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  • I'm DONE!

    For the last six years, I've become more and more obsessive of diet. I spend hours on internet reading various blogs, and I drive myself crazy thinking about minutiae... I walk down the street wondering whether I should have 50 grams of carbs or 100? I don't enjoy this, and I can't stick to it. My weight yo-yos up and down, as I eat clean for a few weeks and then fall off the wagon - hard.

    Well, I'm done. I feel I had a mental breakthrough. Grains, vegetable oils, sugar - these are unhealthy. I'll just do my best to avoid them. As for the rest of it, f@ck it. I'm just going to eat what I like. And I like potatoes. (I'm Irish.) I'm just going to lift weights, run around, be active, and eat good foods. If that turns out to be high carb, so be it. And I'm not going to spend so much time on these websites. I mean, I'm pretty healthy; there's no reason for me to devote so much time and thought to all this.

    Anyway, I feel great; like a weight has been lifted. I just wanted to share. I'll check back in and let you know how this freedom turns out.

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    Amen. Im totally there with you man. I used to be into bodybuilding and it turned me into a maniac and totally gave me disordered thinking with food. Since I decided to go primal, Ive finally felt normal.. then I had the thought.. " you know.. you will get better results if you calculate your calories" and so I started doing that again.. then I started obsessing about macros again.. and like you I crashed hard. So Ive picked myself up.. dusted myself off and Im going at it again.. only this time.. Im not going to worry about calories and macros.. Im just going to eat like I have some sense. Life is far to short to be obsessed with food. It is a very tough habit to kick though. Anyway.. no real point.. just wanted to say.. you are not alone!

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    • #3
      Congratulations. That is what the nutritionally enlightened do.
      You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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      • #4
        Great. It sounds like you have a healthy plan

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        • #5
          Then that is for the best. Some people really really really really really shouldn't become obsessive about these things, it only makes them miserable.

          I resolved the "how many carbs" question and can say that I have certainty. 15%-25% most days with strategic intermittent fasting. I am a good candidate to be obsessive because I can handle it. You.....do not appear to be
          Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

          Anyone who wants to talk nutrition should PM me!

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          • #6
            Another former freak with the chains unloosed as well. Hooray for f*cking it.
            "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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            • #7
              OP.... well, it appears you get it now. Primal eating really doesn't require a great deal of thought. Just eat the healthy things, avoid the really bad stuff, make sure you are getting plenty of meats and green veggies with those potatoes... lift your weights, run some sprints a couple of times a week... and you are good to go.

              Congrats on your realization. I had to realize this years ago when I was eating primal long before I ever heard of primal, paleo, or any other catchy names... and it worked well for me. Sometimes I find myself slipping and counting up macros...but then I remind myself that it makes me very obsessive.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by TigerLily View Post
                Another former freak with the chains unloosed as well. Hooray for f*cking it.
                hahaha.. I know for me.. the sickness is because I have seen the results of what a meticulous, "perfectly calculated" diet and exercise regime can have on my body.. and it very addictive. I am intelligent though and I recognize that the amount of time I spent/spend dwelling on food.. its not normal. Of course the bodybuilding community will help feed your sickness by telling you.. " no its not normal or average but we arent average people, we are above average" so I want to see if I can achieve the same results and levels of leaness as I did then without obsessing now.

                ** No thread hi-jack intended **

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                • #9
                  you look fine right now spunkb. not sure what your obsessing about.
                  My journal where I attempt to overcome Chrohns and make good food as well

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                  • #10
                    see.. thats the "nastiness" of bodybuilding. Right now.. I am pretty average.. but in my mind I am "fat" because im 20lbs heavier than my leanest.. so what is normal bodyfat % for people is "fat" by my personal standards... my ideal would be to maintain 17-20% bodyfat instead of the 25ish % I am carrying right now. Its a complete mind fuk :/

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                    • #11
                      Yes, reading in these forums can contribute to obsessing. The way of eating is pretty simple, and Mark outlines the foods that are considered primal. Then you get into these forums and people tell you to stop eating dairy, nuts, fruit, nightshades, etc. It gets to a point you cannot eat anything but meat and coconut oil. There is nothing wrong with a balanced diet of carbs/protein/fat. If you eat sensibly, you will look and feel healthy.

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                      • #12
                        25% looks much better than 17% bf on women. And there probably is a good reason why its so hard for woman to get it that low. I think something do with hormones since fat help regulates that.

                        This new thing about not eating so much muscle meat is kind of stressful, since finding good sources of kosher offal and gelatin are not easy.
                        My journal where I attempt to overcome Chrohns and make good food as well

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                        • #13
                          Its extremely hard.. and then your hormones go nuts! I didnt have a cycle for a year.. but since ive put weight back on things seem to be normal. though my skin still has patches that are very very dry and somewhat discolored.. its alot of stress on the body.. thats for sure. Just sucks when your clothes are all tight and junk.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SpunkyB. View Post
                            hahaha.. I know for me.. the sickness is because I have seen the results of what a meticulous, "perfectly calculated" diet and exercise regime can have on my body.. and it very addictive. I am intelligent though and I recognize that the amount of time I spent/spend dwelling on food.. its not normal. Of course the bodybuilding community will help feed your sickness by telling you.. " no its not normal or average but we arent average people, we are above average" so I want to see if I can achieve the same results and levels of leaness as I did then without obsessing now.

                            ** No thread hi-jack intended **
                            But then, if doing that makes one happy and it doesn't interfere with actually living life...there's nothing wrong with it. I usually avoid it as stated in my first post because I will get obsessive about it. However, I'm doing a cutting contest right now...and guess what? All my calories are calculated, my precise 60% fat, 35% protein, 5% carbs M-F are figured...and my weekends are a primal free for all. The trick is...come July 15, it's over...back to eating just like every other "normal" primal eater. Of course to the rest of the world how we eat isn't normal at all...nor do they think it's healthy. Yeah, I'm taking myself from my soft 12% back to 7% for the summer...it can't be done without some precision.

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                            • #15
                              Good for you, OP - it is much too easy to obsess and go for some sort of theoretical perfection that probably doesn't even exist anyways.
                              Karin

                              A joyful heart is good medicine

                              He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. - Jim Elliot

                              Mmmmm. Real food is good.

                              My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread29685.html

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