe it’s deleting a days worth of emails without opening them.
Or a night out dancing till the wee hours of the morning.
And sometimes, it’s day of gluten free/vegan pizza, sweet potato fries, and all 3 Matrix movies back to back #sorrynotsorry.
We need those liberating moments from the monotony of day-to-day life, and I think these “Fuck It” moments are extremely healthy.
The trick here is, that it’s a moment.
Not a week, or a month, or a year or two.
At some point, we need to bounce back to our healthy routine if we want to stay well and feel well long term.
So where a night of box wine with your bestie can be totally healthy for you in an emotional (and therefore, physical and spiritual) way, a week of pounding back Oreo sleeves can be a bit much, and can start to wreak havoc on your physical self (and therefore, your emotional and spiritual self… see what’s happening here?)
What’s important is that we find the ways to let that be a fun time, and not an all the time.
To say “that was great” and then go back to eating our kale salads and drinking our water and riding our bikes to work.
Because ultimately, doing those healthy things allow us to have fun in the first place!
They get us feeling good, so we have the energy to go to that dance party and have stoop cook-outs with our friends.
It’s all about moderation and balance.
So go ahead, blow off your routine for a day, and have fun!
And then, you know, maybe drink some extra water the next day.