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  • The Fat Guys Primal Support Thread

    I'm starting this thread as a support group for fellow food addicts, such as myself. If you are like me you've tried everything, including the Primal Blueprint and failed either because of emotional eating, lack of discipline, or whatever. My goal is for all of us that struggle with addiction to have a place to come to network with like individuals suffering from similar afflictions as a means of support and accountability. Together we can do this.

  • #2
    Apparently I'm the only one. I tried a different approach this time by weaning myself off of SAD carbs. First by cutting all processed starches, second I cut out whole wheat, third I cut out potatoes, then corn, and then oats. Right now I'm allowing brown rice for another week. I did all of this in 2 week increments. It has worked for me so far, weaning myself off as opposed to cold turkey. I'm doing this for a lifetime so there was no need to rush. I haven't craved any of the above foods after eliminating them.

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    • #3
      Plenty of people on this website struggle with this problem. It definitely can be conquered. Other than a week long relapse when my Dad died this year in May, I have been binge free for two years. I think that you need to find what works for you. I am a cold turkey kind of girl. But some people need to ease into it. Support is key and great idea with the thread.

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      • #4
        In the past, I tried several times to go primal but it didn't last long. Because of sugar addiction and very bad gut flora (both are linked).

        I have been primal for two months now and it seems to last. Here are the few changes I made, which made all the difference for me :
        - I took a lot of pre/probiotics at the beginig to improve mu gut flora during the transition to PB.
        - I refuse to feel frustrated or to have a bad opinion of myself if I eat a cake. I noticed that, in the past, failure came after a frustration as looking friends eating a cake. Now, I eat things I like when I am invited or when I go to a restaurant, that is my 20%.

        Binges can be psychological but not only. They come from bad gut flora and it starts a bad circle which ends to sugar addiction. So it can't be just lack of discipline, don't have any guilty thoughts about that.
        PB is a virtuous circle for sugar addicts. And don't forget to eat more fat, it will help.

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        • #5
          How do I know if I have gut flora issues? Did you just eat greek yogurt or take a supplement?
          Originally posted by Myrtille View Post
          In the past, I tried several times to go primal but it didn't last long. Because of sugar addiction and very bad gut flora (both are linked).

          I have been primal for two months now and it seems to last. Here are the few changes I made, which made all the difference for me :
          - I took a lot of pre/probiotics at the beginig to improve mu gut flora during the transition to PB.
          - I refuse to feel frustrated or to have a bad opinion of myself if I eat a cake. I noticed that, in the past, failure came after a frustration as looking friends eating a cake. Now, I eat things I like when I am invited or when I go to a restaurant, that is my 20%.

          Binges can be psychological but not only. They come from bad gut flora and it starts a bad circle which ends to sugar addiction. So it can't be just lack of discipline, don't have any guilty thoughts about that.
          PB is a virtuous circle for sugar addicts. And don't forget to eat more fat, it will help.

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          • #6
            What makes it harder is the fact that there is no convincing my wife that primal is the way to go. Also, I have a six year old daughter so there's always treats and such. I just lack discipline at times. It's comparable to putting a crackhead in a crackhouse and expecting him not to smoke crack. I'm determined to go full bore this time. I'm at a point physically where my life depends on it. Thank you for your replies.

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            • #7
              fmyurich, your last post really got to me, you have to convince your wife, if she loves you she needs to support you. Tell her you want to be around to see your daughter grow up. I started eating this way first but I secretly hoped that my husband would get on board because as long as I'd known him he was overweight. That was 3+ years ago, he is fully on board, he's lost a lot of weight, no longer obese but he still has a way to go. He loves sweets and still eats primal treats. I'm sure someone on here can suggest some movies for your wife to watch.
              Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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              • #8
                Movie ideas would be great. I'm hoping once she sees me losing weight she'll be on board. At least for support. The problem is that she doesn't eat meat nor vegetables (except for spinach and lettuce and she will eat fruit). When dinner time comes around what are most 6 yr. olds going to choose chicken and broccoli with Dad or grilled cheese and mashed potatoes with Mom? I'm hoping change will start with me. My wife is tiny but I try to tell her that it will catch up with her someday. I really fear for my daughter later in life because although I ate SAD foods I still ate some types of veggies. --- Currently Im on Lisinopril (high blood pressure), cardivedilol (cholesterol), and testosterone. I'm 35. My maternal grandmother had diabetes and high blood pressure and died of congestive heart failure at 57 (this was rough because she was my bestfriend). My paternal grandfather was an insulin dependent diabetic, had high blood pressure, and died of congestive heart failure at 61. My great grandfather and uncle died of heart attacks at 40 yrs. old. At other end of the spectrum I had paternal and maternal relatives that lived well into their 90's. Unfortunately, I take after the other family members. That is why I say this is a life or death situation for me.
                Originally posted by Urban Forager View Post
                fmyurich, your last post really got to me, you have to convince your wife, if she loves you she needs to support you. Tell her you want to be around to see your daughter grow up. I started eating this way first but I secretly hoped that my husband would get on board because as long as I'd known him he was overweight. That was 3+ years ago, he is fully on board, he's lost a lot of weight, no longer obese but he still has a way to go. He loves sweets and still eats primal treats. I'm sure someone on here can suggest some movies for your wife to watch.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by fmyurich View Post
                  How do I know if I have gut flora issues? Did you just eat greek yogurt or take a supplement?
                  You know you have bad flora if you have bloatings and , sorry by that, weird poop.
                  I did take a supplement and eat kefir. I think greek yogurt is fine, but try to buy them organic.

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                  • #10
                    Movie ideas would be great. I'm hoping once she sees me losing weight she'll be on board. At least for support. The problem is that she doesn't eat meat nor vegetables (except for spinach and lettuce and she will eat fruit). When dinner time comes around what are most 6 yr. olds going to choose chicken and broccoli with Dad or grilled cheese and mashed potatoes with Mom? I'm hoping change will start with me. My wife is tiny but I try to tell her that it will catch up with her someday. I really fear for my daughter later in life because although I ate SAD foods I still ate some types of veggies. --- Currently Im on Lisinopril (high blood pressure), cardivedilol (cholesterol), and testosterone. I'm 35. My maternal grandmother had diabetes and high blood pressure and died of congestive heart failure at 57 (this was rough because she was my bestfriend). My paternal grandfather was an insulin dependent diabetic, had high blood pressure, and died of congestive heart failure at 61. My great grandfather and uncle died of heart attacks at 40 yrs. old. At other end of the spectrum I had paternal and maternal relatives that lived well into their 90's. Unfortunately, I take after the other family members. That is why I say this is a life or death situation for me.
                    Originally posted by Urban Forager View Post
                    fmyurich, your last post really got to me, you have to convince your wife, if she loves you she needs to support you. Tell her you want to be around to see your daughter grow up. I started eating this way first but I secretly hoped that my husband would get on board because as long as I'd known him he was overweight. That was 3+ years ago, he is fully on board, he's lost a lot of weight, no longer obese but he still has a way to go. He loves sweets and still eats primal treats. I'm sure someone on here can suggest some movies for your wife to watch.

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                    • #11
                      I scanned back through this thread, and I didn't see Fat Head mentioned.. That's one movie I watched about this lifestyle that I thought was good. I think you can see it online (Netflix?).

                      It's hard that she doesn't really like meat or veg.. That's how my mom is, she really only likes processed carbs and cheese
                      But even if she doesn't want to join you, it would help if she could help you think of ways to be successful. Maybe all the junk you don't want to eat could go in a specific cabinet or fridge shelf, or maybe you could make a list- when family eats this treat, I can have these healthy alternatives instead.
                      I'm living with my family right now, and there is all kinds of crap food in the house. I'm just making sure I have plenty of stuff that's good for me, so I don't feel deprived, and I don't feel like I need to eat their stuff. Idk if it would help you, but I'm also counting my primal days, trying to get to 100 (that falls on thanksgiving for me)- I think it's keeping me on track so I can set good habits.

                      You can do it! You will be seeing great results if you stick with it we're cheering for you!


                      Goal: Feel good, be active!

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                      • #12
                        I'll check out Fat Head tonight. I read her your quote and she started looking up recipes on pinterest. I appreciate the advice and support from everyone so far. I think this is going to be key to my success, networking/chatting with like minded people. It helps me not feel so alone on this journey. Good luck Seaglassgreen with yours.
                        Originally posted by Seaglassgreen View Post
                        I scanned back through this thread, and I didn't see Fat Head mentioned.. That's one movie I watched about this lifestyle that I thought was good. I think you can see it online (Netflix?).

                        It's hard that she doesn't really like meat or veg.. That's how my mom is, she really only likes processed carbs and cheese
                        But even if she doesn't want to join you, it would help if she could help you think of ways to be successful. Maybe all the junk you don't want to eat could go in a specific cabinet or fridge shelf, or maybe you could make a list- when family eats this treat, I can have these healthy alternatives instead.
                        I'm living with my family right now, and there is all kinds of crap food in the house. I'm just making sure I have plenty of stuff that's good for me, so I don't feel deprived, and I don't feel like I need to eat their stuff. Idk if it would help you, but I'm also counting my primal days, trying to get to 100 (that falls on thanksgiving for me)- I think it's keeping me on track so I can set good habits.

                        You can do it! You will be seeing great results if you stick with it we're cheering for you!

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                        • #13
                          How do you do it?
                          Originally posted by leighlu View Post
                          Plenty of people on this website struggle with this problem. It definitely can be conquered. Other than a week long relapse when my Dad died this year in May, I have been binge free for two years. I think that you need to find what works for you. I am a cold turkey kind of girl. But some people need to ease into it. Support is key and great idea with the thread.

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                          • #14
                            Yay, that's good! There are loads of good Primal/Paleo recipe boards on pinterest. Hopefully a little inspiration will help


                            Goal: Feel good, be active!

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                            • #15
                              I also highly recommend watching Fat Head. It really is an eye opener.
                              It's also on youtube to watch. Maybe hulu too.
                              DD born August 2012
                              TTC #2
                              SW: 1/20/14- 212.4
                              CW: 2/21/14- 202.6 (9.8 loss)
                              Goal: Short term, get below 200 and get pregnant. Long term, get to 120-130
                              Mini goal, get in to a size 12.

                              My boring uneventful journal for your viewing pleasure

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