I know I’m not the only one who planned to eat healthier this year but has fallen off the track as the months progress🙈. I’ve had so many cheat days because I’m rewarding myself for something I sometimes don’t know about. 

Moralizing our food and rewarding ourselves on one specific day by loading our bodies with foods we’ve been restricting has become normalized and caused quite the disconnect between our minds and bodies.

If you want to lose weight, eat healthier or get out of having cheat days, you can achieve it by appreciating your body and stopping with the one-day restrictions. You can achieve all these without cheat days. If you’re constantly asking yourself, “Will this chocolate chip cookie set me back?” or you’re always saying, “I’m craving chips, but I’ll just save it for my cheat day,” it’s probably time for you to stop having cheat days.

Here are a few things to keep in mind that can ultimately help ditch cheat days. 

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Prioritize moderation over perfection

Some foods are more nutritious than others. However, the goal should be for you to develop a lifestyle you can maintain rather than forming an unhealthy relationship with what you eat. Before cutting out certain foods, ask yourself, Do I see myself never eating [insert your favourite junk food here] again? You may realize that giving up one thing is not sustainable, so the other option will be to have it in moderation. Remember, there is no such thing as perfection.

Eat Mindfully

Every time I eat at one of my friend’s houses, I try not to be on my phone because she says, “Food is to be enjoyed, and you can’t really enjoy it if you are scrolling through your phone.”

Truth is, eating can feel so mindless when you’re doing it in front of the TV, while on your phone, or sitting at your desk.

Could it be time for you to change your eating habit?

Adapt a food freedom mentality

Eating is not meant to be a punishment or a chore; it’s meant to be pleasant and satisfying.

So, instead of limiting yourself with a cheat day, allow yourself to have any food you want any day – but in moderation. Remember, being in a position where you can choose what to eat, how much, and when to eat is a privilege. 

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Take the pressure off

If there’s one thing to take away from everything above, it is that what you eat is just but one component of looking and feeling good. Factors such as exercise, stress, sleep, and overall well-being (and more) dictate your well-being more than food does. So, treat yourself with compassion. Be kind to yourself and remember that you are doing the best that you can for yourself. Lastly, approach your health goals with gratitude for all your body is capable of doing.