This is a tricky subject. Honestly, I rarely bend the rules/stray from eating clean. At least 95% of my meals each week are cooked/prepped by myself in my apartment. I know exactly what I am eating and what the ingredients are (and that’s how I prefer it). OK so do I eat cake? Cheesecake? Ice cream? French fries? I will tell you when I bend the rules.
I bend the rules as little as possible: why? Because this is a lifestyle – NOT a diet. I don’t have weekly cheats on Oreos, regular/conventional flour/biscuits/quesadillas, ice cream, candy, I don’t even chew gum to show you how extreme I am (chemicals and artificial sweeteners in gum, too!!). This is my body and I choose what I want to put in it – and I am VERY picky and honestly, you should be too. My “cheat” would be considered an ORGANIC Justin’s peanut butter cup (dark chocolate), or some other organic dark chocolate from Whole Foods usually. I used to eat Talenti Gelato every COUPLE of weeks (key word – couple – not even weekly), however, I decided upon starting the blog that I don’t even want to eat that anymore because that’s not living the code. It’s milk/cream – non-organic – and I don’t want to put that in my body. I won’t eat it (my discipline is strong so I mean that). Ok so what will I eat and when will I bend the rules?
I will eat a piece of this one and only cheesecake made by my dear family friend, around Christmas time. She uses pure ingredients, so there are definitely no chemicals, but, it’s still sugar and it’s not good for you. However, the cheesecake is that amazing (it’s crust-less) so I always enjoy a pretty big piece around Christmas! Hey, we are all human, and a piece or two of real (chemical-free at least) cheesecake per year is not so bad. That is SO ALLOWED because of how strict I am throughout the year! I can look forward to that cheesecake at Christmas guilt-free, and once I’ve had a couple of pieces over 2 days or so, I am done until next year. I won’t get cancer or cellulite or fat rolls from 1 piece of cake (just like 1 serving of veggies and chicken won’t get you abs).
I don’t really like cake besides that cheesecake to be honest. My fav is brownies. And guess what? My almond butter ones are the best out there and they’re clean and glutenfree/flourless. Wam bam thank you ma’am. So ok besides the once or twice a year real cheesecake that I indulge in, what else do I have? Every COUPLE OF MONTHS I might have some gluten. A high quality restaurant’s burger – made with fresh ingredients and not processed garbage (I still may not eat the bun though- I just don’t like bread)- or I might have some indulgent macaroni and cheese from my fav Birmingham restaurant Gianmarco’s (if you haven’t gone yet, go, but make a reservation or go to the wine bar). I had their mac n cheese back in February with a GRASS-FED STEAK and it was outstanding. Granted, the next day I ate veggies, organic oatmeal and not much else, chugged even more water, etc., to make up for having some cheese and gluten. I won’t just eat mac n cheese at any restaurant nor would I order it again, say, if we went a month later. These treats are every couple of months – if that – because I just prefer MY LIFESTYLE of eating!
If I go to a Mexican restaurant, I’ll get fajitas: either just the veggies or steak or chicken. And I NEVER eat the tortillas. Gross. I just don’t want the bread. We don’t go out to eat a lot though and I am SUPER picky about where I will go. I won’t even go out to eat once a week! I SO prefer to cook my own food and eat organic as much as possible. I feel so much better that way. I recommend you try it as well. Honestly, I have more fun staying at home cooking an amazing dinner with my boyfriend than I do going out to dinner! Sure it’s nice to go out every once in a while, but, for the most part, I like having control over my food 100% and avoiding grains and loading up on clean veggies and clean, lean meats.
Free candy, doughnuts, cookies, cake at work? Nope. I won’t eat it. Never in a million years, y’all. I PLAN my cheats (obviously – my cheesecake at Christmas is planned a year ahead LOL). I don’t want to eat anything else that is bad unless I have planned for it and it’s got to be REALLY amazing for me to try it/eat it. They don’t happen weekly or bi-weekly or monthly even. You need to limit your cheats or it’s going to be really hard for you to maintain this lifestyle. The key is remembering why you are eating this way to begin with. It’s to nourish your body with the nutrition it needs and not to eat junk with zero nutritional value that will only leave you feeling sluggish, tired, bloated, guilty, and fat.
So, that sums it up! Oh and I can count on one hand in the past 2 years that I have eaten real bread (yes that’s real bread with gluten): I had a burger (and the bread) at Dram late last year, I think in December or something around that time, AND I had a burger while I was in Chicago for my birthday in January 2015. Oh I had some deep dish pizza too in Chicago because I had never had it before. That is three times last year I had real bread. That’s what I mean on I don’t bend the rules often – but when I do, it’s worth it!!! Picture below is from the Chicago’s Bistro Burger place OMG it was the best. Totally worth it. It came with sweet potato fries. Also below is my amazing steak and MAC N CHEESE from Gianmarco’s. And my deepdish pizza on my birthday celebration weekend in Chicago! Oh and keep in mind I worked out hard each of those days before those meals!!! But for real, it’s ok to have something not on the paleo/primal menu once in a while. The idea is to enjoy your life, eat what you want on occasion, (I am just lucky that what I want to eat is what I already eat and it’s usually paleo) but try to keep it clean and nutritious as much as you can because we only get one body and I want to keep mine as healthy as I can for as long as possible. So I limit the bad stuff to only a few times a year. We are human and it’s totally fine – just be sure you are working out super hard to make up for the times you DO splurge y’all!!! #liftheavy #andoften