One of the first things we asked our paleo friends when we stayed with them was do you ever “cheat” or have a “cheat day”? I find that this question comes up often for me as well when I talk to people about paleo.
It’s funny how we all try to talk ourselves out of something before we even start!
I’ve researched this question a lot, and have found many different theories. Our friends response was that once a week they have a few hours where they cheat, and by the time they are done, they really don’t want to do it again!
Other responses are:
absolutely no cheating
and occasional cheating (maybe once every couple weeks)
My favorite response came from a blog, that now I can’t seem to find, but it went like this: if you cheat on a meal, don’t beat yourself up about it. We are all human. Just get right back on the wagon your next meal.
I think this is a good philosophy. Try your best, and if you trip, get back up and keep moving forward.
My son is not 100% paleo. He has dairy (whole fat milk and yogurt), gluten free cereal, whole grain bread for sandwiches, and nitrate-free lunchmeat. He can have birthday cake or popsicles or candy at parties, but we try to limit the sugar when possible. Luckily, he loves fruit, so that helps. He usually has a paleo dinner, and healthy snacks throughout the day. He has really enjoyed paleo pancakes, tortillas, cookies, spaghetti, lettuce wraps and cauliflower mashed potatoes so far.
My personal experience with this has been that I find it to be a super fun challenge to not eat anything that is not paleo. That being said, I do bake paleo cookies, and have smoothies with coconut milk, I make coconut whip cream, and make paleo tortillas, as well as other things. Some hardcore paleos consider this cheating. You may or may not. If you are choosing to adopt a paleo lifestyle to drop weight your cheats will be much different than someone who is just eating paleo to be healthier.
I recently decided to have a little cheat. I had been good all week, so I went for it. I had two pieces of pizza, no big deal. I felt fine that evening, but the next day my body was not very happy. Since I haven’t had that kind of carb or grains like that in almost a month, my tummy was pretty mad at me. It goes to show that they are difficult for your body to digest. I think next time I will cheat with something a little less rebellious, like some Double Chocolate Paleo Cookies. 🙂 Here’s the recipe:
2 ripe bananas
2 tblsp almond butter (creamy or crunchy)
3 1/4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cups almond flour
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or enjoy life chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper
in a large bowl mash bananas with hand mixer
add next 5 ingredients. mix well
mix in flour
fold in chips
scoop tablespoons onto paper and bake 15 minutes
Refrigerate after cool. Enjoy!
P.S. Thanks to my friend, Julie for this yummy recipe!