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9/26/11 3:12 P

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I'm new to clean eating, I have only been doing it for a few months. I allow myself a cheat day, but only if I ate clean 6 days in a row. I find that I have to be a little strict with myself when I first start something. So this seems to help me a lot.

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9/16/11 7:29 A

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Since I started Eating Clean I do not have so many cravings anymore. I allow myself a little dark chocolate in moderation. But I never had such a sweet tooth, anyway. My real weakness are salty snacks like Doritos *drool*. I avoid them because I am on the way to becoming a runner and I know that when I indulge in unhealthy foods I cannot perform at my best. Doritos just are not worth sacrificing a good run! When I crave something salty I usually grab a glass of tomato juice with a pinch of sea salt. Works for me

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9/12/11 8:59 P

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I allow them occasionally, but it's easier for me if I am strict except for special occasions.

"Don't sacrifice what you want most for what you want right now."


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9/5/11 3:00 P

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I really don't like thinking of this as a cheat either. I just didn't know what else to call it because in the past I've always thought of eating off plan as a cheat. Now I'm going to try doing what several of you have posted here. I think I can do it if I keep tracking to be sure that by the end of the week my calories & macronutrients equal the same as if I'd stayed on track everyday. Well, shoot there I go again thinking that I'll be off track when I eat something.

I have old biases that I need to change first.

I control my food. I no longer let food control me.


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9/4/11 10:35 A

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I don't exactly plan a "cheat" day, but I know that on a weekend where I have plans to eat out with friends, etc. I will be more lenient with myself. I am still working on the mental part of that though - trying not to go overboard on the weekends when I've worked so hard all week to make some progress!

"Everything in moderation, including moderation."
- Oscar Wilde



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LSBETH's Photo LSBETH SparkPoints: (2,780)
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9/3/11 12:41 P

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Thanks so much for your input. What has worked best for you, a planned day where you always allow a food or meal that isn't 'clean' or you wait until you have a craving or something else?

In the past I've banned all junk food and it always backfires on me as well so I'm looking for a way to manage this and still lose weight.

I want to find that balance that some of you have found. I know that everyone is unique when it comes to what works but I want to hear all about how you make this work for you. Thanks! Els

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9/3/11 8:52 A

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I do now. I have a little splurge in my day and if I have special plans on the weekend. When I first lost weight, last year, I never wanted to allow for anything. But that backfired for me and I went buckwild over the summer. (explaining the 10 plus pound gain) Its better for me to be balanced instead of thinking everything is off limits! emoticon

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9/3/11 7:00 A

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I can't because chocolate, sugar etc are for me like alcohol or cocaine and if you're an addict you cannot have those drugs in moderation.

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9/3/11 6:28 A

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I find I am much better off if I don't deny myself anything if I really want to eat it. I just try to eat everything in moderation, rather than go overboard with any one thing. And I've found that the cleaner I eat, the less junk I even want to eat.

Lauren =^..^=
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9/3/11 1:17 A

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In the very beginning, no I didn't. I was pretty strict with myself. Now in maintenance I do but I have learned so much about what I can get away with without putting pounds back on.
The food tracker really helps teach you how to balance those calories and nutrients. It takes a LOT of practice.

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LSBETH's Photo LSBETH SparkPoints: (2,780)
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9/3/11 1:08 A

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Does anyone here allow a day to eat off plan in a controlled & scheduled way? How do you do it?


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