Getting back on track after a cheat meal—or even a whole day—starts with acknowledging that perfection isn’t the goal; progress is. Instead of beating yourself up, view it as an opportunity to learn about your cravings and triggers. The next step is to not let the cheat meal turn into a cheat week; resume your healthy eating habits at the next meal, not tomorrow or next week. Drink plenty of water to help flush out excess sodium and sugars, and get right back to your regular meal planning, focusing on nutrient-dense foods. Remember, one misstep doesn’t define your journey; it’s your consistent efforts over time that will lead to success.

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