I hope everyone had a great Easter!
Sunday was a big eye-opener for me. I said yesterday that Sunday would be my cheat day. I guess those weren’t the right words, because I know that being plant-based isn’t a diet, or something that I’m being forced to do, so I don’t need to cheat. What I meant was that it would be the day where I use my 10%-20% margin for my eating goals.
This wasn’t about chocolate. I’ve been trying to cut back on sugar for a while, as I’ve found that it affects me negatively. I always feel flat, unmotivated, and sad after eating too much sugar. So while I have not cut it out entirely, I’ve tried to cut back and asked my family not to give me chocolate for Easter.
As I mentioned, we had no big family plans, so I went out for brunch with some friends. I failed the social eating test (again) and ate a non-vegan brunch. The people I was with always order off the menu, and so I try to stick to the menu when I’m with them so as not to make the job of the cafe even more difficult. But it just reminded me that I need to stand by my beliefs.
The only other non-vegan thing I had was two small easter eggs. That was all the chocolate I got (my family are great!).
But I did eat a packet of flavoured chips, which while technically vegan, left me feeling really crappy. So my reasons for eating this way were brought back to me very clearly: my health. It’s not just about being plant-based, it’s about eating good, whole foods. The only person who loses when I try to “cheat” is me.
One yummy meal I did make yesterday was a burrito bowl with brown rice, capsicum, onion, garlic, zucchini, and avocado salsa. Success!
So for future reference, please feel free to remind me why I’m doing this and how bad I feel when I eat badly. The occasional indulgence is ok, though!