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what has been your worst non paleo cheat day?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 17, 2012 at 3:12 AM

me and one my best buds went out to a breakfast place this morning where they serve HUGE pancakes, i cant emphasizes huge enough, it was bigger than the plates, i had 3 and i letterally could not eat a single thing today, this was my first cheat meal during my cut since Christmas break, what has been your best/worst(depending how you felt about it) cheat meal?

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on October 29, 2012
at 12:24 AM

nutella should not be allowed in the house... ever. it tastes too good.

Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

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on July 30, 2012
at 11:49 PM

...because my life is 100% miserable and I'm coping as well as I can while I work to get out of it. I plan cheat days because I'm a pragmatist and if I try to fight it tooth and nail forever I end up binging MORE. What works for you =/= what works for me, because your life =/= my life. Would everyone please stop being so damn judgmental about things they don't understand?

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on July 30, 2012
at 07:47 PM

Ha, yeah. I'd never heard the term beavertail for one these before but thats it. Also, called Indian Fry Bread in Arizona. They really don't taste very good to me at all anymore.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:40 PM

Why would you plan cheat days. If I even did one of your cheat days I would never binge again. So go all out and never do it again like I did with almond butter. Your gut is never going to heal, you'll never develop proper satiety signals to prevent binging.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:36 PM

Like a beavertail, yuck! :):)!

95f4513b7d9deb9c3d5734709f3c5308

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on July 30, 2012
at 11:44 AM

Oh yes. I'm a pre-dental Kinesiology major..I know allllll about it, unfortunately..

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on July 30, 2012
at 11:36 AM

Finals are a pain in the ass...too much study, too much coffee, far less sleep, staying at friends republics for final notes and reviews= poor food choices, and poor will power to deny.

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on July 30, 2012
at 07:11 AM

If dairy part is of your cheat day, and you haven't had it in a while, it can noticeably thicken nasal mucus within hours and make you feel more stuffed up even if there isn't any more snot than normal.

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on July 30, 2012
at 07:10 AM

If dairy part of your cheat day, it can thicken nasal mucus and make you feel more stuffed up even if there isn't any more snot than normal.

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on July 27, 2012
at 08:49 PM

I typically get a good amount of nasal congestion the morning after I eat gluten in a cheat meal.

3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

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on June 18, 2012
at 12:19 PM

hahaha ok just me then ... i had some pita bread yesterday and a bit of milk ...

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on June 18, 2012
at 11:59 AM

?! no lol, what do you eat exactly?

3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

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on June 18, 2012
at 08:43 AM

hahah isn't it terrible, that even after you have been paleo, you think your taste buds would reject the neolithic food...but it still tastes awesome...damnit!

3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

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on June 18, 2012
at 08:42 AM

can I ask...does anyone get nasal drip after a cheat day? or blocked up??

3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

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on June 18, 2012
at 08:33 AM

YES! Fruit can set me off :(

3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

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on June 18, 2012
at 08:32 AM

This doesn't answer the question...downvote.

264b5c21793329052ac3d84da8c41abd

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on June 18, 2012
at 03:16 AM

voted up because i'm the EXACT SAME WAY and totally feel your pain.

5249df0c1098a8ea4607cc305f0cbdcf

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on June 17, 2012
at 10:05 PM

We all know cheating is bad. Have a sense of humor dude.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on June 17, 2012
at 05:12 PM

@MathGirl: +1 for neolethal. lol

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on June 17, 2012
at 03:25 PM

It's not a "concept." We're human and fall off the wagon, some more easily than others. I am an emotional eater and may dive into some neolethal food after a particularly stressful event and have it finished off before I even realized it.

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on June 17, 2012
at 03:03 PM

I agree with Dags. I chose to become strict Paleo/Primal (dairy free as well) after I did a Whole30 and realized that I felt amazing. It took one cheat meal for me 9 months ago at a Thai restaurant (soy/wheat sauce) to realize that cheating is simply not worth it. It's nice to have reinforcement/reminders of feeling like crap but why would I choose to do that to my body?

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on June 17, 2012
at 11:12 AM

The only reason I can see for cheat days is to discover that cheating is unwise.

