Balance is the key to true health

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David and I just got back from an amazingly beautiful trip to Ourey, Colorado. Have you been there? If you love the great outdoors, then you have to go! We saw deer, wild turkey, marmots, and hummingbirds as well as the most beautiful mountain views. My pictures just don’t do it justice.
 
During our short stay, we hiked an epic trail called Bridge to Heaven, took a 4-hour off-road jeep ride to Telluride, enjoyed a scenic gondola ride up a ski slope, and enjoyed daily happy hours either at the top of a mountain or creekside. Not a bad way to spend a long weekend, was it!?! 😉
 
If you’ve ever worked with me before then you know that I am a big believer in balance. You can’t live your life to the fullest when you are on constant restriction. True health comes from true happiness and that can’t be achieved unless you allow yourself to enjoy the things you love most in life. Well, along with epic hikes, off-roading, and time with friends, I also love chocolate, wine, and enjoying local cuisine. So, that’s exactly what I did on this trip, and it was AWESOME!!! Some of my favorite moments of this trip were our happy hours in nature. Imagine enjoying a glass of wine with the love of your life and another couple you are totally compatible with in front of some of the most magnificent views in the country. It’s moments like those that will remain locked in my heart and mind for years to come.
 
Now that I’m home, it’s time to reign myself back in to create that balance I mentioned earlier. I enjoyed every glass of wine, piece of chocolate and decadent meal I had on our short vacation, without guilt, because I knew I would balance it out with healthier meals when I got home. So, on the plane ride home I created our meal-plan for the week to ensure David and I were set up for success. Here’s what today’s meal plan had in store for us.
 
Breakfast: Blueberry Almond Smoothie
– 1c unsweetenend almond milk
– 1/2 frozen banana
– 1/2c frozen blueberries
– 2c fresh baby spinach
– 1/4t cinnamon
– 2T almond meal
– 1 serving vanilla protein powder
– Water (as needed to thin out the smoothie)
 
Snack: Baked oatmeal
– 2 cups GF rolled oats
– 1/2 cup walnut pieces, toasted and chopped
– 1/3 cup coconut sugar or maple syrup
– 1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
– 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
– Scant 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
– 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
– 1 flax egg
– 1.5 tablespoons vegan butter or coconut oil, melted slightly
– 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
– 1 1/2 cups blueberries
 
Lunch: Chicken, veggie, hummus wrapped in Swiss Chard
– 2 Swiss Chard Leaves
– 1/4c hummus of choice
– 4oz shredded chicken
– shredded carrots and purple cabbage
– sliced bell pepper and cucumber
– 1/4 sliced avocado
– Drizzle of balsamic vinegar
 
Snack: Apple with almond butter
 
I love days like this where my meals are so “ful”…colorful, flavorful, and healthful! I can feel my body recovering from all of the chocolate and wine already!
The moral of the story? Live life with balance and without guilt. There is more to health than your physique and there is more to life than “dieting”. During your day-to-day life, create “ful” meal plans that are both nutritious and delicious, similar to the one David and I are enjoying today. Then, you can enjoy yourself when it really matters without guilt. That’s balance. That’s healthy.
 
 
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