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Any tips for surviving the holidays?

Hey all:

Week 2 here and my calendar is blowing up with Holiday events. I realize we get one cheat day, but I have back to back events on some weeks. I'm not planning on going crazy and stuffing my face on those days, but sticking to a SCD diet at holidays is nearly impossible. It's not so much about the temptation as it is a reality of needing to eat something when there isn't anything slow carb around. Help!


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Surely even with events you're not going to be eating three non-SCD meals a day?

I would suggest (and I'm not an expert by any means) that you stick as much as you can to the SCD (breakfast, dinner or breakfast, lunch) and use damage control tactics when you are going to cheat.

The best thing about SCD (in my opinion) is that you are really never in a position where there isn't SOMETHING you can eat that isn't part of the diet. Load up on meat, salad and vegetables. Avoid the normal banned foods.

You can always move your cheat day around, provided you allow 5 days of SCD prior.

Finally, if all else fails, if you can always go to the event, eat whatever and get back on the horse the next day.

  • Alyssa Jones commented Nov 15th 2012:

    Thanks! I figure I can mostly stick to it but wanted to know if there was any damage control i could do beyond the mini workouts beforehand. I've come to terms that I won't be absolutely rigid on this diet but I'll try my best

  • John Smith commented Nov 15th 2012:

    I don't do any of the damage control stuff on my cheat days so I can't really comment. I know he suggests you eat a SCD breakfast and drink a small glass of grapefruit juice before the second meal on your cheat day if you want to minimise weight gain.

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I always try to stick to proteins and fat because it's the easiest stuff to identify. Eat enough of it to feel full, and then your cravings will be much less, maybe they will be gone.

  • Eva Lotte commented Aug 19th 2013:

    When I'm around people I can trust, I just simply tell them the truth and bring some SCD-food in a container. For one party I brought a big pot of Ratatouille (French veggies stew) (in agreement with the host, of course) and people liked it as a side dish. Yesterday I was at my brother's place and my sister-in-law made me some delicious lentil-salad to have with the barbacue. Yummy! She was glad to be of help and I was happy not to cheat. Work occasions are more difficult, as I don't want to mention health issues there and don't want to seem to be picky or extra demanding. But I visibly lost weight and can't deny I'm on a diet anyway, so I'm sticking to meat and salad whenever possible and try to take the nosey - and often stupid - questions in stride.


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Cheat days for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Try to stick to it the best you can all other times. I figure if I make it from Thanksgiving to January 2nd without gaining, I will be ecstatic. We're all going to be going through the same struggles. You're not alone. Good Luck.

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