balanced dieting

Sometimes You Just Have to Eat Pizza at 4am

Ever since moving to NYC, I’ve consistently found myself stumbling into a pizza parlor around midnight, in the midst of bar hopping.

𝙵𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚜: “𝚆𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚠𝚎 𝚐𝚘 𝚗𝚎𝚡𝚝?”

𝙼𝚎: “𝙳𝚎𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚒𝚝𝚎𝚕𝚢 𝚊𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚛𝚗𝚎𝚛 𝚜𝚘 𝙸 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚏𝚘𝚕𝚍 𝚊 𝚜𝚕𝚒𝚌𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚙𝚎𝚙𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚘𝚗𝚒 𝚙𝚒𝚣𝚣𝚊 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝚖𝚢 𝚖𝚘𝚞𝚝𝚑.”

Having the option to eat anything I want, at any time I want, is one of the many reasons I love New York City.

And indulging on pizza at 2...4...sometimes 5am also means indulging on that thing I love about this magical city.

20 years later, I can tell the story about living in New York and ending my drunken nights with a slice of pepperoni pizza.

Eating pizza is enhancing my experience in a myriad of ways—supplying happiness, creating stories, satisfying my taste buds, filling my belly.

Listen.

Sometimes your choices aren’t going to be aligned with your fitness goals, but they are going to be aligned with your happiness.

And happiness *is* an investment in your health, too.

If you eat pizza at midnight, you didn’t fail. You *just* ate pizza.

That’s it.

Consistency is what drives results—not perfection. If you’re consistently working out and consistently choosing nutrient dense foods 80% of the time—you’re crushing it.

Don’t take fitness too seriously, my darlings. Let it enhance your life, not take you away from it.

....but on a more serious note, who else likes eating pizza at 2am?


To happiness and pizza,

Devi


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How to Stay on Track on Vacation (While Enjoying Yourself, too!)

Ya know how vacation is about sitting back and fully taking advantage of the fact that you have absolutely nothing to worry about?

Well, back in my dieting days, it used to be the complete opposite. Vacation stressed me out—it was more anxiety ridden than anything and that’s just not how vacation should be spent.

I hate admitting it, but I actually turned down a few trips because I was too concerned and hung up on reaching my goals. I was obsessed—fitness overpowered my life. And the very few trips that I did go on during that phase in my life, my thoughts were consumed with what I was eating or how I would fit in a workout. I would spend time before trips planning where I could eat and locating the closest gyms near the hotel. I’d pack meals for the plane and immediately grocery shop when I arrived…THE FUCK??

This is not how vacation should be. Learn from my mistakes and let vacation be vacation.

If I could go back, I’d whisper in my ear and say, “Weight loss is not that serious, Devi. Cherish these moments and make memories because it is far more important than weighing five pounds less or reaching your goal a week faster.”

I mean, if you think about it and put things into perspective, does one week of being perfect with your routine completely change your body?

No. It doesn’t.

That same concept applies when you reverse it. One week off will not destroy all the habits you’ve built and progress you’ve made. In fact, I think taking a week off from dieting can be extremely beneficial for sanity and refueling that motivation. A week of indulgences often leaves you craving for movement and nourishing foods, which in turn makes it easier for you to want to get back into your routine.

To that, I will say I don’t think vacation means you throw everything out of the window, it’s just giving yourself permission to let loose. Taking care of your body is important—you just don’t have to be obsessive about it, especially on vacation.

With that said, here are some non-obsessive guidelines you can follow when traveling. These guidelines will prevent you from having to re-overcome inertia while allowing you to thoroughly enjoy yourself—that’s what I call a win, win.

SCHEDULE IN MOVEMENT.

Make a commitment to schedule in daily movement, even if that means a shorter workout, just do something. The concern isn’t to set expectations to make strength improvements or aesthetic changes, but rather to stay consistent to keep momentum.

So, set a timer for 10-15 minutes and complete a circuit of exercises. Lucky enough for you, I created a free guide with six quickie workouts that are perfect for traveling. You can download that HERE.

OR

The cool thing about vacation is that it offers new opportunities to move your body in ways that aren’t available to you at home, like: rock climbing, hiking, swimming, surfing, paddle boarding. Take advantage of the myriad of ways you can move and have fun with it.

