I can feel another confession coming ....eeeep!
You see there's this word DESIRE ....Dr Natasha talks about it in her article, "One Man's Meat is Another Man's Poison". Oh desire.
So am I giving up on GAPS? ....no way! And neither should you. A cheat isn't the end of the world. No, it's not ideal but it's not a deal breaker either. If you've cheated, get over it!! Seriously. You cheated, you may or may not have enjoyed it, you feel bad ...now move on! Get back on the wagon and get back to GAPS Intro.
Why do we cheat? So many reasons. Desire (that word again), feeling deprived, a special occasion (see ...I had a double whammy!), low blood sugar and no GAPS Intro legal foods in sight, tiredness, depression, rebellion, cravings ....and the list could easily go on indefinitely.
What sort of cheat is absolutely NOT ok and difficult to complete GAPS on? The kinda cheat where you're planning them in right from the start. Dude!! THAT'S NOT OK! If you're planning your cheats in from the very beginning, you may need to re-assess your commitment to GAPS. If you're planning your cheats around life events like birthdays, trips away, family and school re-unions, Christmas and Easter, and you have no intention of staying true to GAPS at these times, it might be best to re-schedule your start date. There's definitely no harm in that.
The other type of cheat that is really hard to come back from is the 're-occurring' cheat. Planned or unplanned, this one is likely to be a deal breaker too. As I said before, if you cheated once (for whatever reason), don't dwell on it, don't beat yourself up about it and definitely don't use it as an excuse to cheat again. Take a good look at why you cheated and change something so that it doesn't happen again. Take control. Only YOU have the power to get on top of this.
My 'cheat' led me to discover something about myself. I have absolutely no self control if there is chocolate in the house. For years I have thought this to be quite funny. Let me tell you, it's not. Not funny. Not Cute. Not OK. So I very quickly finished making the Easter gifts, gave them to their recipients much too early and then I made sure that all of the leftovers were given away pronto. No more chocolate in the house and no more chocolate to be brought into the house.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. GAPS is tough. GAPS Introduction Diet is waaaaay tougher. We all need support as we move through this. Lean on your family, lean on your friends, lean on your GAPS Practitioner. We're all here for you.
Have you cheated? What was your poison and how did you deal with it? Or are you still dealing with it?
If you would like some help getting started on the GAPS Diet or you need some help staying on track ....