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How do you achieve balance?

tatamagouche | Sep 20, 2007 07:29 AM

This is aimed at those of you who know yourselves to be creatures of overindulgence. Those of you whose souls are at peace and who can do the whole living in moderation thing, well, more power to you, but your mentality is alien to me.

The recent "things you only eat for their health benefits" thread, as well as an older one on food crawls, has got me thinking about the way I negotiate the desire to maintain my weight with the desire to eat and drink virtually everything in sight.

The general daily tradeoff that seems to work best for me personally, for various reasons (though it's far from foolproof, and I'm not saying it's healthy either--weight maintenance, let's face it, isn't always about health so much as vanity), is green lighting protein and alcohol but red lighting most carbs/sweets.

But then I end up at some coffeehouse, like, say, now, watching the perfectly fit person next to me downing a gorgeous sticky bun, and oh, how I covet it! And I have to remind myself, wait, this person will probably not have half a bottle of wine and an array of cheeses tonight, like you will.

So there's my daily negotiation/internal monologue. What's yours? What are your tradeoffs? What are their pros/cons?

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