This article talks about how foods we would traditionally think of as "off-limits" in a healthy diet can actually be enjoyed regularly (and, I don't know about you, but the way they describe the foods in the article totally made me drool!). By using quality ingredients, preparing the food with care, and truly paying attention to the food you're eating (also known as mindful eating), you can absolutely include these foods as part of a balanced diet. It reminds me of the experience I wrote about of eating chocolate beignets in San Francisco. Had I been eating a pre-packaged donut, I very likely would have finished it, while the freshly-made beignets, which were likely made with high-quality ingredients, satisfied me in just a few bites.
So, instead of worrying about calories and fat in the foods you eat, try to focus more on flavor, and the quality of the ingredients used in making the food. You may find that, when you allow yourself to actually taste and savor these rich foods, you end up eating less of them, as opposed to filler foods made with lower-quality ingredients, which are easier to fill up on without feeling true satisfaction. Including some decadent foods in your diet may actually be the best thing you do for your health.
What are some deliciously rich foods you include in your diet? Do you notice the difference in satisfaction when you eat them? I'd love to hear from you! Feel free to leave a comment below.