Do you have a system for determining when to go ‘off’ your normal (healthy) eating routine and when to stick to it? In general, I use the 80/20 rule of eating clean 80% of the time and treating myself 20%. For me, the bigger picture is to be conscious of what I put in my mouth. In this crazy, busy, over-scheduled life, sometimes we end up eating on the go and barely paying attention to our food.
In addition, higher fat, salt, sugar foods (the 20%), are easy to over-consume because they taste good. If you aren’t being mindful, before you know it, you’ve eaten more than you really wanted to.
Before I eat any food that is on the ‘treat’ list, I ask, ‘is this Worth The Calories (WTC)?’ If the answer is yes, then I eat it, guilt free, and enjoy it. If the answer is no, then I don’t eat it. I’ve been known to take one bite of something that looked better than it tasted and decided, Not Worth The Calories (NWTC).
It is possible to have a healthy diet and still eat treats. The next time you consciously decide to eat a treat, pause and ask, ‘is it WTC or NWTC?’