You’ve heard me mention my 80/20 rule. You may not quite understand what I am referring to. I would like to take an opportunity to explain this rule. Maybe you struggle with making the right decisions when it comes to your health and nutrition. Have you struggled in the past with dieting? Honestly, I know very few people who have tried “dieting” that have been successful at it. Is dieting really a lifestyle change? I think not. Dieting is a temporary fix to an ongoing issue. Whether you are fit, thin or neither, maintaining your weight or what you consider your ideal image just may not be realistic.
Truly, your mindset must change in order to live an ongoing healthy lifestyle that is realistic and achievable. It was my goal to find a “diet” as a eating plan that works for my body and my family. This is why I live by the 80/20 rule. I know for me, and especially for my family, if I dictate a 100% nutritious diet then we are all going to rebel. There are times we all want something that doesn’t line up with what is considered healthy and/or nutritious. It’s okay.
Yes, you have to tell yourself it’s okay and not beat yourself up for “cheating” a little. So, let me explain my 80/20 rule. More than 80% of what I eat falls into the category of being healthy and nutritious, to include: fresh vegetables, fruit, protein, legumes, healthy fats, nuts and grains. Alternatively, less than 20% of what I eat would be what I refer to as treats. You know, those things you love to eat but you feel a little guilty after eating them. I am here to tell you that it’s okay for a little indulgence…with the word “little” being the emphasis. If we deprive ourselves of the things we love, then we risk craving them more often than we truly need or even want them. I am very conscious about what I eat and when I eat because I understand the importance of fueling my body with what it needs for my physical and emotional wellbeing. This goes the same for my children. It’s my role as a parent to teach them about nutrition and the importance of eating a balance. My children are the ages of 15, 14, and 11. Their balance is more like 70/30 right now in their stage of life. We teach serving size and moderation when it comes to treats.
There is another fact about my 80/20 rule that I would like you to understand. More than 80% of the time I am living out my healthy lifestyle by preparing home cooked meals made with fresh wholesome ingredients and less than 20% of the time I am indulging in a little treat. I will also tell you that eating at home is the best way to follow the “rule” and the lifestyle of nutritious eating. When you are the cook you know exactly what you are putting into your food! Planning and preparing does take time, but in the long run you will learn to appreciate your time in the kitchen. Eating out is a treat so why not treat yourself occasionally with a meal out with your family or a friend. This can be your time to indulge in those goodies that fit into the less than 20% of the rule.
I would like to encourage you to take some time over the next week to do a little planning, and maybe some preparing, to change your way of thinking about the food you are eating and serving your family. Start with your evening meal. Plan your dinners for the next week and consider healthy choices. Balance them with proteins and vegetables. How about a little fruit for dessert? Sometimes the slightest sweetness of a cup of strawberries will the crave the urge away from a more sugary snack. Choose one night out of the seven to enjoy a treat meal. We take Fridays and do breakfast for dinner. Sometimes it’s pancakes! We try and balance even a treat meal like this with a protein side or a veggie or two.
This is my 80/20 Rule. It works for me and my family. My hope is that maybe it will work for you and your family too. If you need help with meal planning or finding an eating plan that works for you and your goals. Contact Me HERE!
My passion is to help families to learn a healthy lifestyle, with nutrition, fitness and spiritual. It’s fitness from the inside out.