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7/10/20 7:30 A

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Since you have a chronic illness. For you, I say no. You should stick strictly to your dialysis diet.

For everyone else. I follow a Lady on YouTube and Instagram. Chikara Transformations she is a body builder and has some awesome gains. Even she talks about eating a bit of baklava. Within reason.



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No!, I think there are no cheat days, you eat everything in moderation even if you happen to indulge in something scathingly delicious. Take a small portion and enjoy

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No, I think it is a really bad idea.



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No; I think it's a terrible idea.

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Like others, I see it more like a budget than a kid in the cookie jar.
Is there a compelling reason to change my current pattern? Then I plan for that. And expect some change in progress.

I occasionally revert to “oh I had XYZ, so I will spend an extra 30 minutes on the treadmill.”

Eating, in and of itself, is not a moral failing.
Consuming more than you need, or being wasteful might be.

If you have a health condition brought about by overconsumption, then cheating is cheating yourself.
Basic adult behaviour says that you take care of your body.

Wake up every day knowing you make the decision to begin your journey anew.

This choice in this moment defines now.
What is your now?



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I guess I'm not into the concept of "cheating." I don't have a specific plan, I just strive for balance nutrients & sensible portions right now, trying to find what is healthy and works for me without being so restrictive it makes me feel stressed or deprived. I don't like the idea of guilting myself out of enjoying a treat once in a while by thinking of it as 'cheating'.

If I am making healthier choices overall, once in a while, I think it's okay to make a less healthy choice, as long as I look at it in the context of everything else.

So if it's my birthday, I wanna have a piece of cake. I'm gonna try to eat fewer carbs/sugar in the morning in anticipation of the cake later in the day. I'm gonna check my blood sugar to make sure it would be safe at the time, and I'm gonna cut a sensible piece and savor it so not to spike my blood sugar too bad. Maybe I'll go for a walk afterwards, or dance for a while to work it off a little. I'm gonna space out the next time I allow myself to make an unhealthy choice like that so it doesn't become a regular habit, but I don't want it to be wrong to have an occasional indulgence.

With that said, I do have certain "trigger" foods that flip a switch in my brain and make me feel like I can't stop eating. So basically I think it's okay to indulge occasionally but I also have to be honest with myself about what I can handle and know that some foods it's just best for me personally to steer clear of.

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No. Plan. Write a menu, stick to it. You can have anything, plan, portion.



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The reality is that there is no such thing as a 'cheat meal' - I mean, who are you cheating? Not you because you knowingly and consciously are the one putting the food into your mouth.

Instead, I believe in learning to eat wisely and monitoring properly what we eat.

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I can handle a cheat meal, if I am feeling strong (not stressed out). If I cheat as a reaction to my emotional state then that cheat meal will last longer than just a meal.
I find that planning for a cheat meal (because of a special occasion) so that I watch what I eat ahead of time and know what I am going to do afterwards, lets me maintain control....otherwise it leads to a binge. That's me.



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@EOWYN24241

Before I reply with my answer, I'd like to know what the OP considers a "cheat meal".

What's your cheat meal ?

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6/25/20 11:40 A

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Fast food = poison. Danger!

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Fast food. Fatty food.



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@EOWYN24241

Before I reply with my answer, I'd like to know what the OP considers a "cheat meal".

What's your cheat meal ?

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@LUANN_IN_PA you're response is positively PERFECT! :-)

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Oh, Elaine... really?

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
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At this point, I don’t think in terms of cheating. Because the only one getting cheated is ...me.

Will I indulge? Yeah. Will it be much? Not likely. One benefit for me of IF is a smaller appetite.


But if I were diabetic, I’d be whole food plant based, low and only complex carbs. Period.

Wake up every day knowing you make the decision to begin your journey anew.

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No because it may cause you to overeat



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Really, Elaine? What do you think?

Cheat meals are a lousy idea. MOST of us can work in the occasional treat or extravagant meal. But, then again, most of us don't have a chronic health condition and an addiction to poisonous fast food. I don't have a chronic health condition and never eat at KFC, McDonald's, BK, etc.

So, if you are looking for support to made dangerous choices, I won't do that for your own good because I care. :-)

ETA: Elaine, you have been on SP for 10+ years. I am surprised you haven't figured it out.

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Or dyu think it's a bad idea in general?



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