February 26, 2012

Cheat days

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I don’t know how I feel about cheat days. On the one hand, I see the point of the people who compare it to smoking: if you keep having cheat smokes, you’ll never really lose the cravings. On the other hand, I see the point of people who say that you have to live with this diet for years, and in order to stick with it, you need to be able to indulge sometimes.

I guess, if I had to take a stand, I’d go with option B, mostly because I can’t quite imagine never eating a slice of pizza again. So I indulge, once a month.

But here’s the rub: when I’m going to indulge, and I set a day aside for myself to eat whatever I want, I want a lot. I don’t just eat one piece of fudge from the box on the table, I eat the chocolate, the chips and the fudge, and nevermind the sharing. I make a list of the foods I miss the most, and eat all of them.

Sure, it’s just once a month. Not enough to kill me, and definitely worth it to keep my spirits up and my heart content, but is it healthy? I would never stuff my face like this if I didn’t feel like I was trying to get the most out of some magical “free pass.” I’m like a hungover frat boy at an all-you-can-eat buffet, when I should be a French lady, tasting everything, but eating moderately.

Is this just me, or do you too feel like you have to make the most out of your cheat days? How do you deal with your cheat meals? Do you have any at all?



  1. It sounds very formalized to me, having a clearly defined cheat day. I have a more general idea of what I want/don’t want to to, and then I deviate from it, because I’m human and all.

    But I have broken a number of habits over the years. The way it works for me: first I have to be sufficiently motivated, and you can’t really choose when that happens. Then I deny myself something totally, completely, for a long time (three months, six months, a year, sometimes several periods). Then I often find that I can go back to enjoying whatever I have been denying myself, but moderately.

    Comment by Even T — February 26, 2012 @ 3:59 am | Reply

    • That sounds very healthy, if you can pull it off. my problem with that (coffee, smoking, bamsemums) is that even allowing a hint of it back in my life sends me tumbling down a hole straight back into the arms of addiction.

      I guess I just have to decide if I’m comfortable putting gluten in the pile of things that are bad enough for me that I’m willing to give them up forever.

      Comment by nascentnovelist — February 26, 2012 @ 11:34 am | Reply

      • That’s a big one. But gluten-free alternatives can take you a long way. I’ve even found that I prefer gluten-free in some cases.

        Comment by Even T — February 26, 2012 @ 11:46 am

  2. I think of them as reward days. If I am good for one month I get a day off. If a holiday comes I take that day or two off. But sometimes that day becomes days. Cheat days seem likea necessary evil but I don’t know if I like them or hate them.

    Comment by Kourtney Heintz — February 26, 2012 @ 10:44 pm | Reply

    • That’s more or less exactly how I feel about them.

      (Although, after yesterday’s binge, I feel like I can go a good long while without a “reward day”) ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Comment by nascentnovelist — February 27, 2012 @ 9:17 am | Reply

  3. I’m on a 1300 calorie diet at the moment. Wantin’ to lose the weight slowly so I don’t strip off lean muscle. What I do is every Sunday I eat 2000 calories which gives me something fun. Ben & Jerry’s ice cream or a bowl of popcorn that’s not lowfat (which I chowed on last night while watching the Oscars.) Been working out so far ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Lisa Ann Hayes — February 27, 2012 @ 2:03 pm | Reply

    • Nice! I’m trying to do the same myself (losing slowly). Good luck to you! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Comment by nascentnovelist — February 27, 2012 @ 5:38 pm | Reply

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