A Food Lover’s Guide to Avoiding Weekend Binge Eating
It’s Monday — You’ve started a new diet, workout program, yoga class, and you’re feeling GREAT. This is your week. This time you’re going to stick with it. This time you’re going to get the results you’ve been dreaming of.
It’s Saturday — You had a long week at work, you’re exhausted and you just want to kick back with a cold beer and a large pepperoni pizza. (With olives obviously, because that counts as your daily serving of vegetables, right?)
Let’s fast forward to after you’ve eaten the pizza and you’re suddenly filled with regret (and bloat) because you don’t know WHY you keep doing this to yourself.
Before you beat yourself up too much, I’m here to tell you something shocking.
It’s ok. You’re human.
But if you’re anything like me, you’d prefer to keep those remorse filled moments to a minimum. And lucky you, because you are about to learn a few tips from the former Queen of Progress Ruining™️.
Let’s walk through the weekend together and kick down those temptations one by one.
FRIDAY NIGHT —The work week is over and you want to unwind. Whether that means going out with friends or staying home and watching a movie, a good time is usually associated with food and drink.
And I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone exclaim, “Party at my house! Rachel, you bring the kale salad — hold the dressing — and Vanessa, could you supply the cucumber water? Things are gonna get CRAZY!!”
The key here is to make it FEEL like you’re indulging.
- Find a cauliflower pizza recipe you love and top it with fresh mozzerella and a veggie of your choice. You still get that gooey, cheesy texture that you crave with pizza without destroying your progress with the extra empty carbs and grease.
- Have a glass of red wine instead of a sugary cocktail.
- Avoid the greasy bar food by subbing lettuce wraps for burger buns and split the spin-dip with a friend who will eat the chips while you eat the veggies.
- Indulge in a piece of dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate OR make my favorite “reese’s PB cups” recipe from scratch for an even healthier and more delicious chocolate option.
Start with small changes that will lead to big results down the line.
SATURDAY LUNCH DATE — Whenever I’m asked to go to lunch, I always try to be the one to suggest a few places. This gives you a chance to check out the menus beforehand to ensure that there are options available that align with your goals. And this way you don’t get stuck going to Wendy’s because “well, Allison said she wanted to go, so I had NO CHOICE but to get 5 burgers and a frosty.”
Listen closely now, because I’m only going to say this once. Stop listening to Allison. She’s literally the worst. (And I also heard somewhere from someone once that she doesn’t like puppies, so…ya know, just something to consider.)
Some of my go-tos, that can also double as takeout for lazy nights, are:
- Mexican food (burrito bowls without sour cream and cheese)
- Indian food (chicken saag with brown rice)
- Salad bars like Tender Greens/Sweet Greens
- Simple sushi rolls like Tuna/avocado/cucumber
- And if you live in a large city, healthier options at any local cafe are on the rise.
SUNDAY BRUNCH — Brunch is my favorite meal of the week. Who doesn’t like to brunch? It’s the best of both worlds! Pancakes, eggs, bacon, bagels, waffles, sandwiches, burgers and BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS, guys. How do you say no to BOTTOMLESS. I gotta tell you…it’s not easy. But one way to make SURE you do is to designate yourself as the DD.
Now, as if it could get any more difficult than turning down mimosas (ok fine maybe just 1?), what do we do about the pancakes and bacon? You’re the one who has to exercise self control here, but I will share with you how I have learned to hardcore brunch without hating myself afterward.
Always look for the eggs.
I know, I know…eggs?? How boring! But to me, there is nothing more satisfying than a badass omelette with home fries. Load it with veggies and goat cheese, ditch the toast, and you’ve got a filling AND delicious brunch that doesn’t mess you up completely. Try it!
More importantly, I want you to think in advance about what it would feel like if you did have the pancakes and bacon. Whatever it may be for you — the bloat, the guilt, the difficulty getting back on track after. Try to envision what that feels like, and I can almost guarantee that those pancakes won’t be as appetizing anymore.
Ok, so now that we’re all daydreaming about pancakes, let’s zoom out and recap. Despite what you’ve heard, eating healthy + making good choices does not equal lame weekend, no fun, boring human. I promise. Just keep it simple, and remember that you’re the boss — everything you eat is up to you. And now you’ve even got some new options to help you along the way. So go, food warriors! Go out and conquer that restaurant menu like you conquered last year’s Thanksgiving mashed potato mountain!
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