Saturday, May 24, 2014

TREAT YOURSELF

Every so often the craving for an unhealthy treat hits everyone. I'm very aware of what I should and should not be eating for my health which is why cravings for junk food used to bother me a lot. Walking past bakeries (or even Dunkin' Donuts which is a place I never go) can be hard sometimes when all those colorful masterpieces of sugar are whispering you to come in and pick one up. Or the craving might be just for a bag of potato chips. Or ice-cream.

 I don't feel guilty about my small indulgences but it's the binge-eating that gets me down. The reason I am okay with occasional giving into cravings is because I know that overall I eat healthy. I think good approach to this is the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time you focus on eating clean, good-for-you foods, and 20% of the time you have the freedom to indulge as you please. Simple: if you eat three square meals a day, three of those meals every week are your 20% cheat meals. Research says individuals that are okay with consuming the odd treat here and there were more likely to stick to eating healthier overall. 

So enjoy your weekend and eat something really delicious, but do it slowly and enjoy every single bite of it!

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