So I've been reading Paleo Coach by Jason Seib and he talks about being mindful of what you eat verses bingeing and not being aware of what you're eating. So what if you make a conscious decision to have a splurge but not binge?What do you do after that? Today I decided to eat a small amount of ice cream and a gluten free bun at the market. Later I started thinking: should I go exercise? Should I fast tomorrow? Should I just eat normal paleo and just get back on track? I am trying to think about my food differently and eat as strict paleo as possible but I wanted to know what you guys thought. After you consciously eat something that isn't in your normal diet, how do you handle it? I'm also not talking about eating something that makes you sick, gives you a reaction or creates pain. I can't eat wheat or I get violently ill. So that would never be a splurge for me. Eating a gluten free bun is considered a splurge and a rare one at that. Just curious how y'all handle events, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
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on April 22, 2013
at 09:01 AM
teacher2mykids, sorry this reply was not very kind. I apologise.
If you really think about it, and I mean really think about it, what have you eaten that is that different from eating something classically whole food, natural, healthy, etc?
Lets just take the icecream as an example. In general you probably consumed some powdered milk, with sugar, possibly some soy, flavouring and texture enhancer. The nutritional value of eating this is pretty low in terms of overall vitamins but a helpful supply of glucose, fat and protein. At worst you ate a few micrograms of carrageenan, Sunset Yellow FCF, etc. I just did a quick Google and apparently the acceptable daily consumption of Sunset Yellow FCF is 1.0 mg/kg, you probably consumed less than 0.5 mg.
So you may have consumed a few micrograms of unhelpful stuff but, and here is the BUT...
You are not eating icecream as your staple food group, nor planning to eat a cup of it a day over the next 30 years of your life.
Say you live in fresh-aired lake-lined wilderness of Alaska, and then you go to New York to see a Broadway show.
Do you leave thinking "Gee I can't believe I went, I feel so guilty, the air is so nasty."
No you don't, why?
I rest my case.
on April 21, 2013
at 10:37 PM
Listen to your body. I know that's kind of a recurring theme here, but it is only because it works. If your body asks for nutrients, give it nutrients. If it wants fat, same. But whatever you do, don't feel guilty over this.
on April 22, 2013
at 01:30 AM
If you decide to have a treat, you should just enjoy it. That's why it's a treat. I would only worry if I were not in control. Mindful means knowing you ate it, so that tomorrow you don't eat something else that's a treat thinking it's a one off. Just be aware of what's going in your face, don't do penance afterwards.
on April 21, 2013
at 11:55 PM
Yesterday I eat all my food and then was invited for dinner where I had some wings despite not being very hungry. I typically hold off on breakfast until about noon, today I extended that a couple hours later. No big deal.
I think as long as your not super focused on immediate short term weight loss that I would just go on with my day like nothing happened. It sounds like you have very good control and this is a rare treat so that's what I would do if I we're you; just keep on keepin' on.