Time to rant.
I am over the term "cheat day". It absolutely drives me up the wall.
The idea of a cheat day is for dieters. If you have followed my blog or talked to me, you know that I focus on living a holistic life and it is how I lost all my weight and have been able to keep it off and how I have kept myself healthy and illness free. I am anti-diet. Diets are something you do temporarily to get results. Seeking holistic health will change your life long term and you will have no reason to diet, count, or feel like you are cheating when you eat certain things.
Let me be clear on something. If you diet and calorie count, cheat days and meals can work. If you keep yourself in a calorie deficit and then have a day or a meal during the week where you go all out, or "cheat", then it can play tricks on your body and give you a boost in weight loss.
What sucks about "cheats" is how people tend to use them.
I have learned that when the majority of people cheat on their diet, they really go all out. They will order pizza, get fast food, eat a pint of ice cream, etc. What are you really teaching yourself? What happens when your "diet" is over?
When you eat garbage, you should feel guilty and you should feel like your cheating. But not because of the calories. You should feel like crap because of the crap you are putting in your body. The ingredients should make you feel that guilt. Not the calories.
I teach my friends and clients to learn to love the foods they enjoy in healthier ways. Then when you eat them, you never have to feel like you are cheating. Like pizza? So do I. We make pizza at my house once a month. But we use sprouted or sourdough crust and raw cheese. It's nutrient dense, guilt free pizza. And we do it once a month, not once a week. Want chocolate? Grab a blender and throw the following in it: an avocado, some unsweetened cocoa powder, raw honey, and dates. Mix it up and put it in a bowl and you have a nutrient dense chocolate pudding.
We are always putting on awesome cooking classes and events at Life Fitness Academy and we also have a cookbook if you don't live in Nashville.
Eat real food. Change your habits for the long term. Becoming healthy is a process. Go through the process and you can just simply live your life and be healthy.