How To Be OK With Not Staying on Track With Your Diet

This guest post has been written by nutritionist, blogger and cook, Shelley Judge (@shelleysgoodeats) from Shelley’s Good Eats.

Yes, you read that right… it was no mistake! This is all about not staying on track. Read on to find out why.

In order to stay on track there must first be a track; a path, or set of rules that must be followed to stay healthy.

If you take one wrong step. Say, eat one too many chocolate muffins or miss a gym day, you’ll simply fall off the bandwagon and it’ll leave you for dead!

Do you have the bandwagon mentality?

People that take on this bandwagon mentality have three options when it comes to social interactions:

1. Miss them to avoid all possible slips of your diet

2. Restrict themselves from all the delicious food on offer at a party or out at dinner and just order a salad… because, well salad is the healthy option, right?

3. Fall. Fall, and then face a difficult long journey to getting back on track. You will follow the latest fad, train harder than ever and torture yourself with harmful mental thoughts until you just fall back off that wagon.

Why? Because nothing about these options is sustainable.


Have your cake and eat it too

We can have goals of going to the gym four times a week, hell that is exactly what I aim for!

But then life gets in the way.

I injured my wrist a week or so ago when I fell up some stairs (okay, come on, I can’t be the only clumsy one?). I could beat myself up about it and how it means I had to miss out on the gym. OR, I can get on with my life and take this time to rest and change up my routine.

Similar to that, we need to stop beating ourselves up when we eat a piece of cake, have a big bowl of pasta, or eat a little too much chocolate after dinner.

What if instead of a single pathway to health we look at a day with a little to much sugar or a missed gym session as part of a lifestyle?

When adopting  a healthy lifestyle it means we can strive for a  nutritious diet and reach our goal of going to the gym. It also means when we skip a gym session or eat too much chocolate cake one day it doesn’t matter. Its not like you do it every day!


What success really looks like

I grew up baking with my mother. Yes that’s right, I grew up baking sugar filled cakes, cookies and slices. It’s where my love for cooking started.

So there is no way I’m going to give up baking and cooking now (and enjoying the end product) simply to follow a diet. Ultimately in a lifestyle there are no diets, regimes or single set of rules that must be followed for success. I’m sure you’ve seen this diagram right?

Image source: Interactive Schools
Image source: Interactive Schools


Well just like life, there is no single set path to health. We have ups and downs, we have periods of increased social festivities and we eat cake on our birthday.

When you adopt a healthy lifestyle there’s no need to miss out on these or feel guilty for enjoying them. You can move freely through your life and you learn to love these ups and down.

And ultimately learn to love your body.

In the end, it’s not your actions that take you off the path to health – it’s your mindset. 

The importance of a balanced mindset

You’ll find when you maintain this mindset of balance and moderation it’s much easier to maintain a healthy diet. But even more importantly, it is so much easier to live a happy life.

You’ll never have to spend thousands of dollars on detoxes, and you’ll won’t have to feel guilty for living your life… because there is more to your life’s purpose than weight.


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Shelley is a passionate foodie, amateur photographer, and nutrition nut! She studied a Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition and a Masters of Public Health Nutrition at The University of Queensland and is now working as a health promotion officer in Melbourne.

Shelley is also a Food Revolution Ambassador for the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution. Her love for food sprouted from the day she began cooking along side her mother at the ripe age of 3 and now strives to use her knowledge in nutrition and cooking to share the message of health and educate others about the importance of a healthy relationship with food – yes that means she eats cake!