In my early twenties, after years of eating processed food, drinking way too much beer (I was in college) and partaking in a slew of other less than healthy activities—sick of being run-down and way too susceptible to colds and hangovers—I decided to have a major lifestyle overhaul. I cut out the booze and began studying up on diet and exercise. My newfound health kick ultimately ignited a passion that eventually led me down the path of becoming a dietitian.
Though I have received a degree in nutritional science and am now registered as a dietitian, I still find myself thoroughly enjoying a stiff drink (or two) and happily devouring a decadent brownie (à la mode) every so often. And while my younger self might have been hard on herself, my 32-year-old self, (I know…I’m so mature…she says with a sarcastic smirk on her face,) has learned to wholeheartedly accept that it’s okay to be human. Sure, we should all walk our walk if we’re going to talk our talk, but I’ve never been one to buy into the whole all-or-none thing.
I have my vices...everyone does, but I’m mindful of when, where and how often I allow myself to give in to them. For me, healthy living means listening to my body, trying to do my best on a daily basis, and understanding that no one (not even a nurse, doctor or dietitian) is perfect. We’re all human (thank goodness) and everyone’s journey to reach their ultimate healthiest self is different. I choose to have a balanced approach, to be accepting and forgiving, and to never give up trying.
If you’re looking for the lowest calorie meals, the highest calorie burning exercises, and a list of supplements you need to take in order to be your leanest, most muscular self…this might not be the blog for you. I'm someone who enjoys being active, being outdoors, and likes to eat healthy meals (most of the time). Recipes Inspired is where I journal my adventures in cooking and personal journey in health, happiness, and balanced living. Some recipes are healthier than others, but hey, that’s what balance is all about!
Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to hear from you. Do you have any vices you’d like to get off your chest? What are your health goals? How do you find balance?