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Why You Should Treat Your Diet Like a Bank Account

You are constantly aware of how much money you spend and how much you save. What if we thought about food in the same way? We balance our meals and snacks based on what we should eat instead of what we can eat. Bethenny Frankel, author of NATURALLY THIN, shares how our diet is like being financially independent.

This is the first thing I want you to think about every day, and start to integrate into your life. Until it becomes second nature, you need to keep reminding yourself: Your diet is a bank account.

Just as you balance your spending and savings, you must balance your food choices. Don’t eat too much of any one thing, don’t eat the same thing twice, balance starches with proteins, vegetables and fruits with sweets, and always balance a splurge with a save. This balancing is approximate — but it works, and it works without counting, measuring, or obsessing.

Most of the time — on most days and for most meals and snacks — make smart investments in healthful foods that fill you up. Then, when you really want to splurge, go ahead. You aren’t dieting, remember. You are living. However, a splurge comes with a price. You have to balance that splurge by cutting back a little afterward, until your accounts are in order again. It’s that simple.

Do you really want to throw away your calories on something you don’t like? That’s like spending money on something you’ll never use or something that doesn’t fit. It’s a waste. Make smart investments that will be good for your body and will make you feel better. That makes a worthwhile splurge perfectly reasonable. When it’s not so worthwhile, save up those calories for later. That’s sound bank account management.

Sure, just like financial independence, dietary balance can sometimes be challenging. If you’ve been overeating and not balancing your food choices for a few years now, you probably have some excess weight. This weight is like debt. But you can pay off debt and get rid of extra weight in just the same way — a little at a time. Chip away at that weight by daily balancing, but don’t obsess by budgeting every penny and counting every calorie. You can achieve your ideal body weight — financial independence. Eat a lot here; eat less there. Eat less here; eat more later.

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Need help entertaining on a budget? Bethenny shares her tips.

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Excerpted from Naturally Thin by Bethenny Frankel. Copyright © 2009 by BB Endeavors LLC. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

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