So last night...I had to cheat. Well, "had" is a strong term, but hear me out!
I drove from New Jersey back to home (Western NY), leaving around 8pm, and got to a point where I knew I needed to stay awake. I had stopped for black coffee, which did not really help all that much.
Using the logic of "since I never drink it, the effect will be that much stronger," I bought one of those NoS drinks and it definitely worked. So did loud rock music and having the windows down, but I got home around 2:30am in one piece.
I don't feel guilty, but I don't feel thrilled about drinking one of these, since it goes so far off the path of Paleo. My question to you: how have you cheated, if at all, on the Paleo Diet?
And for the record, I don't mean the occasional cheat meal as in 80/20 dieting and all that. I'm talking straight up "I-wish-I-hadn't-put-that-in-my-face" type cheating.
You really must have some cheats in your diet or you will crack. My cheats come in the form of traveling with friends on trips or having dinner with loved ones on special occasions. If you are real good 80 per cent of the time, the small 20% cheats won't matter to much as long as it is after a few months of building a soild foundation. The following day of my cheats I usually FAST for the day. Paleo should not be like the vegatarian dogma but closer to a foundation to support the diet and life changes. And steak and eggs fixes everything.
I have some issues with cheating- when I cheat I used to just say "f*** it" and go all out. Ever since listening to one of Robb Wolf's podcasts I have had a small epiphany. He likened a huge planned binge to a party with cocaine and hookers. It just won't turn out well. Robb said if you are at a party and you want to kick your heels up and have some ice cream, have some ice cream and move on. This is what cheats should be, times to relax and then move on. For anyone planning cheats, it is bad news, trust me!!
Here's a good link to "normal eating". I don't think she is paleo but she makes some great points.
My worst cheat is definitely also Nutella related. I could eat a whole jar (and have!).
Forgive me father, for I have sinned. Went to an Ethiopian restaurant for lunch today (which was holy crap amazing). Of course, you eat all of of the food with a bread called injera. Thankfully it's actually gluten free, so I didn't feel too crappy afterwards. It was well worth the cheat
Invited over by my parents neighbors (dogsitting) for dinner, I was served a quesadilla with chicken and chocolate cheesecake for dessert. I managed to eat most of the middle out of the quesadilla (with the lovely, but clueless, neighbor saying "but it's whole wheat AND fat free" about my uneaten tortilla) but I succumbed to the cheesecake. However, I was in so much pain that night that I've been amazingly compliant since :)
Coupla months ago I sat in my car in the parking lot of Trader Joe's and ate an entire 18 oz package of Trader Joe's Crispy Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies with a quart of half-n-half. That's close to 4000 kcals. I felt lousy even before I finished it, but I punished myself by eating it all. I was sick as a dog for three days and haven't touched wheat/gluten since.
I still eat a little rice when I make Kung Pao chicken and I snack on peanuts and cashews from time to time. Oh well, at least I'm off the wheat/sugar/fructose/veg oil merry-go-round.
straight up easy answer for me:
in about 2 years of hardcore paleo eating (sometimes going pure animal foods without veg, most of the time orthopaleo though) on my birthday we went out and drank a LOT of beer. Something like 8 pints. Still ate pretty well, if i remember correctly;) But i'll tell you, the hangover was such that in all honesty i do not look forward to the next round:) Ah, the pleasure, the pain.
LOL...I'm not even sure one drink could count as a cheat. Take it easy on yourself!
Last year on July 4th I made up my mind beforehand that I was going to cheat. 6 beers, 2 hot dogs, a hamburger...and to top it all off...a giant dessert plate of something at a popular local restaurant to go along with more alcohol. I'm fuzzy on what it was exactly as a result of the alcohol, but I am certain that it was delicious. And don't worry, Grok wasn't driving.
The problem with this cheat was that it spilled over into the next few days. After you wake up from a day like that, you start thinking about how good McDonalds breakfast food is, with those little hashed browns and the McGriddles...my God the McGriddles sandwich. Ketchup briefly became a part of my life again. And soon...tighter fitting pants.
My advice is that cheats shouldn't be planned, sort of like drunkenness shouldn't be planned. When this happens, overdoing it practically becomes an inevitability.