We can make room for the occasional little treat, but the key is that it be a) little and b) a treat. A treat means something you don't normally or regularly eat. Since I gave up (again) heavy sweets and salty snacks, I've found my blood sugar more steady. I get hungry like normal people again, instead of just going hypoglycemic! I definitely feel better about myself, even when I go over my calorie budget - at least I'm getting some nutrition for my indulgence!
This article makes a really good point. A few years ago I lost a lot of weight (which I later gained back) eating almost nothing but junk food and just watching the amount of calories I consumed. It worked in terms of weight loss, but I felt like crap; I was so low energy. Nutrient rich choices are definitely more sustainable in the long term.
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