It’s important to understand that green does not mean go and eat with reckless abandon and red does not mean stop, don’t eat this at all. The colors are designed so you can balance all three throughout the day with your food choices.
You have to get out of this all-or-nothing, black-and-white or, rather, green-and-red thinking. In fact, addressing these kinds of “thought distortions” (as Noom calls them) are a big part of the program’s proven psychology. They call these Noom Psych Tricks.
Noom Psych Tricks
For example, I’ve had peanut butter toast every morning for breakfast for the past 25 years. My favorite peanut butter is considered to be a red food. That hasn’t stopped me from enjoying peanut butter each morning. I’ve just adjusted how much peanut butter I put on my wheat toast. In addition, I’ve added sliced appled as a topping to my toast. My apple is one of the Noom green foods. So it the whole wheat bread.
These small changes were no big deal. But what is a big deal is that I can still enjoy my favorite breakfast without feeling deprived.