I am a HUGE believer in the fact that health involves many different factors. In order to be healthy I believe we must not only take care of our bodies physically by exercising, eating right, and visiting the doctor for preventative medicine; but, that our overall health also encompasses the mental,emotional, and social aspects of our life as well. I feel strongly that in order for each of us to feel like our best, healthiest selves we must find a balance between our physical, mental, emotional, and social health.
Last night, I took a break from my normal healthy eating, remember I am all about balance and not perfection, and met my two best girls for our once a month meal out. We realized a few months ago that we hardly ever got to see each other outside of our workouts and that we never tried new places, so we now have standing once a month foodie dates – amazing for my social health! I get to enjoy quality time with great friends and a night out of the house, plus trying new places is so much fun.
We met up at EVO Pizzeria in an up and coming area of North Charleston (which can be a bit sketchy otherwise) called Park Circle. EVO prides itself on woodfired pizza chock full of local ingredients. Take the picture out of your mind of what “normal” pizza looks like, you won’t find that here. There is no pepperoni, cheese, or supreme/deluxe pizza on their menu.
We got the Calabrese & Arugula and also the Daily Special pizza which was spicy chorizo and roasted corn over a pesto base. Both pizzas were amazing and between the three of us we demolished them!
If you too have fabulous friends (or heck, even a great significant other) that you don’t get to spend quality time with often enough I suggest starting a once a month meal out ASAP. Sometimes we do brunches, sometimes we do dinners, but we always have fun. I keep a running list of places to visit (in a list on my phone) and whenever one of us thinks of a place we need to try, or need the others to try, we add it to the list. Then at the end of the meal we set plans for the next month. It is amazing and really gives you something to look forward to. Let’s be honest: my pizza texts started flying a week in advance and on the day of the girls were getting texts that said, “T minus 3 hours until pizza heaven!” Needless to say I was stoked!
However, most importantly as someone who constantly focuses on my physical healthy – I marathon train, I attempt to eat healthy and count calories, I go to more doctors visits a year than I care to admit – this gives me a chance to focus on my mental, emotional, and social health.
Socially – I get to be out with my girls, try a new place, and actually feel like I have a life outside of work, training, and blogging (for once). Win!
Emotionally – These girls are my rocks and just having time to chill and talk with them makes me such a happy camper.
Mentally – Well let me be real, the social and emotional aspects of our monthly foodie dates keep my mental health way up. Happy Abby = Mentally Healthy Abby
So yes my dinner last night may have been unhealthy, but every once in a while you deserve a splurge, a chance to focus on your social, emotional, and mental health as much as you focus on your physical health. I don’t regret the extra calories one bit, in fact I already made our reservations for next month.
Call, text, run to your friends now,
Start your foodie list,
Schedule your first date,
Send crazy, fun, ridiculous messages to each other,
Savior your meal,
Enjoy your quality time,
and never look back.
Do you and your friends have any standing dates?
Have often do you go out to eat?