January 08, 2018

Bad at cheat days

I don't really know what was happening in the East Village at 7:30 this morning, but I was up early because today was my first cheat day of 2018. My weight has gotten a little out of control over the past couple of years so this week I started the Slow Carb Diet (from Tim Ferriss' The 4 Hour Body) and, ergo, have not had any sugar over the past five days. Ferriss recommends one full-on cheat day each week—one of the biggest reasons this diet appeals to me—so today was it.

Unfortunately, as it turns out, I am not super-good at cheat days.

Since I was really excited about finally eating refined carbs, gluten, and sugar again, at least for one wake cycle, I woke up super-early and got to Whole Foods just before 8 a.m. By 8:45 a.m. I'd already inhaled the following and felt high.

— 1 grapefruit juice
— 1 cherry apple juice
— 1 cheese danish
— 2 slices of sourdough bread, buttered
— 2 packets of Indomie Mi Goreng noodles
— 2 Tunnocks caramel wafers
— 1 mug of tea with half-and-half

I think I overdid it way too early. Bad strategy. And by lunch I still wasn't hungry. So while my family had pizza, I ate a beef patty and felt stuffed. Went home, ate a pint of grapes (fruit!), and have been so full all afternoon I couldn't eat again until now (spaghetti).

Key learnings: Need to rethink cheat day strategy for next week; blew through too much sugar and flour way too early in the morning. Could be worth focusing on one particular craving on cheat day, instead—baked goods? fruit? pasta? burgers?

Work in progress.

It's weird, I kind of can't wait to go back to eating poached eggs and lentils tomorrow morning.