The other day I mentioned making peace with your food and this goes right along those same lines. The moment you label it forbidden you find you want it more. If you really want something that really isn’t that healthy, go ahead and have a moderate amount of it and don’t deprive yourself of it. (Just don’t do it all the time of course!) Some people find all they need is a small taste to feel happy. You can certainly do that if it doesn’t send you off on a binge. Or you might also want to look for substitute items and/or at least compensate with extra activity if you are trying to lose weight.
Over the years I have established a rule about these kinds of foods which have helped me overcome this notion of forbidden foods. If I bring a specific food into the house and I constantly get into trouble with it I won’t bring it in again for awhile. I give myself permission to try this again in a few months or so and usually over time I learn that I really can learn to moderate most foods.
Do any of you readers have established methods of learning how to handle these “forbidden foods” once in awhile?
Written by Elaine, certified nutritionist and GreenLite Health Educator