Staying healthy isn't easy. There is soooooo much conflicting evidence out there, and sometimes I just wanna cherrypick the data to suit my food mood (i.e. vegan pizza is totally healthy right???). As a researcher, health advocate and someone with an interest in nutrition, sometimes the 'right way' isnt necessarily the healthiest way. Sure, if I wanted to I could cut my calories and eat 600 a day and lose a heap of weight. But it's not healthy. I could restrict my diet so much that I won't get the bare minimum nutrients. But it's not healthy.
Changing my diet between vegan, plant-based and raw works for me. Not everyone will agree though. I have the tools and guidance to educate myself about my body and its needs. Before, I was overweight, anxious and a drunken mess. Today, I am healthy. I have love handles and funny looking eyebrows from over-plucking. I sometimes walk crooked and I can't see all that well. I depend on hair extensions and sometimes turn to fake tan and excessive makeup. But this all makes me feel like me. I don't feel pressured to be an IG fitspo model. I don't feel the need to dress like Kimmy K. I don't have any interest in being a different version of me. There is so much negative criticism regarding the 'right' way to look, eat and behave. After 6 tough-as-shit months I can feel my mind and body burn out. So I need to listen to my body and watch all the Netflix and eat all junk (as well as healthy meals too )
If there is one thing I have learned since changing my lifestyle, it's that sometimes you need a night out with mates, a week of Netflix, a take-away and a whole day of sleep. The more I push myself, the more I notice I miss out on 'me'. - 5 hours ago