For all of you hoping this last post of the series would go on to divulge my hidden love for dessert each night... you'll be slightly disappointed. I say slightly, because not all is lost.
Throughout the series, Eat What The Nutritionist Eats, I've tried to prove to you that I'm not perfect and eating like a "nutritionist" isn't impossible. I was having a conversation with my husband over wine, YEP, WINE, and I asked him, "Am I crazy? Is the way I eat totally unattainable for the average person that doesn't eat this way? Because, it's second nature to me now and I can't imagine it any other way. I don't feel deprived, I love what I eat and I always feel good about myself. It's possible for other people to achieve this too, right?"
His response, "You're a crazy lunatic."
So, he didn't really build my case, but I'm a believer and I believe that I'm not that crazy and this lifestyle is COMPLETELY doable. It just takes WORK to get here. So, before I go any further, I want to let you in on a little project I've been working on, The Healthiest You, my first and possibly only (if things go SOUTH!) E-book. It outlines the step-by-step process that has allowed me to achieve balance, health, weight loss and happiness without going on a diet. I've been pouring a TON of work into it, so, it's not done yet, but if you want to be on the e-mail list to be notified when it's available, add your e-mail to the list. If you've already subscribed, you're good! You get a little special offer for following along on this crazy journey of mine. :)
I digress... back to the REAL good stuff. WINE. So, here's the deal. There's this thing called balance and if you want to lose weight and keep it off, you MUST find it. Wine is a big part of MY balance. I like going out with friends, date night with my husband and enjoying cocktails with the family. 10 months of pregnancy was long enough to go without a drink and I will never, under any circumstance, give it up (unless well, more little humans are to come). That being said, it's not like I'm a total lush... I try to cap my weekly drinks to around 4. Notice, I didn't exactly say "servings". Perhaps, my pour (or rather, my bartender's pour) is slightly more than a serving. Anyways, this allows me one date night and one night out with friends per week. I choose not to drink at home, because I'd rather save those empty calories for social events. Four is my big number because it's attainable, realistic, what I'm comfortable with and I'll go ahead and say it... you've lost me to motherhood.
I'd be totally lying if I said every week I was perfect. Around the holidays it sometimes feels like the glass is never empty. And starting March 11th-May 12th, I've got bachelorette party after bachelorette party, bridal showers and too many weddings to count, so I already expect for a 2 month hiatus of over indulging on the booze! My plan then is to simply save my drinking for the parties planned and be good during the week between festivities!
Like all other aspects of my diet (and life for that matter), most of my drinks are "planned". If I know the hubs and I are going out on Thursday, and Saturday night is for the girls, I save my drinking for then. It works out quite nice and has allowed me to achieve this beautiful balancing act of drinking & eating to maintain something that sort of resembles a social life AND I'm not adding any inches to my waist.
I hope you've enjoyed following along on this series and hopefully I've opened your eyes and allowed you to see, the best way to diet is not to diet at all. You won't find me avoiding carbs, counting calories, tracking my macros or cutting out fats. If you follow me around (or watch my instagram videos!) you'll see good eats, bad eats, balance and a whole lot of coffee (right after I'm done with this Arbonne Healthy Living Challenge)!