Donuts, cakes, cookies, pies, ice cream... we all have our vices. Maybe for you it's not even sweets. Maybe it's that double cheeseburger with a side of fries. Maybe it's that slice of pizza with extra cheese and pepperoni. Lays chips. Movie theater popcorn. Maybe you've been vegan/vegetarian for years but suddenly just want to have a damn piece of meat.
For me, it's donuts. Preferably chocolate glazed and/or those coated with all the artificially colored sprinkles I can get ahold of. Maple bacon isn't so bad, too.
Whatever your 'unhealthy' indulgence may be, sometimes its really okay to just let it happen.
And yes, I realize that saying this may sound absurd coming from a Registered Dietitian, but take it or leave it. These days, I'm all about everything in moderation, and firmly believe that if you fill most days with foods that nourish your body+soul paired with sweat-worthy workouts, sometimes a little 'naughty' is good to balance it all out. Eating 100% clean each and every day may make you feel vibrant and good about yourself for quite sometime, but I've learned from experience that we all reach our breaking point. Just like extreme dieters do with calorie restriction or avoiding certain foods for months on end to get to their goal weight, it's always short-lived. Eventually there comes a time where we end up binging and eating more than ever intended on that "forbidden food." Then, all of those good habits get thrown to the pavement. Since we broke down once, it triggers a downward trend and all of our amazing progress goes out the window. That weight lost eventually creeps back on (usually with more than what we started with), and we arrive back at square one, more depressed than ever.
So instead of killing ourselves with constant perfection, why don't we let the imperfect nature of being human thrive and allow ourselves to indulge when we feel the inclination to do so?
Trust me, I wasn't always like this. And if I was told this by someone else five years ago I probably would've rolled my eyes and continued to obsessively portion out my food and weigh myself each and every morning. To this day, this concept of 'letting go' and allowing things to be is a constant work in progress, but I'm coming to learn that if we take care of our bodies, it will in turn take care of our minds. Try and focus more on how food makes you feel; how it brings you life + vibrancy, rather than seeing it as the enemy.
So have a donut, will you?
If you're ever in the DC area, I highly recommend Astro Doughnuts to get those good vibrations rolling!
Top Choice: Maple Bacon // Second runner up: Nutella Turtle.