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F0a3e3f17d9a740810ac37ff2353a9f3

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on June 18, 2012
at 03:27 AM

I can't divulge full details, but it involved several Tootsie Pops.

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on June 17, 2012
at 10:21 PM

Sadly as someone who is (and always will be) recovering from more than a decade of binge-eating, my "worst day" would put all the responses thus far to shame.

I say if eating a piece (or all) of your mother's apple pie makes you happy, go for it! I'm not a person who can indulge anywhere near responsibly, but then we all have different shortcomings.

May your "cheats" be delicious and result in a net increase in happiness! Either way, dust yourself off and get right back on the wagon, thankful you have discovered a better way to eat!

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on June 17, 2012
at 09:52 PM

I am to sugar and chocolate what alcoholics are to alcohol. In one of several cheats within the past year I ate an entire chocolate mousse cake followed by a dozen chocolate chip cookies. I lose complete control. And even fruit will trigger a binge. Of course I feel miserable afterwards, but as with any addiction, after a few days I'm thinking about doing it all over again. I literally must put myself in a frame of mind which eliminates all thoughts of food during the day other than dinner, which is plain meat and sometimes a veg.

3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

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on June 18, 2012
at 08:33 AM

YES! Fruit can set me off :(

264b5c21793329052ac3d84da8c41abd

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on June 18, 2012
at 03:16 AM

voted up because i'm the EXACT SAME WAY and totally feel your pain.

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on June 18, 2012
at 05:56 PM

Now see I think the question really is what is your BEST cheat day ever? Cheating serves an important purpose for many of us so when you do it I think you should really do it up and really do it well. Planned cheat days (I call them treat days) are a great psychological break and can be helpful in "resetting" the body especially for people like me who low carb on a daily basis.

The last one I can remember was a day with oatmeal, 3 fish tacos, a big bag of olive oil potato chips, 7 bananas, and 5 Godiva truffles. I still have the pounds to show for it unfortunately but I'm working on it ;-)

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on June 17, 2012
at 01:19 PM

After 5 months of really good eating, I gave in to temptation at a party and I ate a small piece of cake and 2 chocolate chip cookies... over the course of an entire day. That night I was sick enough to wake the entire house! Which just proves to me that cheat days are NOT a part of my lifestyle change, that is FOR SURE!

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on June 17, 2012
at 06:48 AM

Sorry I do not see the point? I decided to change my life to a LCHF Wheat free one last December. What is the point of then eating crap that you have realised is bad for you? Weird concept to me? lol.

4929a87e3f7438f18a0afbdde291ed5e

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on June 17, 2012
at 03:03 PM

I agree with Dags. I chose to become strict Paleo/Primal (dairy free as well) after I did a Whole30 and realized that I felt amazing. It took one cheat meal for me 9 months ago at a Thai restaurant (soy/wheat sauce) to realize that cheating is simply not worth it. It's nice to have reinforcement/reminders of feeling like crap but why would I choose to do that to my body?

5249df0c1098a8ea4607cc305f0cbdcf

(864)

on June 17, 2012
at 10:05 PM

We all know cheating is bad. Have a sense of humor dude.

3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

(1489)

on June 18, 2012
at 08:32 AM

This doesn't answer the question...downvote.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 17, 2012
at 11:12 AM

The only reason I can see for cheat days is to discover that cheating is unwise.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on June 17, 2012
at 03:25 PM

It's not a "concept." We're human and fall off the wagon, some more easily than others. I am an emotional eater and may dive into some neolethal food after a particularly stressful event and have it finished off before I even realized it.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on June 17, 2012
at 05:12 PM

@MathGirl: +1 for neolethal. lol

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on October 29, 2012
at 02:43 AM

Thanksgiving 2011: It all started out fine and dandy with turkey and potatoes. But then they broke out the pies. I ended up eating 1.5 pumpkin pies, 1/4 of a pecan pie, and one dozen pumpkin cookies. And it was in one sitting.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on October 29, 2012
at 12:29 AM

i've only been eating paleo for 70 days and i don't see cheating in my near future... or ever. it might happen when i feel better and am well, but right now- being sick, i can't imagine doing anything that would make me feel worse. i am literally scared to eat anything that's not paleo. i still think about the foods i want to eat like cakes, cookies, and whoopie pies, but they all have dairy and gluten and i know they'd feel like razors in my gut.

