Paleo Cheating, what would make you most likely to cheat?
Do you cheat on a schedule? When around others? Special Ocassions? Relatives and friends are cooking? On Vacation? Availabilty of prefered cheat food? etc...
Special occasions are probably my number one cheating time. I don't go overboard with the entire meal usually, but I will have birthday cake. I don't worry about these.
Stress gets me. I can either just not eat, which is what I do most of the time, but if I open the flood gates, then I'm never sure exactly what I will be shoving in. It's when I need to be most aware to stop and access the situation and try to fix what started it.
Being at my mom's house is always an issue. She just tells my sister (who does a pescatarian Ornish diet) and me that we are eating what she's cooking, no discussion. I am still afraid of my mom, so I do it. I gained 10lbs over the two weeks around Christmas last year. Mostly water though, from the extra carbs.
I hate the word cheat. I like to think of it as temporarily expanding my food reality. In the end I eat paleo to improve my life. I still have to live it and enjoy it to the fullest. Sometimes that means eating un-paleo food and I'm good with that. A piece of bread or scoop of ice cream will not throw my little paleo world off its axis.
I will leave my paleo diet on very special occasions or at very special restaurants. PMS pretty much does me in every month. Also period of grief are very hard for me. Just coming off one of those and although it wasn't too ugly I did eat a lot of things I wouldn't normally though most of it was in the way of "safe" starch which come to find out is not very safe for me. Just ask the new roll of fat around my middle.
The only thing I will not do is eat non-pastured animal flesh. That's the only paleo rule I never break.
Quality pizza = cheat. Oregon microbrew= cheat.
I'm pretty much Paleo, but I have no willpower towards an IPA and a slice of really, REALLY, good pizza.
If I cheat, I usually feel like crap for three days. My body cries out against the non-paleo food and makes me pay for it.
I have found that it just isn't worth it.
I might cheat on once in a life time eats (e.g. pizza in Italy, world's best BBQ, a pastry in France) ... but I'm yet to endeavor to travel to such places.
To each his/her own I guess.
I hope I don't get your question wrong.
The most likely circumstances driving me to cheat are definitely lack of sleep, hunger and having a hangover. They are all pretty dangerous on their own but it gets even worse when they are combined together. Be aware of them and try to avoid them as often as possible :)
If I am left on my own with a "cheat" food, it is hard to resist.
For instance, someone brought made-from-scratch cupcakes to work today and they bombarded me in the break room. Luckily, before I gave in and picked one up, a co-worker came in the break room. Just having another person present usually keeps me from divulging.
Most of my cheats are planned: a trip to Satchel's Pizza in Gainesville, FL (yum, deep dish!), BOGO sale on a favorite cheat item, ladies' night out for drinks. Except for the pizza, I still keep it grain free. My biggest cheat is sugar...