No Cheating Necessary

Annette Presley
Annette is The Savvy RD, author, speaker, entrepreneur and functional nutritionist.
Diet

Jan 04,2018

Why is it that the first thing we want to do when we go on a diet is cheat? We want a cheat day where we can eat anything we want, or at least a cheat meal, or a cheat food. We want to be able to eat the foods that make us fat and sick without feeling guilty.

Eating is much more difficult today than it was 100 years ago because food is readily available everywhere we go. It’s there for us to grab any time, whether we are hungry or not. Our food today is also highly processed which makes it more rewarding to the brain and leads to cravings that sabotage our best intentions. But who are we cheating when we pig out on junk food?

Cheat days just set us up for an affair with junk food. When all we can think about is the next time we sink our teeth into an Oreo, we miss out on the pleasures of real food. We don’t notice how good we feel when we eat real food. We don’t notice that our knees don’t hurt or that we have more energy to do the things we love to do. We think what we have with the Oreo is better because it tastes so good in the moment, but down the road we find ourselves alone with no energy, lots of pain, and a larger belly. The only one we cheated was ourself. We were cheated out of energy, mobility, and a smaller waistline.

We don’t need a cheat day, we need to decide what we want and change the way we think about food. Here are some tips to getting over our affair with highly processed, sugar laden foods that destroy our health.

·      Write down your health goals at least once a week. Know what you want and why you want it.

·      Plan what you will eat for the week or at least the next day and write it down.

·      Let go of guilt – ask yourself, “Will this food help me reach my goals or will it sabotage my goals and am I willing to accept the consequences?”

·      Eat real food – the more whole, unprocessed foods we eat, the less we will crave foods that destroy health.

·      Remove temptation – don’t keep foods in the house that will sabotage your goals, and come up with a plan for dealing with temptation away from home. For example, if you can’t resist the drive-thru, take another route.

 Food can either promote health or disease, and you get to choose which foods you eat. It doesn’t matter what diet you are on or how much temptation you face; it just takes a little planning and a few simple changes. To help, I am creating an online course to be released later this month based on my upcoming book, The Switch Diet. I’ll guide you step by step on making simple switches to help you feel better, lose weight, and have more energy. The best part is you won’t have to spend all day in the kitchen or stock your fridge full of vegetables you’ll never eat. Stay tuned for more information! 

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