Quick Treats & Cheats: How to Eat, Drink, & Be Merry Without Weight Gain!
In today’s post, I’m going to share with you my quick and easy “cheat” options and how I incorporate these fun foods into my lifestyle daily, without worrying about the effect on my waistline. If you struggle with what to eat when you are feeling like you need something sweet or perhaps you need to stray away from your diet a bit; but you don’t want to worry about subsequent health and weight consequences then you are not alone. When I surveyed friends, family, patients, folks asked me to share some quick fun food ideas that help to improve health without complicated systems, ingredients, or recipes that are time-consuming. So, in an effort to help you out, I am creating a “what I eat in a day” series so that you can acquire new recipes or ideas that are time efficient, effortless, whole-foods based, and easy to prepare. I’ll link these videos and the playlist for you at the end of the attached video.
In today’s post, I’m going to share with you my quick and easy “cheat” options and how I incorporate these fun foods into my lifestyle daily, without worrying about the effect on my waistline. If you struggle with what to eat when you are feeling like you need something sweet or perhaps you need to stray away from your diet a bit; but you don’t want to worry about subsequent health and weight consequences then you are not alone. When I surveyed friends, family, patients, folks asked me to share some quick fun food ideas that help to improve health without complicated systems, ingredients, or recipes that are time-consuming. So, in an effort to help you out, I am creating a “what I eat in a day” series so that you can acquire new recipes or ideas that are time efficient, effortless, whole-foods based, and easy to prepare. I’ll link these videos and the playlist for you at the end of the video linked above.
A common myth that we believe is that if you’re trying to eat healthily, you cannot enjoy foods like chocolate, wine, spirits, and fatty foods unless you want to gain weight; however, I’m going to teach you exactly how you can incorporate these foods daily, without regret and without worrying about your waistline.
You won’t need any major supplies for this section because ultimately, these cheat meal ideas are meant to be quick and relatively no hassle options.
While you should be able to find most of these options at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods or a Natural Grocers store, you can also find them on Amazon. Also, I have an attached my recipes for my favorite to-go cheats, HERE!
Let’s start with how you can successfully have a healthy cheat every day. If you have read my book, The Forever Fat Burner, you know that I am a fan of lower carbohydrate diets but I am not against carbohydrates. If often get asked if I eat complex carbs, which ones I prefer, and what timing I use when I eat them. I mentioned my method in the What I eat for Lunch post HERE. In essence, I try to keep it relatively simple. First, I only allow for two servings of grain-free options such as quinoa (a seed) and sweet potato or squash per day (in addition to my fruit and vegetables).
The number of servings depends upon my work out schedule and if I want to have a healthy cheat during the day. For example, If I am on a rest day and do not work out in the morning, I do not add quinoa or sweet potato to my meals or snacks. I also won’t have cheats that day.
However, if I worked out that day, I allow myself two servings of complex carbohydrates, two servings of fruit and limitless non-starchy vegetables. However, when it comes to my daily treats, one serving of alcohol or one serving of my favorite chocolate will replace one of my complex carbs for the day. Most days I allow myself a serving or two of chocolate. These cheats will replace my complex carb for the day. So in essence, if I have two servings of chocolate, or two servings of wine or a serving of chocolate and a serving of wine, I don’t have my complex carbohydrates that day. Make sense? Good...now let’s get to the good stuff... Like my wine habit!
ALCOHOL AND WEIGHT LOSS TIP:
Here is a tip for you wine drinkers out there: My wine consumption usually happens on Friday and Saturday. I have science-based tips for you when consuming alcohol while trying to lose weight or maintain weight. In fact, I have curated some great tricks that work with your biochemistry so that you can imbibe now and then and still burn fat throughout the week. I know, I know...I love you too! You can watch the full details in my Alcohol and Weight Loss video, HERE! In essence, I choose two consecutive nights to have one or two drinks. I do not imbibe the rest of the week because it takes 24-48 hours for the body to start burning fat after consuming alcohol. This way I have a good 5 days to burn fat. I still have my little cheats throughout the week though.
MY FAVORITE DAILY TREATS:
Trader Joe’s organic fair trade Belgium chocolate 72% or 85%
Dry red wine.
When looking for either chocolate or wine, there are some tips I have for quality and health. Chocolate ideally should be at least 72%, 85% is better, organic, and have few ingredients. No Hershey’s bars, here. We want quality. You can find all kinds of specialty artisan chocolates at most natural grocery stores but Amazon carries good chocolate, too. Now when it comes to wine, I have gone in great detail in my Alcohol and weight loss video, so check that out for my best recommendations of dry wines. If you really want some great red wine that is about as healthy as you're are going to get with no residual sugars, check out Dry Farm Wines or FitVine Wines. These wines are biodynamically processed, low to zero residual sugar, low calorie and higher in antioxidant power. Check out their websites in the attached links.
I usually have chocolate every day and save my wine for the weekends. This allows me to have a safe treat every day. However, I save one meal on Saturdays for a full cheat meal. At this meal, I eat whatever I want that is gluten-free and satisfies any cravings. For example, I’ll go to our local bakery and have three gluten-free doughnuts or scones and a coconut milk latte. Or, I’ll make a homemade pizza with beef pepperoni, artisan cheeses, and my homemade sauce. Sometimes we will grab bacon burgers on a gluten free bun with a side of waffle fries dipped in blue cheese sauce.
I also enjoy making my Coconénés which are fun little peanut butter and chocolate fat bombs. Or, I’ll make my Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Paleo Pie and literally eat a half of a pie and finish it off with some champagne. I love making my Not-so naughty toddy or my new favorite, that I call the Né Easter (my take on the Nor Easter, using my favorite local bourbon). No kidding...I’m cool like that. I will be making a separate video for my Coconénés, pumpkin pie, and my bourbon drinks so watch for that...I think you’ll like it. But if you can’t wait for the video, I’ll LINK ALL OF THESE RECIPES FOR YOU HERE. The key is, I save one meal to eat my favorite things that are “relatively” health and I don’t feel guilty one bit. This keeps me sane, gives me something to look forward to and tends to be a fun bonding moment for my husband and me.
I want to hear from you. What are your favorite dark chocolate options? Do you have favorite dry wines that you want to tell us about? Let us know in the comments below. We can all learn from each other and get new ideas to incorporate into our treat repertoire.
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Until next time, don’t forget to supercharge your health and simplify your lifestyle so that you can satisfy that lovely soul of yours…