Plain and simple, I love to eat. I eat healthy about 90% of the time, meaning I try to choose foods free of preservatives, additives, trans fat, hydrogenated oil, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners. I do let myself splurge, which means that if I feel like having a cheeseburger and fries, I will and do not feel guilty for doing so.
I believe food should be enjoyed, so I do not count calories because I think it would take away from the enjoyment of food for me and become an obsession, instead of a pleasurable experience. Some people can count calories and have a healthy relationship with food, but it is just something that I prefer not to do.
It is a good idea to eat healthy and exercise, but sometimes it can be easy to get caught up with the number on the scale. For example, sometimes someone will be so concerned with the number of calories s/he consumes that s/he will go for a low-calorie food item, even though it contains artificial sweeteners or other ingredients that are not so healthy. Or, sometimes someone will be so concerned with how much s/he weighs that s/he becomes obsessed with the number on the scale. Remember, just like age is only a number, your weight is only a number. The number on the scale does not tell you whether you are getting the correct amount of nutrients and vitamins a day or if you are truly healthy. So don’t freak out if you go over your goal weight or eat one too many desserts one night. Just start over the next day!
I guess my point is that we should really just strive to be good to our bodies, which means not overdoing things. Eat your fruits, veggies, whole grains, etc., and also exercise, but try not to let it rule your life! Be proud of your body and all that it does for you and every now and then let yourself splurge and enjoy that burger!