So often we get caught up in "being healthy" and whatever that means... counting calories, watching your carbs, exercising everyday, getting your steps in, forgoing gluten, saying no to dairy and everything white... that we forget why we are making health our priority in the first place.
I bet you didn't decide to completely make over your lifestyle in favor of a healthier one to be dubbed the best healthy eater ever, right? That just sounds so ridiculous. Healthy living isn't meant to keep you from enjoying a pizza night with your family or a chocolate chip cookie here and there. You bother eating healthy for the exact opposite reasons -- to be right there enjoying life with your family, playing soccer with your kids in the backyard and still honoring your body so it can easily tackle whatever challenge is thrown its way.
If it has instead become a game of perfection and you're constantly at war with your plate and it's causing more stress and seclusion than joy and togetherness, take a big step back and reevaluate. Remember, all the kale and green juice in the world won't stop you from getting cancer. Your vegan, local, organic meal is not going to protect you from getting in a horrific car crash. But you know what will help you get through those things? Your friends, your family, your faith and hopefully, your healthy eating will help you have the energy to fight whatever bad stuff comes your way. But it's just one part of the equation. Bad stuff is going to happen. It doesn't care if you're the happiest, hippiest of vegans or the guy eating one hundred and twenty nine hot dogs in a food contest. And when that happens, you're not going to be wishing you ate more salad and slurped more superfood smoothies, you're going to wish you ate that double scoop cookie dough ice-cream cone with your kids at the zoo instead of worrying if you were "bikini ready." You're going to wish you enjoyed that rare date night out with your husband at that fancy Italian restaurant instead of calculating all the "safe" menu options and stressing yourself out for no good reason on your first and maybe only night away with your main squeeze. You're going to wish you spent more time laughing, loving and doing.
So, get out there and enjoy this life and each beautiful, simple moment. Let those you love know it every.single.day. Every single second. Love more, laugh more, cuddle more and for goodness sake, eat that damn cookie.
This post is dedicated to my sweet, beautiful friend, coworker and "sister". We are all praying for you, sending so much love and fighting right there with you. "You're stronger than you think." You're such a shining example of how to live life. Love you MWA <3