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on October 28, 2012
at 09:50 PM

I went to a party, where they had all sorts of delicious dessert items. I resisted a while, but then gave in to the tiramisu. Then all hell broke loose, and I ate a lot of fatty sausage and cold cuts, along with a lot of beer. I have never gotten so sick from something like that. Apparently my body has lost all sensitivity to crap food, which is good. But it made me so sick (ie, two days constantly on the can) that I'll never do that again. Ever.

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:21 PM

This was when I was still pretty new to the whole celiac thing. I got gluten cross contaminated at a cafeteria. I was so pissed, I had been doing everything right, avoiding all these foods, reading ingredients on everything, being a royal pain in the ass when I went out to eat... But no, now I got to get sick because someone used the wrong tongs on the grilled chicken. So, on my way back home, I stopped by the grocery store, bought a pack of oreo's, and ate them all. I seem to get the same amount of sick regardless of how much gluten I get, so I figured I should make it worth my time.

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Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

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on July 30, 2012
at 12:27 PM

An entire jar of Nutella, a bag of peanut M&Ms, a pint of Ben & Jerry's, a bag of pretzel snacks, a bag of store brand tortilla chips, a huge bowl of froyo, a calzone, a bar of Cadbury's, half a bag of trail mix (the kind that's mostly candy), and an entire package of Pepperidge Farm oatmeal cookies.

I have planned cheat days every 2 weeks. That was yesterday. The only thing I regret is buying oatmeal cookies instead of chocolate chip because I forgot how much worse oats mess me up than anything else. But whatever. I'll be bloated/uncomfortable for today and maybe some of tomorrow; I can live with it. My mental binge-monster is blessedly quiet, which is worth any amount of physical discomfort.

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on July 30, 2012
at 11:49 PM

...because my life is 100% miserable and I'm coping as well as I can while I work to get out of it. I plan cheat days because I'm a pragmatist and if I try to fight it tooth and nail forever I end up binging MORE. What works for you =/= what works for me, because your life =/= my life. Would everyone please stop being so damn judgmental about things they don't understand?

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on July 30, 2012
at 02:40 PM

Why would you plan cheat days. If I even did one of your cheat days I would never binge again. So go all out and never do it again like I did with almond butter. Your gut is never going to heal, you'll never develop proper satiety signals to prevent binging.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on October 29, 2012
at 12:24 AM

nutella should not be allowed in the house... ever. it tastes too good.

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95f4513b7d9deb9c3d5734709f3c5308

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on July 30, 2012
at 10:43 AM

Oh dear..all I can say is, 2 dozen doughnuts and a dozen donut holes during 1 day while I was studying for finals.

Not a proud moment, but it was so good at the time, haha.

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on July 30, 2012
at 11:36 AM

Finals are a pain in the ass...too much study, too much coffee, far less sleep, staying at friends republics for final notes and reviews= poor food choices, and poor will power to deny.

95f4513b7d9deb9c3d5734709f3c5308

(182)

on July 30, 2012
at 11:44 AM

Oh yes. I'm a pre-dental Kinesiology major..I know allllll about it, unfortunately..

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on July 30, 2012
at 10:26 AM

Cool stories, indeed.

Since the adoption of a more ancestral regime, I had only 3-4 cheat days, in about 8 months. The epic one was following Christmas eve. So on 25th I did:

  • one box of cereal(hazelnut filled pilows) with 5 cups of milk,
  • two-three creamed cakes,
  • two bars of chocolate,
  • one package of oreos,
  • one of these: what-has-been-your-worst-non-paleo-cheat-day?

diped on strawberry/raspberry jam, - some yohgurt.

Tha day after felt awfull. A lot of nasal block, sinusitis, watery eyes, huge bloat. Never again did such a mess. Now it's more some treats, some ice cream once in a while or so, aside from dark chocolate weekly, more or less.

