Food Sober Thanksgiving
Originally posted 11/22/2016 - this year will now be my 7th cheat free/food sober holiday.
This will be my third Keto holiday season. My third holiday season on plan with no cheating. If I had cheated I would not be where I am today. I would still be struggling and falling on and off the wagon.
The reason I am so strict about cheating is because I've been on enough "diets" in my life to know that moderation does not work for me and that I have a serious addiction to sugar and carbs. I daresay anyone is who is overweight or obese has that same addiction-unfortunately many people don't want to admit that they're addicted and they continue to believe in the fantasy that someday they will be normal and that they can have that piece of birthday cake, dessert at a restaurant, one candy bar here or there-but a true addict knows that is not the case. In the same way that the alcoholic cannot socially drink without ending up in a downward spiral-a sugar addict cannot eat sugar in moderation. Ingesting the sugar will trigger cravings and even if you don't spiral downward right away-you will spiral downward.
I know there are people who disagree and they want to say, "I can't live the rest of my life without a piece of cake." Or "I eat in moderation and it works for me." OK great if you eat in moderation and you've never been overweight and probably never will be - in that case I'm not talking to you so there's no need to get in a huff over what I'm saying.
Do not sabotage yourself this holiday season. Remember there's no such thing as one cheat. It never ends with one bite or one meal. Come out the other side of this holiday season with victory and being able to say that you stayed on plan and being proud of that. The only thing you will be missing out on is fatigue, fat pants, cravings, high blood sugar, and guilt. Give yourself the gift of health and discipline this holiday season. Remember that treating yourself got you to where you are and that you do not enjoy being where you are.
Keto on my friends! The day after Thanksgiving I look forward to hearing from you with words like, "I did it! I stayed keto! I'm so proud of myself!" Instead of, "I feel so guilty-I caved." Be strong and disciplined and remember that Thanksgiving dinner is just like any other dinner. You can do it!