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    How often do you cheat? For me a cheat day/meal every couple weeks really helps me stay on track but how often is too often?

  • #2
    I never, ever cheat. Cookies just happen to be a very infrequent part of my diet.
    You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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    • #3
      I dont cheat

      I have planned indulgences and/or "the best but not perfect choice"

      I'm on a ski trip this weekend. I had beer on the mountain. That isnt cheating, that is a requirement.
      MTA: because it is rare I dont have more to say

      "When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - my daughter Age 7

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      • #4
        I have cheesecake when I feel like it (once or twice a month at most). I'm not really a fan of the way I feel after other types of cheat meals (i.e. sandwiches, wraps, pasta dishes, etc.), so I've learned to avoid them. The last time I had a sandwich, it didn't taste anywhere near as good as I'd hoped, and I really didn't enjoy eating it. Definitely wasn't worth the sluggish feeling afterward!

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        • #5
          I personally don't do the "planned cheat" thing - but if I'm traveling or out for a special night and something is really really worth it and very special, then I might indulge. This would apply to maybe my Grandmother's very special home made carrot cake - but not regular old office donuts or happy hour junk food.
          ~Rhonda

          "Do or do not do, there is no try" - Yoda

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Beebster View Post
            How often do you cheat? For me a cheat day/meal every couple weeks really helps me stay on track but how often is too often?
            Never. And cheating is not helping you stay on track. It's derailing you every time you do it.

            Look. The things you are cheating with are NOT FOOD. They are not good for you. Why are you eating them? This is one of the few things guaranteed to get me angry - you know it's bad for you and you still do it. Why???
            Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

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            • #7
              I used cheat meals to get me to the point I am at now, but not anymore.. After the last time I "sampled" at Costco, and couldn't move for the rest of the day, I will never, ever cheat with wheat. But I know not all restaurants can cook for me with butter, and there may be occasional traces of allergens in things, so I try and make THAT my 20%.

              If I need a "cheat" I make a primal goodie (although most of those still make me feel awful), or have coconut milk and berries. Rice and potatoes are also my monthly treats. Japanese food is made easy when I can have rice, and occasionally the fam makes a stew with potatoes. Considering both are technically primal though, I don't think my cheats are very similar to others...

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              • #8
                the thought of eating non-primal foods makes me sick , so cheating for me involves a few too many servings of fruit , and that's very rarely .
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                • #9
                  I tried doing a cheat day once per week for about a month, following the 4-Hour body diet suggestion. The idea was that it would jolt the body into more fat burning. It didn't for me, but it also didn't make me gain fat either. I felt fine. Now, I just have a day or two per week that I eat more primal foods or "gray area" primal foods like milk and chocolate.

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                  • #10
                    The whole concept of "cheating" implies that you're on a "diet" and any deviation from the diet has to be accounted for.

                    I don't cheat... on special occasions I may indulge in unhealthy foods. I'm talking about a cocktail with a long-lost friend, or homemade cake at my brother's birthday party. NOT planned "cheat" meals and certainly not a whole day of disarray.

                    I don't understand how this helps you to stay on track... the longer you go without eating non-primal foods the less likely you are to want them. The so-called cheat meals/days are not conducive to making primal a long term lifestyle.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Griff View Post
                      You know it's bad for you and you still do it. Why???
                      Because we're human beings and that's what humans do...Sometimes we do what we want because it makes us feel good - whether it's food or sex or drinking or <whatever>. There's nothing inherently wrong with that, as long as we do so *knowing* what the risks/outcomes are/could be. Sometimes things aren't black/white, all good/bad. There is an intangible benefit to food. No way in hell I'm ever giving that up...what a sad life it would be to forever restrict myself from FOOD that I love. And yes I mean donuts. I don't NEED them. But, sometimes I WANT them. There's a difference.

                      I'm pretty much at my goal weight. I'm happy with how I look/feel/perform. Enjoying some corn tortillas every so often isn't going to kill me or cut years off my life if I'm otherwise healthy and 90% of my diet is pretty damn paleo. Even Loren Cordain said
                      Cereal grains obviously can be included in moderate amounts in the diets
                      of most people without any noticeable, deleterious health effects, and herein
                      lies their strength. When combined with a variety of both animal- and plantbased
                      foods, they provide a cheap and plentiful caloric source, capable of
                      sustaining and promoting human life.
                      But...what does he know

                      to answer the original question - I don't like the term "cheat" like some of the other posters. I think it creates the wrong mentality towards food in general. I live paleo/primal lifestyle, but I eat some "neolithic" foods when it's appropriate - a special meal, when "life" just gets in the way....I don't see a problem with the occasional bit of rice esp when I'm really active and don't want to eat pounds of sweet potato.
                      Last edited by kennelmom; 03-24-2011, 05:13 AM.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Prime View Post
                        the longer you go without eating non-primal foods the less likely you are to want them. The so-called cheat meals/days are not conducive to making primal a long term lifestyle.
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                        • #13
                          I don't think cheat meals really hurt. If you feel like having something outside the PB lifestyle from time to time, then go for it. You will survive. Also, PB foods can be abused as well. Overeating on any type of food is still overeating. You can get fat eating in this lifestyle, and you can be unhealthy. Just the same as you can be fit and trim eating on a CW diet.

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                          • #14
                            Never planned.

                            As long as I focus on real whole food first, there's usually very little space for anything else.

                            Last year I cheated once: a bite of chocolate cake forced down my throat during a friend's party. So far this year, not yet.

                            But it's easy to not cheat. All I gotta do is think of my pre-paleo 40" waistline (at 5ft 8") and diabetes and how crappy each passing day was looking at myself in the mirror. Too easy.

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                            • #15
                              I dont' like the idea of "cheat meals" and it a lot of it is in the mind. Cheating to me sounds like too much like a diet that you can't wait to get off to eat something bad. I'd prefer to think of primal eating as a lifestyle, with the occassional food indulgences that are not primal foods.

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