Often sweet or savoury treats e.g. cake, chocolate, biscuits, gourmet cheese, chips are thought of as something forbidden when losing weight or trying to be healthy. And while we do need to limit foods that aren’t contributing much to our diet nutritionally we don’t have to view these foods as forbidden. When something is thought to be forbidden we usually find ourselves craving it more and more – this often leads to eventually giving in and eating more than we should have and then feeling massively guilty about it.
Rather than going through this allow yourself to have a small portion a few times per week. I often tell clients to set 2 days during the week as the days they will have a treat, 1 earlier in the week and 1 later. On these days have a small portion of your favourite treat. That way you have something to look forward to, you are enjoying your treat because it’s not forbidden and the portion is controlled.
On other days why not have a snack you enjoy that is healthy? Try a piece of fresh fruit, some dried fruit, nuts, yoghurt etc.Get some healthy nutritious snack ideas in the healthy snack recipe section of this website.
Can you make your favourite treat more healthy? If you have a favourite treat but it’s quite unhealthy, look for ways to improve it’s nutrition e.g. add some fruit, use wholemeal flour instead of white, replace a little of the flour with psyllium husks, add some high fibre seeds to it e.g. flaxseeds or chia seeds, add some yoghurt in place of some of the butter or cream etc.
Overall we need to enjoy life and part of this is enjoying our food but keeping healthy too. So don’t avoid your favourite treats but rather have a healthy view on them and find ways to eat them in a healthy way.