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    I've been doing really well with my primal way of eating for the past 5 weeks and the last 2 days I've messed up, I had 2 major binge episodes and I'm feeling guilty, anxious and just depressed all round.


    I'm not going to weigh myself because I know the weight will be high. I'll have a short fast to clear my system a little but the guilt is massive. Feel like I've messed up all my hard work, have I?


    just wanted to share my feelings as i have noone else i would like to share them with. any words of wisdom?


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    Try not to feel guilty Zeus. You aren't messing up your hard work. This is a journey, not some sort of religion with sins and transgressions. The great thing about a lifestyle (PB) versus a diet, is that you cannot ruin it. This is your life, so you made some poor choices for the last two days, tomorrow you will make better choices.


    No one is perfect. Also, you survived eating SAD up until this point, so a couple of days of non primal foods aren't going to kill you.


    *hug*

    The more I see the less I know for sure.
    -John Lennon

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      I agree totally. This isn't about reward and punishment. The beauty of the PB way of life is that it's very easy to get back on track. Don't feel that if you had a couple old days out of 5 weeks where you went a bit off your PB way that it's all ruined. Because you've been feeding your body healthily for a good few weeks, it will be very easy to readjust to your healthier eating way if life once more.


      Put it behind you and look forward, not back!

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      • #4
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        No need to feel bad. Willpower is also a resource. And no wories about the scale. I still dropped weight even after getting a 1/3lb angus burger to stay awake one night.

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        • #5
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          Zeus, I feel for you. I did one of the challenge weeks and due to the very low carb and IFing I guess I pushed myself too hard. I spent the next two weeks eating nuts and chocolate and put on 5lbs, and am now kicking myself (and getting myself back on track).

          We're all human and life's too short to beat ourselves up over a few mistakes.

          When you slip-up you just have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back on the wagon, rather than sit in a puddle at the side of the road feeling sorry for yourself.

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          • #6
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            Thanks for the support, it can be hard to get back on track as that voice in my head says you've messed up now what will another binge do but if I let the voice win I'll be forever eating like that.


            @lil_earthmomm, thank you for bringing to my attention about it being a lifestyle and not just a diet, amongst all the change I forget that it's not just a diet. Deciding on it being a lifestyle should make it so much easier.


            @PrimalK & Indiscreet, thanks guys yeah it's difficult but I'm determined to get back on the right track, todays feeling difficult becuase I'm now craving sugar, just need to keep myself occupied over the next couple of days and I'll be over the cravings soon.

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            • #7
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              It definitely is a lifestyle, not a diet. Keep your spirits up and like you said, keeping busy over the next day or so will help you get over the sugar cravings.


              We're all here to help!

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              • #8
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                Feeling guilty is good.


                It is your response to that guilt that will make or break you.


                Do not dwell on your guilt or try and come up with excuses to justify your actions.


                Use guilt as a tool.


                Evaluate why you feel guilty. Remember how you feel now so when a situation arises again you can really weight the temporary benifit of a setback against knowing you will fell like a turd later.

                Don't be a paleotard...

                http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/nut...oxidation.html

                http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/nut...torage-qa.html

                http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/fat...rn-fat-qa.html

                http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/nut...-you-need.html

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                  Zeus, don't be too hard on yourself. Yes, guilt is good in that it may help prevent future binges, but if you're getting depressed from the guilt, then that might be a trigger for more binges. I would rather, take these two binges as a learning experience. Ask yourself why did you binge? Was it an emotional trigger? Needing comfort food? Lack of sleep causing cravings? Once you've figured it out, you can then plan for the next time you have an urge to binge, like keeping a slightly less primal treat that soothes that craving!


                  It's definitely tough battling the sugar cravings again but don't let that bring you down. Tough it out for a day or two and you'll be back on track. And more important, forgive yourself. We're all only human after all =)

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                  • #10
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                    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/will-momentary-compromises-derail-your-efforts/





                    Take heart!

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                    • #11
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                      There are probably not many of us who haven't had a binge here and there. For me, they have gotten far less frequent and extreme just due to the fact that I don't lust for the same foods anymore. I've had chocolates and chocolate chip cookies on my counter for several days now, and before they arrived, there were brownies there for a week. I didn't touch them, and I couldn't have pulled that off with willpower alone, I know that for sure. I just don't feel hungry like I did before.


                      When DW was cooking the brownies, I boiled a bunch of egggs and ate them one after another until I didn't want any brownies.


                      BTW, you're right, if you weigh yourself you will have gained a lot--carbs make you retain water. Your body will adjust soon, though.

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                      • #12
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                        Let's put it this way; if you had NOT been living primally and were consuming SAD for 5 weeks, but had 2 days of perfect PB, would that fix your health in any ways? The reverse applies. Don't worry about it man. You fell off the wagon, dust yourself up, sprint some to catch up the wagon, and jump back on (Hey! a new workout!). Have fun!

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                        • #13
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                          Trust me, it gets easier and the slips get fewer and further between... but they will still happen. We all do it. It's just the way life goes sometimes.

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                          • #14
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                            I started the PB about 5 weeks ago as well. I actually scheduled 2 cheat meals a week on tuesdays and saturdays so that I wouldn't go completely insane and seriously binge. It seemed to work, and there was no guilt because I felt I had earned the cheat meals. Anyway, on friday and saturday I did kind of binge a bit too...but I didn't feel guilty about it, just got right back on track. I just cut down my cheat meals to saturdays only now, and it seems to be going well. This is probably the schedule I will stay on for a while until I have the self control to do away with any scheduled cheat meal and only cheat when I am in a situation where it is almost necessary (long drives on the highway, holidays, etc)

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                            • #15
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                              What a bunch of lovely people, thers's not many forums where I can say I've visited that the members are so helpful. So thanks to everyone who's given me the reasurrance i needed. I was back to being fully primal yesterday and this morning woke up to a big plate of eggs, the cravings are not very strong anymore so I'm feeling better about myself.

                              I have some mild stomach pains today and thats the first in a good while, probably all those refined carbs that have done it.


                              bonesheal, maybe i'll try binging on eggs next time i can feel temptation creeping in, should definatly cure any hunger i have.


                              Thanks for the link NorthernMonk


                              thanks again to you all

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