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CHEAT MEAL! Helpful or Harmful?

Many have been told that it is important to have cheat meal every once is a while to boost your metabolism. Perhaps it’s an excuse to indulge but the bad news is it is definitely not true!

Cheat meals full of trans fat, white sugar and gluten are harmful to our bodies. These ingredients stay in our bodies for a long time, especially gluten that can last up to six months in our bodies and cause a leaky gut.

If you started your healthy nutritional lifestyle, our Put Me on Track (PMOT) or The 12 Week Program (12 WK), having junk food can disrupt your hormones and digestive enzymes, then you have to start from scratch again in the beginning of the week. You are not giving your body a chance to adapt to the clean eating therefore it will take more time to feel its benefits!

If you tend to crave junk food and keep giving into these cravings, the cravings will only get stronger.

The most common issue is feeling guilty after indulging. The cheat meal may give you some pleasure while you are eating but it definitely won’t make you feel good afterwards.

What do I do if I really crave it?

  • Try to stick to a cheat meal instead of a cheat day. If you really crave it, try to get back to your healthy eating and limit it to one meal.
  • If you stick to having real clean food for a while, you can end up craving clean real food! Give yourself 2-3 weeks without any junk and see how you feel.
  • If you really must, then do not beat yourself up about it, just try to be extra healthy the next day to help balance it out and include plenty of antioxidant rich foods like dark leafy greens, pomegranate, berries, green tea, onions, garlic, turmeric, beetroot, herbs and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower.
  • Try to have a healthy cheat meal instead using wholesome and natural ingredients instead of processed cookies, cakes or biscuits. Avoid anything in packets. Again just because the treat is wholesome and doesn’t contain added sugar or preservatives, doesn’t mean it is low in calories or low in naturally occurring sugars. It is still loaded with natural sugar!
  • Try out Deliciously Ella’s Sweet Potato Brownies recipe500g of sweet potatoes (about 2 medium)12 medjool dates

    6 tablespoons of pure maple syrup

    100g of ground almonds

    2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

    A pinch of salt

    100g of ground oats

    6 tablespoons of raw cacao powder

    For the Full recipe click on the following link http://deliciouslyella.com/new-and-improved-sweet-potato-brownies/


Have a great weekend,

By Nadine El Alaily