I'm new to clean eating, I have only been doing it for a few months. I allow myself a cheat day, but only if I ate clean 6 days in a row. I find that I have to be a little strict with myself when I first start something. So this seems to help me a lot.
Since I started Eating Clean I do not have so many cravings anymore. I allow myself a little dark chocolate in moderation. But I never had such a sweet tooth, anyway. My real weakness are salty snacks like Doritos *drool*. I avoid them because I am on the way to becoming a runner and I know that when I indulge in unhealthy foods I cannot perform at my best. Doritos just are not worth sacrificing a good run! When I crave something salty I usually grab a glass of tomato juice with a pinch of sea salt. Works for me
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current weight: 150.0
Fitness Minutes: (8,524) Posts: 39 9/12/11 8:59 P
I really don't like thinking of this as a cheat either. I just didn't know what else to call it because in the past I've always thought of eating off plan as a cheat. Now I'm going to try doing what several of you have posted here. I think I can do it if I keep tracking to be sure that by the end of the week my calories & macronutrients equal the same as if I'd stayed on track everyday. Well, shoot there I go again thinking that I'll be off track when I eat something.
I have old biases that I need to change first.
I control my food. I no longer let food control me.
I don't exactly plan a "cheat" day, but I know that on a weekend where I have plans to eat out with friends, etc. I will be more lenient with myself. I am still working on the mental part of that though - trying not to go overboard on the weekends when I've worked so hard all week to make some progress!
"Everything in moderation, including moderation." - Oscar Wilde
current weight: 133.6
Fitness Minutes: (510) Posts: 315 9/3/11 12:41 P
I do now. I have a little splurge in my day and if I have special plans on the weekend. When I first lost weight, last year, I never wanted to allow for anything. But that backfired for me and I went buckwild over the summer. (explaining the 10 plus pound gain) Its better for me to be balanced instead of thinking everything is off limits!
I find I am much better off if I don't deny myself anything if I really want to eat it. I just try to eat everything in moderation, rather than go overboard with any one thing. And I've found that the cleaner I eat, the less junk I even want to eat.
In the very beginning, no I didn't. I was pretty strict with myself. Now in maintenance I do but I have learned so much about what I can get away with without putting pounds back on. The food tracker really helps teach you how to balance those calories and nutrients. It takes a LOT of practice.
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Fitness Minutes: (510) Posts: 315 9/3/11 1:08 A
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