What does it mean to live a fit life? As I’m sitting here writing this, I just finished eating my turkey and French roll sandwich and am drinking a Diet Coke. I have 4 more hours to go in my training course and need all of the energy that I can get. A lot of people will tell you that eating bread or drinking soda isn’t living a fit life. I totally understand not eating certain things due to allergies or for ethical reasons, but I just can’t believe that one item, such as a diet soda, can be completely and utterly evil. I love the carbonation of soda and I opt for diet to reduce the number of calories that I’m taking in. But is this really living a fit life?
I’ve thought about this question a lot and I’ve done my own research through certification programs and journal articles. I’ve come to the conclusion that a fit life is anything in balance. If all I drink is soda, then I will be severely dehydrated and out of balance. If all I eat is bread, then I will be missing out on all of the other nutrients. On the other hand, if all I eat is broccoli, I will still be missing out on all of the nutrients that aren’t in broccoli. That doesn’t mean that I can’t have those items though. It just means that they need to be part of a balanced plan. It is that balanced plan that indicates a fit life.
So how do I do this?
I log my food. MyFitnessPal is my personal favorite, but there are many other apps out there that are great as well. I make sure to stay within my calorie goal and to eat a balance of macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fat).
Living a fit life doesn’t mean being perfect. It doesn’t mean that you can never eat sugar, or gluten, or god forbid… any processed food (but that’s a whole different topic for another time!). Living a fit life means living a life in balance. It means taking care of your body and giving it all of the nutrients that it needs. It means exercising and taking care of your mental health. Mostly importantly, it means not letting fear hold you back from what makes you happy. Living a fit life doesn’t have to be a crazy challenge. It just needs to be a lifestyle based on balance.
*Now, this doesn’t apply necessarily to specific dietary needs or allergies, and should not replace the advise of your doctor.