This is a photo of a waffle I had the other day. I smothered it in butter and syrup and ate it within 4 minutes. I also had a side of home fries covered in ketchup and some greasy sausage patties. It was EFFIN delicious. Could this have been “healthier”? Many would say yes. I’d argue no. What many forget is that we set impossibly high standards for nutrition. Everyone is expected to eat “healthy” at every meal. The reality is eating healthy at every meal is in fact unhealthy. Sure, “healthy” foods typically have a better nutrient profile than “non-healthy” foods. But that is in the physical sense of the word healthy. Most forget that humans are emotional creatures as well. The mind AND the body work together to create health. There are many out there who look like Greek gods and goddesses that eat healthy at every meal. The unfortunate truth is that oftentimes they’re not emotionally healthy. They deprive themselves of many things they enjoy (food is one example) for purely aesthetic reasons. They may look like famous Greek statues but inside they’re crumbling. The point of this post is to remind you that not every meal needs to be perfect or healthy. In fact, we encourage you to eat the things you really enjoy. Nutrition needs to be something that fits your lifestyle, is sustainable over a long period of time and helps you become healthier physically AND mentally. A good ratio to use for your meals is the 80:20 rule. 80% of your meals are “healthy” and help you improve your physical health (after all... we only get one body so it needs to last). The other 20% should go towards foods that you enjoy. This ratio encourages moderation and doesn’t exclude any food. If you have any questions about nutrition or want to know where I got my waffle and/or how great it was, hit us up! We’d love to help.