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Tip for Balancing Healthy Eating with Indulgence

Concept of eighty twenty ruleIt’s okay to treat yourself and enjoy your favorite ice cream, cookie or candy. However, I aim for the 80/20 rule. Eighty percent of what you eat should be healthy, and the other 20 percent can be splurges.

So, basically for every eight foods you eat, you can have two that are more on the junk food side of things. To make it easier for children to understand this rule, tell them that for every four healthy foods they eat, it is okay to eat one unhealthy food.

I follow this rule, and believe it is a great approach to moderation. By allowing yourself to eat sweet treats every so often, you won’t be tempted to over-indulge because you never allow yourself to eat sugary sweets or snacks.

The 80/20 rule is a good way to keep track of the food you eat, so there is no questioning whether or not you can have that piece of chocolate cake.

As you take on your New Year’s resolutions, remember this rule. It allows for wiggle room and it’s forgiving.

  • Posted by  Candice Imwalle
  • Eating Healthy
About the Author

As a working mother with two small children, Candice Imwalle understands the challenge of incorporating healthy eating into daily life. In her job as a medical devices regional manager she encounters patients regularly who suffer from vascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes, most commonly caused by a lifetime of poor food choices. Inspired by her job, and the rising obesity rates for both children and adults in the United States, Imwalle decided to search for children’s books about the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle for her kids to read. The lack of options for this kind of children’s literature motivated Imwalle to write her own book – Sir Morgan and the Kingdom of Horrible Food. With a drive to educate children early, so they make good food choices and have a healthy adult life, Imwalle enlisted the writing help of her daughter Isabella and son Cameron, ages five and eight at the time) to assure the book was fun and interesting to younger readers.

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