Should We Be Strict Or Have A Junk Food Cheat Day?

Although I lost 50 pounds, the cravings for my favorite junk and snack food didn’t all disappear. For example, I still crave potato chips and buttered popcorn.

It’s a real pull to temptation. But, I think it’s OK done in moderation if one eats 80-90% plant based whole food the rest of the time.

‘If you are thinking drinking wine is healthy because of the polyphenols, you get this eating whole grapes minus the alcohol’

I honestly do struggle with the old junk and snack food. Interestingly enough, I don’t miss eating meat. If you’ve reached your natural weight and got healthier, why not experiment? This is what I do all the time. I monitor how I feel eating different foods.

‘Surely, after a hard week of work, it’s completely normal to want to reward ourselves with our favorite unhealthy food and drink. Right’?

So, we might want to buy a bottle of wine, six pack of beer or hard liquor? What’s wrong with that? Maybe, you are a drinker, maybe not. Yet, for me, smoking cigarettes is totally out of the question. But, an occasional cigar may be OK?

Yet, if one drinks in moderation, why not? But, what defines moderation? And, would it hurt our bodies?

‘Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic, and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and/or behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over [1]’.

If one is obsessive and compulsive, there is a name for that disorder. You may find yourself self-medicating with alcohol, even cigarettes and going overboard drinking cup after cup of coffee. For me, I feel much better without all three. I drink a pot of loose leaf Japanese green tea every day. It gives me a ‘calm’ energy.

Source- 1 “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.” National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet. For mental or emotional issues consult with your marriage and family therapist. If you suffer from substance abuse, you might want to speak with your medical physician.

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