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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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.
"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." ~ Randy Pausch
"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results." ~ Art Turock
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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.