Can I Eat Brownies All Day?

Do you want to eat brownies all day? 

Answer these questions to find out if you can:

  1. Do you have access to brownies? (I.e., can you buy or make them?)
  2. Are you allergic to any ingredients in the brownies or have another medical reason why you cannot eat any ingredients in the brownies? 
  3. Do you have a fully-functioning digestive tract?

The following answers indicate that you CAN just eat brownies all day:

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Yes

That’s not to say I would actually recommend eating brownies all day (I wouldn’t). Before you dig in, here’s my advice. 

How you nourish your body is your choice.

It’s totally up to you what you eat and drink. Sure, there are a lot of factors that affect your food choices, but you’re ultimately the one who makes the final call. As long as you aren’t doing anything illegal, I’m not here to judge you. 

You CAN do whatever you want. What is best for you, though, is an entirely different story. 

Eating just one food all day isn’t going to meet all of your nutritional needs.

Eating only brownies all day would not meet all of your macronutrient, vitamin, and mineral needs. This applies to any food — carrots, tofu, steak, bagels, avocados, peaches, tortillas…you get the picture.

All foods have unique nutrient profiles, health benefits, flavors, and textures. The best way to meet all of your nutritional needs is to eat a variety of foods, and this includes foods that may not be as nutrient-packed but you simply enjoy (like brownies). Depriving yourself of foods you enjoy will probably backfire, which brings me to my next point. 

If you want to eat just one food all day, you might be feeling deprived of that food.

There are situations where I would tell you to avoid a food, such as a food allergy or intolerance. However, making a food a forbidden fruit (pun intended) just causes all kinds of problems. 

Avoiding a food that you want to eat is a form of deprivation. You are depriving yourself of joy, pleasure, fun, etc. Usually, on the other side of deprivation is overindulgence, followed by guilt. 

If you want to eat brownies all day, you probably a) really like brownies and b) feel like you are not allowed to eat brownies. 

Brownies are considered by most people to be “unhealthy” because they are high in sugar, fat, and calories. 

I’m here to tell you that just because brownies contain sugar, fat, and calories doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t eat them. 

It sounds counterintuitive, but if you don’t want to binge on a food, give yourself full permission to eat the food, enjoy it, and then move on with your life. 

If you want to just eat brownies all day, you might also be nutritionally deprived. 

If you want to eat one food all day (or a large amount of one food at one time), nutritional deprivation could also be contributing. 

When people aren’t eating enough calories or macronutrients (carbs, fats, protein), they tend to crave foods that are very high in sugar, fat, and calories. So…brownies. 

Generally, people who are food deprived usually want to eat A LOT, no matter what the food is. If you find yourself bingeing on food or just eating a larger amount of food than you intended, you likely were hungry. 

There’s a large body of research that shows the prevention for binge eating is…eating. Nourish your body with enough calories, protein, fat, carbs, vitamins, and minerals, and make sure you don’t get too hungry. 

If you find yourself frequently bingeing on food, it could also be a sign of a deeper issue. 

Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder, and there’s a lot more to it than just overeating. There’s neurochemicals involved. There’s psychological factors involved. There’s detrimental health consequences if it’s left untreated, so don’t be afraid to get help. Here’s some resources to start with.

In conclusion, stay well and enjoy your brownies! 

If you love brownies, here’s some of my favorite recipes.

Black Bean Brownies

Fudgy and delicious. I like to use a mixture of dark chocolate and peanut butter chips. 

Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies

I use boxed brownie mix but otherwise follow the recipe. These are so decadent and always get rave reviews.

Cheesecake Brownies

You know what they say — two desserts are better than one! 

Mini Skillet Brownie

Perfect for when you get a brownie hankering but don’t want to make a huge batch. Also, mini cast iron skillets are just the cutest. 

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