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Digital Subscriptions > Psychologies > No. 141 Real Calm > Throw away the rulebook

Throw away the rulebook

Committing to a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to impose strict rules on yourself. Ali Roff explains why it’s all about balance

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When I decided to get real about living a healthy lifestyle of nourishing food, stretching and exercise, and the new healthier habits took hold, I started to feel truly amazing in my own skin. I also realised that to only eat unprocessed, unrefined foods for the rest of my life is unrealistic, no matter how much I enjoy them, or how great they make me feel. Birthday cake is a prime example. Even if I manage to deny myself slices of other people’s celebrations all year, what kind of life do I live if I say no to my own? I’d miss gorgeous Italian gelato on holiday, trifle at Christmas and burgers in a bun straight off the BBQ in summer. Even when we enjoy eating healthily, can any of us honestly say we’ll never take a single indulgent bite again?

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