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Cheat horror stories?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 12, 2013 at 6:39 PM

So I'm a college kid - I'm learning all sorts of new stuff everyday and making my fair share of bad decisions. I just started the Paleo diet and did 6 days of being very strict. I felt SO great. The puffiness in my face and belly went down, I felt light and just awesome in general.

Of course, one night my friends and I decided to go eat out and drink and I figured I 'deserved' a cheat. Instead of making at least some healthy choices I go out and eat at a burger joint. I got a huge burger, sweet potato fries, and drank half a blue moon before I started feeling sick...but wait, there's more! I also consumed half a pint of Ben & Jerry's along with a mixed drink of wine, vodka, and cranberry juice, and then more wine...and then 3 slices of chicken bacon ranch pizza and some jalape??o bread.

I am just seriously horrified. I can see the puffiness and bloating back in the face and stomach, and I feel so physically ill. OBVIOUSLY. I have learned my lesson...the hard way :( I'm fasting today and consuming lots of water and tea with plans to execerise tonight.

I'm a 5' 5 130lb (give or take) female. I am not necessarily worried about weight, though I would absolutely like to tone up. I'm a rugby player for my university so I workout and stuff. I'm more considered about my health - now and for the long run. So any tips besides working on self control to not crazy binge eat? I want to go strict for 30 days but the social aspects of college make it really hard :(

Feel free to share your cheating stories, any advice, and if you feel the need to lecture me -even though I sit through those for hours a week ;) that could be helpful too. Sorry this is so long and thanks!

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on February 12, 2013
at 10:29 PM

I had a beer at a halloween party last year, and I ended up going home early bc I was doubled over from the pain ... of gas forming in my gut! yeah, that was great.

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on February 12, 2013
at 07:37 PM

Ooh, thats a good idea about the snacks. Maybe not the healthiest of all options but probably a little better than burgers and pizza... Yeah I think I'm going to be done with beer for awhile, probably won't completely avoid alcohol though (rugby makes that hard ha). Thanks for your reply!

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on February 12, 2013
at 07:32 PM

hahaha yeah for me too.... thanks for the tips, I appreciate it. I'll be sure to keep myself in check because like you said, there is no advantage to feeling like this.

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on February 12, 2013
at 07:11 PM

"eating like a SAD a**hole" did it for me. Thank you!

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on February 12, 2013
at 06:56 PM

I think this was the story that made me finally, firmly disagree with the use of the word "cheat" in situations like this. You didn't "cheat" anything - you simply failed/disrupted the purported diet you were attempting. A "cheat" is a (often dishonest) shortcut to gain an advantage. What advantage did eating like a SAD a**hole and bingeing give you?

Okay, having said that, there's some positive points.

First, realize that self control or self will really is a limited resource. You can "work out" your willpower to gain some advantage, but your best bet is not to tax yourself beyond what you can control. Wanted to have fun with friends at a burger joint? Go for it! But ... it didn't stop there, did it? Try to figure out what took you beyond the edge, made you say "f**k it!", and eat a bunch of crap. Please, don't ignore the decision and mood altering effects of alcohol.

Second, your reiterations that your were "super strict" for 6 days and how great it made you felt makes me maybe think that you were a little too strict, and possible didn't eat enough. Fat loss and body recomp can cause a very euphoric feeling. Beware "rebounding" in the other direction again. Continue with small steps - especially since you do rugby and likely get quite a lot of physical activity, you will need to fuel that activity.

Eat enough, keep moving. Stop eating like an a**hole.

If you find that you cannot stop, please talk to a friend, counselor, or get professional dietary and possibly mental health help. Bingeing once is bad enough for the mood, body image, and physical health. Continued bingeing is just self punishment.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on February 12, 2013
at 07:11 PM

"eating like a SAD a**hole" did it for me. Thank you!

4f9d84ebfca494507a1ef74aaf3cea65

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on February 12, 2013
at 07:32 PM

hahaha yeah for me too.... thanks for the tips, I appreciate it. I'll be sure to keep myself in check because like you said, there is no advantage to feeling like this.

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on February 12, 2013
at 07:08 PM

Macey, I think almost everyone on here will say ... been there, done that. lol. Doesn't matter if you are 20, 30, 40, 50 years old! But now you know how to feel good. At some point, your brain will say, "it's not worth the pain to cheat."

Try to plan ahead so that your cheats don't impact you as much:

If you're going to drink, best to stick to straight liquor and avoid the sugary fruity mixers. Avoid beer. I personally have a bottle of expensive tequila that I nip at on the weekends. Go back to the old fashioned days of carrying a flask of your favorite with you.

If you know you get the munchies when you drink, make a batch of paleo brownies or other paleo treat beforehand. Keep a can of salted almonds in your purse. If you crave ice cream, make a bowl of frozen blueberries with heavy cream poured on top (the cream freezes to the berries and it really does taste like ice cream). My big snack I always want in the wee hours is nachos - I have the fixings on hand to make a big plate of nachos (minus the chips - eat with a fork!). Maybe not all the healthiest choices, but you can minimize the damage! And have fun. :)

4f9d84ebfca494507a1ef74aaf3cea65

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on February 12, 2013
at 07:37 PM

Ooh, thats a good idea about the snacks. Maybe not the healthiest of all options but probably a little better than burgers and pizza... Yeah I think I'm going to be done with beer for awhile, probably won't completely avoid alcohol though (rugby makes that hard ha). Thanks for your reply!

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on February 12, 2013
at 10:29 PM

I had a beer at a halloween party last year, and I ended up going home early bc I was doubled over from the pain ... of gas forming in my gut! yeah, that was great.

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