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Cheated, feel fine.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 09, 2012 at 1:59 PM

So, I eat pretty much 100% paleo when I'm on my own, at work, at home. But, me being the non-wavemaker that I am, I eat whatever I'm given when I am at someone else's house. The first three months, I was quite strict even when going out. This weekend, I was at a family member's house and intentionally I ate as dreadfully as possible. Probably a $4 size bag of chips & another of corn chips, burgers on bread, kraft mac & cheese, cheese puffs dipped in blue cheese sauce (ok that doesn't sound so good in retrospect). On the drive home, I was a bit drowsy, today I'm a bit bloated. Other than that, I feel fine. Actually, there is a monster spring in my step, but it's just a nice day in jersey (rare). Am I missing something? Should I feel better when I eat right such that I don't notice a difference? I read alot about the ill-effects of straying and honestly, I don't feel them if I return relatively quickly. (By way of background in 34, in good shape by jersey standards).

Fe87afa634afe26f4f6fd956abe0b46a

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on April 09, 2012
at 05:03 PM

Back when I ate McDonald's food, I remember always feeling so good after eating a value meal. I have no idea why, but I always had such a nice, relaxed, warm feeling.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on April 09, 2012
at 04:46 PM

SO you can live in jellybelly heaven. :)

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 09, 2012
at 04:11 PM

You get all that from sugar? For me the opposite happens with pure sugar :D.

474ae29b80569199c6589e879e6cd7d1

on April 09, 2012
at 03:07 PM

Maybe its because you're eating healthy put your body in the right spot to start with and you derived "related" enjoyment from the binge. I eat well whenever I serve myself. Related to the chips, dip, and other crap was a bunch of games of horseshoes with family and quality time with my super cute and emergingly funny niece.

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on April 09, 2012
at 02:46 PM

@ed - I'm not really sure why you're sorry or why you think your comments were not relevant? I thought we were on the same page here. You're a healthy guy so as long as you don't keep eating junk for months or years your body is better equipped to handle a temporary indulgence. Whereas someone with, say, IBS or Celiac wouldn't deal with it nearly as well. Am I missing your point somehow?

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on April 09, 2012
at 02:32 PM

Cheese puffs in blue cheese sauce? Gak!

474ae29b80569199c6589e879e6cd7d1

on April 09, 2012
at 02:32 PM

Sorry, guess my comments weren't particularly relevant. Having changed how I eat, I feel really great and I have no desire to switch back to the prior style. And, I look around at people eating that way and I don't wish to be like that. But, I ate terribly and I felt fine which surprised me. I guess I'm curious where others fall along the negative response spectrum.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on April 09, 2012
at 02:31 PM

Correct. Try feeding that to a celiac and see what happens.

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41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on April 09, 2012
at 02:04 PM

You probably just have a fully functioning digestive system. A lot of us who have issues when we stray have guts that aren't completely healthy and therefore can't really bounce back as quickly from an indulgence.

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on April 09, 2012
at 02:46 PM

@ed - I'm not really sure why you're sorry or why you think your comments were not relevant? I thought we were on the same page here. You're a healthy guy so as long as you don't keep eating junk for months or years your body is better equipped to handle a temporary indulgence. Whereas someone with, say, IBS or Celiac wouldn't deal with it nearly as well. Am I missing your point somehow?

474ae29b80569199c6589e879e6cd7d1

on April 09, 2012
at 02:32 PM

Sorry, guess my comments weren't particularly relevant. Having changed how I eat, I feel really great and I have no desire to switch back to the prior style. And, I look around at people eating that way and I don't wish to be like that. But, I ate terribly and I felt fine which surprised me. I guess I'm curious where others fall along the negative response spectrum.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on April 09, 2012
at 02:31 PM

Correct. Try feeding that to a celiac and see what happens.

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Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on April 09, 2012
at 03:33 PM

I too am fine with going off on occasion. I don't get any immediate and unpleasant "symptoms". One thing I do notice is my late-afternoon cravings and tendency to graze the pantry resurface subtly if I put any sugar back into my diet. I also get breakouts on my face. Oh and I sleep worse. Maybe it's not worth it after all...

