When its ok to let go of diet perfection

Before I went to Glastonbury I was all set to write you my tips to eating clean at a festival. I am here to give you some tips but I must admit, I wasnt as sucessful at eating clean as I hoped I would. On the whole, I didnt eat really bad and I am not going to beat myself up about it. Here is what I have learnt.

  1. Be prepared – I was off to a good start as I took plenty of healthy snacks. I took a small stove so had oats for breakfast every day and took lots of fruit, protein powder and 9 Bars (oaty bars which are actually quite nutritious).
  2. The food at Glastonbury was amazing. Ok, there were many stalls selling donughts etc but there were also many vegan stalls, smoothie stalls and plenty of local organic meat. I was with my husband and 7 year old son and because of the amount of mud it wasnt that easy to walk for as long as it took to get to the most nutritious food. Yes we had burgers (and shared some chips as a treat) but the burgers were good quality so it was a good compromise.
  3. Its ok to eat more than usual. We walked A LOT and with limited places to sit, stood for most of the day. On top of that it is suprising how walking through mud constantly really takes it out of you. My meals were bigger than usual but I needed the extra energy plus I found that I actually snacked less.
  4. Its ok to break the rules a bit. Festivals are meant to be fun so it would be a shame to spend the weekend either stressed because you are the other side of the site from the healthiest food or be stressed and beating yourself up because you had a food you wouldnt normally eat. Think of all the extra calories you will have burned dancing, think of how much good all that sunshine is doing you. You deserve a treat but remember to have balance. Try to eat the best you can given the options available rather than thinking you’ve eaten one “bad” food you may as well eat that bag of donughts.
  5. Drink lots of water. Dont get caught off guard and get so thirsty you think you are hungry and eat everything in sight. Drinking water will keep your digestion going so whatever you eat will be broken down in the most efficient way possible leaving you energised and vibrant.

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