Balancing Health & Sanity: Cheat Meals

I’m just diving into this.. balancing healthy eating and sanity are literally not a big deal! I know it sounds hard to balance everything, but you can do it!

I know too many friends who decide they’re going to lose weight, get fit, eat healthy, all that jazz and they go balls to the wall. Well, good for them right? Until they binge eat and give up on being healthy – whatever that means.

I also know people who can dive right into eating clean, working out, and meal prepping without ever craving “bad” food (Hint: that’s not me).

I’m somewhere in the middle. I track my macros 95% of the time, but I enjoy a cheat day once a week. For me, I take a cheat meal once a week if I crave it. I don’t force myself to over-eat once a week or anything like that, but hey – if I crave pizza on a Sunday, I eat it. Simple. Balancing your health and sanity is healthy!

Some weeks I’m mentally “good” and I don’t need a cheat meal, so I just stay on my macros.

But Meagan, how the fuck do you just “skip” a cheat meal? That doesn’t sound like your balancing anything.

It can go 1 of 2 ways.

  1. I hit a low weigh-in and feel SUPER good about it, but I don’t get the urge to reward myself with food.
  2. I know I have events around the corner, like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Vacation, birthday, etc. You get the point – I just focus on having my cheat meal on one of those days, instead of having 2 cheat meals a week.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with either option. These are just things that work for me, but the main point: listen to your body. I used to think I had to have a cheat meal every week or twice a weekend! You don’t.

I learned my perfect balance is when I eat a cheat meal once a week, it keeps me sane and doesn’t ruin any progress from working out. To be fair, it took me years to find that balance, but here I am.

I can honestly say I have sustained this way of eating for more than a year, actually almost two years I think! I haven’t felt deprived, either. I’m not the crazy person bringing prepped meals to birthdays and holidays, I learned I can eat healthy or have a cheat meal. Just like I can track my foods or not. Sometimes you need a mental break from tracking food, and sometimes you need an espresso martini (lol my favorite)!

The point of all this is to just remind myself (and anyone who might read this) that balancing your health and sanity is more important than running yourself into the ground on a diet. 

Look at what I ate last weekend! This is what balance looks like!

I made an Instagram post (read it here) all about why I ate this huge meal – and I don’t regret it one bit. Hopefully this helps someone out there that it’s ok to get that burger or pizza you’ve been craving for 2 weeks! Don’t deprive yourself!

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