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Your worst cheat to date?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 27, 2010 at 7:48 PM

So last night...I had to cheat. Well, "had" is a strong term, but hear me out!

I drove from New Jersey back to home (Western NY), leaving around 8pm, and got to a point where I knew I needed to stay awake. I had stopped for black coffee, which did not really help all that much.

Using the logic of "since I never drink it, the effect will be that much stronger," I bought one of those NoS drinks and it definitely worked. So did loud rock music and having the windows down, but I got home around 2:30am in one piece.

I don't feel guilty, but I don't feel thrilled about drinking one of these, since it goes so far off the path of Paleo. My question to you: how have you cheated, if at all, on the Paleo Diet?

And for the record, I don't mean the occasional cheat meal as in 80/20 dieting and all that. I'm talking straight up "I-wish-I-hadn't-put-that-in-my-face" type cheating.

C2ecbc6f2948c232d60a639c50b7f4f9

(504)

on May 13, 2012
at 10:18 PM

i do natural PB with whole wheat crackers

33f5e6af6eb437dc2dcc64d7afd7f536

(20)

on May 05, 2011
at 09:55 PM

I was about to ^5 you for marking an Item off my personal Bucket List...nah, nevermind. :P

33f5e6af6eb437dc2dcc64d7afd7f536

(20)

on May 05, 2011
at 09:54 PM

Wow, that helps me. Celiac disease runs in my family hardcore and I fell off the wagon and had a cheat involving gluten (bread/cake) recently and got pretty darned sick VERY shortly after (intestinal stress/bloating/pain etc.) so I'm pretty sure I'm gluten intolerant at the very bare minimum. I LOVE Ethiopian food and had hence avoided it thinking, I couldn't eat on the PD. This is good news to me! :)

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on May 03, 2011
at 01:39 PM

You forgot to snort a line of crushed and chopped high fructose corn sugar.

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(5136)

on May 03, 2011
at 05:10 AM

downvoted so you are that much closer to your peer pressure badge

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on May 03, 2011
at 02:39 AM

(this better get a downvote)

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on March 23, 2011
at 11:14 AM

Some crab stick has wheat, some has MSG, you have to ask.

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(5639)

on March 23, 2011
at 07:13 AM

I've switched over to sashimi full time in my favorite sushi places, but I sneak one or two of my girlfriend's rolls now and then. And I always split the kani salad with her. Just how bad is "crab stick?" Cuz I kinda love it...

8c2ed9a35f6c4d35a3552a13ddabec8d

(525)

on February 24, 2011
at 09:42 PM

Haha the sorry the "O paleos" bit really cracked me up. Forgive me if I have offended.

145d4b0f988af15acc6b26eccc1f4895

(1932)

on October 22, 2010
at 07:23 PM

Oh my, I used to fret so about not being able to eat Nutella, until I figured out how to make my own! Hazelnuts. Cocoa. Stevia. Food processor. More oil if necessary. Now that I know I can have it, I hardly ever even think of it.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on October 22, 2010
at 07:00 PM

What's with everyone around here jonesing for Nutella? And what kind of doughnut, I wonder?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on October 22, 2010
at 06:56 PM

Until I failed again a few weeks ago with PB&J sandwiches, BBQ Fritos and chocolate covered/PB filled pretzel bites - Ack!! I'm really good most of the time and my blood work is super - I just *have* too stop doing this...

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on October 22, 2010
at 06:55 PM

Until I failed again a few weeks ago with PB&J sandwiches, BBQ Fritos and chocolate covered/PB filled pretel bites - Ack!! I'm really good most of the time and my blood work is super - I just have too stop doing this...

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on October 06, 2010
at 04:39 PM

Which episode was that, if you remember ?

95ab15c8ef50ff0daf87ccbdd52cd3b8

(2384)

on August 10, 2010
at 12:32 PM

A friend challenged me to make homemade Cheetos. I don't know how to do it in a truly paleo way, but I could start with locally-grown corn and cook 'em in tallow.

499f188c87c6980742b9ba98caa6f563

(683)

on August 09, 2010
at 09:42 PM

Sashimi is raw fish slices without the rice. Most places offer that too.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on August 09, 2010
at 03:01 PM

OMG, my biggest "jones" is for BBQ Fritos. If anyone knows of a paleoesque recipe...

Cbf9ad6e645dc8d655259658fc972e58

(321)

on July 10, 2010
at 11:27 AM

Fermented soy isn't so awful in small doses... bring good wheat-free tamari, avoid the tempura and "crab stick", and minimize the rice next time... sushi restaurants can be a very good thing.

