Cheat days?

By sugarbaby07 Latest Reply 2013-11-05 12:47:41 -0600
Started 2013-10-30 19:43:52 -0500

I was just wondering if type 2 diabetics on diet controlled ever have "cheat days" where they consume one of their old favorite foods( in moderation of course). I find it very hard for me when all my family comes over for a special occasion and food is everywhere and I can only eat the salad :( but I am just so tempted but was wondering if its so bad if I was to give in.

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8 replies

GabbyPA 2013-11-05 12:47:41 -0600 Report

I do on occasion, but to be honest, for me, its a slippery slope if I start doing it. So I try to be more careful and if I have something I am craving, I try to put it off for a day or so, to see if I can get past the craving.

JasonWelsh 2013-11-02 15:56:03 -0500 Report

I agree… we are only human and just cause we have diabetes doesn't mean we're dead… we can cheat every now and then I believe

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2013-10-31 21:37:04 -0500 Report

I have more of cheat moments. I go ahead and let loose sometimes on certain things that I love. But I try to be good for the rest of the day to kind of compensate. I am not going to lie though, some days especially the rough days are complete pig out days. Then all I can do is do better the next day. No one is perfect right?

JSJB 2013-11-05 01:37:32 -0600 Report

Went on a two week vacation out west and threw out the diet. Ate what I wanted and boy do I miss those big mac"s. Amazingly my BG reading was only 117 after the first week and after the second week 108.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-10-30 22:46:17 -0500 Report

Often if I really want something I'll go for it. I learned long ago if I try to talk myself out of it, I will eat something else, then go ahead and eat what I really wanted in the first place.
I have also discovered that often the old food that used to be so wonderful, just doesn't taste as good as it used to to me as my sense of taste has changed.
Also, like Joyce suggested. just a taste may be enough. I sometimes use the 1 to 3 bite method. First bite always tastes the best, 2nd not as good, and 3rd I may just skip altogether.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-10-30 21:15:32 -0500 Report

I do. Once I got under control with metformin, my doctor gave me a diabetic day off. On that day, I can have whatever I want. I still don't over do it by eating a pack of cookies but I have real ice cream, a real piece of cake or pie. Sunday is my day. However, I change the day for all the major holidays. I do fine and only had a major spike once. I think it was the real caramel apple pie, ice cream and Christmas Cookies that did it. I did not care at all. I just drank my water with a spoon of apple cider vinegar and waited for it to drop.

You are tempted to give in because you are not in control. When we have holiday gatherings or just a family get together, this is what I do. For mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potato pudding, dressing etc. I use a teaspoon. For mac and cheese, I use a fork. I stick the fork in and what ever is left on the fork when I pull it out goes on the plate. I load up on meat and veggies. I have never had a spike when I do this. I also don't sit still. I walk around a lot. My family is huge and at times we could have up to 70 people coming and going. I am in the basement and back upstairs or walking people out to cars.

We all have to make choices in life. I try never to let life make a choice for me. I control my diabeties and I never let it control me. You have to make a choice. You can either work on your diabetes or you can let it work on you. The end result will be, diabetes will win. Your health is going to fail. I love breathing on my own, walking on my own two feet, polishing all of my toe nails and having my vision. Diabetes is not going to be the cause of me losing anything as long as I can help it. I think you have to stop focusing on what you can or cannot eat and simply work on a meal plan that is beneficial to you and stick to it.

Adee5 2013-10-30 20:51:05 -0500 Report

I certainly do! If it's planned (like Thanksgiving Dinner) then I usually have very few, if any, carbs before dinner. Even when I do cheat, I won't eat a lot of specific things (like rice), and I will not over indulge with deserts and other goodies. Diabetes does not mean you have to deny yourself the foods you love. Just be smart about it!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-10-31 19:26:23 -0500 Report

I agree Adee. I think people think that because they are diabetic they are going to starve because they think they can't eat anything. All it takes is simple research and you will find all kinds of things to eat.