It’s OK To Eat The Donut
Go ahead. Eat the donut.
Maybe you’re trying to lean out or drop a few pounds so you decided to watch what you eat. You read the latest diet books or blogs, and decide to forgo all sweets. After a couple weeks of staying on course, you drive by Dunkin’ Donuts and can’t resist. So you get the combo meal of two donuts and a coffee. And then you are offered chocolate cake at a function so you have that, too. Pretty soon the “no sweets” plan is completely out the window.
This is common when we try to make too big of a change to quickly. That’s why the New Year’s “I’m going to work out every day” resolution fails. It’s too much of a change and we can’t handle it. The same thing happens when we restrict ourselves of things we enjoy.
If you are trying to make any change, start in stages. If you have dessert every night, skip a couple nights. Or go to a smaller portion each night. Unless there are serious health consequences, don’t restrict yourself something you enjoy, just enjoy in moderation!
When I was diagnosed with MS, I was interested to see if there was a “better” way to eat. People sent me links about a “diet” out there that was essentially high-fat Paleo. And others sent me the information on the low-fat vegetarian. I thought, wow – these are on complete opposite ends of the food spectrum! My conclusion: Eat real food and enjoy everything in moderation. It seems to be working for me so far, and is certainly easy to maintain.
I just buy primarily whole foods – vegetables, fruits, proteins, healthy fats, and whole grains. The only thing I “do” is try to aim for 2:1 or 1:1 carb to protein ratios to help keep my blood sugar stable. If you are eating natural food 90 percent of the time, is a donut or cookie or mocha with whipped cream once a week going to hurt? Nope.
If you’re looking to change how you eat, slowly swap out the processed foods for whole foods. Give yourself a couple months to gradually change your eating habits.
And while you’re doing so, go ahead. Eat the donut.