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 09, 2012
at 04:11 PM

You get all that from sugar? For me the opposite happens with pure sugar :D.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on April 09, 2012
at 04:46 PM

SO you can live in jellybelly heaven. :)

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Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

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on April 09, 2012
at 03:04 PM

I had the same experience lately - after binging on ice cream and chocolate-covered raisins, I felt AWESOME. A little overfull, but totally energetic and my mood went from like 2/10 to 10/10 - and it didn't suddenly crash like I expected from a sugar high/drop. I felt like I could bench-press a bear. And now I'm back on strict healthy eating and hovering around 2-3/10 again.

Wish I had a theory as to why, though...

474ae29b80569199c6589e879e6cd7d1

on April 09, 2012
at 03:07 PM

Maybe its because you're eating healthy put your body in the right spot to start with and you derived "related" enjoyment from the binge. I eat well whenever I serve myself. Related to the chips, dip, and other crap was a bunch of games of horseshoes with family and quality time with my super cute and emergingly funny niece.

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B1076248dde479773e75044818e1878c

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on April 09, 2012
at 10:02 PM

As an autoimmuner, I think I've realized there are certain foods that I can eat once in awhile, and there are others that just aren't worth the cheat. Gluten doesn't show up in everyone as digestive problems, but it can be causing other damage that may not show up for months/years. After feeling in control of my autoimmune condition last Fall, I began consuming bread, pasta, and pizza a couple times a week. By January, I was in agony again, and it's taken me MONTHS to get back to where I was before.

Paleo works. Eating a few awesome semi-cheats from a site like Primal Palate (carrot cake...Mmmmm) will keep you on track without destroying your progress. The little cheats can really pull the rug out from under you without much notice.

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on April 09, 2012
at 09:47 PM

After 4-6 weeks of dedicated probiotic (water and dairy kefir) use, I've found that I'm WAY more resilient with dietary changes that would have crushed me in the past. So add me to the +1 who believe that when your gut is healthy, it can tolerate less healthy stuff.

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Cf416725f639ffd1bb90764792ce7b8a

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on April 09, 2012
at 04:03 PM

Are you low carb? It might have been a happy Refeed.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/carb-refeeding-and-weight-loss/#axzz1rYl2LF1N

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16e617676c5ac710e5235e0b773edc0b

on April 09, 2012
at 03:44 PM

I had my first gluten cheat in 3 months of being totally gluten free this past weekend and it was a completely miserable experience. All from eating a few Chinese dumplings and some seemingly innocuous Chinese food. I was bloated and uncomfortable for over 24 hours. I didn't realize how seriously a little bit of gluten consumption could affect me but until one cheats and experiences it for themselves they will always think they are not going to be impacted. I know better now. I won't be cheating again, it's just not worth it.

Oh and to the OP, I'm glad you didn't feel sick so maybe a cheat here and there is okay for you. I don't think we're all so lucky.

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on April 09, 2012
at 03:34 PM

I would say personally that 1/4th of the binges (provided they do not contain wheat) I go through, don't end in body apocalypse for me.

But I have no way to predict which ones will be neutral or which ones will leave me wishing for a bowl of ice in the bathroom and a prayer for death... so normally I choose not to roll the dice very often.

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on April 09, 2012
at 02:37 PM

If I did what you did, my vision would be blurry, I would get rashes in unpleasant places, zits would break out, my knees, back and neck would start hurting and I would probably have some diarrhea. I would also sleep badly and probably wake up with a racing heart.

But I am 53 and an obese T2 diabetic. I used to eat that way and think nothing of it. But not anymore. I payz for what I eatz.

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on April 09, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Congrats on being normal (and in the majority)! Despite what paleo gurus and hackers will say otherwise, paleo is not some panacea that all folks need to stick to. It's really best for sick and broken people. I think it does support long-term health (well, that's a question for debate really) though, which is why I do it.

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