Life is about balance. Yes, it sounds like a cliché but it is one that holds true. It’s true for work, life, exercise, food, finances, family—everything. I have found for myself that maintaining balance is the most effective way to achieve goals. It’s also the easiest way to achieve those goals, because it becomes thoughtless—you can forget about it and still achieve the goals. For example, if you’re training for a marathon, you train a bit every day over a long period of time—it becomes routine and something you do daily without giving it a second thought. That would NOT be the case if you jumped into a 26.2-mile-run on day one!
As a trainer, I’m constantly asked about food and diet, because it’s all in the same world—the realm of looking and feeling your best. I take a balanced approach to my diet and I think you should too. I don’t deny myself good food of any sort because why should I? If I told you that you can still achieve your goals and have what you want, wouldn’t you have both? It’s not about deprivation, it’s about balance.
Right now I’m sitting at the Pikey, next to my studio on Sunset Blvd. writing this blog post. We just had an amazing Barboza Method employee brunch, with pancakes, English breakfast, smoked salmon, bacon, french toast, and of course champagne. It was absolutely an indulgent meal, and it was delicious! I don’t feel bad at ALL because I know that if I get hungry later, I can have some fresh vegetables, fruit, a salad—anything on the lighter side will be perfect. Enjoying food that is rich in calories is perfectly fine when you listen to your body at your next meal. It’s not rocket science, your body will tell you what you need. Listen to that inner voice. You will most likely crave something light after a heavy meal. And your body will bounce back to the shape that is right for you when you live a life of balance.