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I've learned just how important what goes into my body matters, and strive to eat a healthy diet - however - I have also learned that it is OK to enjoy a treat now and then.
My parents recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and there was a beautiful professionally made cake (almond with buttercream frosting). I have no regrets and totally enjoyed it with them!
Plan meals for a week at a time--and more than just dinner! Plan breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks if you want to. This makes you less likely to cheat or eat junk. You can also "build in" times for eating things like birthday cake--eat light that day so you can enjoy the treat guilt-free!
If you're like me I enjoy a treat after dinner or a healthy dessert. If you have been really good all day you must reward yourself for a job well done. I look for high quality dark chocolate on sale, my favorite place is Whole Foods. I keep it out of sight and every day break off a small piece. Yum!
Dark chocolate is considered a superfood. Just don't over do it. About ten years ago I never liked it. But a friend introduced me to some really good dark chocolate with nuts from a Chocolate store and I've been hooked ever since. Try it, it's definitely worth it!
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