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    Hi everyone,

    Thought I would start a wee thread, I love the idea of a Paleo life, however having one isn't as easy as I would like so thought I would start a wee thread charting my progress

    Like many others I'm addicted to sugar, I don't like chocolate, yet I find myself stuffing my face with chocolate when I need an energy fix, if its not sugar I'm having its caffeine. I don't think it's helped that I work night shift so I also struggle with sleeping and energy levels

    I think I'm doing good then I find out I'm not, this has to change for me, I am fed up being ill, I'm fed up of not living the life I deserve, want and need.

    I also don't earn a lot of money so I will need to be Paleo on a very small budget

    So tomorrow when I get up it will change, I'm going to have an omlette made with garlic, onion, mushroom and tomato

    Please feel free to join me, offer advice, constructive criticism etc cause I think I'm gonna need all the help I can get

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    Welcome Xbeldaran, it's great to have a thread to chart your primal journey and you have made your first positive step by planning tomorrow's breakfast already. Wishing you a great first primal day, and a healthy, energetic life.
    Annie Ups the Ante
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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    • #3
      Hi, I am fairly new to this too and have just eased myself in by just cutting the grains and sugar to start with.
      I can't afford the organic meats etc,so I just get the best I can, but feel better in myself generally and am not hungry or craving foods as I used to.
      Just try your best each day, and don't give up if you 'slip up' every now and then.
      Good luck with your journey.

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      • #4
        Thank you annieh and daisymay for the lovely welcome

        Well I've slept, so it's time to get up and have my omlette, first quandary, for later on I have porridge with added fibre , now really I shouldn't be eating that so will find something else to eat but what do I do with all the porridge and fibre .... Hmmmm

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        • #5
          Have found today that I'm craving sugar again, I wanted tomato ketchup with my omlette purely for the sugar boost, being night shift certainly hasn't helped although I haves aged to stay off the coffee and sugar I'm not sure how long I can keep it up

          Watched Fat head that I had read about on the forum, it's like all films some good bits some rubbish bits, you've gotta take the good and leave the rest I spose

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          • #6
            I really recommend a sugar detox. I was addicted to sugar too - had to go cold turkey and it was HARD. But so worth it!

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            • #7
              Thanks running mum, that's what I'm trying just now, it certainly isn't easy, when oh when does it get easier lol.

              Woke up after three hours sleep and had a spicy chicken breast for breakfast, not exactly what I had planned by oh made it so who am I to complain, he got rolls as well for the chicken breast to make a kinda burger, but I didn't eat the roll thankfully

              Have got a job interview today, it's not what I want but it could save me from doing overtime in my current work, I have however found what I think may be a good fit for me work wise, so I'm going to apply for this new job and hopefully get it so that I can get off night shift as I think that will be the biggest help fore to get on top of my health

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              • #8
                Welcome!

                Planning is probably the most important thing so you're off to a good start.

                I mostly just buy regular meat (although its generally the no hormone kind) except they had a sale on grass fed beef so I bought several pounds. The grass fed butter and coconut oil are pretty cheap as are in season fruits and veggies. So focus on that stuff and shop sales and it can be done at a reasonable price. I think you'll find that junk foods, sodas and prepared foods are quite expensive and when you eliminate them you've got some room in your budget.

                Also I always want sugar in the morning when I'm tired-maybe try some fruit and cheese or eggs or something with protein with it.
                Last edited by lea; 09-20-2013, 06:15 AM.

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                • #9
                  Thanks lea, sadly here the junk food is so cheap, we can get 12 packets of crisps for 1 yet one apple is 70p so for a lot of people the choice is stark

                  Thankfully although my diet is very sugar heavy due to my addiction I tend not to eat too much junk food unless I am in a sugar cycle, then it's all bets off, this is what I am trying to beat this time, if I manage to beat it then I think staying Paleo will be easy for me

                  It's just beating the cycle grrrr

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                  • #10
                    Hiya, I'm 3 weeks in and just getting over that craving it hasn't been easy but even after 3 weeks I feel so much better I still have 2 squares of dark chocolate at night and then try and get 8 hrs. I'm like you haven't go a lot of money so but what I can and trim the meat. Keep going x

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                    • #11
                      I had the same issues when I started. I am a huge sugar junkie. Maybe cold turkey is not the best for you, It worked for me tho...

                      You need to work on switching to a high fat lowish carb and high protein diet and get rid of the oatmeal etc. I know you know this but if it is not in the house you cant eat it.

