By Erin Campbell |Staff Writer|
You may be cheating with this cookbook, but you’re mostly winning.
Students from Kinesiology 471 can help you maintain a healthy diet and cheat day with the release of their new cookbook, “ChEAT Day.”
Students Prince Padilla, Jeffrey Dominguez-Fajardo, Cassandra Karr and Raquel Kinnally have created a cookbook dedicated to cheat meals that athletes have developed in order to keep on track, but also give themselves a break from their strict diets.
Under the supervision of Professor Jim Clover, these students hope to start a business venture that isn’t widely known in the cookbook industry.
“While cookbooks are not out of the norm, a cookbook that is made by athletes concerning cheat day recipes has not really been seen. We know that most athletes are on strict diets, so we wanted to know what they were consuming on their days off from their strenuous workouts,” said Padilla.
“ChEAT Day” is filled with recipes that consist of CSUSB athletes’ favorite healthy recipes and guilty pleasures.
“We have several recipes ranging from a fruit pizza to bbq bacon wrapped stuffed jalapeños to Mexican lasagna,” said Karr.
The authors of ChEAT Day really wanted the title to stand out. They believe an athlete’s most important tool is the food they consume.
“Its catchy, who doesn’t like to cheat on their diet once in awhile?” said Fajardo.
According to Kathleen Zleman, director of nutrition for WebMD, diet cheat days can actually boost your chances of weight loss success.
When you schedule a cheat day, you’re more likely to look forward to rewarding yourself.
The temptation of straying from your diet constrictions will become less strong when you allow yourself a cheat day as opposed to telling yourself you can never touch unhealthy food.
Cheat days also maintain your motivation to stick to a healthy diet.
After all the hard work of keeping up with a solid workout schedule and strict diet plan, it feels good to know you can accomplish something like losing weight even if you include a cheat day every week.
“ChEAT Day” is a book for everyone, those who enjoy being able to take a break from strict dieting and extraneous workouts, will enjoy “ChEAT Day” whether or not they are an athlete.
“If you work hard then you should be able to indulge in some delicious treats by athletes, for everyone. This is why people check out our book,” said Kinnally.
The book has been in production since the beginning of the 2014 Winter quarter and is expected to be published sometime in March.