A quick weekend reminder that eating food is not cheating. Cheat days and cheat meals don’t have to be a thing anymore when all foods are legalized and when you’re no longer dieting.
Christina Frangione, MS, RD, CDN
Christina Frangione, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Huntington, NY helping clients with eating disorders and disordered eating recover their relationship with food and their body. She utilizes a Health at Every Size® approach and supports Intuitive Eating and knows that while she is the food and nutrition expert, you are the expert of your body and life.
No one diets for no reason. We do not wake up one day and decide to starve ourselves or restrict foods we normally enjoy. We diet for many different reasons. We may be trying to change our body because we’ve learned we’re not good as we are, we may think we’re going to treat or cure a disease, we may be coping with stress, or any other number of reasons.
I’ve compiled a list of 17 super easy meal ideas for you to make when you need food fast and with minimal effort. Feel free to add your own meal ideas and keep referring back to this list as needed. It can be a real life saver to have a list of your go-to meals available.
Sugar sweetened beverages including soda, juice, iced tea, sports drinks, and energy drinks are not the root cause of the so-called “obesity epidemic” or increasing rates of diabetes. Just like donuts and ice cream didn’t cause these “epidemics”, neither did simply drinking sugar sweetened beverages. There are so many factors involved and it’s completely oversimplifying a complicated matter and ignoring genetics, socioeconomic barriers, and environmental factors.
The non-diet, Health at Every Size message may say that you don’t need to change your body to be happy or healthy, but wanting to change your body isn’t wrong. It isn’t bad. It doesn’t mean you’re vain or have the wrong priorities. It’s completely normal at times to want to change your body. You may want to lose weight, have a smaller nose, bigger butt or breasts, bigger biceps, more chiseled abs, tanner skin, lighter hair, etc. etc.
We’ve all seen the articles and posts preaching how to get a flat stomach overnight in preparation for the beach/pool the next day. Listing all the “detoxing” foods and beverages you should consume and all the “bad” bloat-inducing foods and beverages you should avoid. Have you done exactly what was recommended and still spent the next day self consciously sucking in your stomach, wearing shirts or cover-ups, posing in certain ways to make yourself look slimmer, or simply not going out at all?