What to Eat Before You Cheat


by | Updated: December 2nd, 2016 | Read time: 1 minute

I am a firm believer in the 80/20 rule. Most of the time, it’s important to eat clean, fresh, unprocessed foods, drink ample amounts of water and exercise daily. The rest of the time…eh, live a little, my friends. Enjoy new flavors. Get out there and dance. Don’t say no to homemade apple pie. The thing is—if I’m about to go to dinner for some “20%” indulging, I never know what I should do first to ensure I don’t go completely overboard. Sometimes I’ll eat an apple but find that actually makes me hungrier. I was happy to see some advice on “pre-cheat meals” on my favorite health TV show this week. And I’ve got to say—the recipe suggested was downright tasty!

What to Eat Before You Cheat

Before you go out for Mexican or order a pizza, try this low-glycemic, fiber-packed concoction. The vinegar/psyllium husk combo is what really kills your pig-out cravings, in my opinon…

Pre-Cheat Meal Elixir (tastes a little like gazpacho if you serve it chilled)

1/3 cup water
Plain pureed tomatoes or 1 cup no salt-added tomato sauce
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. psyllium husk powder

Let me know how it works for you! I had it before a cocktail party and definitely ate less than I think I would have, otherwise!