                      For the first few weeks, every time you get the sugar cravings, have something with protein and a lot of fats, my trick was 2 cans of sardines with olive oil and a half cup of spicy salsa. it worked and I shortly stopped craving the sweets unless someone got a chocolate chip cookie in front of me. ( they are my kryptonite).

                      I would not worry about weight loss for the moment just shoving yourself away from carbs with all your might. Once you become fat adapted you wont crave the sugar much.

                      Working nights will make this harder as you are fighting your natural cycle as well as sugar and everyone has only so much will power to share out between needs.
                      Primal since April 2012 Male 6' 3" SW 345lbs CW 240lbs GW 220lbs and when I get there I am getting a utlikilt. This one http://www.utilikilts.com/company/pr...ilts/workmans/ actually.

                      Join me at www.paleoplanet.net, where all the cavemen hang out.

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                      • #12
                        Hey everyone, you are all totally right, I had a terrible weekend last weekend and whilst I was shoveling the apple crumble down my face I was thinking I don't want or need this, did it stop me? Did it heck, I woke up every day saying I will eat healthy today and I didn't .

                        However, I am eating healthy today I have had enough, I need to go cold turkey and find some fatty things that I can eat whilst I'm craving so that I can get in control of this, sadly anything from the sea won't work for me as I am allergic to fish, sea food etc

                        So it will probably be nuts or avacado's for me, I may need to add some cheese to it as well, too much cheese can't be good for me, but it has to be better for me than sugar

                        Feeling rather despondent just now tbh :-(

                        But I will get there

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                        • #13
                          Hi Xbeldaran,

                          I have also just recently started with Paleo. Me and my boyfriend decided to go "cold turkey" as well and from 1st September we eliminated all processed foods, sugar and grains from our menu.

                          First week was harsh, but now after 3 weeks it is getting easier and easier. We both are feeling better and on couple of occasions where we had to attend family gatherings (with all the non-paleo foods and our once-so-much-beloved-and-desired cakes) we were able to resist all (well almost all) the temptations.

                          I can see you have problem with sugar cravings. I too had my coffee with mil and sugar. After 1st September I dropped sugar and only stuck with coffee and milk. Yuck at first, but better with each time. Today accidently I put a couple of spoons of sugar to my coffee (habit I guess and I was deep in mu thoughts). It really tasted weird when I tried it, realized why it tasked so and threw it away.

                          The other amazing thing that happened lately is that I really disliked the taste of my once favorite cake. This weekend one of our relatives had a birthday and I thought I will allow myself a little piece of the cake I like so much. And you know what - it tasted too sweet for me. I only had one bite and left the rest of the slice untouched. This NEVER happened to me before! In the past I could devour the whole cake all by myself in no time! And then crave some more! Now, after 3 weeks I feel an apple is much tastier that a chocolate cake.

                          So! Good luck. Try holding up for couple of weeks without any added sugars (besides the ones found in an occasional fruit), and I am sure you will see the difference!
                          My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread94235.html
                          Starting weight (1.Sep 2013): 88.1 kg
                          Current weight: 84.6 kg
                          Goal weight: 66 kg
                          Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep loosing it

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Xbeldaran View Post
                            for later on I have porridge with added fibre , now really I shouldn't be eating that so will find something else to eat but what do I do with all the porridge and fibre .... Hmmmm
                            What I did before starting Paleo - I got rid of all the non-paleo stuff in my kitchen. Basically I gave everything away to my student-sister and her BF, who is always hungry. Not having any temptations really helps a lot in the beginning.
                            My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread94235.html
                            Starting weight (1.Sep 2013): 88.1 kg
                            Current weight: 84.6 kg
                            Goal weight: 66 kg
                            Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep loosing it

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Xbeldaran View Post
                              However, I am eating healthy today I have had enough, I need to go cold turkey and find some fatty things that I can eat whilst I'm craving so that I can get in control of this, sadly anything from the sea won't work for me as I am allergic to fish, sea food etc

                              So it will probably be nuts or avacado's for me, I may need to add some cheese to it as well, too much cheese can't be good for me, but it has to be better for me than sugar
                              Hey, dont forget the Eggs - you can make so much out of them! and Butter - if you can - add it everywhere! It makes your veggies especially delicious!
                              My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread94235.html
                              Starting weight (1.Sep 2013): 88.1 kg
                              Current weight: 84.6 kg
                              Goal weight: 66 kg
                              Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep loosing it

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