Sometimes I get asked questions about nutrition, and the questions doesn’t come from a place of curiosity. They come from a place of frustration. Frustration of being confused about what right to eat. I always answer the specific question, but I also try to nuance the picture of what’s right and wrong. As a health professional, I consider it my duty to convey a nuanced image of food, based in the available science. It isn’t all black and white.
I believe very strongly that a plant-based diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and starches is the healthiest diet for humans. I believe this because there are plenty of scientific evidence to support this. It prevents many of the diseases the western world is struggling with today, like type-2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
But with that said, there’s no evidence to support that you lose your overall health if you divert from your diet occasionally. From a scientific stand point, there are no forbidden foods, but you do have to eat some foods, like processed foods, in moderation.
By allowing yourself to enjoy a little bit of candy, cake or whatever floats your boat, you avoid the feeling of being restricted. I don’t recommend that you eat it every day, but a healthy diet is about the big picture, and not about the details.
One bowl of candy doesn’t eliminate all the broccoli you ate.
Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t eat “the perfect diet”. Love yourself and respect all the choices you make.