After working in the fitness industry for the past 1o years, I've heard the term "cheat meal" thrown around a lot. And if you're an active participant in social media, I'm sure you've seen it too.
I get it. I used to say it too.
The most surprising thing is how those two little words would impact my life for years to come. Never in my wildest dreams did I envision that using specific language to describe my eating habits would eventually lead me to an unhealthy relationship with food. I was so engrossed in what everyone else was doing that I followed suit.
Until I woke up one morning and knew I couldn't do it anymore.
A question my clients ask me often is, "what do you think about cheat meals, are they necessary?"
Traditionally, the term is used to describe a meal that is not on someones "prescribed diet." It refers to a meal they plan to indulge in if you will.
It seems simple.
Until it's not.
What starts as an innocent "off" meal over time can lead to episodes of binge eating, something I struggled with for about two years following my restrictive eating and exercise habits.
I see "cheat meals" being paraded all over social media which scares me. I don't see enough of us starting the conversation about why this can be so detrimental to ones mental and emotional health. This language leads to guilt, shame and a sense of restriction. Rather than just seeing food as food, it teaches you to see it as "good" or "bad".
That's why I'm so passionate about today's video. If you find yourself in the depths of a restrictive mindset and cheat meals, then this video is for you. I leave you with 3 tips to overcome the "cheat meal mindset" so you can free yourself of restriction and shame for good.
I'd love to know, what's your experience with cheat meals? Did you find they helped or hinder you? How did they impact your relationship with food?
I hope you enjoyed this video. Let me know what other videos you'd like to see in the comments below!
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