Since changing my eating habits, I have learned the importance of cheat days. I have a cheat day once a week, normally it would be when my Dallas Cowboys were on… but now that the seasons over, it’s just when I am craving something.
How do I define a cheat day?
Originally, on cheat day I would eat 3 meals a day that were bad for me. For example, for breakfast I would make pancakes, for lunch I might have a burger or go to Chick Fil A and for dinner, I would have pizza. <— Is not what you are supposed to do! You will not feel good, extremely sluggish and tired.
NOW, I would define a cheat day, as having a cheat meal. For instance, for lunch or dinner, I might have a burger or pasta. I do not think it is worth it to have an entire day filled with food that is 1… not good for you and 2… you are not used to eating. This is a burger from a restaurant near my house, it has deep fried onion, lettuce, tomato, swiss cheese and bacon with a side of fries. ( Fries are my favorite food, a burger is my next favorite.) I am not supposed to eat beef because of my rosacea… BUT oh well!!
I would eat this burger for lunch, and then follow my same breakfast and dinner menu as I do the rest of the week.
Why are cheat days important?
I realized cheat days are important when I stopped wanting to eat because I did not enjoy food anymore. I know this might sound silly, because it is. BUT , when you make the transition from eating whatever you want to barely eating anything. It can be rough which is why I need a cheat meal once a week to satisfy my craving for something I truly enjoy because eating salad everyday….. its a struggle somedays y’all.
Should you work out on cheat day?
My personal opinion is yes, if you are going to have a cheat meal then working out will definitely not hurt. It is probably not the best idea to give in to your cravings and then lay around all day. Take a day off when you are eating clean, not on your cheat day.
I hope this helps someone struggling with cheat days! If you want to know where I go for my burger then let me know! 🖤