Healthy Junk Food? [Guest Post]

This Guest Post is by Abby Aronowitz, Ph.D. is a psychologist, speaker, author and coach.  She blogs regularly for diet.com, and has written for eDiets.com, WebMD.com, and AOL Diet and Fitness.  Dr. Abby has spoken for the National Organization for Women (NOW) and Mensa.  For more information, visit her website at www.YourFinalDiet.com

Dr. Abby’s “Healthy Junk Food!”

Does anybody here like cookies, cake, pudding, chips, or chocolate?

Yes, I know… they’re delicious but fattening, right?  “Forbidden Foods.”

But what if these delightful indulgences were actually healthy, and you could eat as much as you wanted?  It would be a dream come true.

Well, happy dreaming, because today it came true!  Welcome to Dr. Abby’s list of “healthy junk foods.”  These delectable treats are actually natural foods disguised as junk – and taste exactly like their junky counterparts.

The trick is to eat them as meals or for part of meals, so calories are not added in addition to daily or weekly calorie counts.  For instance, why not have a Van’s whole grain toaster waffle with a scoop of all natural (not supreme) ice cream for breakfast?  For under 300 calories, you have protein, fiber, calcium, some sugar to kill the appetite and fat to keep it away.

For lunch try some chicken vegetable soup with a few handfuls of Bearitos Tortilla chips and salsa.  Once again, a few hundred calories offers protein, veggies, healthy oil, whole grains, and volume to fill you up.

Listening to bodily signals of hunger and fullness will guide you towards eating the proper amounts of whatever turns you on.  Problems ensue when people eat past the point of satiation simply because it tastes good, or they’re bored, upset, etc.  How do you know when it’s enough?  Well, my cousin says he’s had enough when he feels like puking, so stop a bit short of that and you should be fine!

Of course it helps to cope effectively with emotions, rather than eating for comfort.  But sometimes we just don’t care, and want to stuff our piehole with whatever tastes good, as we shovel it in without thinking…not even tasting it beyond the first few bites.

For this type of “neurotic” or “compulsive” eating, I recommend Pirate’s Booty.  This natural popcorn-like snack is low in calories, and has some protein because of the cheese, so you can polish off the bag without doing much damage.  In fact, you’ll be so stuffed that you’ll probably skip your next meal, and calories will be compensated for immediately.

Sticking to one crunchy carbohydrate for mindless munching assures healthy eating with all other foods, and only one abuse food that won’t pack on pounds.  It also floods the body with the calming chemical called serotonin, which is why people under stress go for sugar and fat – not cucumbers and pork chops!

A complete list of my recommended healthy junk foods can be found in the Appendix of my book, Your Final Diet.  This book was endorsed by Senator Hillary Clinton, since it is very empowering for women and teenage girls.


Abby Aronowitz, Ph.D. is a psychologist, speaker, author and coach.  She blogs regularly for diet.com, and has written for eDiets.com, WebMD.com, and AOL Diet and Fitness.  Dr. Abby has spoken for the National Organization for Women (NOW) and Mensa.  For more information, visit her website at www.YourFinalDiet.com

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