Bad food day

By lilleyheidi Latest Reply 2015-01-06 09:00:22 -0600
Started 2015-01-03 18:28:26 -0600

I had an all girls day out yesterday with one of my best friends. We planned coffee out, then doing our nails, and going shopping and having lunch out and more shopping then karaoke in the evening. Well, lunch was my idea to go to The Olive Garden, my thinking was soup and salad, low calorie, low carb. Problem was, I was STARVED, and the food around me smelled and looked heavenly. Most of you know I've been on a strict low carb low calorie eating plan for 5 to 6 months now and even made it through the holidays with losing some pounds. I ate enough carbs and calories at lunch yesterday that I could have fed a small country. To make matters even worse, I didn't jump back on program at dinner. I simply didn't eat dinner. Or breakfast this morning, or lunch this afternoon.
I didn't take any meds last night or this morning so I didn't have a low, and I tested to make sure all was sort of okay.
I came home early this evening and had a normal for me dinner and took all my meds and insulin and am back on track again.
I feel such intense shame for the way I totally blew yesterday and followed it up by not eating 3 meals in a row after that.
I just needed to share this with y'all. thanks, HUGS, Heidi

23 replies

ReaderReader12 2015-01-05 12:05:35 -0600 Report

I get together with a group of women I used to work with once a month. They like to meet at Olive Garden I used to eat with them. I don't anymore I eat at home before I go and met them and then I just pass the bread sticks on past me and I visit and laugh with them. Don't let shame rule your life. Love yourself and move on past the slip. I tell myself I can have anything I want to eat, but I have been doing so good eating low carb why would I want to eat bread or pasta. That keeps me feeling in control and strong. Good for you losing some pounds over the holidays. I did too. You can do this for sure. No more feeling shame okay?

miboomer 2015-01-04 21:39:34 -0600 Report

I had lost 26#'s since October 2014. I was starving every day but kept it up. Christmas I decided to go off plan. I didn't go crazy but since then I have not been able to get back on the wagon. I am so disappointed in myself. I am a low carb diet. 45carbs for B, L and dinner and 15 for snacks.
Lilley I am so proud of you. Congratulations!!! Can you tell me what you eat for breakfast on a normal day? Thanks! Eileen

lilleyheidi 2015-01-05 00:04:10 -0600 Report

I eat even fewer carbs than that, but I don't recommend it unless you research it or talk to someone real knowledgeable in diet, For breakfast I typically have either 2 eggs or a cup of plain yogurt with a 1/2 cup of blueberries. Usually it is the yogurt and blueberries cause I don't want to cook in the morning LOL. You can get back on track, just pick your next meal to do it. Don't wait till tomorrow do it now. Best of health, HUGS, Heidi

sweetslover 2015-01-04 20:02:36 -0600 Report

Shame? No! A little slip that is fixable? Yes. It happens to all of us. When that happens to me, I try to eat only a small part of my meal. I have found that if I feel deprived from not occasionally eating something "forbidden", it is even harder to stay on my low carb diet. I feel the key words are occasional and eating a small part.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-04 17:36:42 -0600 Report

Hi Heidi,
All have said the same, not to beat yourself up to forgive yourself. I want to convay the same thing and I do so with understanding.and love. Not tha
the others haven't, I just want you to know so do I.
We can be our own worst enemy, temptation is hard not to give into. I too sm on a low carb diet. It can be gruesome after awhile. You needed a break. Just try not to skip so many meals to make up for one. If you want to fast then do so. But don't punish yourself for being quite human.

GabbyPA 2015-01-04 08:02:14 -0600 Report

You can't beat yourself up for an indulgence. The key is that you go back on track. If you let it keep going, then that may require a some self admonishment, but you have done so well, one day will not throw you out of whack.

Being out with friends is one of the hardest things because you want to partake of it all. I tell you, now that I am logging my food again, it is amazing how far off track I got. We all have our struggles, but then we can have our victories.

jayabee52 2015-01-04 01:59:25 -0600 Report

Heidi, There is no need for shame.

We all kick over the traces every now and again either innocently.or even by plan. I would venture to guess that because of your low carb living for so long that your BG levels didn't go too far out of whack. Do you remember what your BG levels did?

Please don't make this a habit, however!

God's best to you

lilleyheidi 2015-01-04 00:31:26 -0600 Report

Thank you everyone, I'm definitely back on track today and plan to put a plan in place for eating out. I thought I had a plan, but obviously it wasn't fail proof. I appreciate your kind words. HUGS, Heidi

Pegsy 2015-01-04 16:36:06 -0600 Report

I have an off day occasionally too. I allow myself an indulgence once in a while but then get right back on track. The hardest times though, are when we eat out, especially with friends and I am tempted by all sorts of things I would not normally eat. It is especially hard when there is little to nothing on the menu that I can eat without remorse. When this happens, I do my best to get right back on track by the very next meal. If I allow it to effect an entire day or longer, it is so much harder to get back on track. A do allow myself to blow it on certain holidays such as Thanksgiving and my birthday. This year, Christmas was harder than normal.

