Add instead of restrict (or add and adjust) when it comes to your diet

Eating “healthy” in real life can be hard.

Nutritionally low and calorie-dense food is easy to get, cheap, absolutely delicious, and hard to resist.

I like the call this the “oh f*ck, I’m screwed” trifecta.

  • Easy to get to (environment)
  • Cheap
  • Delicious
  • The odds are you like some of these foods: Cookies, pizza, chips, ice cream, and alcohol.

πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ I like some of those things too.

There’s also nothing wrong with enjoying these foods. Sure, based on your goals there may be some tradeoffs that require eating less of them sometimes.

But ultimately, they can be included.
Today, I want you to try something – an experiment for the week. Instead of trying to restrict these foods try to add them to a meal or food, you’re proud of.

​For example, if you love chocolate chip cookies and find yourself craving one this week (maybe there are some sitting out on your counter). Try crumbling one up and sprinkling it on some plain greek yogurt.

yogurt and cookie

I know what you’re thinking…

“But, Justin. Wouldn’t that just add more calories?”

Yes, it would. But you’ll also be getting some protein and potentially greater satiation that may help you eat fewer cookies or food later that day or week.

Sometimes you just need to eat the damn cookie and this is one of many ways to enjoy one.

Note: Not all nutrition advice is weight loss advice. Sometimes it’s to help us enjoy eating again, have a positive relationship with food, increase micronutrients, or a number of other things.


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