The Mindful Diet Day 7
Week 1: Build An Awareness Foundation
day 7: Cheat!
Yep, you read that right. Now that you’re working toward your goals, go ahead and dig in to something that feels like a big splurge—whether it’s a piece of chocolate cake, penne a la vodka, or an order of fries. An occasional, purposeful cheat is the opposite of an overly restrictive diet, which is proven to backfire. Women who were asked to cut carbs for three days reported stronger food cravings and ate 44 percent more calories from carb-rich foods on day four than women who didn’t restrict themselves, according to a study in the journal Appetite.
Mmmm did someone say carbs? I am undoubtedly a Carb Queen, and will never understand how people manage to “cut carbs” for the sake of weight loss. Not only are vital fruits & veggies considered carbs; but I learned that 1g of carbs equals 5 calories while 1g of fats equals 9 calories through some of my nutritional training with the PCRM. That’s nearly double the amount of calories in the same amount of food. Fats are calorie dense foods, but how often do we hear anyone say, “I’m avoiding fats”? Most people would rather avoid breadbaskets than avoid eating ice cream or stop drinking their beloved diet coke.
As these past few days of mindful eating have shown us, simply eliminating foods is not the answer. We must establish balance, view each meal as fuel, and allow ourselves to indulge in our favorite treats every once in a while. I prefer to say, “treat, not cheat,” but either way I always make a point to schedule my “treat meals” instead of giving into momentary desires. No one’s perfect, but the last thing you want to do is indulge on candy bars or fast food because you’ve been starving yourself all week when you could’ve planned a much better treat. If you know that you’re going to have dinner at your favorite restaurant this weekend, plan on enjoying a dessert there, and use that treat as motivation to stay on track during the week!
Today I posted one of my favorite homemade desserts.