After finding out yesterday that the numbers on your scale are nothing but a number, today I give you another secret. Since we are focused on healthy living, we know that there are certain things that are just bad for us. However, did you know that one of the worst things we can do is pretend that we can avoid our favorite foods. Avoiding them completely could actual cause us more harm than good.
For example, my personal addiction is chocolate. I love chocolate. I could eat it everyday, and I did. Of course, now I know that I cannot eat chocolate everyday. Unfortunately, I tried to give it up completely.
The result was not pretty. Instead of my craving going away, it got worse. Then, when I finally caved and had chocolate, I had lots of it. Everything I knew about eating healthy flew out the window.
Knowing I could not do that again, I turned to Nutritionist Janet M. de Jesus. I figured if the National Institutes of Health trusted her opinion, then she had more experience than I did in the field. Janet replied to my frustrations by reassuring me.
"You are not alone in your craving for chocolate," Janet said. "Of course it is high in calories, sugar and fat, but it in moderation it is fine."
Like with anything, instead of depriving our self of our indulges, we must just learn to deal with them. So, if you, like me, could eat chocolate daily, Janet advises you to just eat. However, there are limits.
"A Hershey Kiss or two after a meal should be okay as long as this fits into your overall calorie intake (and won’t cause weight gain)," Janet added. "Sometimes it is better to go straight to the source of what you are craving and have a small serving to meet your needs. If portions are a problem, perhaps keep small baggies with an appropriate serving of chocolate so you won’t be tempted to eat too much."
Of course, whether your addiction is chocolate, pizza, or alcohol, just remember to limit, not eliminate, intake. This is where something like My Fitness Pal really helps. Tracking your calories will allow to eat a healthy, weight appropriate, portion of your favorite foods.
Just remember that forgoing lunch so that you can eat chocolate is not advised. Though technically you will still be within your caloric goal of the day, you know that this would not be a healthy choice.
As with most life choices, just use common sense and good judgement. You know your limits better than anyone else.
Now, I am off to find some Hershey Kisses.