Cbf9ad6e645dc8d655259658fc972e58

(321)

on July 10, 2010
at 11:24 AM

What Melissa said. As cheats go, Ethiopian food is an excellent one.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on July 07, 2010
at 06:17 PM

Oh so tasty and tons of raw fish... Balanced, not likely

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on April 29, 2010
at 04:01 AM

and it's fermented. A "good" cheat. Probably displaces more nutritious foods, but isn't going to weigh you down like gluteny cupcakes would.

D251185e140e7f3d8df603a08fdbeabd

(95)

on April 28, 2010
at 05:26 PM

Thanks, Joe! This is my thinking as well, and I'm glad I'm not totally off base since I am kinda a newb!

8ea784171b2d15cffb537349b341b806

(260)

on April 28, 2010
at 03:00 PM

Some people function better with more carbs. CF metcon WODs can definitely take a toll on muscle glycogen, so try adding more fruit and see how it works for you.

8347d512bca9b034d53da40dab8cd21c

(2517)

on April 27, 2010
at 08:49 PM

Oh, I'm not beating myself up! :) But to be really strict with myself for the most part, and then drink this absolutely ghastly energy drink...it was actually pretty nasty. I just remember thinking, "Of all the ways to go off my diet, it's this?" and laughing to myself.

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0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

(4645)

on April 28, 2010
at 09:24 PM

You really must have some cheats in your diet or you will crack. My cheats come in the form of traveling with friends on trips or having dinner with loved ones on special occasions. If you are real good 80 per cent of the time, the small 20% cheats won't matter to much as long as it is after a few months of building a soild foundation. The following day of my cheats I usually FAST for the day. Paleo should not be like the vegatarian dogma but closer to a foundation to support the diet and life changes. And steak and eggs fixes everything.

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06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on April 29, 2010
at 04:49 PM

Forgive me O Paleos: My worst cheat to date was named Cindy. She was three timing me! She was expensive and got fermented a lot also!

8c2ed9a35f6c4d35a3552a13ddabec8d

(525)

on February 24, 2011
at 09:42 PM

Haha the sorry the "O paleos" bit really cracked me up. Forgive me if I have offended.

3
49380737cc37555c5bd8a007c46afe09

on October 06, 2010
at 03:06 PM

I have some issues with cheating- when I cheat I used to just say "f*** it" and go all out. Ever since listening to one of Robb Wolf's podcasts I have had a small epiphany. He likened a huge planned binge to a party with cocaine and hookers. It just won't turn out well. Robb said if you are at a party and you want to kick your heels up and have some ice cream, have some ice cream and move on. This is what cheats should be, times to relax and then move on. For anyone planning cheats, it is bad news, trust me!!

Here's a good link to "normal eating". I don't think she is paleo but she makes some great points.

http://fortheloveofcookies.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/normal-eating/

My worst cheat is definitely also Nutella related. I could eat a whole jar (and have!).

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on October 06, 2010
at 04:39 PM

Which episode was that, if you remember ?

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65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

on October 22, 2010
at 02:30 PM

I was at the Playboy mansion, extremely drunk from a beer binge and high on Ecstasy, so it was hard to avoid.

Joking... :D - Robb Wolf reference.

33f5e6af6eb437dc2dcc64d7afd7f536

(20)

on May 05, 2011
at 09:55 PM

I was about to ^5 you for marking an Item off my personal Bucket List...nah, nevermind. :P

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on October 22, 2010
at 01:26 PM

straight up easy answer for me:

in about 2 years of hardcore paleo eating (sometimes going pure animal foods without veg, most of the time orthopaleo though) on my birthday we went out and drank a LOT of beer. Something like 8 pints. Still ate pretty well, if i remember correctly;) But i'll tell you, the hangover was such that in all honesty i do not look forward to the next round:) Ah, the pleasure, the pain.

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on August 09, 2010
at 02:59 PM

Coupla months ago I sat in my car in the parking lot of Trader Joe's and ate an entire 18 oz package of Trader Joe's Crispy Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies with a quart of half-n-half. That's close to 4000 kcals. I felt lousy even before I finished it, but I punished myself by eating it all. I was sick as a dog for three days and haven't touched wheat/gluten since.