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on July 30, 2012
at 07:18 AM

Mine also involved pancakes, breakfast at IHOP, after being VLC for a few months felt like it nearly killed me.

Someone gave us a gift certificate, so we went for a Sunday breakfast, and I figured, "while in Rome...". A stack of pancakes drowned in corn-syrup based "maple syrup" and margarine, two scrambled eggs, and two slices of bacon later, it was time to drive home. I felt a little weird getting into the car, but didn't notice until we were a few blocks down the road that I felt like I was drunk, not 2 drink tipsy, but like 4-5 drink drunky-drunk. I actually pulled over and traded drivers because I felt so weird.

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on July 30, 2012
at 06:48 AM

After 3 weeks of more or less 100% paleo, I succumbed to the temptation of crisps and a toffee/walnut cake (which was disgusting)in my lonely hotel last night. I've been awake all night feeling "peculiar". I think there's no future in junk food for me anymore. It was tasteless, bland and entirely un satisfying. I feel reassured that paleo is best.

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on June 18, 2012
at 02:15 PM

I indulge in pizza every once in a while - and (figuratively) don't feel bad about it (literally it makes me feel terrible).

Don't know what it is about pizza, but I still love it. Something about that cheesy/pepperoni goodness of GOOD QUALITY pizza just does it for me. I probably have it about once every few months.

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on June 18, 2012
at 01:20 PM

Yesterday surrounding the shenanigans of Father's Day, I drank a six pack of cider, and a pint of icecream. I ended up sleeping on the terlet. Had also been out for dinner with a few beers and a gluten free chocolate chip cookie dessert. For someone that normally doesn't eat sweets, yesterday was a banner day for me.

The additional thing is, I'm currently on antibiotics as a preventative measure from an internal injury sustained during weightlifting, so my guts can't really handle anything at all.

Needless to say I'm waiting to eat today until my guts are settled.

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on June 18, 2012
at 05:56 AM

A cheat day tends to turn into a cheat week for me so... it ain't pretty.

The wife and I ate out to celebrate something and I snagged a piece of the sourdough bread from the basket and smeared it in a load of butter. I mean, it was great quality bread. Y'know, for a processed grain product.

Within fifteen minutes, my insides were churning and I experienced the most painful abdominal pain I've ever had. But in a "hey, cause and effect, that's kinda neat and affirming of my intolerance to gluten, masochistic self-experimenting, I totally deserve to feel like crap now" way.

Needless to say, I just ask myself how long I'd like to hang out in the washroom after a cheat and it usually deters me.

But a Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream bar with almonds does occasionally make its way into my freezer. I don't know how and I don't question it. :)

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5249df0c1098a8ea4607cc305f0cbdcf

on June 17, 2012
at 10:06 PM

A slice or so of epic CHEESECAKE on a birthday or two. It was awesometastic.

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on June 18, 2012
at 08:43 AM

hahah isn't it terrible, that even after you have been paleo, you think your taste buds would reject the neolithic food...but it still tastes awesome...damnit!

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7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

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on June 17, 2012
at 02:10 PM

Probably the worst thing I've eaten is called an elephant ear at saturday market in downtown Portland. Its a huge wheat fry bread, fried in unknown oil, covered with about a cup of sugar.

Of course had a huge blood sugar crash with shakiness a bit after, but fortunatly no explosive activity.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

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on July 30, 2012
at 07:47 PM

Ha, yeah. I'd never heard the term beavertail for one these before but thats it. Also, called Indian Fry Bread in Arizona. They really don't taste very good to me at all anymore.

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(3043)

on July 30, 2012
at 02:36 PM

Like a beavertail, yuck! :):)!

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on June 17, 2012
at 05:13 AM

Recently I finished off a bowl of brownie batter. That was certainly not my worse day, but it had no affect on my sleep. I have been so good and my glycogen stores were so low that the sugar and starch did not ruin my sleep. Very unusually for me.

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on June 17, 2012
at 03:49 AM

Let me preface this with saying, I've had some ice cream, chips, and even a slice of pizza...all of which were "okay" in terms of how I felt after. But my worse, had less than half a doughnut....was blown' it out for the entire day, horrible.

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