As I am sure you have seen me say before, I don't think that deprivation is the way to change your lifestyle. It has always been true for me that the more I tell myself I can't have something, the more I want it. Knowing this has allowed me to adopt a healthier way of eating without falling back into the binge eating practices I have previously struggled with.
So when you don't deprive yourself, and you look at everything in moderation, there really isn't a need to gorge yourself on pizza in the name of a cheat meal. If I want pizza, I can have a slice of pizza and feel satisfied with that. I don't need to eat a whole pizza anymore (yeah that was a thing) to feel satisfied. If I eat too much, all I feel now is sick, and that's just because my body isn't used to that kind of food anymore.
So do I believe in cheat meals? Eh, kinda? I don't believe they are necessary for me, because of how I have taken control of what I am eating through Terminal Deliciousness. BUT if allowing yourself one cheat meal a week keeps you from feeling deprived, more power to you. Just don't let it spiral into a cheat day, or a cheat week, or a cheat month. Once you take just one step off the course, it can be really easy to keep rolling down the hill. It will take time to feel confident taking that step without falling off completely. So just keep that in mind.
If I were to sum up my eating strategy in a phrase, it would be this.
"Take it one bite at a time"
If you have a bad bite, make the next one better. Some people make that meals, or days, but I believe the change starts at even the next bite. Indulge for a minute, then get over it. Don't let it ruin anything because the next bite will be better.
What are your thoughts on cheat meals? love em? hate em? couldn't live without em?