Cheat Meals are Bullshit

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Cheat meals are a weird concept “I’m going to eat clean all week and then reward myself for eating clean by eating a large amount of food”. I get not wanting to deprive yourself of food you enjoy, but what if instead of planning out a binge fest you actually ate food when you truly wanted it and not used it as a reward?

Instead of rewarding yourself with food, try out the 80/20 rule, 80% of the time you eat whole foods and 20% of the time you maybe get a little off track and eat a fucking donut or some other food that truly brings you joy. It’s important to find balance in your eating and not reward yourself with food. I find the 80/20 rule to be less stressful and a hell of a lot more enjoyable. Learn how to make healthy decisions as you go throughout life. Learn how to say no to certain foods when you really just don’t want them or they just aren’t worth it. Making healthy decisions will help you to create positive habits and help you maintain a healthy lifestyle long term. Also, a bit of a side note but I try not to refer to foods as good and bad because when you eat a food that you’ve labelled as bad it makes you feel negative after eating it. Eating should not make you feel horrible about yourself, remember that.

I used to plan my life around my weekly cheat meal, I would stress all week trying to decide what I should eat because I literally wanted to eat everything. I would always go way over board on this “cheat” and wind up feeling ill and horrible about myself. Looking back I think there were very few times that I actually enjoyed the cheat meal itself. I’m not judging anyone who chooses to participate in cheat meals, I just truly believe that we shouldn’t be using food as a reward.

Working Out is My Therapy

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I saw the above quote a few days and it hit me so hard in the feels that I actually became emotional. Working out has provided me with the most effective stress relief. Working out consistently gives me a ‘happy’ boost, when I go through a tough time and I don’t workout, I feel very down in the dumps (down in the dumps is an understatement). It only took me like 5 years into my fitness journey to figure out the cycle, but hey at least I have it figured out now.

When you workout it starts a cascade of positive events in your body, such as a reduction in certain health risks (heart disease, diabetes etc). But more importantly your body will have improved brain function. People who suffer from depression have a smaller Hippocampus (this is the area of the brain that helps regulate mood), studies show that exercising encourages cell growth in the Hippocampus. EXERCISING IS SO NEAT.

In the words of Elle Woods:

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There is also a direct correlation between the way your body feels and how your brain feels. If you’re body feels good, your brain will most likely feel the same way. Endorphins actually act as natural pain killers and they help you sleep which helps you stress less. You don’t need some expensive gym membership to get your body some endorphins, simply go for a run, skip, play outside with your friends or kids.

Here’s to stressing less and smiling more!