As the saying goes, “Your body is a temple.” In order to have a happy, healthy life, we are supposed to eat clean, exercise regularly, sleep 8 hours, drink plenty of water, and generally live a balanced lifestyle. So simple, so doable! As we all know, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Not even for me, and I am in the business of health.

I do my best, and more often than not, I succeed, but I always feel like I can be doing better. I drink my green juices, do some yoga and take long bike rides…but I also love wine, chips & salsa, margaritas, and sweets. I often choose work over play. So despite my “model” behavior much of the time, I still have my vices, and I’m okay with that.

I have gotten to a place where I don’t beat myself up over not living up to my own unrealistic expectations (most of the time) and I manage my stress better than I ever have, but I’m still not perfect. Maybe someday I will juice three times a day, avoid booze, exercise like a maniac, play more than I work, and feel more balanced. But for now, here I am, doing the best that I can — and that’s all I can ask.

Some days/weeks/months are better than others. With more time comes wisdom, and that wisdom teaches me to not take it all so seriously. Yes, I am in the business of clean living and I try to walk the talk. But I have learned that no matter how well you eat or how much you work out, if you set your bar too high for yourself and for others, you will live in a place of stress much of the time. A healthy body cannot override a stressed mind. A stressed mind is toxic, and it will make you sick.

The emotional body is far more powerful than any green juice will ever be. Still, drink the juice, but it won’t make up for not forgiving yourself – or life – for it’s imperfections. We never reach perfection, no matter how many miles we run or juices we drink. This is an endless topic and one that we will explore more on the road to wellness, we are just warming up.

So raise your green juice (or your vino) and toast to life, to you and all of the imperfections in between. We are all here just doing the best we can, and it is always good enough!

I would love to hear your tips for clean & balanced living, as well as the imperfections that you allow yourself, so please comment below or share on Facebook!