I am about to unlock the “secret” that will help you eat whatever you want.
It’s called “timing”.
I used to do supermarket tours all the time. We’d have ~1.5 hours to get through the entire store and “the need to know info and a tip” for each of the five food groups. As we would tromp past the cakes and cookies, some of my sassier classes would say “gee, Kim, why aren’t we covering this area (giggle giggle)?” So we would stop and cover it (I kind of loved when this happened.) My answer (besides the fitting in “everything” deal):
“It’s not your birthday every day, so you don’t really need to be buying birthday cake every day. Today we’re focusing on what you need most of the time, and PS yes, on your birthday, we can talk about how you work that slice of cake right in.” (smile)
And there you have it – the “entertainment”, or “party” food.
Today is the day to remember that decadent, non-nutrient-rich foods could taste way better and be enjoyed way more if we left it for game day, the holidays, and yes, our birthdays.
Today could be the day when you decide that following MyPlate sounds like an easy way to plan meals and snacks that taste good, are interesting, and have the mix of nutrition we need on a daily basis.
Maybe it’s the day when you say “no thank you” to the unplanned 500+ calorie whatever that just popped up wherever you are, or perhaps it’s a “yes, please” followed by an adjustment or portion control tweak to the rest of the day’s intake to accommodate that choice.
The choice is up to us. Who’s going to be your health role model? What if it could be you?