I still eat a little rice when I make Kung Pao chicken and I snack on peanuts and cashews from time to time. Oh well, at least I'm off the wheat/sugar/fructose/veg oil merry-go-round.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on October 22, 2010
at 06:56 PM

Until I failed again a few weeks ago with PB&J sandwiches, BBQ Fritos and chocolate covered/PB filled pretzel bites - Ack!! I'm really good most of the time and my blood work is super - I just *have* too stop doing this...

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on October 22, 2010
at 06:55 PM

Until I failed again a few weeks ago with PB&J sandwiches, BBQ Fritos and chocolate covered/PB filled pretel bites - Ack!! I'm really good most of the time and my blood work is super - I just have too stop doing this...

2
84f2ebde3766d05896406e1b0ad5b079

on July 10, 2010
at 02:36 AM

Invited over by my parents neighbors (dogsitting) for dinner, I was served a quesadilla with chicken and chocolate cheesecake for dessert. I managed to eat most of the middle out of the quesadilla (with the lovely, but clueless, neighbor saying "but it's whole wheat AND fat free" about my uneaten tortilla) but I succumbed to the cheesecake. However, I was in so much pain that night that I've been amazingly compliant since :)

2
F5652c7726ee903e9f55945bdf377d06

on April 29, 2010
at 05:01 PM

I ate an entire Lindt 60% cacao bar last night.

2
B485f0cf678c0b420941e883adfea28d

on April 29, 2010
at 02:15 AM

Forgive me father, for I have sinned. Went to an Ethiopian restaurant for lunch today (which was holy crap amazing). Of course, you eat all of of the food with a bread called injera. Thankfully it's actually gluten free, so I didn't feel too crappy afterwards. It was well worth the cheat

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on April 29, 2010
at 04:01 AM

and it's fermented. A "good" cheat. Probably displaces more nutritious foods, but isn't going to weigh you down like gluteny cupcakes would.

Cbf9ad6e645dc8d655259658fc972e58

(321)

on July 10, 2010
at 11:24 AM

What Melissa said. As cheats go, Ethiopian food is an excellent one.

33f5e6af6eb437dc2dcc64d7afd7f536

(20)

on May 05, 2011
at 09:54 PM

Wow, that helps me. Celiac disease runs in my family hardcore and I fell off the wagon and had a cheat involving gluten (bread/cake) recently and got pretty darned sick VERY shortly after (intestinal stress/bloating/pain etc.) so I'm pretty sure I'm gluten intolerant at the very bare minimum. I LOVE Ethiopian food and had hence avoided it thinking, I couldn't eat on the PD. This is good news to me! :)

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 03, 2011
at 03:26 AM

It's happening right now. Carrot cake- OMG so good. Didn't feel bad after the first slice yesterday so thought I'd try another. Oh oh here comes the heartburn. When will I learn? A little cheat is good, but another one makes me sad. New rule: Cheats should happen outside the house. Never bring them home. Come to think of it that rule works for other cheats as well. Just kidding;)

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21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on May 03, 2011
at 02:14 AM

Oh man, I have to drag this thread back up just to convey an epic cheat from a couple months ago:

Breakfast: nothing

Lunch: Chipotle burrito, Reese's peanut butter cup brownie from 7-Eleven, Mug root beer.

Dinner: Whopper with cheese, Medium Fry, 2 Hershey Sundae Pies

Post-dessert dessert: Snickers ice cream bar, 3 Raspberry Zingers, Dark chocolate Reese's cups

Late night snack: half a pail of cheese balls

So yeah, it was not a good paleo day. I've got pretty bad joint problems, and occasionally choose terrible food instead of vicodin for pain control. Might not be a great idea.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on May 03, 2011
at 02:39 AM

(this better get a downvote)

Medium avatar

(5136)

on May 03, 2011
at 05:10 AM

downvoted so you are that much closer to your peer pressure badge

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on May 03, 2011
at 01:39 PM

You forgot to snort a line of crushed and chopped high fructose corn sugar.

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14d2a231fb261051a036a6ab6ca7bebd

on October 22, 2010
at 12:29 PM

Maybe this is just nitpicking over semantics, but I really don't like the idea of "cheat foods." If you're cheating, it means you're doing something wrong. Occasionally enjoying dessert, bread, etc. isn't wrong - it's delicious.

I think we're all familiar with Sisson's 80/20 rule. It's good, but I prefer the more widely applied formulation of the 80/20 rule: the law of diminishing returns. Basically, 80% of your results come from 20% of your efforts.

If you're largely off sugar, eating plenty of real food, exercising, and resting well, you're in pretty good shape. I think we could all benefit from relaxing a little bit when it comes to food.

