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Life In Balance

Carol Berg Sloan, RDN

My neighbors six year old just learned to ride a bike without training wheels. As I watched her go up and down the sidewalk at first with mom by her side and then unaided, her confidence and steadiness took charge.

This type of balance is important in every areas of our lives, especially between what we eat and drink and how we get out and move. Carefully choosing foods and beverages will help you stay fit, feel good, and be healthy! 

Here are four tips for good balance:

  • Enjoy your food and drink. Sharing a meal with friends and family is a great way connect and talk about nutrition. 
  • Don't eliminate foods or beverages that may not be as nutrient dense — there are no “good” or “bad” foods. Small portions of occasional sweets and treats will keep you in balance.
  • Calories in and calories out is not just an age old adage. A recent business trip had me indulging in local specialty baked goods, but the decision to walked to our meeting each day instead of grabbing a cab had be back on track.
  • Lastly but not least, educating ourselves about how to achieve balance and then decide for ourselves how best to achieve our healthy lifestyle goals is the way to better public health for everyone. 

So next opportunity that comes your way take the extra walk or hop on your bike and enjoy the ride! 

Carol Berg Sloan RDN, FAND is a registered dietitian/nutritionist and independent food and nutrition communications consultant in Long Beach, California. Carol has served as a delegate to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and as a member of the Academy Positions Committee and Finance and Audit Committee.

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