There have been a lot of people talk about a 80/20 or 90/10 lifestyle and I believe this is spot on. If you can ensure you are eating wholesome, nutritious foods 80-90% of the time, then the 10-20% is really quite minimal in the grand scheme of things. The body is very adaptable and clever in knowing how to deal with sugars, fats, refined carbohydrates and high amounts of proteins. What it’s not so good at, and what causes most of the obesity and health problems, is the fact that as a population we are letting the ‘bad’ crowd out the ‘good’. Once the body has to deal with these ‘sometimes foods’ regularly, it has a bit of trouble and chronic disease can develop.
It’s not easy to avoid the feeling of delight and temptation when looking at a delicious cake and the worst outcome can be the feeling of guilt or remorse over eating a slice. When this happens, it is very easy to fall into the mindset that you have sabotaged your diet, wasted a chance to resist, and feel so disappointed in yourself that you cut up another slice… and down that goes as well. This is the cycle that promotes obesity and overeating. One little slice now will not harm you and be a total write off.
It is good to remember that your body does not ‘need’ that piece of cake. You will not starve or suffer from any nutritional deficiency if you do not eat it. You can consider it a treat that you save for special occasions and boy, will you enjoy it!