CHEAT MEAL! WHAT IS IT ?
This may surprise you, but it is going to teach you how to cheat. This is what refer to as having a ‘Cheat Meal’. This is a very important tool in your learning process. At some point, everyone will have a situation or circumstance arise which will cause them to get off their program. There may be a holiday or other special occasion where you might even CHOOSE to have a ‘cheat meal’. Having an occasional Cheat Meal is ok, so long as you do it with awareness. What is most important is that you know how to get right back on track..
This page will teach you the tips to do that.
Never starve yourself or go without eating in anticipation of a special meal or occasion where you may be presented with tempting foods normally not on your plan. When you allow yourself to become “over hungry” you are setting yourself up to “over eat”.
When possible, try to keep your food ratios in line. For example, you may choose to have the mouth-watering cheesecake drizzled with chocolate for dessert, so have a lean meat and a non-starchy vegetable for your main course. This will save the carbohydrate and fat portion of your meal for dessert. You may be satisfied with just half a portion of the cheesecake, so share it with a friend!
After a ‘cheat meal’ jump right back on track by having a meal with the appropriate meal ratios and portions within the next 4 hours. If you are not hungry in 4 hours because you ate too much, eat just half a meal or eliminate the starchy carbohydrate from that meal. This will help normalize your blood sugar so you can easily jump right back on track.
Do not indulge in guilt or self-recrimination. This is not helpful, nor will it encourage you to get right back on your plan. Instead, accept that everyone occasionally falls off their plan, or chooses to have a food or a meal that is not the highest quality choice. Know at these times, what is most important is NOT that you got off track, but HOW FAST YOU ADJUST AND GET BACK ON TRACK!
Keep the rest of your health structure in-line. Continue to drink your daily amounts of water, exercise, take your daily supplements and get your sleep. Remember all of these are important to your over-all plan. When life shows up and you have challenges, as will most certainly happen, reassess your program, be realistic with your goals, and adjust when it becomes necessary. “Correct and Continue!”
Remember, this way of living is not “just a diet” or an “exercise plan”. This plan is not about being deprived or doing something for a short period of time to obtain temporary results. Instead this plan is about learning skills and habits that are sustainable and will give you greater health, energy, and well-being for a lifetime.
Consider that you will be achieving your goals of optimal weight and toning up your body as a BONUS! This is a lifestyle plan, and you are learning to eat correctly, exercise, and implement lifestyle habits that will give you optimal health and well-being for the rest of your life! Give yourself a pat on the back for your efforts and remember it is important to enjoy the process and the journey along the way to your goals!