When in Rome…

I just returned from celebrating my birthday in Napa and Sonoma- the food and wine mecca of the west. With the abundance of high quality produce, tasty wines and tantalizing desserts what’s a holistic nutrition counselor to do, but indulge her senses. When in Rome, right?! I live by the 90-10 rule. 90 percent of the time I eat well and 10 percent of the time I allow myself to indulge in what was once considered a “forbidden food”. dsc01327

I encourage my clients to adapt the same philosophy. One of the reasons diets don’t work is that they come from a place of deprivation. People think healthy eating means they have to suffer, that they can never eat their favorite food again. This sets us up for failure and stress. Often times the more we don’t eat a certain forbidden food, the more we want it and ultimately give in (usually in the form of a binge). Wouldn’t it be nice to eat your forbidden food and not feel guilty? So what are your food rules? What is on your forbidden list that you are dreaming about at night? Allow yourself to give into your cravings in small amounts and see how that works for you.

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