Cheat/treat meals and foods - a few points from my own opinion on them.
1. Will it help or hinder you. You may have earned it and worked hard in the week but is it suitable right now?
2. If you start a new “diet” or eating pattern and a cheat meal is all you can think about then the strategy you have chosen probably isn’t sustainable.
3. Recipes are everywhere, literally everywhere. Don’t let laziness and convenience cause over consumption of calories. If you make something you can control what goes into it.
4. Someone else doing it is not a reason for you to do it.
5. Habits are formed over long periods of time and can take a long period of time to alter. Look for small changes. That 250 calorie chocolate bar you have after work everyday could become a 200 calorie bar. If you could find another 50 total calories to drop from the rest of your day, that’s 100 less calories a day consumed mon-fri and you still get your chocolate.
6. A food should never be “banned”. That will only make it more enticing and increases the risk of binge eating it. Learn to control your intake of it and find substitutes.
7. Do you have a Cookie Monster who comes out every now and then who over powers the voice of reason? Guess what, so do I. So does everyone you know. We are all human and we all love food. Its not the end of the world to have a bad day or week. But what is important is how you respond to that blip in the road toward your goal. Try not to feel guilty for stumbling, forming emotional attachments to food isn’t healthy.
Eat well, educate yourself and learn what works for you. Brad •
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