Well, after last weeks post of the most heart healthy foods you should eat, today we are going to talk about the oh so controversial “cheat day”. Many people think that having a cheat day is a sign of failure, so they either struggle to avoid the temptation altogether or they feel incredibly guilty afterwards. While it’s true that taking time off from your healthy diet can cause some problems, it can also, if done correctly, aid in your physical and mental health.
With this said, you shouldn’t spend an entire day once a week eating whatever you please. Instead, you should designate one day (usually the weekend, when you’re more likely to be out and about) which you will cheat. This can include the main course of a meal or the addition of a dessert–but probably shouldn’t include both – so choose that pizza OR the cake & ice cream.
When you plan a cheat day, you can look forward to rewarding yourself for your hard work. Every time you feel the temptation throughout the week to stray, you’ll be able to remind yourself that you will have that cheat day and find the temptation less strong than if you’d told yourself you can never touch that unhealthy food again. Sometimes if you don’t have a cheat day to look forward to, you can be in danger of binge eating later and blowing all your hard work.
Knowing that you can still enjoy that one of the unhealthy foods you love at some point each week will make it easier and fun to stay on your healthy lifestyle regimen.