To be honest, I kind of enjoy the occasional slip-ups. Not just because of the eating/drinking etc., but because it teaches you a lot in the long run.
For me, no tolerance for a slip-up condition implies a diet - temporary, inordinately unrealistic and most likely unsustainable. On the other hand, we are here to adopt a lifestyle - and the real life has its ups and downs, constant temptations, even people who will sabotage your efforts despite meaning good.
My first strategy is to write down what caused the slip-up. I often try to immerse myself in the same situation, just to be sure I can cope with it the next time. Never forget that you can undo the effects of a binge by upping your exercise and lowering your calories during the following days. However, most of the time, we cannot avoid to confront similar situations (how long can we ignore gatherings where food is galore?) and it is best to work on prevention rather than treatment.
A second strategy (rather unconventional for most) is to create a tempting environment. I always have treats and unhealthy food at home , because that is how it will be when you leave your comfort zone. You can have veggies, lean meat, nuts, fruits etc. and throw away all the junk - but there will come a day when you won't have control over the treats your coworker brings to the office or the delicious pasta your husband will order on a night out.
And a third strategy - plan the occasional treat. Don't deprive yourself of what you love, just incorporate it into your routine by adjusting the remaining calories or your exercise ahead etc. You'll find it interesting that a planned cheat meal causes less guilt than an unplanned slip-up - because with cheat meal, most people have a built-in mitigation plan (i.e the reduced remaining calories, or the additional mile you already ran to make room for that thin slice of cake).
Hope these help. Both for treatment and prevention.
Edited by: AKDENIZ89 at: 7/15/2013 (01:17)
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