Finding a balance – there’s a real art to it. Whether it’s spending or saving, eating well or indulging, there’s always a happy median to be found.
I’m really happy to have been able to sustain a good balance in my life recently – after a stressful start to the year, I’ve rebuilt a lot of my confidence, got back into eating healthily, and given myself time to relax again. Part of that journey was to swap out some terribly indulgent snack foods, and finding healthier alternatives, just like Yushoi’s Snapea Rice Sticks. I find it much easier to sustain a healthy diet when there’s room for treats, and finding lighter options also makes me feel a little lighter too!
Becoming an ambassador
On that note, I’m really pleased to announce that I’ve been appointed as a Yushoi Ambassador. The pea-based snack brand invited me to partner with them and write some behind-the-scenes about my balanced lifestyle, and I’m so happy to do so – I feel like we have a shared ethos in finding a healthy balance and still making room for fun.
For those of you who haven’t come across Yushoi before, their light vegetable snacks are a great alternative to crisps and saltier foods. Made principally from green peas and rice, they’re high in protein for a snack, and they also taste just as good as your usual meal deal favourites. The Snapea Rice Sticks come in five flavours: lightly salted, soy & balsamic vinegar, sweet chilli & lemon, mild green curry, and smoky salt & pepper.
Health and happiness
If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’ve gone through lots of different changes with my diet – vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, and now pescatarian – but the whole time, I’ve advocated for a happy mind before everything else. It’s the foundation of all other decisions, and a mindful approach can then inspire healthier choices as well as a well-deserved treat without any negative feelings.
In my first post with Yushoi, I’d like to let you in on a golden rule of mine – there are no “cheat” foods. I’ve been asked the question a few times, and I always respond in the same way: a healthy diet is a good balance of all foods, and why deny a tasty dessert or a salty snack if you fancy it? Finding moderation is the key, and Yushoi helps me to do this when I want a nice addition with a summer salad or sandwich at work, or when curling up for a film night with their larger bags.
Removing negativity around food is one of the easiest and best things I’ve done on my way to living a more balanced lifestyle, and I’d recommend it to anyone aiming to live a little more healthily – forget words like “naughty” and “cheat” foods, and think more positively around “treats” and “rewards“.
This post is sponsored by Yushoi.