Additionally, flexibility relates to the amount of food you consume. Sometimes, we eat beyond our comfort zone. Maybe you’re not completely mindful or conscious while eating one day, and don’t feel your hunger cues until a bit later. This is not a cause for alarm. Doing this every so often will not alter your health. Conversely, sometimes we eat less. Over the course of life, both of these experiences will happen to most people. There are ways to reduce these, such as mindful eating or eating regularly when hunger does not register. However, when occurring sparingly, neither are dangerous, wrong, or immoral. Trust your body; it is much smarter than you give it credit for. It knows where you need to be and can deal with a little bit of variation. The key is remembering these principles–-having variation, preference, flexibility–and accepting the changes that come with life.