Vegan Cheat Day

Vegan Cheat Day - Avocado ToastVegan Cheat Day - Avocado Toast

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.

The Mental Shift

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.

Here’s a list of some of my favorite cheat day treats:

Vegan Mocha Latte

  • I usually go to Starbucks. All locations in my town have the option of Coconut Milk, Soy Milk, or Almond Milk. The mocha sauce at Starbucks is vegan.

Corn Chips with guacamole or salsa, or both

  • most corn chips are vegan (check labels)
  • Garden of Eatin’ Pico de Gallo (spicy and tasty with guacamole)

Potato Chips

  • Kettle Brand Sea Salt & Vinegar
  • Kettle Brand Sea Salt
  • Kettle Brand Organic Salt & Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • Munchos

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Candy

  • I enjoy vegan candy on occasion and the options are many, but after a little research, candy considered vegan-friendly is not really because some ingredients are tested on animals.

**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.

Vegan Cheat Day Meals I Enjoy:

The following meals I will make at home or enjoy at some of my favorite restaurants.

  • Spaghetti with Ragu Super Chunky Mushroom Sauce. Nutritional Yeast is a great replacement for Parmesan cheese.
  • Avocado Toast topped with tomatoes, basil, and a drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar. This delicious treat is on the menu at many restaurants, mostly for breakfast. For me, it's an easy meal to make at home any time of the day.
  • Tofu and vegetable with teriyaki sauce or soy sauce, with rice
  • Chipotle Burrito (sometimes Sofritas but usually just the veggie items, rice, beans, and guacamole)
  • Subway veggie sub
  • Veggie Burger with fries (convenient places I like to go for vegan burgers include Red Robin and Whole Foods)
  • French Fries from anyplace that doesn’t cook with animal fat or cook animal products in the same oil.

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).

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