I know it’s been a minute since I’ve posted anything and for that I apologize. Sometimes life just gets crazy and well…life happens but that’s okay! I’m back now and I’m doing my best to stock up on some posts so that this doesn’t happen again! But that’s not what this post is about so let’s get back on track!
Raise your hand if you have ever heard of the term “cheat meal“….I’m sure every single one of you reading this raised your hand (or maybe you thought to yourself well yeah of course I’ve heard of a cheat meal). I know the term “cheat meal” is a very popular term and I used to use it all the time….until I met my good friend Danielle (I swear I’ve probably dedicated over half of my fitness related posts to this girl because she’s just got some amazing ideas!). Danielle taught me to stop using the term “cheat meal” and to start using the term “treat meal“. You’re probably thinking to yourself “what’s the difference and why does it matter? Either way I’m eating what I want!” Well let me tell you that I thought the same thing, but now that I’ve been doing this whole fitness thing for a while and actually taking it seriously….I see the difference and I recognize the difference and I’m here to share with you those differences!
Let me just start by asking you this question, when you are having a “cheat meal” are you not making a conscience choice to put that food into your body? The correct answer is yes, yes you are! If you’re making the conscience choice to only do that once a month or once every so many weeks then guess what you’re not cheating on yourself, you’re not cheating on your fitness and nutrition plan, you are deciding that you have been working hard and that your body deserves a TREAT and guess what that is okay!!
After I finished my 6 week shift shop program I am not going to lie I had a treat meal. Did I turn it into a treat week? Nope. Did I have a treat day? Maybe….okay I’m not going to lie to you I’m going to keep it 100% with you…I did have one treat day! But I felt that I had earned that treat day and I had been following the meal plan and the workouts strongly for 6 weeks, I had great results, I felt that my body was ready for a treat. There’s nothing wrong with that but I made sure that I went back to my meal plan after my treat day.
Now you’re probably thinking to yourself “why in the world is someone who is so into health and fitness encouraging me to have a treat meal?” Well according to some studies there is a psychological component to having a treat meal. Without rewards, it can become difficult to keep up with a healthy lifestyle day in and day out. Occasionally allowing yourself that treat meal can help you to get through those tough times in your health and fitness lifestyle. Like I said earlier, it’s better if you allow yourself a treat meal not a treat day. There’s a difference! Allowing yourself a whole treat day can take a toll on your body and all of the hard work you have put in for the week. Just be mindful of what you’re deciding to treat yourself with, how often you are deciding to treat yourself and how much of that treat you are indulging in. You will be a lot happier when it comes to sticking to that healthy eating lifestyle you have committed to!
What’s your favorite treat meal?? Leave it in the comments below!