In this age of fad diets, Instagram and near orthorexia (an obsession with eating only foods that one considers healthy), the guilt that comes with treating oneself seems to be getting heavier.

We’re getting more and more afraid of ‘foodstagramming’ anything that contains any sugar, fat, meat, dairy, or anything that might ever or was once ever considered unhealthy, and eating anything like that? Doesn’t bear thinking about.

But the truth is, treating yourself is important. And here’s why.

Orthorexia on the rise

There’s a danger that comes in engaging in new diet trends and jumping on the back of food bandwagons. Not only can we become obsessed by our diets in general, but we can also start to fear certain foods too.

You might not have heard of it before, but Orthorexia is on the rise. Orthorexia is defined as “a medical condition in which the sufferer systematically avoids specific foods that they believe to be harmful.” While it’s not currently recognised as a clinical diagnosis, it’s on its way to joining the eating disorder ranks of Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosas.

As we see clean eating becoming more and more prevalent on Social Media, instead of becoming educated about the facts of different foods and their sources, people are starting to become overly cautious of foods they once loved because of the bad rep they get online. This caution leads to an obsession with only consuming “clean” foods, which leads to a fear of all others.

It’s all about balance

What people should be saying, is that it’s all about balance. There’s no use in giving something up and becoming afraid of it without first knowing why you should be cutting down the amount you consume. Of course, there are foods that don’t do us much good nutritionally, but as long as we are consuming mostly nutritious foods, a little treat every now and again won’t do any harm. It’s the over-consumption of these ‘bad’ foods that will lead to bigger problems.

Our diets are made up of macro- and micro-nutrients, which are all essential for our bodies function. We need macro-nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) in larger amounts and micro-nutrients in smaller amount. To make sure you’re getting enough nutrients, you should eat a widely varied and colourful diet, full of nutritious fruit and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, beans and nutritious proteins.

Guilt-free treats

And of course, we all need a treat now and again!

The only thing we know for sure, is that we need to avoid sugar in large amounts day-to-day. Over-consumption of sugar can lead to tooth pain, decay and even tooth loss, and obesity which can lead to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Sugar has been deemed the number one enemy in the western diet, and is the fueller of the biggest health crisis of our time.

Thankfully, there are a lot of sugar-free options available in the sweet treat aisle these days, that won’t put your health on the line.

Du Chocolat is just one of them. Using the finest cocoa from the Ivory Coast, and sweetened naturally with Natvia, it’s a great alternative to other sugary chocolate powders available.

The great thing about Du Choc (second to it being sugar free) is the amount of amazing sweet treat recipes available for you to try – so however you like to treat yourself, it’s covered here on the website! With everything from donuts to brownies, to nutritious shakes and indulgent puddings, you can now treat yourself without any of the guilt you felt before, knowing that you’re looking after your body the way you should, and without being afraid.

Occasional treats are important; they can help us relax and enjoy our downtime, put us in a good mood, sweeten time shared with friends and satisfy your sweet tooth. And now you can enjoy all of the benefits of a sweet treat without any of the guilt and fear, all whilst adding nutritionally to your diet. You’re welcome!

How do you feel about the clean-eating trend? What’s good about, and what’s not? What’s your secret to maintaining balance in your diet? We’d love to know, so post a comment below and let’s get talking.

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