When did Cheating Become Reward (cont.)?
So my post on the cheat meal yesterday was written late on Sunday evening and admittedly, it sounds more harsh than I intended. It actually wasn’t a rant. Ha.
I didn’t necessary mean not to ever eat junk food. The point I wanted to convey most was that the cheat day shouldn’t take precedence in your mind over the reward of the benefits of eating healthy.
By scheduling a cheat day you create a focal point… the end (good health and/or performance) is no longer the goal, the junk food is.
This mindset is, in and of itself, very unhealthy.
I reckon if you’re 99% strict Paleo/Primal 99% of the time, just go ahead and have that junk food when you want. The trick is to not create any sort of obsession. It’s the scheduling, the self induced sense of deprivation, and the surmise you’ll find some sort of happiness in a cheat meal that makes the entire thing absurd.
Here’s another thougth… a cheat meal doesn’t have to a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts and Mountain Dew. How about a big fat bacon cheese burger and some sweet potato fries. If you consider that a cheat meal, you’re on your way. Oh, and that type of cheating can be tolerated more often.
Realign. Change your mindset. The reward can be found in the means. Create your end.
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