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Speak Up: When You Cheat, What Do You Eat?

If you are trying to lose weight, eat more healthy or both, there are times when you "cheat." C'mon . . . admit it! Nobody, and no diet for that matter, is perfect. Everyone seems to have her or his own personal favorite "cheat" food. Be they nachos or Sour Patch Kids. What I want to know is what do you eat when you cheat? But, my question doesn't end there – it is a two parter. I am wondering if you have a healthy substitution that works to stave off the crazy craving. Me? I like to bake some yam fries when I feel the need for the deep fried French fries.

Tell me how you deal in the comments section below.


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RustyAngel73 RustyAngel73 9 years
French fries, popcorn or potato crisps
lilpoofkin lilpoofkin 9 years
I LOVE ice cream.. but can be assuaged with sherbert, pudding, or anything creamy
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Salt and Vinegar chips. So yummy but I cannot stop myself when I eat them and could eat a whole bag.
kgr3p18 kgr3p18 9 years
i love french toast and when i really start to crave it i make this baked kind that i found on that was under ellie krieger's (sp??) recipe collection, it is amazing!
lala89 lala89 9 years
my cheat food would probably be chips, crackers, or cookies, but also weirdly enough i'll binge on protein bars (like balance bars and cliff bars). i wouldn't say that the protein bars are a good alternative because they are loaded with calories. a good thing to have i have found if you are craving something sweet is sugar free popsicles (only 15 calories), sugar free jello (10 calories), or weight watchers sells this ice cream (in rather large amounts, and its only like 160 or 170 cals!)
syako syako 9 years
tlsgirl, let me know how it comes out. Those are some of the best potatoes, imo. :)
jaclynloro jaclynloro 9 years
mmm TexMex! It's funny you asked about the subsitution, because just last week I was having guy problems and decided to eat my feeling and that chips and salsa were the way to do it. When I got to the grocery store, I saw Multigrain chips and Fat Free Salsa and thought "Hey, who says my indulgence has to be completely unhealthy!" I then polished it off with Diet Coke instead of regular.
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
I only cheat with cake and chocolate!! My substitute? If I really crave something sweet, I eat a piece of fruit. If I'm still craving cake/chocolate, I'll eat another piece of fruit. If I'm still craving it, I'll wait 10-20 minutes (to make sure my stomach has enough time to communicate it to my brain that I just had 2 pieces of fruit), and if I'm still craving it after that, I'll just go ahead and have the damn piece of cake!
kimmbot kimmbot 9 years
I'm a huge lover of "cheat" foods... cookies, anything baked... as an alternative, I bake things myself. If I want cookies, I make some healthy whole-wheat scones with fruit. Low-fat muffins, things like that. Some things that can't be substituted though, are my love for Kettle Chips (if I'm going to splurge, I just get the small bag), and shawarma, a Lebanese dish that basically consists of slow-roasted beef or chicken on a pita with lots of veggies and this gloriously fatty creamy garlic sauce. Without the garlic, it would actually be incredibly healthy, but the garlic sauce isn't that great for you. In fact, I'm not even sure what's in it, but it tastes like it should be bad for you.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
Oh, this is making me so hungry. And I already had pizza for dinner! I suppose when I "cheat" it takes the form of snacks (cookies, chips, chocolates). I don't feel too guilty about eating large meals, if that's what my body is telling me I need. It's the little bites here and there that I mindlessly put into my mouth that I worry about.
honeycreepshow honeycreepshow 9 years
I'm vegan, so my cheats are limited... I love candy gummy orange slices (the ones covered in sugar, you know what I mean?) and can easily mow through a whole bag. Also, whenever my friend and I have movie nights we allllllways share a large order of vegetable lo mein. I haven't been vegan for a long time, though, and lately I've been having strange, probably PMS-induced cravings to go to Taco Bell and stuff. my. face.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I only cheat when I go to my parents' house. My weakness is ice cream and fat free Cool Whip. I take big spoons of ice cream and drown it in the Cool Whip. When all is said and done, I usually eat about 3 spoons of ice cream and half a tub of Cool Whip. There's no real alternative to it, but when I DO eat that, I cut out calories from other meals during the day. Considering I don't "cheat" that often, I figure I can eat crap sometimes.
DearSugar DearSugar 9 years
If I'm going to cheat, I'm going to throw all my rules out the window and eat chips, fries, anything fried, pizza, and any form of bread I can get my hands on! I've been "cheating" since last Thursday and I'm having a hard time stopping!!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
OMG...I have a cheesebuger like once or twice a year. That's my biggest splurg since I don't eat red meat ever. I had TWO In and Out cheeseburgers today for lunch and I feel horrible! I won't have red meat the entire year now.
Ashlyn-Rose Ashlyn-Rose 9 years
Pizza! There's really no substitute for it, so I just try to have a couple pieces of thin crust, veggie. That's not too bad! And ice cream! I just eat a small serving. I don't think I really every cheat too bad because I don't really splurge on those bad foods and overeat.
levi1 levi1 9 years
French fries and buffalo wings. . . and ice cream, choc chip cookies, pizza.
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
im a sucker for freshly baked cookies! and i love some pizza or anything fast food on those nights when i have had a little too much to drink! it seems to soak it all RIGHT up! haha :)
ash_marisa ash_marisa 9 years
french fries....anything fried pretty much
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
Sublimechica - Love Tony C's! Oh, and Syako - those potatoes you posted the recipe for sounded so good I went out and bought all the ingredients :)
SublimeChica SublimeChica 9 years
I bake fries with a little bit of olive oil....however I use Tony Cachere's Creole seasoning which is spicy and oh-so salty...mmmmmm. On occasion I have been known to devour bacon as well.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I don't cheat. I can't remember the last time I cheated. In the past, I used to crave fatty, salty, sugary foods around that time of month due to hormones. Now that I'm taking certain vitamins and supplements those cravings have stopped, and my monthly girlfriend still arrives on time.
chicchick chicchick 9 years
Queso - gobs and gobs of it! And I agree with onesong, "Usually what happens is the sub isn't that great for me, either, and it doesn't fix the craving, so I end up eating both." This happened to me this weekend.
hottpink hottpink 9 years
French fires with ranch or cheese! Man I love cheese! lol
Bubblegum2000 Bubblegum2000 9 years
I can't resist cheese and French baguette! What can I say? I'm French!
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
French Fries. When I cheat is for French Fries...large order smothered in cheese and vegan chili. Yummy! I think I may be having a cheat day very soon. :)
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