Cheating is good for you

by Priscilla
(Champaign, IL, USA)

Well, that's not really true. Planned cheating is okay though.


I do well most of the time staying on my 1500 calorie diabetic diet. What really helps me stay on it, is to set goals and to occasionally reward myself with a "treat" or a "cheat" as I like to call it.

Friday night is my night. If I can manage to stay on the diet and my blood sugar is in range, on Friday, I treat myself to sharing a dessert with my partner. It might be a sundae, a piece of chocolate cake or a piece of pie but I make sure whatever it is, it was worth the wait.

Fridays include a slight decrease in carbs for breakfast and lunch and a dinner low in carbs, usually a tasty salad with some proteins mixed in. That way my health, blood sugars and weight are not compromised by "cheat night" too much.

Removing the "guilt from cheating makes the rest of the week easier to bear and it makes me feel more normal.

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Jan 11, 2009
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Cheating DOES have it's place!
by: George Parigian Jr.

Thank you Priscilla for bringing up this important point. It is very difficult for most people to stick to a diet 100%, and it can even backfire sometimes, when people get strong cravings for foods they are denying themselves.

A little bit of controlled cheating can help people stick to an overall plan, and not go off the deep end and ruin their progress.

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