When is “unhealthy eating” okay?

Most of us would agree that some amount of “unhealthy food” is okay. In moderation. How you define that really depends on your knowledge, your health and more. What, and how much is not the focus of this thread. More the “when”.
When is it okay to have “junk food/ unhealthy things”?
MY answer to the question is that it is okay WHEN IT IS PLANNED.
I will have a small piece of cake at the birthday party.
I will have a reasonable sized dessert on Sundays.
We will stop at a fast food place once a week on our way home from soccer practice.
Each day I will allow myself _____ (one can of pop, one small piece of candy, one small bowl of Doritos, whatever).
I will only eat desserts when we go out to eat at sit-down restaurants.

The key to me is to decide for yourself what is reasonable, PLAN it, then stick to your plan (or, if you don’t feel like it, omit something- skip the can of pop.)
But so often, our unhealthy eating is the result of unplanned impulses (= temptation).
One small bag (mini-bag) of M & Ms is no big deal.
One small cookie won’t make any difference.
Everyone is tired and hungry and I have no supper ready at home, let’s stop at McD’s.
I’ll count the chips as my “grain/bread” serving.

When “bad” eating is planned, it ceases to become “bad” eating, I think. I can enjoy the birthday cake without guilt. (Now if I gave in to temptation and ate a huge amount of cake batter as i made it and licked a ton of the frosting, say equivalent to 3 large pieces of cake, then I will NOT be able to enjoy the ONE piece of “planned” birthday cake.)

What’s your answer?

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