The title of this blog post refers to food, not men or women. I just thought I would clear that up for all readers of this post…
I just enjoyed a small scoop of Kuhai ice cream. I was debating with myself wether I should spend $7.25 on an “army strong” Mai Tai or some ice cream. I went with the ice cream and am glad I did. I saved almost $4!
The #1 key to getting away with a cheat without feeling guilty is to allow yourself to cheat for the rest of your life.
You are not going to go the rest of your life eating 100% healthy foods. If you want to then I wish you luck. Don’t ask me for help on your “fun” journey.
How many times one cheats depends on hundreds of factors. You have to decide what works for you. If you are diabetic then you will have to be more strict until you are at an ideal weight. If you are fit and healthy like myself then you have no worries until you see extra fat piling on that ole belly.
I’m not recommending you go out and cheat every day!
I rarely cheat but if I want some ice cream then I’ll eat some ice cream. If I want a Hawaiian pizza while in Hawaii then I’ll eat a Hawaiian pizza. I enjoyed this once and it was pretty damn good. I suffered no ill effects. If you have celiac disease then, well, you better be eating a gluten free crust!
If you tell yourself you’re going to cheat then it’s less likely to happen. If you tell yourself it’s OK to cheat then it’s less likely to happen. When you don’t allow yourself to do something then you think about it more. You start feeling pissed off inside because you are “not allowed” whatever non paleo food you are thinking about. I’m here to tell you that you are allowed.
What’s wrong with taking baby steps folks?
I love Robb’s approach where he says to avoid all grains, dairy and legumes for 30 days. Do this. If you can’t do this for 30 straight days then you may be hopeless. Nutrition is first. Get it dialed in. Understand what eating this way is like.
Then begin to experiment. Eat a little ice cream and see how you feel. Did you breakout? Was it as good as you thought?
Allow yourself to eat other foods you think you want. Everyones’ situation is different and so we must all approach our cheats differently. Some of us, like Robb Wolf, enjoy corn tortillas a few times every week of our lives. Some of us, like myself, loves peanuts and peanut butter and thus enjoys it when around.
Maybe you have a “cheat” food that you eat on a weekly basis.
When you do decide to cheat, eat slowly. Savor that food and take as long as possible to finish it. Live in that moment. Quit thinking about how bad it is to eat pizza or ice cream! Seriously!
Again, maybe you don’t want to cheat. However, I highly doubt this. Admit you want to cheat. Maybe you eat 2 not so bad cheat meals every Saturday. Sweet! Grok on! Spread the primal lifestyle my friend!
This is no freaking religion. This is a lifestyle that yes, everyone in the world should be living. Live it your own way. Just be aware of the damage that the slice of bread you just ate is potentially having on your gut. Be aware that the ice cream you just ate may lead to an acne breakout.
Realize that you are living on a beautiful planet. Realize that you only live once and that you deserve to have fun. You deserve to enjoy life. If you are eating strict paleo but are stressed out then you are not paleo. That’s not what primal/paleo is all about. It’s about enjoyment. Primal/paleo foods are awesome. But, let’s be honest – SOME modern foods are pretty kick ass too.
How do you cheat without feeling guilty? Maybe you’re not there yet? What is your favorite cheat? Is living in joy what we should be after more than the perfect diet?