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Old 06-03-2007, 06:54 AM   #11
Chris Honnon
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My head loves the idea of a regular cheat day but my gut tells me it would be like a crackhead trying to only smoke crack on the weekends! I might make it for a little while but it would eventually lead me back to bad habits.

Man, I do love the idea though...

On the other hand, I do believe that it is unrealistic for me to think I will never take the kids out for a creamee again or periodically indulge in our favorite Sunday morning pancake/french toast family ritual (I am in Vermont after all and I have a syrup "connection"). These episodes will be my "cheat" days :-)

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Old 06-03-2007, 10:58 PM   #12
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BBQ Babyback Ribs. I used to live 15 minutes from a place in NOVA that served the best. Now, it's a 2 hour drive. I stop by there every couple of months when I pass through. It's my favorite cheat food.
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Old 06-04-2007, 08:11 AM   #13
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To answer your question, "Does that mean because I have been keeping my blood sugars so stable when I have a spike in them that I will have less tolerance to that spike?"

I have only beeen doing the zone for a couple of weeks. This weekend I went out of town and the only thing available for breakfast was Raisin Bran and toast. A couple of hours later I could barely keep my eyes open. I don't know if anyone else has experienced something like this. Before the Zone diet I probably would have attributed this to lack of sleep, but I could definitely tell a difference. I know for me if I do have to cheat, I will at least try to balance everything out otherwise I feel horrible.

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Old 06-04-2007, 09:35 AM   #14
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I know that I had a few pieces of french toast with syrup on them this weekend and I could seriously feel my blood sugar going up. I had to dart upstairs to get some almonds to keep from feeling like total crap. I don't know how I did that all the time.

My cheat meal for the week usually ends up being a few beers at the bar on Friday or Saturday. I know that drinking is not conducive to athletic performance, but I think it really helps relieve some mental stress. I agree that the cheat meal is more mental than anything. I remember hearing someone say that if you don't let yourself have a little something every once and a while, you will wake up one day having eaten a whole pizza, a half gallon of ice cream, and a pound of pasta.
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Old 06-04-2007, 11:09 AM   #15
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Instead of a full blown "cheat" meal I will make "marginal" cheat dishes about once a week.

Typically in the form of a homemade pizza. I will use "Namaste" gluten free pizza dough mix and I'll spread it out super thin on the pan. Top with some organic sauce, a tad of mozzarella cheese, black olives, artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, and some shredded rotisserie chicken breast meat.

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Old 06-05-2007, 05:17 AM   #16
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Sushi and beer, after 8pm on Saturdays, YUM.

I eat really well generally, and only between 10AM and 4 PM during the week. Luckily for me I hate sweets, but I have been known to shove an entire bag of chili-cheese Fritos down my throat in times of extreme stress.

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Old 06-05-2007, 09:31 AM   #17
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Best cheat foods for me:

1. Beer
2. Dark Chocolate
3. Pizza (deep dish or euro-olive kind of thing)
4. hot-fresh chocolate chip cookies
5. maybe barebeque sauce
6. tex-mex food without the cheese
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Old 06-07-2007, 02:25 PM   #18
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What do you guys think about cheat days for the "Fast-5" Diet? Isn't the whole thing about the fast 5 is that you can eat whatever you want? I'm still new to all of this but I have been doing the Fast 5 for about 2 months (eating whatever I want, but also being physically active on a daily basis) and like the results. Any feedback on the Fast 5, nutrition with the fast 5 or cheat days would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 06-07-2007, 08:09 PM   #19
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Every Friday night I have a plate of light 4 cheese ravioli with tomato sauce. I also might have a slice or two of olive bread with cheese and then i follow it up with Ben and Jerry's 1/2 baked low fat frozen yogurt.

I might have one more cheat meal over the weekend like a burrito from my favorite mexican resturant. I'm not a huge sweets person, I'd rather have salt! cheese, crackers, pasta...bring it on!

BTW, I must be the only person who isn't a pizza fan!
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:00 PM   #20
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David S. has the right idea. ;)

I enjoyed a once-weekly PB&J sandwich... 2 slices whole wheat toast, non-HFCS strawberry jam, and natural chunky peanut butter. But I decided to cut grains from my diet a week ago, so this week, I let it go... It will be missed.
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