Maybe youâ€™ve met one before. Those people who look, think, act, and breathe healthy. Theyâ€™re always talking about the 5K that they ran last December and the new organic protein powder that they put in their acai-spinach smoothies every day for breakfast. And youâ€™re thinking â€œReally? You NEVER crave a chocolate bar or fried chicken?â€
Those people are mostly inhuman. Yes, theyâ€™re health-conscious (and yes, maybe you should try an acai-spinach smoothies for breakfast), but not all indulgences are equally bad. If you reaaalllly must indulge then be wary of your choices.
If youâ€™re craving something sweet:
DO allow yourself a small piece of dark chocolate. Antioxidant-rich, dark chocolate has been shown to lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol. (Not a fan of dark chocolate? Try Douglas Lab s, Basic Antiox 30 packs to boost your bodyâ€™s antioxidant intake.)
DONâ€™T go for standard chocolate candy bars. They are full of hydrogenated oil, added sugar, and high calorie counts.
If youâ€™re craving something salty:
DO try to limit your salt intake (no more than 6 grams per day). If you must satisfy youâ€™re craving go for almonds, roasted sunflower seeds, or popcorn.
DONâ€™T chow down needlessly on processed foods. Read labels (some cereals have more added salt than chips).
If youâ€™re craving carbohydrates:
DO go for the fiber-rich starchy foods. Whole grain breads and pastas, beans, fruits, and vegetables are all complex carbohydrates and excellent for your body.
DONâ€™T indulge in processed starches (think: anything with white flour). Also, donâ€™t spring for a low-carb diet. Your body needs carbohydrates for energy.
Most of us humans canâ€™t eat whatever we want and end up looking like Taylor Lautner or Gwyneth Paltrow. It just â€˜aint gonna happen. But it is possible to make small changes that add up over the long haul. Just remember - Not all â€œbadâ€ foods are always bad. Itâ€™s OK to indulge a little.
What do you think? Which indulgences do you allow yourself and which do you avoid?