To Eat or Not To Eat: Which Indulgences to Allow and Which to Avoid

Juice Chips

Maybe you’ve met one before. Those people who look, think, act, and breathe healthy. They’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 you’re thinking “Really? You NEVER crave a chocolate bar or fried chicken?”

Those people are mostly inhuman. Yes, they’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 you’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 body’s antioxidant intake.)

DON’T go for standard chocolate candy bars. They are full of hydrogenated oil, added sugar, and high calorie counts.

If you’re craving something salty:

DO try to limit your salt intake (no more than 6 grams per day). If you must satisfy you’re craving go for almonds, roasted sunflower seeds, or popcorn.

DON’T chow down needlessly on processed foods. Read labels (some cereals have more added salt than chips).

If you’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.

DON’T indulge in processed starches (think: anything with white flour). Also, don’t spring for a low-carb diet. Your body needs carbohydrates for energy.

Most of us humans can’t eat whatever we want and end up looking like Taylor Lautner or Gwyneth Paltrow. It just ‘aint gonna happen. But it is possible to make small changes that add up over the long haul. Just remember - Not all “bad” foods are always bad. It’s OK to indulge a little.

What do you think? Which indulgences do you allow yourself and which do you avoid?

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