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Cheating on Your Diet on Your Birthday

Do You Cheat With Food on Your Birthday?

I generally stick to a rigid exercise routine and focus on eating fresh, healthy foods in moderation, but when the calendar turns to my birthday week, or I'm attending a celebration like a wedding, I like to let loose and enjoy the more decadent foods I love without reservations. Peanut butter cups. Artisan mac and cheese. Cake. Sign me up. I'll happily work it off later so I can enjoy the moment.

Birthday or not, so-called cheat days give you something to look forward to and can prevent you from feeling deprived. While the notion isn't for everyone (especially if you're actively trying to shed pounds), celebs like Jessica Biel and Sandra Bullock practice this same technique, and trainers like Harley Pasternak even encourage the method.

Do you sneak in a few extra servings of your favorite things on special days, or do you shun sweets and fancy eats in the name of healthy habits regardless of the celebration?

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amber512 amber512 6 years
I agree with Diana. I do whatever makes me happy... in fact I tend to do that every day :)
Diana615 Diana615 6 years
It's your birthday, that being said, if it makes you feel good to let go for the day, then do it. If it makes you feel guilty then don't. Since it's your day, do whatever is going to make you happy.
bellakaoru bellakaoru 6 years
Happy Birthday Vsugar!! If you can't treat yourself on your birthday, when can you?! You've got to live life!!
Vsugar Vsugar 6 years
TODAY is my birthday, and I am TOTALLY planning on a BIG cheat night!! hahahahhaha - I'm vegan because of food allergies, so good old-fashioned SUGAR is my cheat food of choice - vegan cheesecake HERE I COME!!
ticamorena ticamorena 6 years
I stick to my routine, which isn't particularly restrictive so i don't actually feel like breaking it come my b-day. Feeling really depressed plays more havoc on my routine than celebrations or events such as my b-day, weddings, chirstmas etc.
Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine 6 years
My birthday is the one day where I give myself a TOTAL free pass. On other special occasions I try to stay healthy and just enjoy a few treats, but on my birthday I just eat what I want....this year I had a vegan cupcake for breakfast and my favorite raw mint chocolate sundae for dessert after dinner, as well as champagne!
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