Cheat Day, Sweet Day!

26 Apr 2013 | Categories: Let's Eat!, Off the radar | Posted by: LifewithBri

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“We all have weaknesses. I’ve always been an emotional eater. I see something that looks tasty and I eat it. I eat when I’m happy, sad, excited, angry–you name it, I feel it, so I eat it. I had to learn to not let my emotions get the best of me—ALL THE TIME. It’s okay to have a cheat day, just remember that you shouldn’t cheat everyday.” –LifewithBri

Like I stated in the quote above, we all have weaknesses, especially when it comes to food. What are some of your weaknesses? I absolutely LOVE sweets (chocolate, mainly) and rice (so much that some would call me Asian)!  So rather than diving into these foods on a daily basis, I’ve had to learn how to treat or rather reward myself at times as well as to find alternatives that still satisfy my taste buds.

When it comes to chocolate, I was never a huge fan of dark chocolate until I found its mainly great health benefits.  It’s not only good for your heart, brain, but it also has tons of antioxidants.  In addition, it’s a food you can eat to help relieve STRESS, which I absolutely love.  Over time, the bitter sweetness of dark chocolate certainly grew on me and I even crave it at times now. Crazy,huh?  But that does not mean that I do not find time to eat a piece of white chocolate (my fav) or milk chocolate once in a while!

On the other hand, I absolutely love white rice and I truly, deep down in my very soul believe that nothing, absolutely NOTHING can replace it.  Do you feel my passion when typing this?  Well, truth is brown rice isn’t so bad “after all.”  But you have to know how to cook it right!  There is just something about the grainy texture that rubs me (or my tongue) the wrong way, so I’ve had to experiment several times to make it soft enough for me.  In addition, I have tried other rice alternatives such as quinoa.

So let’s embrace our food weaknesses and turn them into strengths by becoming more disciplined and treating ourselves when necessary!

I’ll let you in on a little secret.  Tonight, I am going out with a few friends after a longggggg last semester of graduate classes to celebrate—so I WILL BE CHEATING, in some way or another; but don’t worry, because this is planned, I will not going crazy out of control.  When is your next cheat day and what do you plan to indulge in? Make it good, just don’t make it often.

MY CHOICE:  To treat myself once in a while with the foods I love and finding healthy alternatives to replace them on a regular basis.

YOUR CHALLENGE: Plan your “cheat days” so that you don’t go crazy.  Treat yourself once in a while with foods you love and look for healthy alternatives to replace them on a regular basis. (Trust me, if you don’t like the replacements at first, they will probably grow on you!)

Comment or email me at talkwithbri@gmail.com <3

9 Comments

  1. Robyn Lynn Williams
    April 26, 2013

    So very proud of you, Neicy!! Great article!!

  2. Rey
    April 26, 2013

    Love cheat days. Cheat days give me just enough sweet/salt/grease, etc., but not too much. I’ve also found that while my mental wants these “bad” foods, my body isn’t as pleased once I get ahold of them. I usually feel poorly, esp if I overindulge on cheat days! So as you said, it’s important to plan cheat days, to look forward to the treat. And also important to plan what you will treat yourself with in order to not overindulge (<– my current problem!). :))

    • April 28, 2013

      Exactly! Great way of looking at it! 🙂

  3. JB
    April 26, 2013

    Yes eat to live not live to eat! Thanks for the motivation cuz!

    • April 28, 2013

      Great quote! No problem. 🙂

    • April 28, 2013

      Thanks for the support! <3

  4. Mona
    April 28, 2013

    Yes! Cheat days are okay, just as long as they are not EVERY day! LOL great advice! Deprivation is never a good thing! I’ve found that totally ruling out certain foods will cause a serious relapse…sooner or later.

  5. Katie
    April 29, 2013

    It’s all about in moderation. <3 everyone needs a cheat day every once and a while!

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