I know, in the last post, I went on and on about the sucky parts about transitioning my life into my newer life. The truth is, there are a lot of plus points. Some of which include the fact that I'm finally normal-sized in this country, something I embrace and enjoy after being too tall, too fat, too big in Asia for basically, all my life; the fact that gluten-free anything doesn't cost me selling my kidney in the black market and that I love being in a city that embraces my gluten-free worshipping, cage-free eggs devouring and Kombucha-brewing lifestyle.
One of the most important factors is I am in complete control of what I put into my body. Yes, I was in control as well before, but living with my folks, I'd be tempted by the white rice my parents are having for dinner, or the keropok my mother is frying up. Somehow in the course of living together, John and I have started going on unofficial Saturday night date nights; it's our one night a week to eat out at a new spot that we've never tried before. It's also our once-a-week cheat meal.
The problem with cheat meals, or cheat days is that when you're fixed on a relatively healthy diet, you tend to feel really, really shitty after. Not because you're feeling guilty about what you had put into your body the night before (you tend to feel really accomplished about the oxtail chilli cheese fries topped with egg & the Ronin at Bachi Burger, finished with a Hershey's cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory. Yes. No shame in my cheat meals.) but mostly, because your body isn't used to the amount of junk you've devoured.
I do a cheat meal a week, as opposed to an entire cheat day because one, I'd end up eating an entire bottle of Nutella if not supervised, and two, I have wedding receptions to look hot for. I've also learnt that it's too troublesome for my body to recover after an entire cheat day, as opposed to just a cheat meal.
I have been experimenting with my body to see what I can do to dispel all the icky feeling in my body the day after a cheat meal. I am not a doctor, a nutritionist or anything of that sort. Consult a doctor or medical professional before you consume any supplements or try this method. It works for my body, and so far, my husband's too.
Whether you're doing a cheat day, or a cheat meal, start your day with either a whole lemon in a cup of warm, or room-temperature water or chugging back a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. If you can, wait between 1/2 hour to 3 hours before you have your first meal of the day.
My meals are clean and simple before my cheat meal. For breakfast, I have two boiled eggs with Sriracha, a glass of water with Sun Warrior, Raw Organic Ormus Supergreens (more details about Ormus Supergreens available here), lunch is a meat-free salad with a teaspoon of coconut oil as dressing. Coconut oil is a natural metabolism booster. It is made of anti-inflammatory, medium-chain fatty acids that burn quickly and is easily absorbed in the body without being broken down by the liver; this makes it a natural energy and metabolism booster that helps you burn stored fat.
Before I tuck in into my cheat meal, I drink some Apple Cider Vinegar again. I've worked up to 1/4 a cup, which is not necessarily what you stomach can handle. Start with a tablespoon first. Don't be lame and dilute it with water, but do it if you must. I eat a teaspoon of chia seeds too.
Post-cheat meal, I will drink a blended concoction of dandelion greens, or dandelion root, (which is available on iHerb, if dandelion greens are not available to you), fresh ginger, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (yes, AGAIN!)
The following morning, I usually wake up with my body ready to expel all of last night's food into the porcelain throne, or whatever you choose to call it. I boil a stick or two of cinnamon in a pot of water and drink it. Cinnamon is amazing at curing bloating. You can also drink it with your herbal tea (as in, boil the cinnamon with your tea) or boil apple slices and cinnamon for a delicious drink. Bonus: your kitchen will smell so freakin' good!
Let me know if you try this! Go forth and enjoy your cheat meal!