As one of my three variable tweaks this week, I have decided to switch from having one, concentrated
Cheat Day Free Day to 2-3 moderate Cheat Meals Free Meals.*
So yesterday was my first Free Meal and I gotta say I think this may be a really good idea. I hope I’ll see some proof of that come Saturday but psychologically, I think this is a winner.
Why? Well, the big difference was the self-control I had was much easier to exert.
Up until now, when
Cheat Free Day had arrived, I pretty much went crazy. Eating 4000-5000 calories of utter crap. And, while Free Days are a planned part of the 4HB program, that doesn’t mean you have to be stoopid about how you do it.
Yesterday, I had my first Free Meal at Denny’s: Grand Slam with four eggs over medium, four bacon, two sausage, and two pancakes. I also ate one of those nuclear orange cheese cracker things the kids like so much.
By taking a free meal sooner than once a week, the cravings are nowhere near as strong as they are when I “am good” for a week and then go nuts on Saturday.
This meal was mostly SCD friendly. Only the pancakes (and the nuclear crackers) were “free” items.
Additionally, by making it a single, planned meal, I was able to time my 4HB Damage Control easily and avoid the all-day snacking I tend to do on a Free Day.
In my opinion, snacking really diminishes the effectiveness of the Damage Control hacks. Since they are all predicated on ingesting or doing things in and around meals, eating an extra PopTart (or two) or orange roll (or four) between meals, with no associated Cissus or exercise or grapefruit juice, etc., makes that bit of cheating truly costly.
So . . . the proof will be measured on Saturday, but so far, I like this idea a lot.
Anybody else out there have any experience with switching from Free Days to Free Meals?
Breakfast: whey protein shake in water before my run and workout, same thing after, kombucha, AGG
Lunch: leftover half of a Freebirds burrito bowl with double steak, refried beans, black beans, pinto beans, lettuce, salsa, pico, and veggies. Cissus and AGG.
Dinner: sausage and sauerkraut
Other food throughout the day: black coffee, three tablespoons of natural peanut butter