What is a "Cheat Day"?
A cheat day is one day of the week where I choose to indulge in a tasty food that I would otherwise not eat. I chose Sunday for my cheat day because it seemed to be the most relaxed day for me.
Why have a "Cheat Day"?
To reward myself for eating well all of the other days of the week. If I have a craving during the week, I remember that I have my cheat day on Sunday and then I forget about it.
Can I eat anything I want on a "Cheat Day?"
I used to go all out on my cheat day. In fact, I went so bonkers on junk food that I ended up overweight again because I binged so much on my cheat day and then had awful cravings the rest of the week. I don't do that anymore. So, I am quite mindful about what I chose now for my cheat day. I choose to eat some organic white cheddar popcorn and a Zevia soda as a treat on my cheat day. This satisfies me without making me sick, throwing off my hormones or giving me cravings the next day. Popcorn and a Zevia may not sound like much of a treat, but it is to me. Its all in perspective.
Why you'll want to carefully select your "Cheat Day" food(s):
There are some foods out there that throw our bodies off our natural rhythm for several days after we eat them. For me these foods are soy, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, milk and gluten. Whatever food(s) make you feel sick, bloated, tired, emotional, unsatisfied or craving more of it are usually foods that your body is allergic or intolerant of. In my experience, its not worth it to indulge in these foods, which is why I don't pick them for my cheat day - or any day. Do I crave these foods I am intolerant of? Not usually. I used to when I would eat them, but I've trained my body not to enjoy them anymore by eliminating them completely.
So there you have it. I hope you will find this blog helpful in navigating your own way through eating well and dealing with food cravings. Feel free to comment on this post if you would like to share your own experiences.
Thanks for reading!