Health does not equal torture


I was recently turned on to the writing of Sas Petherick. She’s a woman of grace, vulnerability and, judging by her backstory, adventure–all qualities for which I have mega respect.

As a life coach, Sas is no stranger to trying new things in the name of self-care. So this line from one of her (kinda) recent newsletters cracked me up:

A few years ago I tried a 5-day juice diet and the only thing it cleansed me of was my will to live.

She then goes on in the piece to share a bangin’ green juice recipe (to be consumed with chewable food), but the takeaway from that one little sentence really hit home for me. I totally appreciate Sas’ humor here, but read that again:

The only thing it cleansed me of was my will to live.
How sad is it that we so often equate “health” with “absolute torture”?

How many of your friends and colleagues have put themselves through painfully stringent “diet” sessions as penance for long bouts of eating nothing but “bad” food?

And how many times have you done this to yourself?

I’ll admit it–I’ve been there. And dude, it suuuucks.

  1. Consume nothing but pizza, alcohol and energy drinks for a week. Feel like crap for obvious reasons.
  2. Attempt to “purge” these food sins through a week of liquid meals. Feel like crap all over again.

The cycle doesn’t have to work this way.
In fact, it shouldn’t.

It’s time to quit it with the pendulum of bingeing and purging. Who wants to swing forever from “guilty” to “miserable,” then back again?

As my friend Carrie and I discussed recently in response to her History Major Enchiladas, the good life is all about the balance.

Class with a little trash.

Paying the higher price for local goods or organic produce, then sneaking into the VIP section at the show for free drinks.

Eating your veggies at lunch through the week, followed by cupcakes for dinner on Friday—without the slightest need to assure everyone that you’ve been “sooo good lately!”

Living in a state of constant good or constant bad spells out one of two very depressing ends:

  1. Death by cardiac arrest, or by liver failure
  2. Death by complete boredom (aka: drowning in green juice)

The simple truth? Find your balance. Then stick to it.

Eat the cupcakes. But maybe not every day.
Drink the juice. But probably not for every meal.
Knock back the whiskey. But for the love of God, have some food first and drink water before you go to bed.

Health isn’t a cycle of overindulgence and torture. Health is balancing. And once you find yours, balance can be a real good time.

  • Gabby @ the veggie nook

    Yay congrats on the new site! It’s lovely :) You’re so right about finding a balance. It’s hard to do and something I still have trouble with, but I’m getting closer every day!

    • Claire (Eat Well. Party Hard.)

      Thanks, Gabby! I’m so honored you stopped by to check it out :) Seems like the balance quest will be a lifelong one, eh? I have to work on it every. single. day.

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  • Claire Suellentrop

    I. Love you. And when it comes to motivational material, I end up going back to the same stuff over and over, too <3

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