How to balance your diet’ is an article series all about achieving balance in your diet, and what that looks (and tastes) like. It’s a common phrase, but what does it mean, and how do you do it? Find out here.

When you feel miserable

This week’s ‘Diet Balance’ article comes from a very personal place, because I feel this way right now.

I have a throat infection, post-nasal drip, feel fluey and have a headache. All I can think of is heading home so I can lie down and relax. And the first thing that comes to mind is eating junk-food.

Weird, right? But I bet you’re the same. I want to lie on the couch and eat a chocolate to make myself feel better about being sick. This makes NO SENSE! Junk food only makes things worse, except that for about five minutes it makes things better.

It sucks!

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So how does a BALANCED diet deal with this reality?

Well, it’s obvious, and tough. When I get home I’m going to go and make a cup of tea, and head for the couch. I will exit the kitchen without grabbing any naughty foods, and resist the temptation as best I can. Fortunately there isn’t much naughty food in the cupboards, because that’s the way it should always be, I guess.

Bottom line?

You HAVE to keep your diet on track despite your ‘misery’, so that in a couple of days time you can feel great and keep making solid progress.

The sweets won’t help. Write it down. Memorise it. And then try your best to believe it and act accordingly.



This is how balance can be achieved while living a predominantly healthy and active lifestyle. You don’t have to be BORING to be on diet!

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