In my last blog post I told you to throw out the word diet since it doesn’t work and replace it with Meal Plan because it implies a more permanent game plan. A lifestyle, sustainable.
Well I don’t want to sound like a hypocrite, but I do want to add a twist to any meal plan so it does become permanent.
No one, and I mean no one, regardless of their dedication can eat clean 24/7/365. We all have weak moments, we all go through life stresses and we all take time off and our bodies are craving to get off of a clean meal plan. I am here to tell you that it is not only OK, it is actually required in order to be successful in the long run.
I am no doctor or certified nutritionist. But I do have over 40 years of experience under my belt in trying just about everything that is out there, talking to people and reading numerous articles and watching many documentaries on health and nutrition.
Just as the body needs to rest from physical exercise, and the mind needs to do the same via meditation, naps, sleeping, it is my belief that the combined body/mind rest is done through comfort foods. The key is doing it in moderation.
I have seen it way too often where someone starts eating clean 24/7. It may last weeks, sometimes months, but when they finally succumb to that body/mind comfort food rest, they are more than likely to binge for days, weeks or months, destroying everything that they accomplished beforehand.
So how do you do this in moderation?
Everyone is a little different but here are some of the ways that I moderate what I love to eat. Mind you I have already reached my fitness goal, so I am in maintenance mode which means I can probably cheat more than the usual person:
1. Every weekend have at least three cheat meals. I don’t restrict anything; carbs, fats, alcohol (except I don’t get drunk)
2. On vacation, eat clean during the day each day, then whatever you want each night. You may make an exception of one cheat meal during the day then clean at night
3. Work, prepare for functions. Sometimes you have no choice what you are going to be served and you want to be polite. Consider that one of the weekend cheat meals and deduct it from the upcoming cheat meal that weekend
So don’t be shy about cheat meals. They are the basis of staying on track for your meal plan in order to be…Fit Forlife!