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Will a "cheat meal" set me back?

Answered on February 12, 2014
Created October 24, 2013 at 4:17 PM

I have decided to go paleo due it's health benefits. I would like to loss weight but I understand that muscle weighs more then fat and I don't mind staying at 130 with a lean and tone figure. I am at day 13 of the 30 day challenge and last night I had a family member over and she pulled out some corn chips and salsa and that was my favorite and this morning I woke up and am so bloated I look as tho I am pregnant. I did my regular 20 mins of rope jumping, and my session of wieght lifting yesterday and I plan to do it today. So my question is will this one moment of weakness set me back? And how look will I feel so uncomfortable!?

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on October 25, 2013
at 05:13 AM

Looking at you @PaleoPrince You downvoter you. I retract my upvote.

Maybe if I keep calling out my downvoters, the admins will get around to making those anonymous again. =]

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on October 24, 2013
at 05:39 PM

I agree "cheating" shouldn't be on the agenda. Thanks for the feed back

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on October 24, 2013
at 04:46 PM

Thank you :) very helpful. I will start to keep a log of everything I eat.

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on October 24, 2013
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In my experience, just a little bit, maybe the next day. Not really a big deal. I've experimented a couple times with eating wheat / junk food since the diet and it will usually give me diarrhea, then it's out of my system. What I find strange about the cheat meals is that there's often a 1-2 day delay before symptoms for me, then I'm fine the following day. It might be helpful to keep a log of what you're eating so you can look back when stuff like this happens.

Corn chips / salsa, while probably having some sketchy ingredients, doesn't sound too cheater-y to me. Some get by just fine on a 90% paleo diet (though, ideally not something you want to do during your whole 30.)

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on October 24, 2013
at 04:46 PM

Thank you :) very helpful. I will start to keep a log of everything I eat.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on October 25, 2013
at 05:13 AM

Looking at you @PaleoPrince You downvoter you. I retract my upvote.

Maybe if I keep calling out my downvoters, the admins will get around to making those anonymous again. =]

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on February 12, 2014
at 05:24 AM

I do a cheat meal 3 times a week max, but i dont always cash in on them. if i do, i always try and plan to eat the meal after an intense work out so you digestive system will process it much more efficiently, especially if there are carbs in the cheat meal. Finally, when you cheat, dont make it like a free for all indulgence. Just because breakfast comes with hashbrowns or lunch with french fries, doent mean you have to eat them. Everynow and then i will get a burger and always sub fries with salad or fruit. Your body will thank you later :)

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on October 25, 2013
at 10:59 AM

@Supergirl thank you for you positivity :) I really appreciate it! I am new to paleo as I mentioned before and need positive support..

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on October 25, 2013
at 10:54 AM

Exactly, and the cravings will lighten a lot in time as long as you don't give in. Celebrate each day that you manage to follow your plan and focus on the things you do well. That would probably take away most of the focus on the things you're not supposed to.

You CAN do this, as long as you're mentally ready, when passing 3 weeks without grains and sugar/sweet stuff it will get easier!

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on October 25, 2013
at 10:42 AM

@Supergirl yes I can see what you mean by one set back and another.. I know I shouldn't feel so guilty but I do and i feel as though it just causes me to want to binge some more. I wouldn't mind losing weight I mean heck who wouldn't lol but I would love to get nice clear skin and improve my sleeping.. I just need to remind myself that a craving only last 10 mins!

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on October 25, 2013
at 08:12 AM

Keep calm and carry on, everyone tends to make a slip once in a while in most things in life. Beating yourself up will not make anything better. Let it go and look forward, it's easier to stick to a diet if you have a goal. Weight goals tend to not be as effective as other goals, challenge your self in other ways. Maybe you want to improve work out results, or improve sleep, get better skin or improve blood works or whatever. Whenever you feel like having something not god for that purpose consider that it's a choice between what you want in this particular moment and what you really want to accomplish the most.

It's really all about getting to the point where you say heck, my health and body is worth better than this. Slipping before you get to the point that your body have started to agree with your mental conviction will result in cravings not going away, and that will increase the risk of another setback and another.

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on October 24, 2013
at 09:53 PM

thanks for the feed back.. It is very appreciated :)

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on October 24, 2013
at 06:02 PM

This is coming from me (an individual that has lost over 130 lbs through cross-training and the Paleo lifestyle). I spent years destroying my body so why eat badly one day when I'm trying to heal. I think a cheat meal (that isn't to planned.. planning a cheat meal can skew your priorities and become obsessive) can be good for many individuals mentally but, I don't think it's a good idea in the beginning until youve mastered how your body reacts to certain foods, meal prep and researched nutrition. And you cannot do all that in 13 days. I felt like my mental, physical and spiritual health wasn't worth french fries, because I didn't deserve it yet. I didn't find health yet. Find health and don't justify cheats with exercise; don't even look at it as a cheat look at it as a choice. And is that choice good or bad, because everything you consume either improves or damages your health.

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on October 24, 2013
at 05:31 PM

If you determine that a certain way of eating is good for you and eliminating bad foods is the ticket to good health, why would you want to cheat? Put the effort into finding good foods that make you no longer want the junk. I know it is an way out concept so I expect ridicule.

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on October 24, 2013
at 05:39 PM

I agree "cheating" shouldn't be on the agenda. Thanks for the feed back

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on October 24, 2013
at 04:19 PM

I want how long will I be uncomfortable?

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