Recovering from a Cheat Day

I had my first ever full-blown cheat day on Saturday.

I woke up and had a yogurt because the Actor and I had planned on this day to be something we did together and he wasn’t awake yet. Once he got up we went to a restaurant and I had everything on my plate, which is something I rarely do. I inhaled my veggie burger, dipped all my fries in ranch, and drank 2/3 of my Corona.

Then we got home and had a few spoonfuls of the Reese’s spread, I had a cookie at a friend’s BBQ, and then we ate pizza and ice cream for dinner.

Needless to say I don’t plan on doing that any time soon. Everything was delicious, but I feel completely satisfied now. That’s important. I have a history of an eating disorder so being in control and not feeling the urge to binge is important and a good sign on a cheat day. You don’t want to ruin your cheat day with negative thoughts and create a bad relationship with food.

The days following Saturday have been easy eating wise. I got right back into eating healthy and feel great because I know I’m giving my body what it needs. However, I use an app that works best when I weigh myself daily, and my weight has not been pretty.


But, I know it’s not real.

The important things to think about are moving on with your goals. I know that my body is smart enough to figure out what to do with all that I ate on Saturday without it being detrimental to my goals.

I also know that I probably won’t have a cheat day on that scale ever again. After eating as clean as I could for the entire month of April I’ve kind of gotten off the sugar and artificial foods train and don’t care for pizza or ice cream as much as I used to. I can probably be just as satisfied with half a serving as I used to on a full serving.

Things to remember:

– Food is not everything. It is fuel.

– There is no “good” or “bad” food. Some have more nutrients than others, and others have more emotionally-good things than others. We all need an apple and we all need chocolate.

– Everything in moderation, even the fruits and vegetables.

– One bad day of eating will NOT ruin everything. Consistency is key, and we’re all human. We slip up, and sometimes we need that cookie more than we need the broccoli.

– You cannot gain weight overnight unless you physically eat your TDEE plus 3500 calories, and that’s just to gain 1 pound.

– Enjoy your cheat day. It’s your emotional health day.

– Don’t feel bad, though I understand if you do. Try to move on. Every day is a new day and a new opportunity. Jump right back into eating healthy after your cheat day and move on.

What is your favorite cheat day food? pizza is probably my favorite, and the ice cream I had was pretty darn good.


2 thoughts on “Recovering from a Cheat Day

  1. Ellie says:

    I really like the comment “You don’t want to ruin a cheat day with negative thinking.” It’s like obsessing over eating pancakes for breakfast all day afterwards. It ruins the experience so the “cheat” (but I don’t like that word) wasn’t even worth it. You are super athletic and eat mostly clean. The 80/20 approach is something I stand by. Sometimes it’s more 50/50 healthy to unhealthy foods and that’s fine. At the end of the day, everything gets converted to glucose for energy anyway 🙂 It’s all good!

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