Read Part 1 first.
Let’s continue the thoughts on rewarding your good behavior with self destructive behavior…
I didn’t necessary mean not to ever eat junk food. The point I wanted to convey most was that the cheat day cannot 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. You are not a dog and food is not a “treat”. Do you not possess more will and discipline than my hound dogs?
If you are 99% strict Paleo (clean and healthy eating) 99% of the time, just go ahead and have that junk food when you want it. 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. Just be careful when you assess your percentages… about 11 out of 10 people that say “I eat healthy most of the time” do not… not even close.
Here is another thougtht… 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.