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Old 07-03-2012, 16:21   #1
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I have been hearing a lot lately about "cheat meals" for diabetics. Of course the biggest advocate is Paula Deen, saying every Sunday she allows herself to eat anything she wants. On another forum in their blog section there was a post by a diabetic physical trainer who advises her clients to use cheap meals as often as they need them. One of the comments was written by Dianne Kress who wrote the Metabolism and Diabetes Miracle. She also says in Phase 2 she allows cheat meals. What do you guys think. Maybe it is because I am only on oral meds but when I cheat which is not very often my bgs pay for it big time. One cheat meal may keep my bgs 20-40 points higher for 3 days to a full week. How can this be good for diabetic control or good management. Am I missing something? I would much prefer finding recipes that keep me satisfied rather than going back to the old carb heavy comfort foods, I once ate.

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I dont believe in cheat meals and my wife and doc think I should indulge one and a while.

But.....

Yesterday I had a burger with bun from Wendys and it was good. My 1hour was 6.6 and 2 hour was 5.7. I got a free pass I guess. Kinda contradicting myself. But that wont happen again for a long time.

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This is something I tried in the beginning, but it soon became all too apparent that it isn't worth it. When I had to spend the next 3 or 4 days working my levels back down where they belonged, I had to reconsider whether I really enjoyed the cheat meal all that much.

I think this is a psychological issue based on the mindset that we be rewarded when we've been "good". Once we make up our minds that there are other rewards than food, we're halfway to the finish line. Or - maybe let low/stable blood sugar be our reward!




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I agree with Shanny, best if you find your rewards elsewhere but if this is what you need in order to be "good" on most days it could be worth it!

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Well, on Sunday I consider I had a cheat meal with all the great Southern cooking I had, and apparently got a 'pass' but I sure couldn't do it every day or even very often. Peas, corn on the cob, corn pudding, ice cream?????? Even if the helpings were small...still foods I know send my sugars to the moon. The way I pay for it is to still be craving more of those peas!




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When I was on vacation I did do cheat meals, but it was hit or miss with my bgs. After about a week, I knew I had to eat so I did eat some bread, potatoes and even dessert. But my bgs crept up and stayed high. It didn't take too long for that darn DP to return in the morning. I definitely think it was from stored glycogen from higher carb meals. Now, when I say cheat I am talking 75 carbs per day as opposed to 30. So for a lot of people that wouldn't be cheating, but for me it was. When I am in my own kitchen it is so much easier to eat right, because I can make things that don't raise my bgs. Eating out in restaurants for almost 3 weeks is tough. I agree that cheating just sets you up for more carb cravings and higher bgs for quite awhile.

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I'm lucky in that I'm doing OK with 100g of carbs per day, which gives me leeway to have a piece of toast or not worry about the carbs . If I were to totally have a cheat meal and eat a bunch of rice or potato, I think I'd feel horrible! I get muscle aches and get SO TIRED within a few hours of that kind of carb overload.

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I definitely think your body gets used to a certain carb level. When you go over it or start to eat processed food your body does rebell and literally feels sick.

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I generally pay too high a price if I cheat. I do slip by eating something I shouldn't and sometimes it doesn't bite me, but not a complete meal. I can't tell myself its okay to have a cheat meal.

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I am not sure where the rationale for the "cheat " meal started. I remember my CDE telling me it was OK to still eat sugar, bread and other high carb foods. I was glad to hear it but of course that was before I started to test. I wonder if those people who advocate cheat meals also advocate 2 hours pp testing.

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