To cheat or not to cheat, that is the question.

Everyone who has ever attempted a diet before in their life knows the sheer determination it takes to maintain a healthy eating regimen when there’s such easy access to things like cookies and cheesecake in this world.

I, over the years, have been on my fair share of crash diets that seemed to work for a little bit, but inevitably failed me in the long run.

The thing about fitness, health, well-being, etc… etc… is that it’s not a fast fix. You’re not going to reach your optimal levels of well being after a day. Or even a week. Or even a month. When I log onto youtube and instagram and see people promoting these ‘detox teas’ or wander the aisles of the grocery store and see the ‘sauna belt’ promising a tiny waste, I can’t help but think they’re profiting in the naivety of people who, through no fault of their own, don’t know better.

I’ve been trying really hard (really, really hard) for the past seven months, to make a conscious effort to put good food into my body. Why? I’ve noticed a difference in my mood, in my body, in my energy levels, in my existence… when I eat better food. Kale might not taste as good as pizza, but I’ve been telling myself that for the betterment of myself, kale is what I will choose.

Which brings me to the ultimate arrival of cheat days. Cheat days are inevitable when you’re on a healthy eating kick. At least, I think they are. Because you can only eat kale so many days in a row before you really just feel as though you need a burger.

Cheat days are a struggle. I don’t think it’s just a problem that I have. I reckon that it’s a struggle with anyone who’s ever been on a healthy eating kick. Because if you give yourself that day, if you tell yourself it’s only one day, a sense of panic almost comes over you.

I start to think “If I only have one day to eat this burger then I need to eat this burger and those fries and that cake and that chocolate bar and so on and so forth”.

I have no willpower.

So then I tell myself that I just shouldn’t have cheat days. I tell myself that I can go without it. I tell myself to stay on the straight and narrow and not to deviate from the path because if I don’t test my willpower, my willpower won’t get the opportunity to fail.

But I miss junk food. I do.

Trying to find a happy medium that benefits my health (healthy eating) and benefits my soul (junk food) has been a long road. Which I know in itself sounds like a real first world problem.

I haven’t found that happy medium as of yet, but I am still looking. If anyone has an suggestions for finding the happy medium or for how to increase your willpower, I will gladly take them.

4 thoughts on “To cheat or not to cheat, that is the question.

  1. I had the same issues before I started the Plant Paradox program. I was addicted to processed foods. When you eat foods with addictive chemicals, your “good bacteria” are replaced with unhelpful bacteria. Then you’re fighting an uphill battle because your bad bacteria become your “brain” and tell you to eat the processed foods, which they feed on. Dr. Gundry created a “yes list” that includes meat and other delicious foods that satisfy you. They feed your good bacteria and keep you from feeling deprived. It’s all about the substitutions. You can make treats that are healthy. Dr. Gundry wrote The Plant Paradox cookbook, and he’ll coming out with another book titled, The Longevity Paradox.

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  2. I actually just wrote a blog post about this! You can check it out on my site if you’d like, but it’s basically about intuitive eating and how eliminating foods or differentiating between “good” and “bad” foods just leads to the failure of diets. Instead of trying to “diet”, try to change your lifestyle so that on a regular basis you’re eating healthier foods but allow yourself to eat unhealthy foods when you truly want them so that you don’t feel the guilt that comes with “cheat” meals.

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  3. Too funny but I don’t cheat I just exempt my top three bad foods and I get to have each of them two times a month but only on days I have worked out hard, Ice Cream, Cheese Cake, Fried Chicken that has allowed me to give up all the others bad food without withdrawals. It also motivates me! on Cheese Cake day I run to the gym not because it’s good for me it’s the Cheese Cake!

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