I despise the phrase “everything in moderation.” Moderation makes people overweight, gives them license to eat things they shouldn’t eat, and becomes a slippery slope to overeating, setting a dismal stage for hunger, cravings, and weight-loss resistance.
Besides, for a few ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup and trans fat, the only healthy amount becomes zero. That said, when you’ve addressed food intolerances and shifted to low-sugar-impact eating, you can occasionally indulge. Curmudgeonly abstaining carries no part in any of my plans.
Whether you’re craving a few bites of your boyfriend’s birthday cake, your sister-in-law’s famous cornbread stuffing, or that fab dessert your date can’t stop raving about, enjoying these delights smartly becomes a key component in my programs once you’ve mastered the basics.
Responsibility becomes the key word here. You’ve worked hard at eating healthy, and you don’t want to undo that work by going facedown in a massive slab of tiramisu.
My solution involves following the three-bite rule. Once or twice a week, have three bites of something indulgent.
When I say three bites, I don’t mean truck-driver bites. Three polite bites mean what you would eat on live TV, not during a midnight fridge bender.
While I don’t have a sweet tooth, occasionally I’ll enjoy three bites of some gooey chocolate concoction my dining companions insist tastes off-the-charts amazing.
I employ these seven rules so those three bites don’t derail my plan: