Believe it not, but indulgence is good for you. Trust me, I’ve learnt it first-hand. Years ago, when I was stuck in a pattern of fad dieting, I used to beat myself up for indulging. I felt that I’d lost control and would punish myself with deprivation. Ultimately, this led me into a vicious cycle of restriction and bingeing. This lasted for many years, until I empowered myself with the knowledge on how to give up dieting for life.
Now, my food philosophy is based around balance. I truly believe that indulging twice a week is important for living a healthy life. The trick to moderate indulgence is eating with joy and releasing feelings of guilt. Sit at a table, serve your treat of choice on a plate, and remember to eat slowly and mindfully. Trust that your body knows how to handle the food you’re eating. When you shift your mentality and give yourself permission to indulge, you’ll simultaneously reduce the need to overeat or binge on sweet treats.
You should listen to your cravings and treat yourself to anything you’re craving, but I also recommend creating and eating wholesome, refined sugar-free treats. I have plenty of recipes that contain a combination of protein, healthy fats and fibre. This helps you feel satiated and prevents the need to binge later. I encourage you to treat yourself with something that’s not so healthy, as long as it’s a moderate amount and is eaten with joy.
My 4 Favourite Healthy Indulgences
- Peanut butter nice-cream
This is one of my favourite snacks. It reminds me of childhood treats that revolved around peanut butter and banana. This is the grown-up, nutrient-dense version. Find the recipe here.
- Salted cacao and almond butter fudge
I’ve loved a decadent chocolate fudge for as long as I can remember, so I simply had to make a nourishing version that’s full of nutritious ingredients. Find the recipe here.
- Cinnamon swirl muffins
Who doesn’t love the sticky taste of a warm cinnamon bun? I created this clean version using all natural ingredients that won’t give you that sugar crash. Find the recipe here.
- Chocolate and tahini brownies
I’m a sucker for tahini and chocolate, so I couldn’t resist creating these nutrient-dense brownies. Find the recipe here.
P.S. I love to treat myself to a delicious, homemade gelato on the weekends and I love sharing a dessert with my husband.
I created my 8-week Program to help people give up diets for life, reclaim their relationship with health and heal their bodies. I offer plenty of lifestyle tips, menu planners, tips on indulgence and more.