It is all about consistency.
Eating a salad is not going to make you lose a bunch of weight, if you’re consistently eating poorly. Indulging in an unhealthy meal isn’t going to make you gain a bunch of weight, if you’re consistently eating well.
It’s important to know that food is not just fuel or a way to treat yourself – but it’s actually information.
Your body recognizes the nutrients you give it, which means it reacts to the “anti-nutrients” you feed it as well.
Eating a chia pudding made with raw organic cacao and coconut milk is not going to have the same physiological response within the body as eating a highly processed chocolate pudding that’s been sitting in a plastic container on a stores shelf filled with artificial colours/flavours and preservatives would.
Personally, when I want to have a cookie or something sweet – I either make it myself or buy it from somewhere that makes it fresh with quality ingredients! From avocado puddings, to black bean brownies, to flax/chia/almond butter cookies – there are so many ways you can upgrade the nutrition of your desserts by simply using whole nutrient dense ingredients.
Everyone is different, but I find this is the best way to still indulge in your “guilty pleasures” while minimizing “food guilt”. Even if you go overboard, it is a lot harder to feel guilty when you know you are nourishing your body with stuff that is good for your whole body!