How long have you been following a low carb diet?
Do you think you’ll ever have a meal with lots of carbs again?
That’s the thing – if you are truly committed to this way of eating (and if you’re insulin resistant and want to change that, you probably are), you’re likely to shudder at the thought of having that kind of food again. Well yes – on a regular basis, it’s not on the cards. It’s fine to have the occasional sandwich, it’s fine to have some “good” carbs as long as we balance them with protein.
But what happens if you’ve been invited somewhere where you know you will have no control over the type of food that will be offered? If you think you can avoid high carb food forever you’re not being very realistic!
I recently went to an informal birthday celebration where it was announced we’d be having champagne and cake.. neither of those things is really “allowed” on my insulin resistance diet – but it would have been awkward to turn up and either not have anything or ask the host if I could have some protein!
Plan for it
So here’s what happens in those cases: you plan for them. You allow yourself the occasional indulgence. You enjoy and savor it, and you don’t beat yourself up over it. In my case, I had a glass of champagne and a little piece of cake. It tasted very sweet (not in a good way – my taste buds have really changed) and I let my husband finish it. I had 2 full glasses of water and a piece of cheese when I got home.
And then you move on. If you have insulin resistance, that sweet stuff’s not the kind of food you want to be eating all the time. You know it wreaks havoc with the way your body works. You know that if you keep it up, you’ll get the cravings back, you’ll be constantly peckish and your weight will go back up.
I don’t want to go back to that eating pattern again. I feel better now and this is how I like to be. I’m so much more in control than I used to be. I don’t feel hungry all the time any more, I don’t have cravings. I feel I am giving my body proper nutrition and it is responding well. The weight loss is a bonus – my health is more important to me than eating cake or cookies.
Having said that, having a little “splurge” once in a while is normal and to be expected. We’re all human. If you can do it in a controlled way, forgive yourself the indulgence, relax and enjoy it, there is no need to let that get you down. As long as it doesn’t become a habit, it’s fine. I have heard some people refer to these occasions as “cheat days”. To me, it’s not cheating – it’s just life.