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Somewhat of a cheat day

Saturday, January 05, 2013

I wish I could say that I had this planned, that I wanted to find out what I could get away with and still stay in ketosis. But that wouldn't be quite true.
I started by feeling I really deserved a sweet treat, so instead of ordering my regular decaf with half-and-half at the coffee shop I had a split-shot sugar free latte breve with caramel flavor. There was caffeine and sweetener in it, both things that I'm not sure my body does too well on.
Lunch was healthy and dinner was too. But after dinner I really wanted to try the low-carb cheesecake my daughter made. There was no sugar in it, but some Xylitol. After an hour I really felt like a 2nd piece and enjoyed it tremendously. So for better or for worse, I am going to find out by tomorrow morning how much effect all this had on my metabolism. The scales were at 132 lbs. this morning. I did not go over my allowed carb level by much, probably still under 40 grams of carbs for the day.
The reason for all those indulgences: mostly lack of planning to buy enough vegetables and make time for cooking combined with a longstanding habit of enjoying sweets. And sometimes I just don't want the work of cooking. The good news: I've really had enough of sweet things for a while now, and this is still far fewer carbs and sweet foods than I used to consume every single day of my life. If I feel I'm cheating when eating low-carb cheesecake and without eating any sugar other than what was in my blueberries I guess I'm still doing pretty well. emoticon
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  • MICHELLE8182
    It sounds like overall your "Cheat" wasn't too bad at all. I keep some sugar free Popsicle in the fridge (they're really almost too sweet! But very low cal and low carb) and then a few pieces of sugar free hard candy (takes a long time to eat:) for moments like these - I go on sugar craving rampages and if I don't have something to take the edge off it'll be bad enough that I'll actually leave to buy something! More likely I'll scrounge up some honey or sugary cereal (not mine) and then it's so much worse than the Popsicle!
    1861 days ago
    Sounds more like a well-deserved "treat" day!
    1866 days ago
  • -LINDA_S
    Doesn't seem like that much of a "cheat". Hope you find out that you can indulge a little once in awhile. Poor planning regularly does me in--you'd think I'd learn!
    1869 days ago
    I hope that your weigh-in works well for you. Sometimes it's important to take a moment of indulgence; too much deprivation can create a fierce appetite for subversion. Better to tame the appetite early with a smallish treat like you did! emoticon
    1869 days ago
  • ERIN1957
    I use to set myself a day a week for a cheat day. I haven't done it for sometime now. I am satisfied. Hope I can hang in there with making good choices for myself. You did what you chose and had within your limits and enjoyed. Isn't that pretty much a good thing...in all areas of our lives.
    1869 days ago
    That sounds like a great cheat. I'm glad that you enjoyed the indulgence!
    1869 days ago
    I say have it if it is a small piece, as if you try to do without you will probably eat a huge piece.

    You are in charge of what you eat.
    1869 days ago
    I consider cheat days - within reason of course - are good. It tests you of just how far you have come. For me I think, well I am not missing what I thought I was missing; or this doesn't taste like I remember, yuk. etc.

    1869 days ago
    Might be best to simply stay away from the cheesecake altogether, if you are trying to stay in ketosis. One thing you can have is whole cream (says whipping cream on the carton). Have it in coffee with artificial sweetener and it feels like a real treat. You can also put it in diet sodas, for an extra creamy boost. I've even enjoyed it in green iced tea. Just a suggestion. Glenn
    1869 days ago
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