I’m cheating on you

This post is different, because I really have no idea what I’m talking about. How’s that for an opening line to draw you in?

Virtually everyone on any sort of structured eating plan recommends some type of cheating. But what  constitutes a “cheat”? What are the parameters? Do I throw caution to the wind and eat as many pizzas as possible? Is it a cheat meal or a cheat day?

I have so many questions!

So, do you allow yourself a cheat meal? A cheat day? What’s your favorite cheat food? How often do you cheat?

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Food Holiday

Tomorrow those of us in the USA will join together with family and friends to celebrate something near and dear to all our hearts – food.

Sure, we may call it Thanksgiving, but let’s be honest here, we’re all excited about the mashed potatoes, creamed corn, and pumpkin pie. Notice something about all of those? They’re full of carbs!

In years past I’ve attempted to eliminate those items from my meal. Of course, they’re all sitting there at the table, and I end up eating them anyway. So, not only do I still have the carbs, but I get a nice, big helping of shame too!

Here’s the deal – Thanksgiving is a single day. Sure, green bean casserole (which must be at least 50% French’s fried onions) will drop me out of ketosis, and the pie a la mode won’t help the waist line. But this is a single day to gather with family. Enjoy yourself.

Now, when Thanksgiving is over, it’s over. Friday isn’t part of the Thanksgiving meal. That leftover pie goes home with someone else, and we’re back on the wagon come Friday morning. Go for a nice, long walk, (preferably without killing people in a mad rush to the discount TVs), and get yourself back into ketosis.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Lifestyles of the healthy and keto

“It’s not a diet; it’s a lifestyle.”

Yeah, BS. Anything that doesn’t allow me to go crazy on doughnuts and mozzarella sticks isn’t a lifestyle.

Okay, not really.

I’m having quite a bit of difficulty adjusting my mindset here. I really don’t want to be on a diet for the rest of my life. However, as a diabetic, there are certain lifestyle changes I need to make. They aren’t convenient, and they aren’t enjoyable, at least as of this moment. But, with a little adjustment in my thinking, I can shift from a diet mentality to a lifestyle mentality.

So, what’s keeping me from seeing this as a lifestyle? I honestly have no idea. There are moments when I think “Oh yeah, I can do this forever!” Then there are others when it’s all I can do not to buy out the entire potato chip aisle.

How do you view healthy eating? Do you see it as a lifestyle, or is it more of a rhythm of healthy choices with indulgences mixed in?

Why I used to suck at health stuffs

Goals. We all have them. In fact, the new year is just around the corner (cue the sad trombone), so goals are starting floating to the top of our collective mind.

I used to consider food a reward. Weird, right? Probably not, now that I think about it. Western society views food as the proper celebratory medium.

Birthday? Have some cheesecake!

Lose 20 pounds? Have a pizza! Yes, the whole thing; we’re celebrating!

One of the best celebration strategies I learned is to reward myself with non-food things. New clothes, a fun experience, tickets to a baseball game, etc. Here are the next two rewards I’ve set for myself:

  • Hit 250 pounds – Treat myself to a massage. And not a creepy-dude-with-a-chair-in-the-mall massage – a legit massage!
  • Hit 225 pounds – Finally get the tattoo I’ve been thinking about for years. The one I have is getting lonely. It’s time for another.

What rewards have you given yourself for living a healthy lifestyle? Have you bought yourself a new hat because you ran five times in a week? Perhaps you skipped the drive-through for a month, and now you have tickets to the next Wild game. What motivates you?