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When we look at our nutrition & food choices, we can’t just look at one single choice during our day. To many people out there, eating a Snickers bar is automatically unhealthy. No matter what else they’ve eaten, a candy bar is a horrible snack choice…
In this example, I’m comparing 2 very similar sandwiches from Wendy’s. These sandwiches are nearly identical and will fill you up just the same, but one has grilled chicken and the other has fried chicken. I don’t want to compare a salad to a sandwich because life is not always that obvious.
The popular view is that a sandwich is a sandwich, and that you’re much better off choosing an RX Bar to a Snickers bar in any situation. But nutrition as a whole is so much more than choosing a protein bar vs a candy bar. If eating a Snickers is going to make you genuinely happy, you should be able to work it into your diet without having to think twice about it.
Sure, you’re consuming more sugar by choosing a candy bar. It’s candy. But by making one small change to your day and choosing grilled vs fried chicken, you can eat your Snickers and still be in arguably a better position nutritionally than if you opted for the spicy chicken sandwich with a “healthier” protein bar.
Nutrition is much more than a single snack choice. It’s about looking at the big picture, making healthy decisions when you can, so you can eat the foods you enjoy with no guilt. That’s flexible dieting. It’s not eating candy bars every single day. It’s eating a candy bar if you really want one, knowing you’re balancing your entire diet in the big picture.