I truly believe in having no rules when it comes to food. Sure, most of the time, I try to eat “healthy”, but what does that even mean? 

For some people, it means avoiding gluten or dairy, eating vegan, paleo, or Whole 30, kicking refined sugars to the curb, having a glass of celery juice in the morning, the list goes on.

But for me, it means prioritizing whole foods – making sure a good portion of the food I eat comes without a label, buying fresh, local produce when I can, making my meals at home, and eating what makes me feel good. 

Some people ask me if I ever have a “cheat day” and to that, I say “what’s that?”. Of course, I know what a cheat day is, but I don’t believe in them. I don’t think that we should put the food we eat into strict boxes. If I want to eat pizza or sweet potato fries, I’m going to do it. If I want a scoop of ice cream (the real kind, not the kind with all the joy removed), I’m going to have it.

And then I’m going to move on. I’m not going to say to myself, “well, now that I had that pizza, the day is ruined so I might as well give up on eating healthy.” I’m also not going to skip dinner because I ate lunch that doesn’t necessarily fit a standard for being “healthy.”

I don’t have that kind of mindset. I eat healthy foods because they make me feel good, because they fill me full of energy, because they make digestion easier, and because I enjoy them, not because it’s what I’m “supposed to be doing”.

I think life is a lot better when we let ourselves live it, when we don’t put too many rules or restrictions on things.

What’s a cheat day?