My hope is to explain this in a way that begins to make sense for you. I know the idea of simply eating and not seeing sugary or fried things as cheat, pretty much goes against everything you know.
Here we go..
If you're anything like me, your many tries at dieting have left you restricting then binging hard core. What this tells us is that major restriction of foods you actually like is doing more harm than good.
So by incorporating #SCRradicalbalance (foods you love when you want), we cut out the desire to binge by NOT restricting.
Here's a glimpse at some of my meals over the course of a few days (note, not all meals are included because I ate the same thing multiple times)
So you see some pretty "healthy" things like meat and veggies. You also see the meal out I ate + the cinnamon crumb cake + bacon. All things you may not deem "healthy".
What we need to run as happy and functioning humans:
You simply need all three and we can NOT cut any out and achieve long term results.
So as I navigate my week, I think about the foods I love:
- Greek food
- Tea cookies from Whole Foods (I have 2-4 each week)
These are the things that 1) don't upset my body (gas,blaoting,acne etc) ), and 2) things I truly love. Having these things prevent me from binging on 4,000 calories in one setting when I restrict all week.
I know you're thinking "I can't have just one piece of bread"...I know exactly how you feel. Doing the above goes against everything you know. BUT if one cookie, some cream in your coffee, bread or lunches out can stop you from binging and feeling the need to "start over" every weekend, why wouldn't you?
How can you do this?
Create YOUR list of foods you love!! What would you love to eat and still reach your goals?
Now, see how you can incorporate these things into your week while still having PLENTY of nutrient dense meals. That's the key here---when most meals are loaded with veggies/protein/fats and carbs when needed, it's okay to throw in some of the other stuff we love.
Here's a sample of how this could look like:
Breakfast: Coffee + creamer// 2 pieces of cinnamon crumb cake + 2 eggs + bacon and tomatoes
Lunch: Big ass salad with lots of veggies + fat and protein
Dinner: Burger bowl: ground beef, sweet potatoes, lima beans.
Breakfast: Coffee + creamer// Ezekiel bread toast with 1/2 avocado smashed on it topped with two eggs
Lunch: Big ass salad
Dinner: Hummus plate at greek restaurant + 1 piece of baklava
See how I'm having things I love, but not going crazy each day? It's not about trying to find something "naughty" to have each day. It's about asking yourself "what will nourish my mind and body the most right now?". Sometimes it'll be eggs + veggies, and some mornings it may be cinnamon crumb cake + eggs. Don't try and find something each day, truly tune in to what it is you want and know that if tomorrow you wanted a cake ball--you could have it. Because you are NOT dieting. You're doing life.
PSA: This is not a free for all to have cookies all day everyday, choose the things you truly love and have 1 or 2--start there.