Being healthy is not about being perfect.  One of the most common mistakes people make when trying to kick start a health initiative is that they deprive themselves of the foods that they love. This not only leads to a sense of deprivation but results in a short lived effort.  The idea of not having your favourite food ever again is simply unsustainable.

Although we try to eat as healthy as possible we cannot always control our environment and food choices (if we go out to eat or if we are guests for dinner at someones house).  Therefore incorporating one to two cheat meals per week allows you to enjoy your favorite foods, go out for dinner with the boys/girls and not feel a sense of deprivation.

Let’s assume you are eating 3 meals per day, 7 days a week.  If you allow yourself these two cheat meals, you are still eating healthy more than 90% of the time.

Here are some tips to make your cheat meal less unhealthy:

  • Limit  your portion
  • Start with a source of fresh fiber, i.e: salad, before you consume your cheat meal
  • Take a digestive enzyme before hand to optimize digestion and minimize digestive disruption