I enjoy dessert after a meal and I’m not ashamed to admit it. People wonder how this fits into my Pitcher of Health© and I remind them that the goal of the Pitcher of Health is to help people successfully adopt a better and sustainable way of eating and living. The desire for a little dessert in our lives is almost universal and it’s the reason I developed the 80/20 rule as part of the Inclusive Health® un-diet plan.
Eighty percent of the time, commit to eating a healthy plant-based diet as laid out in the Pitcher of Health. But the other 20 percent of the time it’s OK to give yourself permission to splurge on your favorite comfort foods, like chocolate.
Why is that?
Because when you deprive yourself of something that you really love to eat, you’ll eventually fall off
the wagon and go overboard. Instead of one piece of chocolate, you’ll eat the whole box. But if you give yourself permission to make yourself happy, and permission to live without a feeling of guilt about cupcakes and other things you like to eat, you alleviate cell-killing stress.
And stress is far more harmful to your cells than a few calories from a piece of chocolate!
Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement.