Sunday, March 4, 2012
Last night... I Ate a Cheeseburger.
So shoot me.
Here's how it went down: Yesterday was one of those days where the only thing that would make it better is if you had a big pile of grease to chow down on. Yes, I know, emotional eating is a bad idea, but once in almost eight weeks, I think it will be okay.
I've also had a few people say it's better for your metabolism to have a cheat-meal once a week or so. I'm a little skeptical of this, but I thought I might try it out since I already wanted a pile of grease.
I went to Cheeburger Cheeburger since I've dealt with them before and I know they use fresh ingredients, and they don't add anything (like stabilizers and the like) to their beef. I ordered the ten ounce burger with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and two fried onion rings. I also asked for a small order of fries. Hey, I figured if I was going to cheat, I was going to cheat in style!
The fries came out a little undercooked. Normally I would just deal with it (having worked in a restaurant, I cannot stand picky food people), but I thought "this is my first french fry in... how long?! I am not going to pay five bucks for fries that aren't great." So I sent them back. They were obviously annoyed, but I wanted yummy, delicious fries, darn it!
Anyway... it was all extremely delicious. I didn't eat the whole (small) order of fries, but I really enjoyed the ones I ate! And the bun was awesome. I really thought by this point (almost eight weeks into GP) I would have lost my taste for bread, but this bun was really awesome.
So here's what happened about an half hour after I finished eating: I had a headache (just annoying, not terrible), my back pain flared up, and my stomach was obviously bloated. D'oh. This lasted until this morning. The rest of today (and it still hasn't gone away) I've craved sugar. Any kind of sugar. Fruit juice, cupcakes, chocolate, chocolate milk, candy... anything! I did have some dark chocolate, but I managed to steer away from anything else too terrible.
So, really... is it worth cheating? Maybe. I suppose it depends on your reasons and how often you do it. I don't want to be one of "those" people who freak out at other people for deviating. I don't think you're not truly primal if you cheat, and I think it's probably more than okay to cheat every once in a while. For some people this means cheating once a week. For others it could mean cheating once a month or so.
I guess I would say if you have a lot of weight to lose, you can't really afford to cheat often (unless my friends are right and cheating once or twice a week helps your metabolism--if this is true, can anyone find me some info on it?).
I really hope the sugar cravings go away tomorrow. Anyhow, I have to workout with the trainer, so I'll at least have to focus on something other than food for a while. Ha!