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  • I chose.....Poorly. (How do you handle special occasions?)

    Tonight was my mom's birthday dinner..... and I went berserk with the carbs. 4 chocolate chip cookies, bread, and this chocolate raspberry tart thing. HOLY CRAP. I lost my damn mind. A simple "Well it's my mom's birthday so I can be naughty a bit and celebrate with her" turned into me vacuuming everything up with my mouth. Ugh!

    So my question is..... do you guys allow yourself to jump off the wagon now and again or do you stick to your guns and not let yourself be moved? i need a better strategy for dealing with life's 'special events'.

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    Well right now I am definitely avoiding derailing because I'm trying really hard to shed some fat and build muscle. When I have reached my goal I won't mind hoovering up tasty treats during special events.

    I've adopted a promise to myself that another member suggested and it has helped me so much:

    I will not eat more more than one unprimal meal in a day.

    With this philosophy, I can eat less than primal, and not settle into a weird "oh well the day/weekend/week... is ruined." type of binge.
    The more I see the less I know for sure.
    -John Lennon

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    • #3
      Regarding the sugar addiction, I'm very inspired by toady's success story.

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      • #4
        80/20!

        I know myself, and I know that if I give myself leeway every day of the week, I'll take it. Life is good. People are always having reasons to celebrate: babies, promotions, birthdays, etc. There are just too many excuses to cheat.

        So I designate a single weekend day (currently Saturday) during the week as the day when I can break my rules. I used to go out of my way to cheat on those days when I was starting because I needed that safety blanket. More recently, I haven't needed to. But if I decide I want to eat rice, or a cookie, or a hamburger on Saturday this week, I'll eat it.
        Steph
        My Primal Meanderings

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        • #5
          100%. If I fall off the wagon I immediately get back on, and I don't try to justify it. I own that I screwed up.
          Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

          Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


          Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

          My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Kenzington View Post
            Tonight was my mom's birthday dinner..... and I went berserk with the carbs. 4 chocolate chip cookies, bread, and this chocolate raspberry tart thing. HOLY CRAP. I lost my damn mind. A simple "Well it's my mom's birthday so I can be naughty a bit and celebrate with her" turned into me vacuuming everything up with my mouth. Ugh!
            I'll tell you that eating four cookies, bread, and one raspberry tart is not losing your mind. You are too hard on yourself. Talk to me when you eat an entire Mile High Mud Pie by yourself.
            You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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            • #7
              I'm...I'm..well, I'm just messed up. I've found that, for special occasions, if I let myself have that roll or rice or a huge slice of chocolate cake or heck, an entire pasta dinner starting with pasta salad and ending with half my weight in chocolate, then I'll chow away happily, give a big burp, suffer the inevitable migraine and carb flu and get back on track.

              If I don't I come home all grumpy that I missed out (like a child that's been punished) and pretty soon I'm digging through cupboards and finding SOMETHING not primal to eat. You'd think after so many months I'd have found everything but no, there is always something. And after I eat that I say screw it, the days shot, go to the store and have a massive carb/baking bender that leaves the kitchen covered in cinnamon and flour with me passed out from carb overdose in the corner.

              Its easier to indulge in the special occasion-much less repercussions. I am thankful we are mostly past the holiday season, Christmas, New Years, a few birthdays, Valentine's Day, Easter....way too many chocolate/cake/cookie holidays in a row.
              See what I'm up to: The Primal Gardener

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Kenzington View Post
                Tonight was my mom's birthday dinner..... and I went berserk with the carbs. 4 chocolate chip cookies, bread, and this chocolate raspberry tart thing. HOLY CRAP. I lost my damn mind. A simple "Well it's my mom's birthday so I can be naughty a bit and celebrate with her" turned into me vacuuming everything up with my mouth. Ugh!

                So my question is..... do you guys allow yourself to jump off the wagon now and again or do you stick to your guns and not let yourself be moved? i need a better strategy for dealing with life's 'special events'.
                That's not that big of a deal, honestly. I'm a big fan of the carb refeed, and although your choices are far from appropriate (yams, potatoes, white rice and soaked beans would be far better choices), it's amazing how heavy carb binges can make you wake up lighter. I'm doing a carb cycle right now. Today I ate a mere 42g of fat and almost 220g of carbs. I ate 6 yams and an apple with assorted vegetables. Tomorrow will be a repeat.

                What I would recommend is you wait a full 16 hours until your next meal, then snap back into high fat. Think 60/30/10 fat/protein/carbs. You may find yourself waking up skinnier the next day. Hell, if I really want to wake up skinner, I'll drink 3 beers a few hours before bed. Low to moderate alcohol consumption around once a week tends to jumpstart my fat loss for some reason.

                The human body is an amazing puzzle! Don't beat yourself up. A heavy carb binge on occasion is great to boost leptin levels, which is the hormone that tells your body to release fat. Leptin levels drop like a rock on high fat/low carb, so that's why people tend to stall after a few weeks. A heavy carb shot may be just what you need. Next time, just try white rice and yams so you don't get the gluten or lectins
                Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 05-06-2011, 10:28 PM.
                Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.

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                • #9
                  Move on.

                  You did what you did, now keep going forward. Not much to discuss. To discuss, to go over it, this is to dwell. To dwell is to inhibit action. To inhibit action is to be weak.

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                  • #10
                    Once in a while is not only no big deal it is also one of the reasons I love the whole primal thing: I don't worry about it anymore.

                    The only caveat w/ me is that it has to be worth it. Bread/pasta/pizza/ice cream make me feel somewhat ill so I avoid them. Chocolate cake, cookies, cheesecake I'm there, in moderation, with a strong cup of coffee.
                    Wheat is the new tobacco. Spread the word.

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                    • #11
                      Welcome to the human race, where everyone is NOT perfect. As others have said... don't allow this minor slip derail you.

                      A few nights ago I went crazy go nuts™ on the Rum, and ended up with a couple of ounces of Potato Chips and Corn Chips in my gullet. While not at all Primal... it was a blip on the screen.

                      What matters is getting back on track, not what happened.

                      here is a mark post on 80/20

                      80/20 Principle | Mark's Daily Apple
                      My Primal Blueprint Journal

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                      • #12
                        Days like this are why there is the 80/20 rule. To let you have a few naughty things and then move on and not worry or beat yourself up about it.

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                        • #13
                          Four cookies and some bread are not the end of the world. I cheat about once a week or two... and when I do I do it big. Multiple slices of cake or brownies, a six pack of cupcakes from the grocery store... stuff like that. I usually am annoyed with myself for a little bit afterword, but I don't stress out about it to much. This lifestyle is pretty forgiving for the most part.
                          Last edited by Goldsmith; 05-07-2011, 08:03 AM.
                          "Canned food is a perversion,' Ignatius said. 'I suspect that it is ultimately very damaging to the soul."
                          - John Kennedy Toole (A Confederacy of Dunces)

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                          • #14
                            Thank you all for your support. I haven't been beating myself up about it. It was just a matter of......would I have eaten that much crap BEFORE if I wasn't in the mindset of I "Can't have" this stuff? Likely not. This is the part that bothers me. But ok - I'll just give myself permission to gleefully jump off the wagon now and then when chocolate cake presents itself in my life (which thankfully, is not often!)

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                            • #15
                              i've been primal since the end of feb. have lost 34 lbs and doing really well but the last week i have found myslelf not wanting to eat primal foods and wanting carbs so the last week i have really fallen off the wagon and i'm really disappointed in my mental weakness right now. any way i'm on here trying to get motivated again and get back on track cause i def never want to go back i already feel like shit from eating all this junk.

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