Let me start out by saying that none of our eating habits are perfect. I have days where I need to have some pizza or a burger for lunch - no one can stand there and tell you that they're eating is on point, 24/7. A balanced lifestyle means living healthy without missing out on enjoyments.
When I went to Italy, I allowed myself to enjoy everything that stunning country had to offer - it would have been wrong to do it any other way. Part of living life is to enjoy every bit of it and often times that includes food!
My idea of a balanced healthy lifestyle is this: throughout my work week (Sunday to Thursday), I eat super healthy, not a single cheat meal! That is: lots of veggies, protein and minimal fat (stay tuned for more... the 3:2:1 diet!!) along with a consistent workout routine throughout the week. Fridays and Saturdays are my "indulging" days. I allow myself to eat whatever my heart desires, from croissants in the morning to burgers and my always go to, mac and cheese!
Many seem to think that the indulge days actually end up setting you back from your goals, however your body needs those two days to rest and get back on track. In a way you have to outsmart your body: when you are watching what you eat for 5 days, your body adjusts to this way of eating, which means that your metabolism slows down. In order to throw your body off track and boost back your metabolism, you need 2 days of higher calorie intake. It’s a definite bonus in living a healthy lifestyle - cheat days are actually required of you!
Five days on, two days off! That's the best way to keep yourself in shape while still enjoying and living your life!