Cheat-deceive or trick.
Choice – pick out or select (someone or something) as being the best or most appropriate of two or more alternatives.
🤷♀️Which definition sounds better to you?
🤷♀️Which one is more positive?
The answer seems simple when we don’t think about either definition in the context of food. We know that cheating in sports, in a relationship, or in any type of game is “bad” and is considered inappropriate behavior that can be considered illegal, or at the least, immoral.
When it comes to food, I hear clients, friends, and even strangers, say “I had a cheat meal” or “I cheated on my diet today”.
❓Who did you deceive
❓Who did you trick
❓Was your behavior immoral or illegal
❓Why do we call it cheating
How would it feel to say to yourself (and perhaps to others if you care to talk about your eating habits with others), “I chose to eat a delicious piece of Key Lime Cheesecake today because it is my favorite dessert”? That’s it! You chose to eat the cheesecake, the same way that you chose to eat a chicken salad for lunch. They are both choices. Food is not good or bad and you are not good or bad for eating any food.
Instead, make choices that align with your goals, whether that be muscle gain, living a healthier life, fat loss, or something else. Own your choices and feel the power of making those choices. I promise it feels better than cheating💯.