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Old 07-03-2012, 23:09   #21
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I have to be very strict with myself, else I would slip back into my bad old ways.

What would start as a treat would become fairly quickly, the norm.

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Every week would be too often for me. I'd be elevated for most of the next week, just in time for my next cheat meal. No thanks. I'm not against them in principle, but I think the point is that they have to be fairly rare. If they're regular, they stop being cheat meals and they start being your diet plan. But I don't know. Maybe my perspective is different because I'm also only on oral medication (Metformin) and I have no way of getting my blood sugar down easily. Honestly, I'd be really upset from a high blood sugar spike, and no food would really be worth seeing that number and depriving myself for days just to get back to normal.

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I don't believe it is a good idea to have a "cheat meal" once a week. That is way too often. I am like everybody else; I have my moments when I just have to have a taste of something that I shouldn't. However, with that said, it is seldomly something extremely carby like bread or potatoes, or rice or pasta. My cheat is something sweet, like a small piece of brownie, or some ice cream. I cannot eat cereal at all anymore, and if I eat a high carb meal, regardless if I have a good amount of saturated fat with it, I just feel horrible and sick for a couple of days. That is not worth it to me.

The other night I actually indulged in a peanut butter sundae from Honey Hut Ice Cream. This was made with fresh banana ice cream, peanut butter topping, little drizzle of chocolate, nuts and real whipped cream. It was absolutely delicious and did not spike my bg's. I was actually surprised at the lack of spike, but I had barely eaten any carbs that whole day, and I ate this after eating a large antipasto salad with italian dressing.

It is weird however that I can eat very low carb all day long and have a difficult time controlling my bg's, but can have a cheat and not have a rise in bg's after, or even for the next few days. I don't understand that, but it is not to say that I would consider having a cheat even once a week. Perhaps once a month, and just a slight cheat at that.

Some people believe that by telling someone they can have that "forbidden" food with a cheat day actually does the opposite and stops the craving or desire for that forbidden food. Psychologically this might work on some. You never know.

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Some people believe that by telling someone they can have that "forbidden" food with a cheat day actually does the opposite and stops the craving or desire for that forbidden food. Psychologically this might work on some. You never know.
This has worked well for me. I allow myself to eat like a normal person once a year. I plan what restaurant I'll eat at and what menu item I'll have. But as the time goes by, it seems I am reluctant to actually do the "off plan" meal. Last time it was over a year and a half before I did this. I expect that having given myself permission, I lose the desire. I doubt I'll go off plan again for quite a while.

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This has worked well for me. I allow myself to eat like a normal person once a year. I plan what restaurant I'll eat at and what menu item I'll have. But as the time goes by, it seems I am reluctant to actually do the "off plan" meal. Last time it was over a year and a half before I did this. I expect that having given myself permission, I lose the desire. I doubt I'll go off plan again for quite a while.
It's definitely important to know your strengths and weaknesses. If you're the type who needs a break from the meal plan to find the strength to endure, then it's good to do. If you're the type who needs strict adherence because once in a while or a little bit is never enough, then cheat meals might be a recipe for disaster.

The longer I've been on the diet, the less I've felt the need to cheat, I guess. I know I can, but I'm not often wishing I could.

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I need to know that the option is there for me to have a little bit of carb or I get into a "if I can't have any carbs I'm going to eat ALL THE CARBS" mode.

Which is why the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet never worked for me (15 years ago). You couldn't have any carbs until your daily reward meal. That reward meal became a carb fest!

For instance, this morning a coworker brought me a croissant. I looked up the carbs online and it has 30. So I ate half of it for mid-morning coffee and I'll have the other half with lunch. (My personal limit is 100g carbs per day.) If I had to say NO to him outright, I would have felt deprived and probably eaten ten croissants within a week. :P

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