As a Nutritionist, I do my best to eat well and be my healthiest. Walking the talk, living the vida. That said, I do eat chocolate and some meals I eat are better than others. Instead of getting really nit-picky, or scowling at myself when enjoying said chocolate, I live big picture.
On the whole, I eat a lot of vegetables, whole grains, fruits (blueberries are my #1 fav food- even more than chocolate), and I eat a varied, nutrient-dense diet. This means that my norm is leafy greens, hummus, and delish soups. It is this norm that is important.
It is the day-to-day, meal-after-meal that is key. The occasional treat or exception to the rule isn’t the make or break it moment.
If we put pressure on ourselves driving a rigid perfection, it will not work. When food becomes more about rules than enjoyment and nourishment, it will not be sustainable. I am not advocating for three big macs and a pint of ice cream for every meal- there are guidelines to healthy eating and it is important to make good choices for ourselves. What I am saying is when you have a healthy relationship with our food, there is a calmness in our food choices, there is a trust that we are choosing nourishment, and a repose when you reach for that cookie because sugar is a rarity for you. So, to wrap up, choose nourishment in the everyday, but remember that the occasional change-up is a part of wellbeing.