Human’s relationship to food is complicated, even more so in this day and age of dieting. If you walk down any supermarket aisle, you will find labels screaming GMO-FREE, FAT-FREE, ALL-NATURAL. It can be a sensory overload for someone who is trying to eat healthier. What I tell my clients is to load up their carts with 80% fresh food and 20% percent pantry items that will make their weeknights less stressful. Even if that includes a bottle of wine. You know why? Because I don’t believe in a cheat day or any of the negative emotions that are attached to it.
When you go from one extreme aka eating only green foods during the week, then treating your weekends as one long cheat day, can you take a wild guess what happens? A crushing amount of guilt for falling off the wagon followed by a migraine and other psychical symptoms that are no fun for anybody.
Adopting to a new thought process around food can be hard. It takes a certain amount of intuitiveness to recognize your cravings, where they stem from and if they are actually worth it. Sometimes when I’m dying for a brownie, I ask myself – do I really want it? If the answer is hell yes, then I have a couple of bites until I’m satisfied. Much to the shock of many, you don’t need to finish off an entire pan in one sitting.
Eventually, the taboo from once banned foods will fall away and you will find that you don’t need to consume them in large quantities in order to get the same buzz. It’s like lusting after that soulful musician for five years, finally making out with him and realizing his kissing skills are merely average.
By abolishing cheat days from your vocabulary, you will find a new form of food freedom that you didn’t know was possible. If you would like help starting your health journey, book a FREE 15-minute phone consolation now.