HYDRATE, MOTHA FUCKA.

Drink plenty of water…and wine, but mostly water. When you’re traveling you are more susceptible to dehydration and a weakened immune system; water will help prevent dehydration from happening and flush out toxins—drink up.

An easy way to ensure you’re staying hydrated is to carry a water bottle with you at all times. I bring mine everywhere I go.

Oh…and since I brought wine into the equation. I wrote an entire article on how to drink alcohol without comprising your goals which you can read HERE. Basically to sum it up, enjoy a one or two of your favorite cocktails and then stick to lower calorie beverages the rest of the evening to avoid overloading on sugar (and horrible hangovers).

BUT WHAT DO I EAT?

Ignore all that nonsense that tells you to pack your food and to avoid this and to avoid that—that’s completely asinine. It’s vacation for fuck sake.

Experience the culture and get a taste of everything it has to offer you, literally and figuratively. If you go to New York, eat the pizza (don’t forget to fold it). If you go to Italy, eat the pasta. If you go to Nashville, eat the bbq. Eat it—without guilt or shame attached to it.

Just don’t over do it.

You know that really uncomfortable feeling you get from eating too much? Yeah, lets avoid that. It makes you feel lethargic, tired, bloated and miserable.

Eating a slice of pizza on the streets of New York City will enhance your experience, but letting that spiral into binge does not. That often steals away your experience because you feel too gross and too exhausted to do anything more.

Vacation is the time to let loose and enjoy yourself, but it isn’t a permission slip to go balls to the wall. Stop when you’re satisfied, not stuffed. Avoid the discomfort. No one wants to feel like crap on vacation.

Here is a helpful tip: instead of mindlessly grazing throughout the day, eat fewer meals (like two or three). By doing so it decreases the chances of over eating and over consuming too many calories. It’s also helpful to prioritize protein and veggies because it keeps you more satisfied than a meal that is primarily made up of carbs.

SUPPLEMENT.

Let’s be honest, your nutrition is completely thrown off and eating a vegetable is sometimes nearly impossible, that’s where supplements come in handy.

I don’t take anything crazy, other than my regular supplements and a few additional ones like a greens powder and one for my gut health.

Check out the greens powder HERE.

Check out total gut health HERE.

TAKE A CHILL PILL.

Most importantly, relax, unwind, have fun, and make memories.


Happy Travels,
Devi

I Ate Reese's Cups Every Single Day This Week

There are only a few foods I could eat every single day and not get sick of it—Reese's Cups are one of those foods.

In fact, my girlfriend, Kat, bought me an entire container of them and I've had one (sometimes three) every single day for the past week.

This is called moderation.

A concept that I was completely incapable of applying to my dietary habits in the past. I couldn't quite wrap my head around how anyone could just have one serving, because for me it was an all or nothing thing that frequently spiraled into a full out binge. Five cookies would transition into "Fuck it. What else can I eat?"

The main cause for this (and for many people) is that I never practiced moderation—I only practiced deprivation. I was always following diets that mapped out what foods I could and couldn't eat. And sure, while I could eat those foods on a cheat day, it was only allowed once a week—nothing outside of that. So when the opportunity of indulgence presented itself, my response become to consume all the food since I wouldn't be aloud to eat it the next day and since I already "messed up." There was absolutely no room for moderation and that is why it was foreign to me.

It wasn't until I started actively implemting moderation into my lifestyle that I started to finally grasp the concept. I now successfully have one serving or even just a bite at times which is honestly powerful since I spent years before this struggling.

All is to say: this was not an overnight process—moderation came with practice. It came with trail and error. It came with giving myself compassion when I slipped up. It came with eliminating the notion that having a cookie equates to messing up, because it doesn't. It came with letting go of the idea that food is either "good" or "bad" because it's not—food is just food. And last but not least, realizing that it's a smarter choice to eat a serving of Reese's Cups every single day that fit into my allotted calories instead of balling all out and exceeding my calorie intake—science says.

And for those who claim that moderation is just an excuse to eat whatever you want, you are absolutely right and I am in not ashamed of it. 

XX

Devi