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Blow it? Getting back on track! (low carb diet, but good advice for others too!)

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Carolyn of All Day I Dream about Food (condensed): Don't beat yourself up. Treat yourself lovingly. Don't excuse your behavior. OWN it. Think about it. Understand why you did it and make preparations to do better. Take notes or keep a journal. Remember how you used to re-copy your notes in high school, in order to better remember them for a test? Same thing here. The simple act of putting it in writing makes it all the more real and vivid. But be sure to write down how much better you feel when you stick to the plan too. Eat Salad for Breakfast. Or don’t eat any breakfast at all. If it helps reset your palate, it’s a good thing. Wait until you truly feel hunger again before sitting down to another meal is crucial. Then eat slowly, and savor it. Get Moving -- you will actually feel better. Drink water or other low-carb clear liquids. Cut out the alcohol. Find a buddy or support group. Don't deprive or punish yourself. Search out some new fun recipes. Get excited about cooking and eating this way again!

Maria Emmerich of Keto Adapted: Remember how you feel when you cheat. Maybe journal about how your body and mind feels; but however you record that moment just remember that a moment of that indulgence created a whole day or more of feeling awful. Get your cooking inspiration on and start tomorrow as day one. Plan plan plan equals success!

Lisa MarcAurele of Low Carb Yum: After indulging in off limit foods, it’s important to think about the reasons why you made the change to a low carb lifestyle whether it be weight management or better health. Keeping a record of your progress is often helpful so you can look at how far you’ve come and clearly see why you don’t want to go back. It’s also great to have a low carb support network that you can turn to for encouragement if you need help getting back on track.

Sooze Gibbs of Fluffy Chix Cook: Newsflash! We’ve all hit a roadbump, a snag in the low carb keto river and washed out, landing face down in our favorite “fill-in-your-high-carbage-poi
son-here.” And reality? We’ve lived to tell about it. What you need to know is that you are a winner as long as you get up one time more than the number of times you fall down. Fall down. Get up. Make the VERY next bite, the best, most true low carb bite you can possibly make it. Get RIGHT back on your gameplan. Don’t wait and don’t use the fall as an excuse to take the day off, the week off, the month off…cuz trust a Fluffy Chix, sometimes Monday never comes. And you do NOT want to become part of the daily news with film of your epic fall-from-low-carb-grace at 11.

Mellissa Sevigny of I Breathe…I’m Hungry: This goes against convention and your natural impulse to stay in denial, but what helps me is to get on the scale IMMEDIATELY. Even if the damage isn’t apparent yet, it will hold you accountable and you’ll see that number going up even if it’s in your head and it will remind you how far you’ve come (and maybe how far you still have to go.) The tendency is to avoid the scale out of guilt and shame, but then the consequences of going off the rails are easier to ignore because they aren’t staring up at you in plain sight. The damage will show on the scale before it shows in your clothes which might not happen for days or even a week, and by then if you’re still binging you could have already gained 5 pounds or more. Getting on the scale right away for me is more likely to stop my cheating in its tracks and get me back on the wagon before any significant damage is done.

Elviira Krebber of Low Carb, So Simple: After cheating, listen to your body and wait until you are truly hungry (drink water first to check that you are not thirsty). Then eat a meal that consists of relatively high amount of protein (I prefer chicken or salmon), high amount of fat (like mayonnaise or butter) and almost no carbs (so a real LCHF meal). Eat until you are satisfied — this is important — but don’t overeat. When you are satisfied with protein and fat, you get back on track easier and it’s less likely that you start craving for something unhealthy. Moreover, after a LCHF meal it takes hours before you feel the need to eat something.

Martina Slajerova of Keto Diet App: What works for me if I eat more carbs than I should is a long walk or some kind of cardio exercise either the same day or the day after. Cardio will help you get rid of excess sugar from your cheat meal. Then for about a week I avoid treats (even healthy low-carb treats) and nuts. I also eat less or no dairy. I just stick with simple foods like eggs, leafy greens and non-starchy vegetables, meat, avocados, lots of olive oil and coconut oil.

Brenda Bennett of Sugar Free Mom: You made a mistake, no one’s perfect, you don’t need to be perfect to make a sustainable sugar free lifestyle that works for you. Intense sweat sessions always make me feel better. Planning ahead and tracking my food for the next meal or next day after a difficult day of poor choices always helps.

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