Happy Monday Fitties!
I ran across a funny quote the other day:
Before you study Zen, mountains are mountains and rivers are rivers; while you are
studying Zen, mountains are no longer mountains and rivers are no longer rivers; but
once you have had enlightenment, mountains are once again mountains and rivers
I had to laugh. Because I think that applies to nutrition and exercise as well. Before you study fitness, food is food and exercise is exercise. While you are studying fitness, food is no longer food and fitness is no longer fitness; but once you have had enlightenment, food is once again food and exercise again exercise.
Anyone else here worry they’re not following the “right” diet plan? Do you worrying you’re doing too much cardio? Not enough cardio? Should you be doing more interval training or more HIIT training? Tabatas? Yoga? Should you be doing sport-specific training?
Anyone wonder if they should be eating carbs and protein before they work out? After they work out? During their workout? Should we just eat non-stop all day long?
Should we be eating organic? Vegan? Macrobiotic? Raw? Paleo? Low carb? Low cal? Low fat? Gluten-free? Mediterranean?
Should we just eat organic air with sustainable chopsticks?
This popped into my head today when I went back to check in on some fitness blogs I hadn’t visited in awhile. Their dietary restrictions were just too exhausting. I was surprised to see that almost every single blogger had relaxed their restrictions considerably. Nary a black bean kale brownie in sight! Almost every one had had some sort of realization that obsession with correct eating was taking over their lives. There’s even a new term for this: orthorexia or a “maniacal obsession for healthy foods.”
I’m glad to see that these bloggers are back to finding a comfortable balance between eating for health and fuel as well as satisfaction. For many of them, food is back to being food and exercise is back to being exercise.
I think I’m there, although sometimes it’s a struggle. Where are you?