Sticking to a clean diet 24/7 for 365 days of the year is a tough job, and quite frankly, impossible. Why? Some days your bowl of veggies will just look unappealing and all you’ll want is that big block of rich chocolate. The problem here is that once you peel away the shiny packaging, you end up binge eating it all, punishing yourself for doing so, and then the whole cycle begins again. And it’s this negative relationship with food that model Laura Henshaw wants you to let go of. ASAP.
After indulging in a whole block of chocolate (and we mean one of those huge blocks), Henshaw took to Instagram to explain to her 228k fans exactly why she has zero regrets for giving into her cravings.
“It must be coming up to that time of the month because I just ate a whole block of chocolate and I still want more chocolate after dinner,” the co-founder of online fitness program, Keep it Cleaner, explains in an Instagram story.
Make-up free and dressed in her PJs (yes and yes!), Henshaw explains that she once would’ve felt guilty for eating a large amount of chocolate, but now understands that listening to her cravings is healthier than ignoring them.
“But if I did that probably about five years ago I would’ve felt really guilty because I had a really bad relationship with food and worried about it, but now I could not care less because chocolate is delicious,” she continues.
“And a whole block is definitely not moderation. Usually I eat chocolate in moderation but not tonight and that’s okay. It’s delicious and sometimes you just got to do it.”
“I just want to remind you guys that my diet is definitely not perfect. I do eat things like sugar and chocolate. I usually, as I said, have them in moderation but sometimes I don’t and that’s totally okay because I’m healthy most of the other time.”
Since posting on her story, she’s received a number of messages from her fans explaining how they’ve been unable to overcome the ‘food guilt’ simply because they’re constantly immersed in a pool of toxic food messages on social media.
“I was really saddened by the number of messages I got saying how guilty girls had felt about eating poorly before seeing the post and how initially disappointed they were with themselves. This breaks my heart,” Laura explained in a follow-up post on Instagram.
“I know that there are so many messages (unfortunately) through social media that make us think anything ‘unhealthy’ should be avoided at all costs and if we ever do indulge we should feel bad about it; and I am so sorry this is the case.”
What she wants is to change this mindset – adhering to the stereotypical “healthy” person with the six-pack who fasts till midday and only eats steamed veg and chicken, is actually quite unhealthy. Instead, the only thing ‘healthy’ means is balance.
“I want to remind you that life is about BALANCE… a little bit of sugar, fried food or whatever it is you want to eat will not make you unhealthy.
“For me personally when I did eat clean 100% of the time; I was mentally at my most unhealthiest (as I had no balance in my life).”
Regardless if you have a thousand Instagram followers or 10, are a fashion model or your own model, a professional athlete or someone whose only form of exercise is walking, we are all human, and sometimes we get cravings and indulge a little too much – and that’s okay.
“You should NEVER feel bad or guilty for eating something.” Thank you, Laura. Thank you.