"Do you let yourself have cheat days?"
I tried the Weekly Cheat Day myself many years ago. Sunday would always be my cheat day and I would attempt to eat healthy the other 6 days of the week. This seemed like a great idea at first, but in the end it was just a slippery slope. Pretty soon, this cheat "day" turned into a cheat weekend, and then a LONG cheat weekend, and eventually I found myself going right back to my old eating habits. The real problem was that I was continually exposing myself to foods that I had a hard time giving up. By having them once a week, I never had the chance to "detox" or allow my body to acclimate to life without them.
I like to compare it to a smoker who is trying to quit. Would you tell someone who has recently quit smoking to choose one day a week to have cigarettes and then abstain for the other 6 days? How about a recovering alcoholic? Should they have one "drinking" day to help them get off of alcohol? Obviously, the answer is "No".
So, how do I cheat then? Well, the answer is that I have periods of time where I commit to NOT cheat AT ALL. For instance, this Whole 30 plan that I am on says that you can not cheat for 30 days, so I don't. There are other times, however, that I do allow a very occasional cheat, but I try to monitor myself and make sure it doesn't happen too often and it is never for an entire day. Thanks for the question Elizabeth!
I am currently trying your coffee advice. Can you really get used to black coffee??
So, my idea was this: Week by week, I'm going to systematically reduce my sugar and/or cream in my coffee until I am able to drink it black, or at the very least, with a splash of milk and no sweetener whatsoever. I did this over a period of two months, and you know what? It worked AND it was very easy. It turns out that those small changes were just what I needed to acquire a taste for black coffee.
The interesting thing is that not only did I start to like black coffee, but I also started to appreciate the actual quality and taste of the coffee. I turns out that when you don't put in a bunch of cream and sugar, you can actually taste the subtle differences in varying types of coffee.
Thanks for your question, Debbie!
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