Oh, for me, it's pancakes. I love my pancakes.

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700c4cad13564f9df5637f5244627f5f

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on August 09, 2010
at 10:55 AM

I'm ashamed of this, but I work night shift at a hospital and the only thing near us open after 2AM is Taco Bell. After some psych patient calls me every name in the book and throws things at me I really want an F-ing chalupa! Hmm, maybe I have some issues with emotional eating... :)

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95ab15c8ef50ff0daf87ccbdd52cd3b8

(2384)

on July 13, 2010
at 12:15 AM

My cheats almost always say "Frito-Lay" on the outside of the package. But at least I stick with the gluten-free varieties (no Nacho Cheese Doritos, sigh).

95ab15c8ef50ff0daf87ccbdd52cd3b8

(2384)

on August 10, 2010
at 12:32 PM

A friend challenged me to make homemade Cheetos. I don't know how to do it in a truly paleo way, but I could start with locally-grown corn and cook 'em in tallow.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on August 09, 2010
at 03:01 PM

OMG, my biggest "jones" is for BBQ Fritos. If anyone knows of a paleoesque recipe...

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on July 08, 2010
at 03:31 AM

All Inclusive Honeymoon...BP had nothing on my butt for about 10 days.

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F82f7d4dafb6d0ffc4c2ee2a85420786

(484)

on April 30, 2010
at 03:39 AM

I forgot to bring my eggs to work for breakfast, and got a ham cheese croissant instead (figured the more buttery the carbs, the better). Feel like shit now. Nausea and heartburn - great combo. Live and learn I guess.

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on April 27, 2010
at 09:46 PM

I did some event planning and we did a huge event with a bunch of restaurants and breweries. Of course, I ate everything from cake to bread...which I washed down with massive amounts of beer . The next day was so incredibly painful that I vowed to get off gluten forever. It took me at least a week to recover.

I also no longer plan events. Back to the nerd-career for me. I never had event planning in me, and the inability to eat cheese and crackers is a disqualification. Sometimes I think about that night though and how much better it would have been if I had eaten paleo...it was definitely possible. These days at food events I make a better effort. Yes, I miss out on some tasty things, but also on feeling like total complete crap.

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Fcaeaac15cf6568f2825b230731d5a7d

(529)

on April 27, 2010
at 08:37 PM

LOL...I'm not even sure one drink could count as a cheat. Take it easy on yourself!

Last year on July 4th I made up my mind beforehand that I was going to cheat. 6 beers, 2 hot dogs, a hamburger...and to top it all off...a giant dessert plate of something at a popular local restaurant to go along with more alcohol. I'm fuzzy on what it was exactly as a result of the alcohol, but I am certain that it was delicious. And don't worry, Grok wasn't driving.

The problem with this cheat was that it spilled over into the next few days. After you wake up from a day like that, you start thinking about how good McDonalds breakfast food is, with those little hashed browns and the McGriddles...my God the McGriddles sandwich. Ketchup briefly became a part of my life again. And soon...tighter fitting pants.

My advice is that cheats shouldn't be planned, sort of like drunkenness shouldn't be planned. When this happens, overdoing it practically becomes an inevitability.

8347d512bca9b034d53da40dab8cd21c

(2517)

on April 27, 2010
at 08:49 PM

Oh, I'm not beating myself up! :) But to be really strict with myself for the most part, and then drink this absolutely ghastly energy drink...it was actually pretty nasty. I just remember thinking, "Of all the ways to go off my diet, it's this?" and laughing to myself.

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04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

on October 22, 2010
at 05:01 PM

Just recently had peanut soup. Loved it in the past. Cherished every drop of that soup knowing that I shall never do that again. I am sooo against peanuts....but I hardly ever see it on the menu.

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A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on October 22, 2010
at 02:49 PM

Oh man. I have had EPIC cheat days.

The most recent: Dunkn' Donuts (1/2 dozen assorted) for breakfast, with milk and coffee, a burger from a GREAT local joint with fries and a shake for lunch, and Papa Johns for dinner.

Heeeelllllloooo uncomfortable BM's and poor performance (for like 4 DAYS).

Never again.

NEVER AGAIN.

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C0fcb48d7da4f76fac17318efd2cd6b8

on October 22, 2010
at 11:33 AM

Most of the paleo foods I now relish with gusto (esp. fat- denied myself fat for decades, now eat fat fat fat) feel like cheating to me, so I don't cheat hardly at all. Sugar just tastes weird and harsh, and bread smells suspicious. Sometimes, I dream about these little vanilla bean cookies at Trader Joes, but that's about it. Oh, bite of dark chocolate and a nip of tequila now and then feels pretty naughty.

