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  • My Own 21 Day Challenge

    Hi everyone, I have been lurking here for a long time and when Mark called me and people like me out the other day, I decided to stop procrastinating and start eating and living healthier. I have made small attempts and have been exercising and eating healthily more often than not for the past 2 years, but its been something like 3 or 4 days on, 2 or 3 days off. Starting today, I am going 100% in order to look better and feel better.

    I'm a 23 years old guy and I'm 5'10 and 150 lbs. I have a little extra fat on me that I don't want and I want to build muscle, both of which the paleo diet is good for. I already have quite a few good recipes so having good food and enough of it is not a problem. However, I live with my parents and they... disagree with my ideal way of eating. There is a lot of really bad junk food in my house and the opposite of support. I gain motivation from this site and can maintain it for a few days but between the cravings I get for junk food within arm's reach and my family telling me to eat "normally" I take a bite of junk food and a bite turns into a binge and then I'm at square one again. I want to eat paleo for a longer period of time and break this cycle.

    Can anyone give me some advice on how to be successful with an unsupportive family while breaking my junk food habit and eating healthier? Will power without a strategy can only take me so far. Any advice will be great, thank you!

  • #2
    Hey there, welcome!

    I'm glad Mark's message inspired you. I too am pretty new, but had been primal for six days when he sounded that call to arms

    You have some tough circumstances, and I'm afraid I don't have any sure fire answers. One thing I do know though is that every day you eat paleo is a win for your system. So as long as you keep trying you are slowing down and delaying some of the negative aspects of the SAD.

    I've never really suffered from cravings, more a question of getting a little bit bored - but that is my fault for not being creative enough, well, that and trying to do this on a budget also in a household that is not 100% behind me. I think you have to treat the cravings with respect but they are where willpower comes into its own. Your on-off method is feeding your cravings. That part can only be beaten by riding it out, that is when you will really really need your willpower. Set yourself a target number of days to be primal and stick to it. Make a seven, or even ten day, menu plan and stick to that. Although primal is not a diet but a lifestyle, I think in order to beat the cravings you have to treat the first couple of weeks as if it is a diet - use the mental toughness aspect, but also know that is finite. In seven or ten days you can have a portion (not stuff yourself until you cant eat anymore) but a portion of whatever it is that you wanted most.

    Maybe your family would better understand if you focused more on the wanting to build muscle (and get ripped) side of the benefits of paleo eating rather than trying to explain to them the real benefits of paleo.

    I'm not sure how bad the situation is when you say junk food and/or whether they ever have in real food anyway, but maybe one strategy would be to pick your fights rather than not eating anything they eat at all. Of course that depends on whether they ever eat anything real.

    Finally, maybe concentrate on the other elements of the primal lifestyle more than the food - attend to the other Blueprint bullet-points - get your daily dose of Vit D, move around a lot at a slow pace (i.e. get out of the house and away from your negative environment), sprint, lift heavy things, sleep well - create a chart and tick off each of these things every day, it may just motivate you to sort out the food part, too.

    Anyway, I've have mind-bled onto the page enough. I hope something I said might help.

    Welcome! I look forward to reading your journal and seeing your progress


    • #3
      Got for it Smorgy!!!

      You just got to do it. I was living at a boarding school when I went primal, and I got to say, I think it helped cause I didn't have access to the kitchen... at first. Once your over the first week, keep reminding yourself that that your building something. During that first week, just break it down. Pick something, (Like no candy bars) and look at it as a 10 minute test. Done, cool, next ten minutes. Break the challenge down to something you know you can do, then extend it...

      I just got on the wagon after falling off, so expect some setbacks. Its how you get back on that counts! And share what your going threw. Start posting. This was the biggest support for me. Even when people didn't write back, I kept posting. It meant that I was being held accountable. Thats a big part of what the forum is here for...

      Go for it! It's yours for the taking Let us al know how your going!

      Shifty's primal journey 2.0 -The daily online account of Shifty's journey in a un-primal world!

      Starting weight - 2.11.13 - 96 kg
      Starting measurement - waist - 116cm
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