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    joanne alburger
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    Rachel Fisk and PierreandJess Romeo, I have had some cheating moments and want to ask what is a good strategy, if I do cheat? Carbs with lots of fat? Overdo protein but no sugar? Suck on a sugar free (horrible chemicals) candy? High fiber and high fat together? One sq of dark chocolate? Stay on Phase 1 foods but increase calories for the day? Which cheats ruin the hormone balance? Which ones have the least impact on progress? Thanks for your expert advice!

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    Jessica Romeo
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    I think I already answered your question on the Facebook member page? If not, I will just reiterate it here. I think it is best to overdo protein, personally. If you are feeling the need to cheat maybe it’s because you didn’t quite sleep too well or maybe your workouts need to be scaled back? At any rate it’s much harder to overdo eating too much or have too many sweet cravings when you eat more protein. If you do have something that is not so great for you then just make sure you move on at the next meal…don’t dwell on it and don’t wait for the next day or worse the next week to get back on track. Try to be sure you are getting enough protein in the day and you will notice you want to cheat a lot less!

    I hope that you happened to see this answer on the Facebook group…also if you need further help please let me know!

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    joanne alburger
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    Thank you! 🙂

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    Rachel Fiske
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    Hi, Joanne! Yes, I agree that eating more protein is key to help eliminate cravings, and would also add to make sure you’re not way too low on your fat intake, as this can cause us to have uncontrollable cravings. If you are to “cheat,” perhaps try some avocado sprinkled with sea salt alongside your protein source (turkey slices with avocado, for example is extremely satisfying). Or a spoonful of coconut butter (sometimes sold as coconut manna). In the case of a bad sugar addiction, the beginning of any new diet plan and a switch to whole foods is tough, but stick with it and it will get easier, I promise! And as Jessica says, be kind to yourself, and see blips in the road as only that, a one time slip-up that you simply move past. This makes it easier to stick to your diet plan moving forward, without beating yourself up (which never helped anybody!).

    Also, check out this awesome chart from a Naturopathic Doctor on what your cravings could mean: http://natureworksbest.com/naturopathy-works/food-cravings/

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    Rachel – Thank you for the above article. It was very helpful is explaining food cravings. I didn’t really have any when I started the plan 3 weeks ago but I have been a week off the approved food list and finding it difficult to rise above some serious cravings now.

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