In order to be successful with nutritional goals, we need to first change the way we think about food. Many of us have developed an unhealthy relationship with what goes on our plate. We set ourselves up for failure when we speak about meals in terms of “cheats” or “rewards.”
Cheat meals- We don’t earn food. We eat food to nourish our bodies. You are not doing something bad by keeping the bun on your burger, or ordering dessert. Let’s face it, when we try to restrict what we eat, it usually leads to cravings, and even full on binges. Enjoy the foods you want in moderation and you will keep yourself from going over the deep end!
Rewards- Most of us have been rewarded with food since we were born. It’s time to break that cycle. Choose a reward that aligns with your goals. Buy yourself those new reeboks after consistently making it to the gym 4 times a week, or treat yourself to a massage after hitting a huge PR. Remember that food is fuel, not a prize.
I’m not saying you should eat cake for breakfast every day. I repeat, do NOT eat cake for breakfast every day. If there is something you want to eat, you should look at your nutritional plan for the week, and figure out a way to make it work. Count your macros and fuel up for life.