cheating on your diet
how much does cheating set you back

My "cheating on your diet" cookbook

The cover of my new cookbook. You can buy it for $10.00Family Recipes For all Occasions Compiled by judith Blacklock Robbins Useful when cheating on your diet or when not cheating

Try my Family Recipes cookbook (e-book)

A few of the recipes are from the 1930s and 40s. Old but still delicious.

Make your own cereal or make your own dog treats--you will know what is in it and it will be healthier than processed versions.

Over 500 tasty recipes. Compiled from favorites of family and friends through the years.

To try some free recipes from my cookbook, scroll down.

How harmful is cheating on your diet? I've never known anyone who dieted who didn't eventually cheat.  I try not to cheat, but sometimes a stray piece of cake calls me. When it does, I consider my options. If it has been at least three weeks since my last cheat, I eat the cake very slowly enjoying every last morsel. It works.Then I jump back on my diet. The next day, I find that there is no difference on the scale. cheating on my diet once in a while seems to be okay

If you want to be healthy, do not drink dark soft drinks, no matter what. They're loaded with caffeine, sugar and preservatives. That being said, I often beg my family to just let me have one taste.  One taste is usually nasty if I have been off of cokes for a while. Then I tell myself only poison tastes so bad. If you absolutely can't stop yourself, then drink root beer or clear colored soft drinks. They are not as bad for you as the other drinks. Anyway,  it is a cheat day, and there is so much I can eat that won't be quite so unhealthy.

"Cheating on your diet"
Rules for Cheat Day

  1.  Don't cheat on breakfast.
  2. Keep portions small, sometimes just a taste is often enough.
  3. Don't alter your drinking patterns - continue with water and fruit waters
  4. For one meal that day, eat a lot of greens or fresh vegetables.
  5. Don't allow yourself to eat between meals.
  6. Eat everything in small portions. The doctor used to say that a portion should be no bigger than your fist.
  7. If it is dessert you want, then eat it in small portions. I often give up my meal if I am tempted with dessert and only eat dessert for that meal. Eat your dessert very slowly. I had a child who could make a small piece of candy last for hours. It is the way to do it. 
  8. Never have seconds. Seconds lead to thirds...
  9. Don't forget to exercise.
  10. Drink plenty of water.
  11. When the day is over, don't feel guilty. Just freeze those leftovers and get back on your diet. Remember the diet is for health and you want to be healthy. When you get back on the scales in the morning, you will probably have not gained any weight, but if you have it will be minimal. One day off the diet will not destroy your plan so be sure to get right back on the diet.
  12. Don't take more than one cheat day in a month.

If you are taking a cheat day or just wanting recipe for special occasions or for everyday family food, order my cookbook in the right had column of the book.

The problem with cheating is that I am not dieting to lose weight. I am doing this to be healthy and to have safe cholesterol and triglyceride levels. 

Sometimes I need a cheat day, but not very often. On that day I usually eat my favorite foods that I am missing so much. That being said, I never cheat on breakfast. Every morning, no matter what, I have a smoothie or fruit or the Budwig protocol.  If it is pancakes and bacon I am craving, I simply eat them for lunch or dinner.

Cheating on your diet?
Try my cookbook
"Family Recipes
For all occasions"
The book also does contain some healthy menus.

Order book in right hand column of this page.

Mexican Food
Nigerian Food
Dog Food
Homemade cereals
See below for some recipes from my book

When my husband was working in Africa, I was left with time on my hands. I had brought many of my favorite recipes from home and my children and friends supplied me with others. With a computer and time on my hands, I organized all of the recipes, and put them on the computer. When I finished I had over 200 pages and sad to say not too many pictures.

For Christmas that year each of my children received a copy of my cookbook. They were so happy to have the recipes they grew up with. This was before I changed my diet to lower my cholesterol and recapture health so not all of the recipes are healthful. It does have healthy foods like crunchy granola, salads and others.

When I want to cheat, I pull out my cookbook. It is quite ragged now, but still useable. I made the books before I knew what e-books were. Well, they didn't exist then. I recently revised my book so that I could just open my ipad or computer and not have to deal with ragged pages.   

Try some recipes from my cookbook

Yummy fruit salad

Mango Bread
2    C flour                2 ½    C chopped mangos
2    t cinnamon            1     t lemon juice
2    t baking soda        ½    C raisins
½    t salt                     ½    C chopped nuts
1¼    C sugar                          
 3    eggs
 ¾  C salad oil            
Mix together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and sugar.  Beat eggs with salad oil.  Add to the dry ingredients.  Add chopped mangos, lemon juice, raisins, and nuts.  Bake 350 degrees in two-pound tins for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean.

         Cherry Cake Casserole
Put two cans of sour cherries (including juice) into a bowl. Add 1 C sugar, 3/4 t almond extract, red food coloring (optional), 2 T cornstarch, and 2 T melted butter. Mix with a spoon until combined. Make batter for a yellow or white cake mix (or use your favorite recipe). Pour the batter into a casserole dish or a 9/13 pan. Gently spoon or pour cherry mixture on top of unbaked cake. Do not stir. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes at 350 degrees. (So good-I never add the food coloring, but you might like it.)     

   Homemade dog Biscuits
   1½ C cornmeal
   2 T vegetable shortening
   2 C meat broth
   6 C whole wheat flour
   1 egg
   Mix well. Roll ¼ inch thick. Cut with a
   cookie cutter. Bake 350 F.

More dog treats in my Family Recipes Cookbook

Puppy playing with its toy bunnyPuppies love homemade treats

    The cherry cake recipe is from a
magazine I read in the fifties.
I can't remember which magazine, 
but the cake was yummy so 
I saved the recipe.

Pizza Bread
Cut a loaf of French bread or Italian bread in half lengthwise. Combine ¾ to 1 lb. lean ground meat with 1/4 C parmesan cheese, 1/4 Mozzarella
cheese, ½ t dried oregano, 1 t salt, ⅛ t pepper, 2 t minced onion, and
8 oz. tomato paste. Mix well
and spread on cut bread. Add thin tomato slices if desired. Bake at 350° for about 20 minutes. Top

with grated cheese or cheese slices and return to oven to melt cheese. Cut into serving size pieces. Serves 8 to 10.

   Hot Chocolate mix
   1     large Hershey instant chocolate
   1     powdered instant milk (8 qt.)
   1     powdered coffee creamer (6 oz.) 
   1      C powdered sugar
   Mix all together and store in large covered 
To mix drink: 2 T mix with 1 C hot    

Peanut Butter Wheat Flakes 
1½    C whole wheat flour ¾ t salt 
  ¼    C flour 
  ¼    C peanut butter 
  ¼    C wheat germ 
  ¾    C water 
Blend flours, wheat germ and salt. Beat peanut butter and water until smooth. Add dry ingredients and form a soft dough by kneading. Add additional water if necessary. Roll out lightly to no more than 1/8 in. thick. Bake on cookie sheets in 350° oven for about 15 minutes. Break into flakes.

For more tasty cereal recipes, see my Family Recipes Cookbook.

There are over 500 recipes in my cookbook including Nigerian recipes and Mexican cooking. Dog food, cakes, main dishes.....

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