Recommendation: Cheat away from home
Though some people choose not to at all, most of us do enjoy a great day on the weekend where all the rules go out the window, and life is a relaxing joy of new tastes and textures. A cheat day is something that freaks some people out, but for others it is a delightful end to a week of being careful. Either way, I have one big piece of advice: don’t cheat at home. Doing so could be a huge mistake, and could put your next week in jeopardy.
This idea comes straight from the book, though it’s not focused on at great length. I discovered a great reason today to stick with eating out on cheat days: M&Ms. More specifically, M&Ms in a kitchen drawer. Needless to say, if that drawer is one that is opened regularly throughout the week, that those M&Ms are going to look more and more tasty, every time I see them.
You might have experienced the same thing, in a cupboard, a drawer, or the fridge. I know the fridge was a hard one for us, because, although we stashed away all the cheat stuff in a cupboard, anything that needs to be kept cold, or frozen, has to stay in the same place as the vegetables and the eggs, unless you have a spare fridge/freezer.
This might seem like a trivial detail, but don’t mistake the impact it can have. Especially if you’re careful during the week to avoid being around temptations, a few glances of certain things on a dark Wednesday night can be the beginning of 2 days of turmoil, where you battle for control of your food-mind.
Think beans, put beans in the cupboard, and there’s nothing else available. That’s pretty simple. Most likely, generally speaking, the hassle of leaving your house or apartment to go and get the M&Ms that made an appearance in my kitchen drawer would be enough for you to simply wipe away the idea and throw it on a list for Saturday.
Another great reason to get careful about what you’re stocking in your kitchen at home is that little bits of things can start finding their way into meals during the week, and all of a sudden, you have strayed, though subtly, away from a true slow carb diet. I had this experience with soy sauce (the gluten free kind) – it was in the fridge, and I used a splash one day. The next thing I knew, 2 weeks later, it was going in every second thing I made. Not the end of the world, but still not something I would consciously choose to be doing.
My last reason for enjoying cheat day at a distance from where you cook is simply that it’s more fun. Having someone else do the cooking, and clean up, even if it’s at your local burger joint or fast food outlet, is an experience as much as a food serving. That means it feels a bit special, and it will be more memorable. Eating some M&Ms at a movie suits me better, and I’ll remember it better, than munching on them on a Saturday afternoon, while I’m surfing the internet.
Of course there’s always exceptions, so if you’ve had a great cheat day at home, share it with everyone in the comments below! Alternatively, let us know what the best cheat meal is that you had away from home.. or the meal that was the furthest away from home! I think mine would be a delicious steak and fries I had in California a couple of months ago. Delicious, and at least a thousand miles from home.
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