There is nothing wrong with eating, say, fast food and refined sugar, in moderation; it is the chronic abuse of these nutrient-poor foods that are a problem. I’m not the first to hawk the idea of everything in moderation, but it’s really true that moderation is key to establishing a successful relationship with food and eating. I also understand the need for certain comfort foods and sugar on occasion. They make us feel good, can lift a bad mood, and plain and simple be a form of stress relief. In that regard, sugar can be medicine, too! The secret is to combine sugar with other ingredients, so it doesn’t promote body chaos and send you through swinging highs and lows. If you eat sugar after a meal rich in lean proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbs, or eat sugar alongside these types of hormone-friendly foods, it won’t incite such a huge insulin response as it would on its own.
From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.