My take on junk foods comes from my own personal experience.
What works for me, may not work for others. Always do what works for you the best.
As some of you said, I also like eveything in moderation and in balance.
I choose not feel deprived of any foods, healthy or not. I do best when I know it's my choice to eat whatever I want, when I want and how much I want.
I also know that nothing comes FREE!
If I decide to splurge and use all of my 35 weekly points one day after my WW meeting, that means that the rest of the week I have to stick only to my target points.
Some members may exercise more to earn extra points. It's great if it works for them.
Exercise is not my forte, so I'm not going to exercise extra time just to eat more.
For the last 6 years, I'm eating healthier and healthier. I've learnt to substitute junk greasy foods with much healthier choices and I'm very HAPPY cooking and eating that way.
My taste buds have changed tremendously. I enjoy more and more REAL foods, unproccessed, from nature as fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, legums, lean meat, dairy...etc...
While experimenting with cooking I've learnt so many wonderful recipes that are low in calories and fat and taste superbly.
But if and when I do want to eat junk foods such as onion rings, piza or a piece of a rich cake, I go for it in MODERATION - smaller portion, not often at all and always TRACKING the points for.
The key is to PLAN for it, to FOLLOW the plan, and most important - to ENJOY it.
Now, compare to 6 years ago, junk food definition is different than before. I'm more aware now of proccessed and unporoccessed foods.
Now Junk foods have second priority:
My first priority is to follow all 9 healthy Guidelines (as close as possible).
My reward every evening may be a Healthy Choice chocolate fudge bar (sold in Cosco -24 counts per package for much better price than those sold in 6 counts in the grocery stores). Lately I like McDonald low fat Vanilla Ice cream.
I'm trying to learn how many points I'm willing to spend on junk foods.
The answer is easy. By the time I follow all 9 healthy Guidelines I'm using most of my points, if not all, because I eat more whole-grains and more protein. It's a build in system that works very well when I eat healthy. ( WW has done an excellent job designing their WW programs).
That means that only the 35 weekly points allwance are there for me to eat junk foods if I choose to.
Learning to eat healthy is a work in process.
I've learnt so much from our team's members and continue to learn and change for the better.
It's time to eat and ENJOY a Fuji apple (yummy!)
Edited by: PERSISTENCEMIMI at: 3/10/2009 (21:29)
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