I've recently tried PaNu and I think I will like this form of diet. However, what are your thoughts on having one cheat day per week? I'm in Asia and most if not all, eat rice as a staple.
My cheat day would involve moderate amounts of alcohol and rice/wheat based food if I need to like attending a party or hanging out with friends. I will still stay away from other high sugar drinks and just consume moderate amounts of wheat/rice based meals.
This cheat meal... Who are you cheating with it? See? So what you really want here is that someone tells you... Sure, go ahead, i do the same? So, you're weakness will be perfectly justified by someone else weakness...
My point is you are not cheating anyone but yourself, on purpose. How smart is that?
Tell you want.... Tonight i'm gonna steal my car... I'll play a prank on myself, so tomorrow, when i'm gonna walk in the lot, i wont see it and will freak out. Ooooo this will be so much fun....
I don't think it makes a lot of sense to do it "once a week". If you feel the need to follow one specific protocol someone else has set up -no matter if it is called PaNu oder Paleo or EatWhatMakesYouHappy- then DO it. If you want to eat somehting else then do that.
Personally I don't know why anybody else should have the right to call me a cheater based upon what I decide to eat.
And I think that's what this community is about: Getting and sharing information and drawing YOUR OWN conclusions based upon what you know (or think you know). It does not matter what I think about your cheat day. If you want to eat that rice-laden oh-so-delicious Tekka Nigiri then go for it! You know what it does to you, to your taste buds, your well-being, your eyes, your nose and your gut.
You have the privilege, the right and the obligation to decide for yourself.
It depends on the cheat. Rice, no issues. Cheating that often with wheat makes gluten elimination irrelevant. My understanding is that gluten can affect the system for about 2 weeks after consumption. So cheating that often means your body is constantly challenged by gluten. The amounts will be much smaller than in a normal diet, but your body never really gets to heal in a gluten-free manner.
The phrasing of this question suggests that one might "plan" to cheat. I can't get my head wrapped around this. If one's diet is hard to stick to, laborious, or otherwise unsatisfying, then one needs to change the diet. Planned cheating is like planned adultery. It just seems worse than accidental adultery.
Shouldn't a balanced diet leave one satisfied? If it doesn't, this is almost a working definition of "fad diet."
Personally, I don't consider eating Neolithic foods 'cheating'. I basically follow Panu.
I'm pretty sensitive to what I eat especially my digestion, but don't get health consequences when I consume small/moderate amounts of many 'off plan' foods, and I highly doubt I'm unhealthier from eating them. I can't have small amounts of wheat and feel fine, so I don't. White rice, I eat all the time - it's totally harmless starch for me. If I eat too much total starch, I'm not going to feel well cause my blood sugar will crash, so I don't.
Now, a 'cheat day' involving binging on everything you usually don't have - I'm sure you'd feel like crap, and it would be very bad for you. But a few beers and a bite to eat here and there are probably not going to hurt you at all. If I were you of course I'd eat rice products but avoid wheat more stringently, even if you don't get symptoms from consuming it. A lot of the most prominent Paleo/health bloggers would agree - wheat is the worst grain even if you don't have celiac or gluten sensitivity.
I don't think you should plan a "cheat" at all. If you happen to be somewhere like a social gathering and there is something there that is not paleo then go for it, in my opinion you should stay away from gluten however. I think focussing to much on a "cheat" creates unhealthy thought patterns towards food, I mean it's not as if we're deprived of gorgeous foods eating paleo, we're just not bombarding our systems with toxic foods everyday. Paleo foods are amazing and tasty.
Well I cheat 1 or 2 meals a week. So far they are not hindering my progress but if they do I'll eliminate them.
Since going paleo, there are some items that I can't tolerate now. E.g. I was addicted to coca cola but now it gives ke headaches and I don't crave for it anymore.
If you need to 'cheat', go for it! Cheating one day a week of means you're Paleo approx 85% of the time which is great. Cheat with caution however; monitor your body's responses to the food and drink you consume on your cheat day and it's advisable to lower the glycemic load of foods like white rice by consuming them with fresh veg. Ultimately, life's for living and your diet has to work for you personally. Enjoy it!
Cheat days really messed me up. I tried one month of strict paleo 6 days a week with one cheat day and it was a miserable failure. That was 2 months ago and I am still trying to get over the MENTAL damage it did, mostly through the re-introduction of sugar into my diet. We all have different personalities, so think about yours and how you best handle things like what you plan to cheat with. I do better if I stay away from it as much as possible, so going to a cheat day really wasn't the right thing for me. It's better if I save sugar for my birthday or Christmas or something.I never, ever cheat with gluten-containing items. For ME, it's easy enough to not eat those things but that is partly because I love sugar WAY more than bread. Long story short, think long and hard about your food personality. And then monitor yourself very closely if you attempt a cheat day.
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