Please don't beat yourself up. You're getting back on track and I'll bet you feel better already. You enjoyed your time with friends and that sort of thing is important to good health too.

rolly123 2015-01-03 21:18:59 -0600 Report

Glad u shared we all have day like that or i know i do! The best thing is get back on u low carb meals! Hope u doing good new year just got plan meals when going out!
Valerie 2015-01-03 20:00:19 -0600 Report

Look at all the good success you've had in the past several months.Everybody falls and stumbles now and again.Dont be too hard on yourself.You can do it,im praying for you

haoleboy 2015-01-03 19:18:14 -0600 Report

as long as you don't go low I'm not sure there is anything wrong with skipping a few meals … I do a 24 hour fast one day each week (skipping meds however … not a great idea). be that as it may … do not dwell on the past but let each day begin anew focusing on doing the best you can right now.


GabbyPA 2015-01-04 08:03:39 -0600 Report

When you do your 24 hour fast, how do you do that, if you don't mind sharing? Do you do just water or do you do broth or just fast from certain foods? Everyone does them different and I was just curious.

haoleboy 2015-01-04 12:01:45 -0600 Report

Usually I will start after my last meal of the day which I will have a little earlier than normal, say 7 pm. I will drink a couple cups of coffee in the morning, but nothing else other than water until 7 pm the next day. It's not difficult at all as I already go 16 hours between last and first meal everyday … eating my first meal between 1-2 pm and my second between 9-10 pm (no more than 50 carbs total). Been doing this several months now and it seems to keep my blood glucose levels lower.
Here's a link to more info on intermittent fasting:


GabbyPA 2015-01-05 09:22:04 -0600 Report

I have looked into the intermittent fasting and have tried it in various ways. I like it too, because it makes me appreciate my food. Something that I need to do, to slow me down and help me enjoy it instead of just eating.

Do you test more often to make sure you do not experience a low since you are still taking your meds? Or do you take diabetic meds?

haoleboy 2015-01-05 11:39:08 -0600 Report

One of the "tricks" I employ is mindful eating ( … focusing on each bite and enjoying it to its fullest … also eating a lot of raw vegetables that require a lot of chewing. Sometimes I am tired of eating before I have finished my salad.
I take 500 mg of metformin 2x daily. My plan is to get off metformin this year. I have really never experienced hypoglycemia (73 is the lowest I have seen) but I do make sure to test every 6-8 hours on the 24 hour fast days to make sure and so far I hold steady between 85 and 95 and my BGL does decrease throughout the day. I also do all of my exercise (walking and weight lifting) while fasted (
For me one of the advantages of fasting is that it conditions your body not to expect food all the time so I have no desire to snack. I think snacking is a bad idea in that you are constantly giving your body a fresh shot of glucose.
As a weight loss plan fasting works well but for me the challenge has been to try and keep my food intake at a level that will maintain my present weight while increasing lean muscle; I lost quite a bit of muscle mass after my stroke.
fasting is certainly not for eveyone … but something I am very glad I discovered. What with the proof being in the pudding I guess I will know for sure come my next HbA1c which is scheduled for May.


GabbyPA 2015-01-05 18:34:04 -0600 Report

I used to do a lot of it years ago, it was religiously based, not diet based. I do find though that taking the food away frees me up to focus on other things. Thank you for bringing it back up...I am going to have to work it in like you have on a more regular basis. I have very intermittent "intermittent fasting" right now. LOL

haoleboy 2015-01-05 19:03:42 -0600 Report

Someone said to me recently, "intermittent fasting, isn't that just a fancy way of saying skipping breakfast?"

GabbyPA 2015-01-06 09:00:22 -0600 Report

LoL, yep! And for some it's giving up coffee.

You inspire me. I am so encouraged by what you have accomplished. Gives me great hope that I can do the same. Nick is another one who inspires me as well. You guys rock.

debcox 2015-01-03 18:53:52 -0600 Report

I think the fact that you checked your glucose meant that you were still keeping a rein in somewhat. And the others are right, we all fall off the bandwagon once in awhile. Just move on and learn from it. Definitely have a backup plan for next time so you can splurge a bit but not totally.

Personally, I would love to go to the Olive Garden but I know myself and can't go there, the breadsticks alone are irrisistable. I would do the same thing. When we go out, I plan ahead what I can eat. I definitely have a salad and decide before hand whether to have an appetizer or not. Usually, if I can't resist, I order fried zucchini/mushrooms and share with everyone so I only eat one or two. Also, I plan to have either the appetizer or dessert but not both. Lots of time after dinner, I'm not hungry for dessert. Lots of the problem is that my mind says "yes, yes" but I am full.

GabbyPA 2015-01-04 08:06:14 -0600 Report

We have Logan's Steak house that has yeast rolls that are evil. I am not usually big bread hog, but I will have 1/2 of one of those. Fortunately, my hubby loves them too and he can have the rest.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-03 18:37:58 -0600 Report

Don't feel shame…you are a human being…one bad day or in your case two does not define you..or how you manage your diabetes…get back on the band wagon…hugs

denipink57 2015-01-03 18:32:44 -0600 Report

dear Heidi, dont beat yourself up over one mistake. we are all human and have had similar experiences i am sure. just jump back on the healthy train and get to the next stop — back on diet track. put this behind you and concentrate on all of your great accomplishments of late.


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