As a non-diet nutritionist and dietitian, I try to encourage people not to think of foods or food choices as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Healthy eating is flexible, intuitive, and allows for all foods to be eaten without feeling guilty. Yes, chocolate is classed as a ‘sometimes’ food but this still allows for you to be in control of how much and how often you eat it. As long as you choose a variety of nourishing ‘everyday’ foods to fill you up then there’s no harm in have a small amount of chocolate on a regular basis. I would encourage you to practice eating the chocolate mindfully, to avoid consuming more than you need to be satisfied. Mindful eating is a great skill to learn, that allows you to really appreciate your food and derive pleasure from eating without eating more than your body is comfortable with. It’s about saying to yourself “Do I really feel like eating more of this now, or can I leave it for a later time when I’ll appreciate it more?”
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