Why it is okay to cheat on your diet and health mantra once in a while
Then I had the moment where one realizes that the inner sugar monster had ordered for me and I was left with a calorie-laiden late breakfast. I was already regretful. But not enough to not eat what has become a delicacy on my strictly-healthy food menu. So I ate what I could, and drank that frozen coffee, too.
Now I was fully regretful. Make that full and fully regretful. I was mentally beating myself up for being so stupid as to give into indulgence and consume what was so bad for me. This inner critic tape played on for awhile, until sometime in the afternoon my inner guide yelled "STOP."
I was so busy beating myself up, I forgot to enjoy the delightful indulgence of a sweet and savory cinnamon roll. I have been eating very well and losing weight (go me!), but needed to realize that a complete and wholesome diet needed the minute allowances of an occasional fat-kid moment. I had tried many diets in the past, all lasting just a few weeks before my willpower broke like an overflowed dam and I gave into carbs, fats, and sweets.
On this path to health, I have come to realize that if I eat well the majority of the time, but allow a cheat meal or item-- without going overboard of course-- I was way more likely to continue to eat well and stick to my newly created healthful lifestyle. When we don't deprive ourselves 100%, we stop obsessing over what we aren't eating, and start to enjoy the fruits, vegetables, and lean meats we are eating. That small fraction of unhealthy food isn't going to derail a healthy diet, it may in fact keep it on track. If you are a carb-lover, I guarantee you will fail in changing your eating habits if you cut them out completely. I allow myself a small piece of whole-grain bread in the morning with my eggs, and never feel that I am missing out during the rest of my day.
I would never try to convince you that eating a cheat meal is in itself healthy, but I will convince you that eating healthy the majority of the time will help you shed pounds, feel more energized, and ultimately make a happier individual. So yeah, go ahead and enjoy that giant cinnamon roll, and don't feel a tad bad about it.