I've been doing a lot of soul searching lately about to what degree the terminology I use in my own thoughts about eating have an impact on my actions. The word "cheat" seems so emotionally loaded, and likely to bring up shame or guilt, and inspire rebellion against my own best interest. In my own experience I've found it difficult to make good food choices on a long term basis if I get tripped up by thinking in terms of "good", "bad", "should", shouldn't", "success", "failure", etc.
The way I'm wording my current goal is "To fit in as many biologically appropriate and pleasurable meals as possible between now and when I die." I've only been tossing this around in my head for about a week now, but I feel like it is making a difference in upping my compliance percentages without "trying".
Has anyone else toyed around with this?