Consistency over an extended period of time is one of the keys to athletic success and good health. Even elite athletes know, however, that seeking perfection in your eating and training habits can backfire. If all you and your family do is work out and munch on rice cakes, your eventually going to crack and abandon the healthy lifestyle altogether. Indulge in some less-than-ideal food choices once in awhile, and you'll find you're better able to maintain your fitness regime [source: Omidi]. Enter "Treat Night."
If the family has met its athletic objectives for the week, enjoy a Saturday night meal of your high-calorie favorites. Barbecue ribs? Mashed potatoes? Maybe some cheesecake? As long as you understand the difference between a staple food and a once-in-awhile food, you'll be fine. Remember, however, it's called "Treat Night" not "Treat Week or Month."