As many of you know, I have been doing the Keto Diet for some time now and living a low carb life at least for the past 10 years. Been doing intermittent fasting for about the same amount of time too.
Now have I been doing this consistently?
No, there are times that I “fall off the keto wagon” but it does not take long for me to get back on.
Because I have been living a low carb, high fat, medium protein life, I REALLY feel the effects when I do fall of the wagon.
For example, from time to time I do cheat, but my rule is this…
IF I am going to cheat… CHEAT BIG! (and also plan your cheat)
Yep that is right folks, if you are going to cheat, you might as well make it worth while because it is going to take your body about 7 days to bounce back no matter how big or little you cheat.
So, you might as well go out with a gusto!
How I go out with gusto is with a HUGE bowl of Captain Crunch with Crunch Berries.
Yes siree bob. Good ol tear up the roof of your mouth Captain Crunch.
As a side note, did you ever notice that Captain Crunch does tear up the roof of your mouth? It is so dog gone crunchy, at least that is the side effect that good ol CC has on me.
I also find the most expensive whole milk that I can find. Here in Texas we have a dairy called Promise Land and the milk is incredible. Extra creamy and thick. Really good stuff at $3.75 for a half gallon, but boy is it worth it.
I have this big red bowl with a lip on it so I can hold on to it really well, pour about half a box of Captain Crunch in the bowl and then douse it with the milk making sure that the cereal is just starting to float but the milk is not covering the cereal.
I also use a tablespoon, that’s right… no wimpy teaspoon for me. If I am going to cheat, cheat big and shovel it in. So, I try to find the biggest tablespoon we have.
Oh, did I mention that I am eating this at night, around 8:30PM? You got it! Again cheat big and blow off that intermittent fasting stuff all the while Netflix bingeing season 9 of The Walking Dead.
You know the crunching of Captain Crunch just seems to go well with this show for some reason…. Yep, cheating big and in zombie crunching style too. Nom… nom… nom.
I self-indulge in the good ol’ Captain and enjoy watching TWD as I am consuming my bowl of sugar coated, fake funky tasting berry essence of childhood goodness.
Is it as good as I remember?
I have to say that it is, and I am loving every bite.
That is till the next morning and when I go to start getting out of bed, I notice the my joints are stiff and I got this splitting headache from eating way to much sugar. My brain is not used to getting that much of a sugar infusion and it is revolting against me in the morning. It wants its bacon fat and it wants some now.
There is a penalty when you choose to cheat big and that is something that you have to weight out when you are living the keto lifestyle.
I mean you are going to drop yourself out of ketosis. Ask me how I know this? I went tinkle on the keto stick and yep… no color change at all. Ketosis has gone and left the building. Just for those of you who want to know, it took me 5 days to get back into ketosis and I was following the 20 total carbs a day rule too.
That is because I totally overdosed on the sugar and it really threw my body out of whack.
I feel it big time when I choose to cheat big. In fact, I would still feel it even if I would cheat a little.
When you are living the healthy keto lifestyle and you fall off the wagon, your body lets you know that you messed up big time.
I feel and kind of look like one of those walking dead zombies. BLAAAhhhhh.
That entire next day after I felt like garbage. Headaches, joint stiffness, lethargic, cloudy brain, all the typical symptoms of carb / sugar overdose.
What is my point in all of this?
1 – if you are going to cheat, cheat big. You are going to through your body into a tizzy and it is going to react. You might as well go for the gusto.
2 – Plan your cheat. Do not cave into the cravings and call it a cheat. It isn’t.. you know it and I know it. By planning it means you have proper foods and drinks at the ready for the next day when you get back on the wagon and totally detox your body from all the garbage you put into it the day before.
3 – FINALLY…always remember “Winners in life don’t always win – especially when you cheat – what winners don’t do is give up.” If you are going to cheat, realize that you are going to pay a price. It might be a really sore body with headaches, stiff joints and horrible sleep and it will probably mean that you will be out of ketosis for at least 5+ days as you FIGHT to get back into ketosis.
YOU WILL pay a price for cheating. This is why I say if you are going to cheat, cheat big because the price you pay will be basically the same either way you cut it.
You just have to ask yourself… is this half a gallon bowl of Captain Crunch with Crunch Berries really worth the penance of getting back into ketosis or not?
Only you can be the judge of that and if you do choose to go for the cheat and two days later you stand on the scale or look in the mirror and you don’t like what you see. Remember that feeling so that the next time you want to cheat, you may think differently and pass up that Captain Crunch, or half a box of Oreos, or a bag full of those little Debbie chocolate covered mini doughnuts.
You will pay the price, just get back up and get on the keto wagon again.
Now, if you have cheated like this, share your story and let me hear what you did and what your cheat garbage food that you chose. Also share what your body did to revolt against you for treating it so badly too.