Why taking a cheat day doesn't work for me
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
The guilt of a cheat day makes it far more likely that cheat day 1 will turn into cheat day 2 and so on until I'm eating a Cheat Day Lifestyle.
I can handle a cheat occasionally -- it's usually expensive ice cream -- bought outside the home and so it's going to be a top notch brand and be really delicious. I will buy the tiniest cone I can. Somehow 15 minutes later, I can say, you can stop; it was only 1 cone.
The chemical changes I experience with a Cheat Day happen pretty quickly. Not fair -- but you know what former President Carter said about Life. By Day 3 I will begin experiencing the blood sugar drops that signal to my Type 2 Diabetes that it can come out and play -- the beach is open. By Day 5 I will be at risk of the diabetes faint-blackout.
The occasional cheat is felt as well. That subtle hunger that won't be sated with healthy food. My body wants more and more sugar. The tiredness that signals my body has too much sugar and not enough insulin. It's subtle but it's there.