Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Celebration Meals – Impulse and Future Cravings

This is frustrating. Another problem with Celebration Meals according to the Dukan Dietress (that’s me!)
I did have my last Celebration Meal not too long ago, went out for fajitas with one of my little sisters for her birthday.

I have also had a new Cheat Meal, of steak and a baked potato for my new diet.

So why am I talking about Celebration Meals again? Shouldn’t this part of my dieting adventure be over? Well no, I guess I have to admit, I cheated on my new diet.

Now I had spent all day reading interviews with bodybuilding women, saying they couldn’t handle not having their weekly cheat meal of pizza, or pasta, or cheese. That they couldn’t cut dairy out of their diet (which I have done) and blah blah no willpower, loves sweets, blah blah.

Which is fine, I have been doing this dieting thing for so long and I have just never really been one to cheat, it’s all in or all out.

But after reading all this and justifying it to myself, I took one of my sisters out for sushi, which I had been wanting but not craving. I just wanted to have dinner with my sister and after seeing one of the pro-bodybuilders I have been following on Facebook go out to sushi, I just wanted sushi ok? I don’t feel guilty, I don’t feel badly. I just cheated, took her out to sushi 6 months before my show.

No big deal.

The big deal happened when after sushi, we went out for McFlurries, then I went to Walmart, bought an orange (good choice), two chocolate bars (bad choice) as well as a bag of berry candy (also bad choice) and then ate it all and almost got sick…

But my lack of willpower and the ‘waterfall effect’ have nothing to do with this new problem with Celebration Meals. This is a personal problem I have, obviously I still need to fix something in me that makes me binge… after all this time you would just think it would be fixed. I have lost 111lbs! But nope, still broken, need more time dieting maybe.

I digress.

The problem with Celebration Meals lie in IMPULSIVE Celebration Meals and their negative effects on Future Cravings.

I have discussed this before but Celebration Meals need to be something you anticipate, that you plan all week. Something scheduled and something to push you forward in your week or strict Dukan Dieting.
I have this thing with impulsive Celebration Meals, I have done it before and while doing so, I always think it’s such a great idea. Just once a week doing something impulsive, for you, because you want to. No restrictions, just ‘I want sushi, so I will eat sushi’. Perfect.


It opens a floodgate, every craving becomes an option for being impulsive. Before Celebration Meals I rarely had cravings. When I started Phase 3 the cravings came full force. The problem with being impulsive or giving your Celebration Meals the option to be impulsive, is that now you want chocolate. Well I haven’t had my Celebration Meal this week, I’ll just eat some, and then more, and then justify to yourself that now you can have an entire, not planned, probably way less healthy than if you had planned, Celebration Meal.

Or what is more impulsive than just randomly wanting something and going for it? The fact that you have had a Celebration Meal already this week… but now it’s the end of the week and your friends are going out, it would be so impulsive to just… have another Celebration Meal! No worries, just being impulsive!

It’s a slippery slope.

I’m finding it very difficult saying no, but I need to be strong.

I have decided I wont have another impulsive Celebration Meal, or Cheat Meal (other than my steak and potato) until August, for my other sisters birthday. I will also be having one for my birthday (although it will be planned and not impulsive) in September.

Like I said though, it is so hard. My family were eating bagels last night and I almost went for it. Had to really keep myself in check. It’s way harder than Phase 2 where I never gave myself the option to ‘cheat’.

My willpower is being tested! Gotta keep working hard so I can see results. Garrarrrrrggggg!



  1. LOL! This is so true, I also am the type to impulsively have "just X", and then I've had cookies and chocolate etc etc. Funny how "weak" the other ladies are!

    1. It's so much easier for me to resist the temptation of the 'cheat meal' because of Dukan :P

      I guess it helped build the foundation (a foundation these other women don't have) for this new diet.

      Impulsive decisions make us feel more in control, when this is simply not the case, it actually makes us less in control because of the floodgate it opens. Ahhhhh, dissapointing.

  2. I think the troubleshooting that you have done on the situation should work wonders....is the "cheat day" required? In the case that it is required, you should just make your cheat more of the appropriate things that you would normally only take one serving of because of not going over the calorie limit....would that help at all?

    I can just about imagine the frustration you must be feeling. I'm thinking that this must be what it's like to be a millionaire.....you could buy the whole store and just shop in peace but SHOULD you buy the whole store....really?

    I'm not sure why my mind shifted to shopping for that analogy, but it works. Hugs....hoping it gets easier to navigate.

    1. Lol thanks for the analogy, so true! :)

      Cheat meal is not required, in fact if you don't have to have a cheat meal it's suggested not to bother. Which is what I am trying to do. It is there to help curb your cravings during the week, but if you don't need to have one you shouldn't.

      I'm hoping it gets easier as well, thanks dear.

  3. I remember a few posts ago you mentioned this exact issue would crop up and cause you some stress. That your celebration meals were going to be the death of you :p

    The only thing I can suggest, which I find helps me, is I carry around a couple of protein snack bars in my handbag with me at all times. That way I can have chocolate without feeling guilty :)

    They are not strictly allowed I know, but "Atkins" have some great chocolate bars that sell in the supermarkets, and although not brilliant in stats, they really hit the spot for feeling like being naughty. I am sure you already know about them anyway, but they have chocolate bars and brownie bars etc. I am sure you guys would have some sort of equivalent?

    You can definitely do it, you have amazing willpower. Perhaps changing the terminology away from cheat or celebration meals will help? Call them allowed/added/tolerated meals or something that doesn't make you feel like you can go nuts :D I don't see them as cheat meals now, I see them as tolerated anyway. Cheating to me means I am not allowed them so if I am already cheating so much it isn't a stretch to cheat some more.

    Sorry I talk too much :)


    1. Hey no no no, talk as much as you want I ADORE the feedback! :D

      That's actually a really great idea. I will do the research and see which ones are Atkins allowed, or rather, what the best alternative is. I have heard of 'Whey Protein Bars' maybe that would work.

      That's excellent thank you!

      Also you are right, 'cheat meal' sounds so bad, puts a negative spin on it. 'Celebration' is better but it makes it sound like it's a free for all.

      Maybe 'earned meal'. Or 'earned sidedish' LOL I will have to give this some thought. But good idea, make it mine.

  4. I agree with you! It's REALLY hard to limit foods that once were temptations. It's much either just to banish them ... that's why Dukan (when I do it right) works wonders for me and other diets that allow things in moderation don't!

    1. It's opening the floodgate! Some people don't have an issue with it but I find it too hard, too much temptation.

      I keep saying this but I really just need to cut them out completely. Ahhhh well.

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