Eating healthy can be hard. Sometimes you may find yourself out with your friends and drooling over pizza or at home dreaming about chocolate chip cookies…at least that’s what I do! I’m here to tell you it’s ok!! You can have that pizza you’re craving. I know, that sounds crazy right? It’s actually good for your body to have a cheat meal every once in a while. Sometimes your body needs a reset and a cheat meal will do just that. Cheat meals can help with your insulin regulation and metabolism, replenish glycogen to boost energy, and keep fat and calorie burning mechanisms high. If you are going to cheat though, cheat smart. I am not telling you to go eat the entire box of Oreos in your cabinet.
If you are going to cheat remember these tips:
It will help you keep your sanity and give yourself something to look forward to. Planned cheat meals help keep you from going overboard as well.
Even though it is ok to have a sugary treat at times, try to avoid foods that are poor in nutritional value. Try to choose a cheat meal that is a little more balanced. Food like pizza, tacos, burgers, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmesan (my favorite) are good choices because they are still high in protein and carbs.
By limiting it to one meal, it keeps you in control. A “cheat day” often turns into “cheat DAYS” then “cheat WEEKS” and before you know it you have fallen off your routine and destroyed your hard work completely. And if you know you personally have a problem resisting temptation or often experience increased cravings, keep it simple! Sometimes just eating steak and a loaded baked potato or peanut butter and chocolate protein pancakes does the trick without ruining you completely.
I hear so many people who have a couple bad days and get discouraged so they just say screw it! STOP! Put on your big girl panties and get back on your routine! If you are going to beat yourself up, hit the weights and do it in the gym not mentally.
Even though it can be good to cheat, everyone’s body responds to certain foods differently. Pay attention to the signals your body sends you. If you body has a hard time breaking down or digesting certain foods, I don’t recommend that you pick those items. I personally have a problem with dairy so I’m not going to go eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
Have fun with it! You work hard and you do deserve it. Life is all about balance. Go ahead and eat your cake…no one is judging!
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