Having a vegan cheat day is a way for me to not feel so dogmatic about my food choices and weight loss goals.
I have learned when I tell myself I will never have a certain food ever again, it will make me go off the deep end and consume more of that food. It’s a negative cycle of eating that has contributed to weight gain and not so vibrant health.
At first, my vegan goal was for ultimate health. My idea of this was to
be raw vegan, which I love the feeling inside my body but failed when all I
could do was drool over food that I thought I could not live without.
This made me spiral out of control and not even eat vegan, and not even
try to eat healthily. This would become a pattern for me each time I tried
to eat in a way that eliminated certain foods forever.
When I gave into the cravings, the foods I thought I wanted to eat really were not appealing. That’s when I realized I needed a more balanced approach to eating a vegan diet.
I learned that moderation is the key to my
successful weight loss, and a vegan cheat day would give me an
incentive to stay focused on my goals.
The majority of my daily meals are simple whole food recipes consisting of a variety of fruit, vegetables, beans, lentils, and (occasionally), nuts, and seeds either raw or cooked with light oil (or no oil), and seasoned with herbs and spices.
The cheat day is usually a day off from work.
This is when I like to grab a coffee drink, a vegan burger and/or french
fries, or Mexican food. Or, I will just eat my normal diet and snack on chips or have some candy.
Vegan Mocha Latte
Corn Chips with guacamole or salsa, or both
click this link for crunchy vegan snacks
**It's not safe to just trust what is posted on the internet. Even companies and sites you would assume know what is truly vegan have animal tested products listed. I'm learning more about reading ingredients and what those long confusing words really mean.
The following meals I will make at home or enjoy at some of my favorite restaurants.
Optimal health is still my main goal, but having learned from my rocky healthy/not healthy eating history, I enjoy my vegan cheat day (or let’s call it a vegan treat day).