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  • If I *have to* cheat, what's the least harm?

    sugar?
    gluten?

    "Cheating" (I hate that term) is a part of life (unless your orthorexic, which I don't want to be). So given that, how can you minimize the damage? I think this question will have different answers for different individuals, but your thoughts are welcome.

    Did any bloggers post about this?

  • #2
    Hi,
    I try to keep dark chocolate on hand for the sugar cravings but I only seem to want something sweet after dinner. During the day I'm fine.
    Health is Wealth!

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    • #3
      i suppose if you're in a situation where you absolutely have to cheat, then you are likely stranded out in a forest or desert somewhere, because there always food options, or the option to not eat. i suppose if you've gone without food for a long time and you need to eat and the only thing around is a cake made out of pasta and cookies, eat the cake.

      as far as cheats that you allow yourself...i wouldn't stress too much about it. i'll usually go to something sugary before i turn to something with grains, but that's a personal preference. the important thing is getting back on track as soon as you can.
      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60178.html

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      • #4
        I've totally cut out foods containing gluten but occasionally put 1/2 tsp of sugar in my tea or a drizzle of honey on my yogurt, but that's about it. Oh, and there was the cheesecake I ate last weekend
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        • #5
          Originally posted by primalrob View Post
          i suppose if you're in a situation where you absolutely have to cheat, then you are likely stranded out in a forest or desert somewhere, because there always food options, or the option to not eat. i suppose if you've gone without food for a long time and you need to eat and the only thing around is a cake made out of pasta and cookies, eat the cake.

          as far as cheats that you allow yourself...i wouldn't stress too much about it. i'll usually go to something sugary before i turn to something with grains, but that's a personal preference. the important thing is getting back on track as soon as you can.

          Yeah, that's it exactly. Forced social situations where you can't refuse it..

          How bout Haagen Daaz icecream? LOL, that's what i went with. Lots of sugar, but at least it's high fat. I feel good about it (this is like 1x/month, max)

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          • #6
            Is it Rob Wolf who says that if you have to cheat, you should at least keep it gluten free?

            I guess it depends on your goals and what food groups seem to cause you issues. For some people, even a little bit of gluten can trigger big problems.

            Personally, as long as it's not too frequent, I don't worry about it. I do react badly to nightshades and somewhat to dairy and eggs, so I try to keep those minimized. But I just eat primal most of the time and don't worry about it on those special occasions.
            Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

            http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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            • #7
              Originally posted by belinda View Post
              I've totally cut out foods containing gluten but occasionally put 1/2 tsp of sugar in my tea or a drizzle of honey on my yogurt, but that's about it. Oh, and there was the cheesecake I ate last weekend
              Yeah, from what I have learned sugar>>>>>gluten for most people. It's okay once in a while, without a doubt.

              Correct me if I'm wrong on this..

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              • #8
                Originally posted by who View Post
                How bout Haagen Daaz icecream? LOL, that's what i went with. Lots of sugar, but at least it's high fat. I feel good about it (this is like 1x/month, max)
                Now this is an interesting statement. Hmmmmm..... So could it really be true that the one brand of ice cream that APPALLED me before going Paleo due to the crazy high fat content, could actually be the healthier choice due to the high fat content? In comparison to Dryers or any of the lower fat options? Ice cream has always been the one thing I always said I would never give up. Or gelato. Have to have one of the two now and again. Gelato is my preference, but i'll take anything.
                -dennis

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by d2mini View Post
                  Now this is an interesting statement. Hmmmmm..... So could it really be true that the one brand of ice cream that APPALLED me before going Paleo due to the crazy high fat content, could actually be the healthier choice due to the high fat content? In comparison to Dryers or any of the lower fat options? Ice cream has always been the one thing I always said I would never give up. Or gelato. Have to have one of the two now and again. Gelato is my preference, but i'll take anything.
                  I had a madddd craving for ice cream on Monday so I went and got a pint of the Starbucks Peppermint Mocha! wow it was so good but I'm telling you, today I'm very bloated!!!! Not sure I'm gonna do that again for a long while.
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                  • #10
                    Just stay from grains, bring on the everything else. That's what I do.
                    http://kitoikitchen.blogspot.com/

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by who View Post
                      How bout Haagen Daaz icecream? LOL, that's what i went with. Lots of sugar, but at least it's high fat. I feel good about it (this is like 1x/month, max)
                      i like a little ice cream once in a while. i pretty much only cheat on special occasions, and i really let myself splurge a little...for one meal. but, if i know i'm coming up to a birthday part or something where will feel the pressure to eat something with a good deal of sugar or carbs, i try to keep the fat low just so i'm not making myself store extra energy and/or making myself feel sick.
                      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60178.html

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                      • #12
                        It really depends on what you dig. Also, what you crave is a learned thing that can be unlearned or exchanged really easy. I just eat shredded coconut, 100% (unsweeted chocolate) and mac nuts for snacks and never crave anything.

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                        • #13
                          Gluten is the one thing I really try to avoid at all costs.
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                          • #14
                            I would always choose sugar over grains, mostly because a) I am a total sweet tooth, and b) grains (well, wheat in particular, and flour most of all) make me bloat and feel like crap, so not worth the cheat, lol. I was wheat free years ago, but new to paleo because I find sugar so hard to do without (although the reason I like the primal blueprint is that dark choc is considered a 'sensible vice', lol! Couldn't give it up entirely).

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                            • #15
                              I would always choose sugar over grains, mostly because a) I am a total sweet tooth, and b) grains (well, wheat in particular, and flour most of all) make me bloat and feel like crap, so not worth the cheat, lol. I was wheat free years ago, but new to paleo because I find sugar so hard to do without (although the reason I like the primal blueprint is that dark choc is considered a 'sensible vice', lol! Couldn't give it up entirely).

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