I’m a firm believer that if you want a donut, then you deserve to have a donut.
But it’s important to understand that there is a fine line between eating what you enjoy, and eating absolutely anything you want. Unfortunately, it’d be unwise to have ice cream and donuts as every meal.
That’s why it’s so beneficial to learn about nutrition and to understand how/when to make changes to your diet.
Let’s say you’re about to embark on a road trip, and you’re stopping at Dunkin for a cold brew and a quick breakfast. You really want the sausage egg & cheese sandwich, but you also really really want a donut.
Sure, you can certainly have both. But let’s assume you don’t want to consume 1,000 calories for breakfast.
There are obvious ways to save calories, like ordering egg whites with no meat. But you want a sausage egg and cheese sandwich. By making 2 simple swaps and going with turkey sausage and an english muffin instead of a croissant, you can also grab a donut for less calories than the original sandwich you would have ordered (yeah yeah, the sugar content is higher. It’s a donut.)
In the end, the sandwiches are the same exact size, it will satisfy your tastes, AND you get the bonus of a donut!
This is the core of flexible dieting. You can enjoy those higher calorie treats with no worries because you keep your calories in check overall. By making small changes to one meal, you can add them back in with others.