How to avoid diet slip-ups

No one is perfect. I’m not, you’re not. I don’t care who you are, or what you look like. You cannot ever eat “perfectly” all the time. Anyways, what’s the fun in that?

When we are trying very hard to manage diabetes with a healthy, low-carb diet, we still build in time to “fail.” A once-a-week, planned “treat.” We call this a pirate meal. If you are planning on going out to dinner with a friend, going over to grandmother’s house for dinner, or needing that end of the week bowl of ice cream. Give yourself one indulgence, something to look forward to. Not an entire day of splurge, but one treat, at one sitting, no seconds. It’s not a pirate day. Just a reasonable serving of something you love. Eat it slowly, enjoy it. Savor it. And then, get back on the bandwagon.

We find it really easy to be tempted to go crazy , once you’ve already fallen off the wagon. That’s why we think it’s important to plan your treat. Don’t buy a 1/2 gallon of ice cream. Don’t order an entire pizza, and bring leftovers home. Whatever you do, don’t bring your temptations into the house. Don’t drive past your favorite fast food place, if you can avoid it. Get your one serving of your treat, once a week, and then surround yourself the rest of the week with healthy, low-carb choices to make it easy to stay on track.

If you struggle with snacks and what to grab with you come home and are really hungry, keep single serving pouches of nuts, cheese sticks, small apples, low-carb protein bars, slices of deli ham or turkey you can roll up and eat, veggies and hummus (all cut up and ready to go).

If you live with other people who don’t follow the same diet, talk to them about being supportive and not keeping those things in the house. If they aren’t willing to do that, ask them to hide things from you. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

If you have diabetes, managing your blood sugar is your number one priority. So, give yourself one reward meal, snack or dessert a week, and then use that treat as motivation to stay on track the rest of the week. And, if you should slip up, you loose your planned treat. Until next week, that is.

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