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To Cheat or Not to Cheat

I had a conversation recently with my husband about a question people ask me all the time! (I get asked a lot of questions, but this one is definitely in the top 3).

"Isabel, how do you stay so disciplined all the time? Don’t you just want to eat bad food every once in a while?"

To be honest, the short answer is NO. I am not suggesting everyone be perfect all the time, but there is one VERY important reason why I will almost always choose to eat something healthy over an unhealthy option and that is this...

Feeling bad, awful, tired, or run down is NOT an option.

You see, after almost 14 years of eating the way I teach you in Beyond Diet, when I do choose foods that are not so "supportive," I feel tired, bloated, my head hurts, and, if it’s sugar, I need to take a nap.

Here’s the problem with that. Right now, I do not have the option to feel bad and take a nap whenever I want. Why? Here’s why...

Tee Ball Family

You see those 2 little munchkins in that picture? Those are my kiddos and can you imagine me saying to them,

"Hey guys, can you just sit here quietly and not touch anything while mommy takes a nap? And if you get hungry, just get something out of the fridge and whip up a meal real quick, okay?"

I assure you that is NOT going to happen. If you have any idea what little boys are like, then you know that a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old can run at full speed all day long!

Or how about...

"No, sorry, mommy doesn’t feel good and can’t play outside today. Nope, I can’t ride bikes or practice for tee ball either."

I’m not saying every mom doesn’t need a day to relax, but I would like to NOT use this answer as often as possible.

You see the other person in the photo?

That’s my wonderful husband, and imagine how much harder his life is if mommy (that’s me) is laid out on the couch exhausted and feeling bad because she has not taken care of herself? It’s VERY hard. We are a team and he needs my help!

To Cheat or Not To CheatI’m not trying to be a Negative Nancy here. In fact, I’m probably one of the most positive people you will ever meet, but the reality is, if I want to stay on top of my game, if I want to accomplish the very long to-do list that awaits me every single day, if I want to be available for my children to cook for them and play with them...

...I have to eat the foods that will fuel me to do all of those things - not the foods that are going to drag me down, but foods that are going to help me in my quest to feel great.

So, back to the cheat meal/cheat day question…

I’m a very big fan of a cheat day for most people, but my definition of a cheat day is much different than many other health and fitness professionals.

There are some people out there who will tell you to "go all out." Just eat whatever - fast food, potato chips, brownies - the works. That, to me, is just a recipe for disaster. Those foods will make you feel terrible, have you passed out on the couch for the rest of the day, and do nothing to support your weight loss goals.

How about saving your "cheat day" for a dinner out with friends? Then you’ll just order some good food that looks appealing to you without worrying too much about how it was prepared or what it comes with.

To Cheat or Not To CheatFor me, that usually means ordering some kind of fish and not asking for too many substitutions. If it comes along with something like pasta, which is filled with gluten, I will ask for a vegetable instead because gluten makes me feeling lousy for at least 24 hours.

It's just NOT worth it to me.

The other time you may want to use a cheat day/cheat meal is when you have plans to eat at someone else's home.

I am notorious for always bringing a healthy food item with me (and my hostess always loves it) but let's say you’re not going to do that. Hopefully, fast food is not on the menu and you can work with whatever they are serving. Make that your "cheat meal" and focus on having fun with your family and friends instead of the food.

So, to answer the question...

Yes, I do eat healthy MOST of the time but it's not because I think I’m going to get fat or because I have superhuman willpower. And it's not because I feel like I HAVE TO. I do it because I want to feel good each and every day.

I want to wake up early and write emails and blog posts like I’m doing right now. I want to exercise and then get my day started by teaching my children. I want to have enough energy to work a full day, make a healthy dinner for my family, and play outside in the afternoon. I want to run behind my 2 boys while they ride their bikes and not let them leave me too far behind.

These are the things that motivate me to continue to eat healthy... and yes, looking good in skinny jeans also does help :)

With all that being said, a cheat day/cheat meal can be used effectively as a part of any healthy eating plan. Just choose those times wisely and remember why you began this healthy journey to start with... to feel good every single day.

That’s what it all boils down to... WE ALL WANT TO FEEL GOOD!

Categories

  1. Healthy Eating   
       13 posts
  1. Balance   
       10 posts
  1. Parenting   
       4 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       4 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       3 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       3 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       2 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       0 posts

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