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B52b38a0f6009e2ee11779e24be16387

on October 22, 2010
at 05:18 AM

I cheat a little whenever I feel like the enjoyment will outweigh the pain I will experience afterwards. Sometimes I lose this gamble, but mostly I win, because I give myself permission to enjoy these things when they really count - for instance, homemade cheesecake or creme brulee is worth it every time, whereas stale Fritos in the company lunchroom are totally not worth it every time. A little wine is good, a lot of wine is bad. You get the idea... everything in moderation, including moderation, as they say.

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84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on July 08, 2010
at 12:02 PM

Doughnuts which I filled with Nuttella :blushes: A blast from my ""Paleo"-but-low-fat" past.

145d4b0f988af15acc6b26eccc1f4895

(1932)

on October 22, 2010
at 07:23 PM

Oh my, I used to fret so about not being able to eat Nutella, until I figured out how to make my own! Hazelnuts. Cocoa. Stevia. Food processor. More oil if necessary. Now that I know I can have it, I hardly ever even think of it.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on October 22, 2010
at 07:00 PM

What's with everyone around here jonesing for Nutella? And what kind of doughnut, I wonder?

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8ea784171b2d15cffb537349b341b806

(260)

on July 08, 2010
at 02:57 AM

My Dad's birthday on October 26th of this past year. I had almost half of a cold stone creamery cookie dough cake, as well as ten raw cookies. Even though I felt like crap the next day, it was so good and totally worth it.

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(2269)

on July 07, 2010
at 09:42 PM

Yesterday at work they had pizza delivered. It wasn't even good pizza but I had three slices, and steeled myself for wrenching heartburn later, but it never happened! Maybe my stomach acids are recovering after years on PPIs (stopped taking this in April).

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on July 07, 2010
at 06:16 PM

9 sushi rolls, ugh, too much food and rice soy wheat

Cbf9ad6e645dc8d655259658fc972e58

(321)

on July 10, 2010
at 11:27 AM

Fermented soy isn't so awful in small doses... bring good wheat-free tamari, avoid the tempura and "crab stick", and minimize the rice next time... sushi restaurants can be a very good thing.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on July 07, 2010
at 06:17 PM

Oh so tasty and tons of raw fish... Balanced, not likely

499f188c87c6980742b9ba98caa6f563

(683)

on August 09, 2010
at 09:42 PM

Sashimi is raw fish slices without the rice. Most places offer that too.

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(5639)

on March 23, 2011
at 07:13 AM

I've switched over to sashimi full time in my favorite sushi places, but I sneak one or two of my girlfriend's rolls now and then. And I always split the kani salad with her. Just how bad is "crab stick?" Cuz I kinda love it...

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on March 23, 2011
at 11:14 AM

Some crab stick has wheat, some has MSG, you have to ask.

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B4aa2df25a6bf17d22556667ff896170

(851)

on July 07, 2010
at 06:08 PM

i ate an entire jar of peanut butter in one sitting once... was constipated for like 4 days and just felt terrible. If i did it again, I would do almond butter, which is all I eat now anyways.. and no salt. I didn't realize how much salt was in peanut butter... I was super thirsty for days after eating it, but drinking water made me super bloated

C2ecbc6f2948c232d60a639c50b7f4f9

(504)

on May 13, 2012
at 10:18 PM

i do natural PB with whole wheat crackers

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D251185e140e7f3d8df603a08fdbeabd

on April 28, 2010
at 02:46 AM

Had a good sized cheat at lunch today... demolished a pizza buffet w/ my co-workers (made the cheat count)! I was feeling bad about the cheat, but may have stumbled on to something, because I have been very low carb the past couple of weeks and have been struggling lately w/ CrossFit MetCon WODs, but I felt a lot better today. Perhaps I need to add some more "smart carbs"...?

D251185e140e7f3d8df603a08fdbeabd

(95)

on April 28, 2010
at 05:26 PM

Thanks, Joe! This is my thinking as well, and I'm glad I'm not totally off base since I am kinda a newb!

8ea784171b2d15cffb537349b341b806

(260)

on April 28, 2010
at 03:00 PM

Some people function better with more carbs. CF metcon WODs can definitely take a toll on muscle glycogen, so try adding more fruit and see how it works for you.

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