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    I came to the PB one month ago after reading 4HB which allows for a cheat day every week, which I still do. I try not to be too fanatical about anything and like to practice moderation in everything. Besides, I really enjoy a glass (or two) of wine most nights and a coupla beers and slices of pizza on my cheat days (Saturdays). The rest of the days of the week I eat exclusively meats, eggs, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and a little dairy. I'm really enjoying the lifestyle change and astonishingly feel better than I have in a long, long time. The improvement in my physical condition after changing my diet was instantaneous. I have found, however, that I'm becoming very sensitive to my insulin response when I eat crap.

    A couple of weeks ago I enjoyed two sausage biscuits and felt horrible afterward--dizzy, jittery and somewhat physically incapacitated as my body dealt with the glucose. Not to mention the things have 7g trans fat each in them. Every Saturday morning I also take my kids to get donuts, abstaining myself from them (I have extraordinary will power). This morning however one of them left half a chocolate-filled donut and said I could eat it, which I did since it was my cheat day. Again, same feeling. I like the idea of relaxing one day but I feel so bad after eating refined flour and sugar that I'm starting to think a cheat day isn't worth it. Luckily beer doesn't make me feel that way.

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    I can't eat gluten grains anymore. My body rejects them.

    Ice cream, on the other hand!
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    • #3
      Me, too. Wheat stuffs up my sinuses and gives me a sore throat, and dairy makes me bloated. It's getting worse with smaller amounts, which I guess is a good thing; I hardly crave those things anymore. I did have some jellybeans and gummi worms, and while delicious and non-aggravating, they didn't leave me craving more.
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      • #4
        In the early days, a cheat would make me sick as a dog...the I went w/o grains for a long time and now I can tolerate them in small, infrequent doses. It has to be REALLY worth it for me to eat though.
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        • #5
          Just think, we felt like crap all along when we ate that stuff and just didn't realize how bad it made us feel.
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          • #6
            then don't have a cheat day! "cheating" because it's on the schedule seems a little silly and unnecessary.
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            • #7
              I have found that there are some good cheats and some bad ones. They seem to vary between people. You should probably use cheat days to try foods individually to find out what you react best to. I'm trying a "cheat" carb refeed each weekend with rice and I notice it's helping my physique. I find that sugar and trans fats are never good cheats.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Saoirse View Post
                then don't have a cheat day! "cheating" because it's on the schedule seems a little silly and unnecessary.
                +1! Maybe cheating isn't really worth it. Maybe you won't feel restricted by not cheating. Maybe save the cheats for when it's REALLY worth it. I save mine for birthdays and holidays, of which there seems to be at least one a month.


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                • #9
                  The whole cheating thing bewilders me a bit. Cheating implies that the rest of the time is some sort of misery, with cheating being the light at the end of a long boring week of forcing yourself to eat nasty, monotonous food. Primal hasn't been like that for me, right from the very start. The food is WAY tastier and more varied than anything I've eliminated. Sure, I sometimes find myself in a rut and need to branch out from a small set of recipes I rotate through to prevent boredom, but that was true before primal too.

                  I understand a 20% day because of a celebration you're attending or whatever, but the idea of a cheat day every week....sounds to me like the other days need some work!
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                  • #10
                    My cheats are Primal cheats, like red wine or chocolate or cheese. After the Whole30 (Whole21 in my case), those things really feel like a cheat and a treat. I would not blow my carefully restored gut health on wheat or anything with gluten (beer!). Never again.

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                    • #11
                      I ate a slice of cake at Christmas and felt the same way. Decided that there are some foods that are simply not worth feeling that badly over. My body simply doesn't tolerate them anymore (which makes it WAY easier to decline them). My cheats, like aktres, are red wine, good chocolate and decadent cheeses like brie.
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                      • #12
                        For me, red wine, chocolate and good cheese aren't cheats--they are on the daily menu! I chose to have a cheat day because, like Mark says in his book, eating is one of life's greatest pleasures, and I happen to love pizza and beer. So I eat them on Saturdays, not because it's Saturday and not because the rest of the week is boring and monotonous, but because it's pleasurable. According to what I get out of Mark's book, that's OK. He warns against perfectionism and allows for the 80/20 thing. I don't want to be so rigid that if my wife wants spaghetti and wine on Saturday, or occasionally any other day of the week as long as it's not habitual, that I won't be willing to enjoy it with her. To each his own, I guess.

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                        • #13
                          Ghudspeth have you tried gluten free pizza? I guess if reg pizza isn't bothering you it might not be a problem but I too love my pizza and made some a few weeks ago with gluten free flour and it was quite delicious. My wife and I both really enjoyed it. For the big game tomorrow I'm going to try and make a meatza pizza with either a beef or chicken crust. My fiends who have made it say its quite amazing.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ghudspeth View Post
                            For me, red wine, chocolate and good cheese aren't cheats--they are on the daily menu! I chose to have a cheat day because, like Mark says in his book, eating is one of life's greatest pleasures, and I happen to love pizza and beer. So I eat them on Saturdays, not because it's Saturday and not because the rest of the week is boring and monotonous, but because it's pleasurable. According to what I get out of Mark's book, that's OK. He warns against perfectionism and allows for the 80/20 thing. I don't want to be so rigid that if my wife wants spaghetti and wine on Saturday, or occasionally any other day of the week as long as it's not habitual, that I won't be willing to enjoy it with her. To each his own, I guess.
                            I guess my biggest beef is with the WORD. Cheating implies it's something to be punished. You sound like the concept of not striving for 100% sits well with you, so embrace it without loading it with a word that's only ever used as a negative (cheating on a test, cheating on your spouse...)
                            Liz.

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                            • #15
                              Well, I'm confused. You titled this thread "Cheat Days Make me Sick"

                              And then you said: "I like the idea of relaxing one day but I feel so bad after eating refined flour and sugar that I'm starting to think a cheat day isn't worth it."

                              But then you said that you chose to eat pizza & beer every Saturday because it is "pleasurable". How is feeling sick pleasureable?

                              I'm not getting your point. I do know that eating nonPrimal foods affects me the way you initially described and I don't find that pleasurable at all!
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