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Cheat/reward days

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 13, 2013 at 2:59 PM

I've been on the strictly on the diet for a week. Today for lunch I a burger with some fries and mayonaise. After lunch I felt nauseaus and terrible. Any correlation?

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I definitely do the increased portions of paleo foods when I decide to indulge too! Just as long as it's not so much that I feel nauseated afterwards. Also, paleo-ified baked goods are a good idea for "cheating."

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on April 13, 2013
at 06:06 PM

Cheat and reward are different things, btw.

Cheat: What you did.

Reward: I don't think that's what you did. Somebody who is quitting smoking wouldn't reward themselves with a cigarette.

Go ahead and cheat if you wish (and enjoy it when you do, but also know the consequences, which you felt). But you should "reward" yourself with something other than junk food.

IMHO

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on April 13, 2013
at 04:27 PM

Um, yes, there is a correlation between what you eat and how you feel afterward.

If you're comfortable with your current level of body fat and are just interested in eating for improved/sustained health, you now have good clues about what your body doesn't like. So, once per week would be too often to indulge in that particular meal. You'd be better off to restrict those items to rare events or skip them entirely.

I think weekly indulgences work better with either increased portions of healthy items or moderate portions of things that aren't paleo but don't cause you any GI stress. In my case, for example, Coke certainly isn't paleo but if I drink a glass every month or 2 there are no after-effects. If I have a burger and fries, though, there definitely are and I look at what the fries were cooked in and the bun.

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on April 13, 2013
at 05:54 PM

I definitely do the increased portions of paleo foods when I decide to indulge too! Just as long as it's not so much that I feel nauseated afterwards. Also, paleo-ified baked goods are a good idea for "cheating."

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on April 13, 2013
at 03:56 PM

Can't say for sure if it is, though I do know the same thing happens to me.

I think it's safe to say, the majority of people will fall off the wagon every once in a while, which is fine. I know myself have been fairly strict, then on Friday, I had a large burger with about everything spicy on it you can think of. Poutine, then extra fries after, cola... then voila, stomach pain with an uneasy stomach. Before this didn't happen.

Consequently the following day, I hopped back on the wagon again and everything is fine.

It could simply be a case of your stomach reacting to something it's not used to.

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