You won’t eat an optimally balanced set of foods every day.
As an example, an optimally balanced set of foods for me is: approximately 1,800 calories, with about 40% coming from lean proteins, 40% from vegetables, and 20% from healthy fats. Plus eighty ounces of water.
Approximately. Within the vegetables, I sometimes include grains, but the less grains the better.
Whatever optimal looks like for you, that’s OK. That’s me.
Now, I don’t hit that every day.
Some days I travel, and pack a lot more snacks, which ends up meaning less vegetables.
Some days I go out to dinner, which might mean a drink, and/or a large portion of corn or rice.
So here’s the thing:
The more days I spend in my optimal range during the rest of the week and month, the faster my body is able to rebound from any weight gain or discomfort which comes from sub-optimal eating days.
But if I repeat sub-optimal eating days too close or too often, then, effects linger, such as feeling sluggish, tired, bloated, and actually getting fatter.
So it’s a balance.
I eat whatever I want to, when I want to have fun.
But it’s not fun for me to feel bloated and heavy, so, I don’t do it very often.