A predecided break makes answering “Is this NOYOKE” very easy
The NOYOKE lifestyle is about eating gluten free, dairy free, and kosher. But it’s more than just restrictions. In fact, it’s just the opposite. The NOYOKE lifestyle about taking a break. It’s about not worrying when to eat noyoke.
Do as God did
Look at any biblical text. Religion doesn’t matter. They all say God took six days to create the world. And, on the seventh day, he rested.
Why? It took a ton of work. He deserved some rest.
It’s no different with eating clean. Shopping, cooking, and cleaning time. Plus, the dicipline and focus required is exhausting. On the 7th day, just rest. Eat whatever and how much of ever you want. Order-in. Go out. Just relax.
For me, it’s Saturdays. It’s my day-of-rest.
- Predeciding makes it easier: Negotiating with yourself is exhausting. A predecided day-of-rest removes any need to battle with your conscience.
- Look forward: On day five and six, you’ll really get excited to let loose on day seven.
- Still net negative (or positive): You can still achieve weight loss (or gain) goals taking a break once per week. For example, say you burn 100 more calories than you consume, six days per week. Then, on the 7th day, you consume 400 more calories than you burn. After seven days, you’ve still burned 200 more calories than consumed.
- Maintain fast metabolism: Consistent calorie deficiency triggers starvation in the human brain. A starving brain will slow down its metabolism to store more fat. A big eating day once-per-week reminds your brain that you’re not, in fact, starving.
- Be more energized: On Sundays, I’m back to full energy. I’m motivated. And I’m excited to start eating clean again.
It doesn’t matter what day you choose. Saturdays work best for me because my work week ends on Friday. Plus, it allows me to roll Friday night dinner into the day-of-rest. This way, my weekend dinner plans are simple to enjoy.
During a recent vacation in Mexico, several of you asked me, “Is this NOYOKE?” And what did I say to everything?
Yep, absolutely NOYOKE!
It didn’t matter if it was shrimp quesadillas, a massive mojito, or chicken sandwich and fries. If you’re on vacation, you’re on vacation. Enjoying yourself on vacation is the only way to eat NOYOKE.
It’s the same principal as a weekly sabbath. Six out of seven days = 85%. So if there’s 52 weeks per year, you should be taking a (food) vacation every 7th week. That’s about seven vacations per year.
Most people don’t get 7 weeks of PTO. But, most people have busy weeks. What about:
- Fourth of July.
- New Years.
- Your birthday week.
Those are all great weeks to take a break from eating NOYOKE. Chances are, your body will crave clean food during your vacation weeks. But, since it’s predecided, there’s no guilt for indulging.
Conclusion: When to eat NOYOKE
Asking yourself “Is this NOYOKE?” is good to do. But before answering, you should know what day it is. Because if it’s a day-of-rest or vacation week, you can answer right away.
“Hell yes, this is NOYOKE. I’m on vacation. And not enjoying myself is definitely NOT NOYOKE.”