I Cheated and It Wasn’t Even Worth It

Have you ever cheated and then completely regretted it? You know, woken up the next day filled with an overwhelming feeling of guilt? Perhaps it didn’t even take that long for the shame to set it. Regret can hit within an hour. Cheating. It always seems like such a good idea at the time, but it doesn’t take long to realize what a huge mistake you just made. I’m talking about cheat meals. 231 Oh yes, the infamous cheat meal. For some, it is a weekly affair. A regular event of pure indulgence that they plan, prepare and countdown to all week. It becomes a ritual of collecting cheat-worthy recipe ideas and salivating over photos of food coma-inducing creations of epic proportions (literally), all week long. For many with super strict diets and restricted eating guidelines, that oreo-crusted, Nutella-filled, chocolate mudcake topped with peanut m&m’s and salted caramel ice-cream, is all they fantasize about whilst chowing down on their dull oats and bland veggies.

I am not one of those people. The cheat meal kind. I don’t have such a rigid eating plan that I bore my taste buds with steamed broccoli and chicken breast all week long, then go to town with one big blowout. It’s not that I disagree with this way of eating, I just don’t have that kind of dedication. But kudos to anyone who does just eat meat and veg all day, everyday. You definitely deserve that chocolate lava cake. And I bet your abs look way better than mine.

I am more a ‘everything in moderation’ kinda woman. I try make healthier choices on a daily basis. I like to eat a lot of salads and if I need a sweet fix I’ll opt for fruit or create some kind of healthier alternative like raw chocolate or bliss balls. Generally I avoid refined carbohydrates, sugar and foods high in saturated fat but I do still allow little treats to slip in every so often. I don’t plan a specific day for a cheat meal, I just indulge my cravings when they hit, with the intention of remaining in control of the sugary situation and not going overboard.

Recently though, I kind of failed at the whole ‘stay in control and don’t overdo it’ thing. Yep, I cheated and it DEFINITELY was NOT worth it. Not at all. Not even in the slightest. Not even for the temporary satisfaction. How terrible I felt post indulgence, or should I say overindulgence, was faaaaar more memorable (and longer-lasting) than the short moment of delight to my taste buds. tumblr_lj1rg0ha2n1qgeygd So, um, well, I may or may not have gorged myself silly on a block of chocolate. Maybe two. *Hangs head in shame.* Did anyone else know that Lindt have a new ‘Sea Salt and Caramel’ flavour of dark chocolate (OH EM GEE!)?  Well it was news to me and my god, all my willpower went out the window when I discovered it. I told myself I would just have 2 squares and make them last in my pantry for weeks, just treating myself on occasions when a little craving hit. You know ‘everything in moderation’.

But nope. I lost all control. What came next was the sugar-coma of all sugar-comas and possibly the most effective reminder as to why I don’t eat food like that often. Regret. So much regret. Not only did self-loathing and guilt flood over me but even worse, my body, not used to so much sugar, gave up on me too.

Obviously I felt physically full and sick in the stomach, like anyone does when they eat too much of anything. But the other symptoms were worse. Within 10 minutes, I was hit hard with the most excruciatingly intense headache. I felt my energy levels slump to near none. All I wanted to do and could do was lie in bed and sleep. Even my joints started to hurt (inflammation is often linked to sugar). It was horrendous. I felt like, what I can only imagine, a drug addict feels like during a come down. My god, it was horrible.

All I could think about during my sugar-induced virtually unconscious state was this  – ‘the food you eat can either be the safest, most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.’ I felt that poison down to my bones (literally). Lying in bed feeling sleepy and sorry for myself, I could see my tombstone already; ‘Eloise Smith, age 24, Death by sugar’.

It’s safe to say, I learnt my lesson. A few minutes of tantalising my taste buds is NOT worth the hours of intense headaches, tiredness, lethargy, sore tummy and regret I felt afterwards. Let me tell you, there’s nothing quite like a sugar comedown coma to remind you why you don’t usually eat that crap. I mean, as if the guilt, self-hate and realisation of just how much exercise you have to do to work off your binge feast isn’t enough, feeling like absolute and utter s**t, certainly does the trick.

Next time I come close to overstepping the line of ‘treat yo self’ to ‘hey, why not just eat you weight in food’, I will look back on this life-changing event and step away from the chocolate! It is just not worth feeling like that EVER again. Trust me.

Love Eloise xx

Have you had an experience like this? Feel free to share your stories with me below.

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Fab Online Finds

Another week is nearly over already? That can’t be right. If you need a little something to get you through the last working day of the week, you are in luck. We have found some really great things online this week. Check out some of our top pics below.

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Photos That’ll Move You: Wow! These are some of the most powerfully, emotive images you may ever see… 22 of the most powerful images ever! Be warned, some of these images may be upsetting for some.

What’s Worse – Sugar or Fat? So we know sugar is bad for us and we know too much saturated fat is bad for us but we’ve also been told sugar is what makes us fat, not fat. We are told to reduce or sugar intake and we won’t store so much fat. Then we are also told not to eat too many foods high in saturated fat because that is bad for our health too. Ahhh so much contradicting information. Apparently sugar and fat are just as bad as each other. Maybe this article might clarify things a little.n-SUGAR-large570

Relationship Detox: Did you see Eloise’s post at the beginning of the week about removing toxic people from your life? If you could relate but you’re still unsure if some people in your life are toxic or not, check out this article about how to recognize a toxic relationship.

Happy reading.

Love Jess and Elo xx

Give Yourself The Gift Of Sugar Free Living

The radiant face below belongs to Sarah Wilson of the ‘I Quit Sugar’ books. Last year both Eloise and I gave her 8-week quitting sugar program a go. We are massive advocates of living with a sugar-free (or low fructose) diet. You may even remember us talking about it on One Active Life before.

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I personally came to quit sugar because I desperately wanted to free myself from my unhealthy binge cycles. A block of chocolate in my house didn’t last a day before Sarah Wilson came along.

The results where what I was hoping for and more. The cravings went away along with the bingeing but as an added bonus I also lost 5kgs. I found myself feeling less irritated and grumpy as my mood stabilised and I stopped experiencing energy crashes in the afternoon. Life without sugar is just better.

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Click here to see the 8-Week Program Pack – DIGITAL + PRINT BOOK BUNDLE

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Above is just one of the delicious recipes in the ‘I Quit Sugar’ cookbook. It was the first one that I tried.

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Click here to see the I Quit Sugar for Life – PRINT EDITION

Sarah provides a healthy and sensible approach to nutrition. It’s how we should all live and eat. No crap just wholesome goodness that nourishes and enhances day to day living. Grandma would approve.

Like us, Sarah is from Australia. Her printed books have been bestsellers and her latest release ‘I Quit Sugar For Life’ is part of our TOP 10 bestseller list at the bookstore we work at. We know we have a lot of followers from the US and Sarah hasn’t forgotten about you. She has just released an American edition just for you.chocClick here to see the I Quit Sugar Chocolate Cookbook – DIGITAL

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Click here to see the I Quit Sugar Print Book US version

I really could bang on and on about how much I love what Sarah Wilson’s books have done for me. Rather than raving madly to myself, I’d love to open up a discussion. Share with us your own experiences with or without sugar and feel free to ask any question to Eloise or myself if you are unsure about the whole thing. Feel free to comment below or comment on our Facebook thread.

Love Jess x