It's something I hear all the time... "you're eating that?" or "I thought dietitians don't eat _______?". Guess what? We're human too. We're not perfect and neither are our diets. I think I speak for most nutrition professionals when I say:
The quality of your overall diet is much more important than any one food or meal you eat!
Do NOT let one meal, one snack, or even a weekend splurge define your lifestyle and diet. Eating well is a way of life, it isn't a diet or something you do for a little while until you lose weight or hit your goals and then go back to old habits again.
That said, I eat paczkis. And I enjoy every single bite. When I eat foods like this though I go for quality over quantity. I chose my paczkis this year by reading an article on mlive about where to find the best paczkis in the Ann Arbor area. I wanted to find paczkis made from scratch with real, fresh ingredients. I chose Weber's based on the article's suggestions. Let me tell you... they were awesome! I'm very satisfied with my choice. I'll also be returning next year.
Now that I'm done drooling over my memory of how delicious that paczki was though I'm going right back to my normal way of eating. I'll be focusing on a plant based diet of many fruits & veggies, whole grains, beans, herbs & spices, and limited amounts of dairy, meat, & fish. I also always limit processed foods, additives, colorings, preservatives, sodium and sugar.
I challenge you to do the same. Fill your everyday-plate with nutritious foods that you enjoy but don't forget that simple, delicious pleasures like a paczki (that means one, not six) once in awhile doesn't necessarily mean you're "cheating". It just means you're practicing self control and enjoying comfort foods at the same time.
Your diet is not defined by the least nutritious foods you choose to eat... it's the sum of everything you choose to consume that counts!
Tell me, what is your favorite splurge and how do you "recover" and go back to "normal"?
Courtney Stinson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist