Saturday, March 5, 2016

Guilt-Free Treats

Our everyday nutrient-filled foods are vegetables, fruits, lean meats, whole grains and healthy oils. But sometimes we all desire a little indulgence. You can include treats in your balanced life of healthy eating without guilt. Here are some strategies to help.

Know what a true craving is
If you've been eating a diet filled with processed foods, biochemical "addictions" can deceive you. It can be challenging at the beginning to discern a true craving. Once you know that you are craving pasta, for example, plan to allow yourself pasta the following day. You'll avoid feelings of guilt by not giving in spontaneously and in the meantime the craving may subside.

Use the 80 percent rule. 
If you can practice good habits 80 percent of the time, you'll succeed. You need to enjoy what you are eating, Otherwise, you won't stick to your eating plan over time.

Choose your splurges
Sometimes you'll be faced with indulgent foods in the moment, say at a family event. Strive to differentiate between your everyday foods and your indulgences, and then determine which splurges will be most satisfying. I might choose a doughnut at the office this morning over a brownie after dinner the following evening. In another situation, when you are out to dinner, you might choose an alcoholic beverage or a dessert, but not both.  

Occasional indulgences are part of a healthy lifestyle of nutritious eating and consistent movement. Remember that you are striving for sustainability and consistency in your eating habits for - not a month, not a year - but a lifetime of good health.

Enjoy Guilt-Free Treats
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