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Eat or fast after a big mistake?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 09, 2013 at 11:27 PM

I took the kids to a movie and I only meant to eat a couple bites of popcorn. Of course, I ate a crap ton of popcorn. stupid delicious popcorn.

Is the best thing for controlling insulin to eat protein/fat or is it to fast for a while? I feel gross and would rather not eat if I don't have to.

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on March 10, 2013
at 05:36 PM

Well, the community has been mistakenly blaming insulin for a long time instead of simple caloric excess.

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on March 10, 2013
at 01:28 PM

Andrew, I'd be happy to answer but are you asking that because you really want to understand my parenting/nutritional philosophy or was it meant in a more negative/judgemental sort of way? (tone is hard to infer online). Thanks.

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on March 10, 2013
at 01:26 PM

I agree with you completely, and Hopefully you understood my original post and comment to see that I am in no way punishing myself or worrying about how it will affect weight loss. My main concern was how to control the inevitable insulin spike, but mostly to avoid feeling like crap and craving more sugar instead of worrying about gaining weight. And our theater uses real butter! (or at least so they say)

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on March 10, 2013
at 01:22 PM

Don't misconstrue what I said -- "movie popcorn" is almost certainly a horrible thing. Home made, air or good oil popped popcorn is generally not the worst thing you can eat. Also, milk duds? Really?

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on March 10, 2013
at 02:51 AM

Good for you! I love milk duds in my popcorn personally (talk about guilty pleasure!)...I do it maybe twice a year and don't regret it. :)

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on March 10, 2013
at 12:00 AM

why are the kids allowed to have popcorn?

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on March 09, 2013
at 11:50 PM

Yep! Don't feel bad about it. My son "scolded" me in the car on the way home for cheating on my diet. I told him that I didn't cheat and that it's what you do almost all the time that counts, not what you do once in a while. Popcorn was tasty! I'll eat something good for me as soon as popcorn belly settles down.

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on March 09, 2013
at 11:42 PM

And also what Greymouser said -- popcorn isn't the worst you could do. Way better than an entire bag of trans-fat laden cookies or a McD's splurge!

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Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on March 09, 2013
at 11:40 PM

I would continue as normal -- just pick up with my regular healthy diet right where I left off. I find that fasting after a big mistake can lead to binges, because then I'm extra-hungry on top of feeling guilty and gross, which makes tripping up again much more likely.

I also try to just enjoy the binge moment and forgive that it occured (I know; it's hard, but it IS doable!). I find that I recover better from momentary lapses when I say to myself, "Ok, well, that was a cheat day, and that's just fine. Tomorrow is a totally new day." Then go right back to good protein, healthy fats, and reasonable amounts of whole-food carbs.

Good luck! You'll be fine! :)

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on March 10, 2013
at 01:22 PM

Don't misconstrue what I said -- "movie popcorn" is almost certainly a horrible thing. Home made, air or good oil popped popcorn is generally not the worst thing you can eat. Also, milk duds? Really?

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on March 09, 2013
at 11:42 PM

And also what Greymouser said -- popcorn isn't the worst you could do. Way better than an entire bag of trans-fat laden cookies or a McD's splurge!

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on March 10, 2013
at 02:51 AM

Good for you! I love milk duds in my popcorn personally (talk about guilty pleasure!)...I do it maybe twice a year and don't regret it. :)

34f17a568b81675b8eda405cf2ee6a75

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on March 09, 2013
at 11:50 PM

Yep! Don't feel bad about it. My son "scolded" me in the car on the way home for cheating on my diet. I told him that I didn't cheat and that it's what you do almost all the time that counts, not what you do once in a while. Popcorn was tasty! I'll eat something good for me as soon as popcorn belly settles down.

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on March 09, 2013
at 11:39 PM

Just eat the next time you feel hungry. Until then, reflect on how bad "movie popcorn" is for you.

The saddest thing is that if you were jonesing for a non-paleo food to binge on, then homemade, oil or air popped popcorn isn't even that bad.

Next time, sneak some jerky into the theatre! ;-)

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on March 10, 2013
at 05:32 AM

Bodyfat levels are the result of very long-term trends and this sort of thing is basically irrelevant. It's a bit like driving across the United States and worrying about how a few mile stretch of construction is affecting your average speed. This is why the idea of "being on a diet" to rapidly reverse years/decades of overeating in a few months is such a terrible route. The only way to permanently correct overweight is to permanently change one's habits. That change can still have moments like this incorporated into it and the person's fat mass will still trend the same.

Daily energy intake will settle at a lower point with an ancestral diet that has fewer refined, empty calories crammed into it. The fattest people tend to eat the most of these things and the leanest people tend to eat the least. There's a huge spectrum in between with varying levels of fatness generally plotted along based on frequency of counterfeit food consumption. Over time, those who are successful will have retrained themselves to desire foods that are nourishing and satiating rather than things like popcorn that basically turn to ash in your mouth and require constant refeeding.

Punishing oneself for perceived dietary sins is itself actually less healthy than the foods themselves. What you eat on a given day means next to nothing. How you view eating means everything. No cheats, no sins, just better or worse choices. Walk away from sunk costs and gravitate toward more nourishing foods next time (although popcorn does provide dramatically more nutrition than a soda or something).

Personally, I'd be more concerned about the bizarre synthetic butter.

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on March 10, 2013
at 05:36 PM

Well, the community has been mistakenly blaming insulin for a long time instead of simple caloric excess.

34f17a568b81675b8eda405cf2ee6a75

(20)

on March 10, 2013
at 01:26 PM

I agree with you completely, and Hopefully you understood my original post and comment to see that I am in no way punishing myself or worrying about how it will affect weight loss. My main concern was how to control the inevitable insulin spike, but mostly to avoid feeling like crap and craving more sugar instead of worrying about gaining weight. And our theater uses real butter! (or at least so they say)

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on March 10, 2013
at 04:54 AM

geez. i know the feeling. my mom just went to a movie with my sister and binged on popcorn. she's been in the bathroom ALL night shitting it out. that stuff is lethal.

i wouldn't eat if i were you. your body is filled with something it physically can't digest. don't give it any more work to do if you really don't need food.

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on March 09, 2013
at 11:58 PM

Whatever works for you. Trial & error.

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