Cheat Meals and the Food Bank

Written by: Lee on 24th Jan 2011

My way of coping with a strict food plan is having a cheat meal at the end of the week. This meal doesn’t follow any healthy rules and is generally whatever has taken my fancy during that week. The enjoyment of this meal is difficult to explain, come Friday night/Saturday morning, I start to feel quite excited.

The food bank idea is how I justify my cheat meal, the size of it and anything else I may have as a side.  For instance, over the previous week, I followed what was probably my strictest food plan to date and made no mistakes. This put an awful lot of good food ‘money’ into my food bank, with the results to go with it. Having all this good food money in the bank, gave me the opportunity to spoil myself on the weekend and make a large withdrawal. Pizza and Ben and Jerry’s. I ate it guilt free, knowing I fully deserved every bit of it after a flawless week. This is probably the first time I’ve had a perfect week with regards my food, hence the addition of Ben and Jerry, I hadn’t seen them in a long time. Normally my cheat meal would be just that, one meal with no sides. If I’ve fallen off the healthy wagon during the week, then a healthy weekend is in order to top the food bank back up.
If anyone is interested in giving this a go, please do tell me your results.

Comments

I have done this before on a

I have done this before on a strict diet, and all week I looked forward to that "cheat" meal. Would you believe, when the day came, I really didn't have a taste for anything bad? I couldn't bring myself to do it. I guess the diet itself had done something to my taste buds! So, really, once you start changing your diet and stick with it, it just gets easier. The key is to stick with it.

I don't know if this will

I don't know if this will work for me, as I'm afraid that if I cave in a little right now, it might turn into a complete collapse.

You mentioned that you reward yourself based on your success with your diet. Do you also compensate for the extra calories from your cheat meal with additional exercise?

It's like giving yourself a

It's like giving yourself a much deserved reward for a hard work done or achievement completed. It can be an effective motivating factor to stay on track when it comes to you diet. The thought of having a sumptuous meal at the end of the week can be a reason to adhere to your food plan during the rest of the week...I wanna try it although my fear is that I end up eating a lot more than I should! :)

I'm not good at balancing

I'm not good at balancing like this. I would end up going without too much in order to have a really piggish meal. I find it easier to try and keep the balance all the time.

It sounds like a neat idea. I

It sounds like a neat idea. I would love to save good food money in the food bank and withdraw it on the weekend or other special days. I don't think I have been saving enough for a large withdrawal though.

I am all for this too, a

I am all for this too, a cheat meal sounds like something that would keep me eating healthy the rest of the week. I would plan it for Sundays and only eat it if I stuck to the healthy eating throughout the week. Thanks for the tips!

I love the idea of "saving"

I love the idea of "saving" good-food money into the food bank. Eating unhealthy food itself is bad, and feeling guilty about it will make it worse.

I get the idea behind this,

I get the idea behind this, and I will admit to occasionally cheating, but once I actually give myself permission to cheat, I go overboard. I'm better off not planning a cheat meal but making up for it later if I eat one.

I do the same thing. The

I do the same thing. The ideal of eating healthy foods 100% of the time is too overwhelming and then I don't even try. Giving myself permission to cheat occasionally helps keep me on track.

This is a great idea and I

This is a great idea and I loved it! I am going to try it. I always say you have to throw some things in your meal plan that you really enjoy. If you eat healthy all week you can have 1 "not so healthy" meal.

I was so happy when you first

I was so happy when you first mentioned this idea to me in the forums. The cheat meal is a great way to help yourself stay on track the rest of the time.

Heaven knows that total

Heaven knows that total deprivation of the appetites is a recipe for disaster! The once a week splurge meal definitely is a good strategy to head of disaster.

I have always loved having a

I have always loved having a meal to look forward to! Even when I'm not dieting, I have something special planned once a week so that I can be better behaved the rest of the week.

I haven't done this before

I haven't done this before and I think this is a great idea. Cheat meals is like a reward to a job well done on a week of controlled diet. I will apply this idea because I am having a hard time losing weight.

Just want to report that I

Just want to report that I have lost 2 pounds applying this method. I continue on my regular routine but this one. I also look forward for every weekends so that I can eat whatever I wanted.

Great to hear about some more

Great to hear about some more positive results, hopefully this idea will make it easier to keep progressing and make long term, sustainable gains.

Haha, sometimes my pregnancy

Haha, sometimes my pregnancy cravings won't wait until a cheat meal! I do try to eat nutritiously the rest of the time, though, to help balance it out. I guess it's a similar approach.

I have a similar thing going

I have a similar thing going on with my food plan, though I've never thought of it in terms of saving good 'food money' in a food bank. I think it's a great idea. I'll definitely let you know how well I can save up, and how often I 'spend'!