First of all, this is NOT intended to be a critical post but one which I hope will open a discussion. I wonder if I am not alone with my thoughts about this.
Every time I read the word “cheating” I feel sad. Other similar words in my thesaurus include “dishonesty” and “deception”. Is there a better word or phrase to describe the act of eating something that (a) may not be in our usual shopping list (b) may potentially awaken in us an addictive response or © may spike us?
To me “cheating” has negative connotations < like when I used to diet > and I wonder if it is unhelpful to use it because I feel that this Way Of Eating is NOT a diet and that we are all creating very personal changes to our whole lifestyles which, by their very nature, must allow for flexibility from time to time.
Since switching to the LCHF/Keto WOE I have been learning about what foods I need to be careful of. Now I am out of the insane carby-fugg (just made that up ) I am becoming more adept at recognising my responses to certain foods.
For example, I very occasionally drink a small glass of red wine. Is that cheating? I am fully aware that it is an exception to my usual drink choices and that it will be a special occasion when I drink it.
The beauty of being in ketosis is that it is very black and white; the line is easier to see (and feel) if you step over it. The consequences can be unpleasant but each error is a learning opportunity.
What do people think? Perhaps my response is in reaction of my own personal negative dieting experences of the past.