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Cheat Days – Good or Bad Idea?

I love being an R.D. and can’t imagine doing anything else for a living. I live, sleep, eat (no pun intended) and breathe nutrition, but I’m also human. And in my experience, no matter how knowledgeable and committed anybody is, including me, it’s just not possible to go through life never splurging. It’s human nature. The question is, what’s the best way to do it? 

 

Some people allow themselves one splurge day a week to eat anything and everything they want, then get “back on track” for the next 6 day stretch. That works for some of my clients, but not most.

For many people splurge days turn into hours of binging that leave them feeling satisfied but sluggish, stuffed and regretful with “eaters remorse.” And physically after a serious splurge day it can take 2-3 days for your jeans to stop feeling too tight (sound familiar?).

 

There’s no one right way to manage your diet, but in my experience it tends to feel better, both physically and emotionally to fit must-have foods into a balanced meal rather than living in a cycle of “on” and ”off” days.  

 

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you probably know that my #1 can’t-live-without food is French fries. Here’s a link to a previous post where I write about how I fit them in and feel good about it.

 

Tell me what your must-have splurge food is and I’ll share my thoughts on how to build it in to a healthy day (and yes keep losing or maintain your weight loss).

P.S. Do splurge days work for you? Please share your thoughts!

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