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What do you think of them?
I don't think I really had an opinion until Friday evening when I went to Blu Duby, a new to me restaurant, for my "cheat meal" of the week.
If you don't know already, my personal trainer wanted me to have one cheat meal per week. He suggested having this meal on an off day, so I would come to the gym "stronger than ever" (his words not mine) the next morning for our training session.
I thought Friday nights would be a good night for this "cheat" meal. Friday is an off day from the gym for me, Chelsea and I usually go out for a dinner on this day, and I train on Saturday mornings.
I have to admit, I was thinking of this "cheat meal" all day. Why? Because of the label.
I know well enough that if I didn't have it in my head that Friday night was my "cheat meal", my mind wouldn't have been so preoccupied.
Cheat isn't a nice word. Not a nice word at all.
How am I possibly cheating when I'm nourishing my body with what it truly wants?
I always try to listen to my body and satisfy my cravings. If I want breakfast for dinner, I'll have breakfast for dinner. Some days I barely have a cup of vegetables because I'm not in the mood. Like I said, I try my best to listen to my body and what it is asking for, but at restaurants… well, that's not always the case…
I'm pretty good at scoping out the "healthier options" when dining out. So, my entree usually isn't too indulgent. I'm not saying that I order something I don't want because I always thoroughly enjoy what I order, but sometimes there might be something on the menu that's not-so-healthy that catches my eye…
My plan on Friday night was to order "whatever I wanted" on the menu for my "cheat meal."
Many things caught my eye…
From the sauteed scallops and prawns to the salmon shown throughout this post, the menu had my mouth watering! I went with my first instinct, though, the salmon.
Although this meal was something I would typically make for myself at home (salmon, quinoa, beets, and greens), I still felt like I was "cheating" or "over-indulging" just because of that silly label I placed on the event!
Why was this a cheat meal?
It was wholesome food. Food that provided me nourishment. Food that satisfied my hunger. Food that I craved. I think that's most important… food I craved…
I thoroughly enjoyed my entire meal. The salmon was cooked to perfection; the flesh flaked away in the most delicate way possible.
The quinoa was flavourful and the beets were incredible. I love roasted beets. Did I mention that?
There was not a morsel left on my plate and I was satisfied.
I smiled while I ate.
I was present in the moment.
I savored the many different flavours.
I lived life.
I did many good things for myself, but I most definitely didn't cheat.
Whether I have another satisfying meal of salmon and quinoa or a big bowl of ice cream in the future, I will not be calling it a cheat meal because I truly don't believe it's cheating when you're simply just living, loving, and enjoying life.
In my opinion, cheating is depriving -> cheating <- ourselves from something and I certainly don't want to do that. So, I'm going to focus on living and enjoying.
I think I like those terms a lot better
What do you think?