Hey guys and gals.  Today’s post brings us to a topic that has been brought up in many of my conversations lately.  It refers to what constitutes a “healthy lifestyle”, and what we stand for here at the FGD.  Let me tell you something, this blog has been nothing short of a blast since we started a year ago.  However, there are some minor drawbacks.  Ever since creating this site, I’ve got this stigma where everyone assumes that I am a “health freak” and gym addict.  I will be munching on pretzels and Goldfish or eating french fries and I GUARANTEE you someone near by has a smart comment; “Oh, oh, oh! Look at Ava, she’s eating a fry!”.  To which I reply, “Daaaamn right I’m eating a fry!”.  With that being said, I know that this person is just giving me a hard time – I hear the joke in the tone of their voice.  But that person doesn’t know that every other time I’ve eaten a french fry, someone else has made a comment.  Can’t I eat my fries in peace? ;)

Another drawback: the pressure I’ve put on myself.  Blogging is competitive.  Fitness is competitive.  Fashion is competitive.  This is my world now, and while I am SO inspired by all of the amazing other people in this world, I’m guilty of measuring myself up.  ”I’m getting too thick”, “I don’t work hard enough in the gym”, “I should be eating clean 100% of the time” are some of the thoughts that have recently been going through my head.  While I’m still very young, I’ve noticed that my body is just NOT handling food and exercise the way it used to.  My metabolism is slowly but surely slowing down.  You know what, though? I’m starting to realize that’s OK.  Could I have my idea of the perfect body if I kept up with cardio and didn’t live by our 80/20 rule (20% of the time, you treat yourself!)  Could I have my perfect body if I gave up beer, cheese, bread, and Rathbone’s french fries? Probably.  But those things make me truly, truly happy.  In moderation, of course.  Bottom line: I refuse to be a prisoner to food.

You guys see what I eat.  I like to eat a LOT of food, and I like to make healthier options less boring.

A nice, messy little stack of buckwheat pancakes, smothered in peanut butter, cinnamon and coconut nectar.  Ummm, yeah.

Protein, fruit, bread, BUTTER.

And once in a blue, this will happen.  Bones burger (I actually didn’t order cheese but if it just HAPPENED to wind up on my burger I guess it was meant to be.  Right, Fet?)

Our healthy lifestyle is a day-to-day thing.  You don’t have to live off of egg whites and grilled chicken to be considered healthy (I can’t stand the sight of grilled chicken right now! Maxed out!) We don’t set ourselves up for ridiculous expectations only to let ourselves down.  Don’t get me wrong, if you’re training for a marathon or preparing for an important photo shoot, then by all means..prove to yourself that you can eat clean, train mean, and KILL it 100% of the time.  But when you don’t have a certain goal in mind, you’re just training for LIFE.  Be active, eat on the healthier side, enjoy your food, and live it up.  A healthy lifestyle is not a strict one, it’s a happy one.

Happy eating