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  • Struggling To Go Primal

    I'm having a real hard time going primal. I'm morbidly obese and have lived on carbs my whole life and now I know that primal is the way to go, I'm just struggling to get there. I have to do this cold turkey and I don't want to do it half assed but I'm having trouble with it.

    I will start the diet and then mess it up by craving sweets. I guess another problem is I have to wait till tommorow till all my primal shopping gets here (i have to order it delivery) So do I start the primal diet tommorow because I messed up today?

  • #2
    Never do tomorrow what you can do today

    Some wise person said that, but I'm a procrastinator, so I never really paid attention! LOL!

    Do what you can, when you can. Every little bit will help you out, and we're here for support if you need it.
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    CW: 146.8 lbs
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    • #3
      Don't worry if you messed up today, just try and get back on track immediately. Don't let one slip-up be your excuse for having a whole day of junky food. When you start eating Primal the sweets/carb cravings are going to get worse before they get better, so try get a system in place to deal with them. A lot of people have said to try eating more fat to get through the carb cravings. It worked for me!

      Good luck!


      • #4
        When you mess up, get back on the wagon an keep going. Don't say, "Oh, well. Today is shot. Might as well screw it up good." Be as good as you can the rest of the day. Get some exercise. Whatever you can do.

        Not everyone has to go cold turkey, but if you are morbidly obese, you need to aim for that. You will probably have to keep your carbs below 50g/day. But you still don't have to do it perfectly. That is impossible for most people.

        To fight cravings, remember that fat is your friend, hard as that is to believe. Eat lots of it. Come here for support.

        Welcome Adam! Good luck with primal. I want to see your success story a year from now, at the latest.
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        • #5
          i read this somewhere!

          The rest of the world lives to eat, while I eat to live.

          i went primal in feb 2010
          37% body fat
          38-40 waist

          1 year to the day
          7.8% body fat
          29 waist

          7% body fat
          29 waist


          • #6
            Take a deep breath. I like to think of the challenge of loving myself and taking care of myself like climbing a mountain. Sometimes, my foot is going to slip and I am going to backslide. However, I will not just curl into a ball and roll back down to the bottom. I will catch myself, readjust my backpack, take a swig of water and a deep breath and start digging my toes in to climb up again.

            You can catch yourself, you can do this!
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            • #7
              Go! Go! Go! Go! You have so many supporters in us!!! Start by cutting one thing today, don't drink any soda for example. You just have to be strong and love yourself through it. Announce it to your family and friends so they don't bring anything non primal to you. Be okay with the detox and if it gets that bad, eat some fruit. So happy you found this!
              Strong is the new Skinny!


              • #8
                Tomorrow is not promised. COLD TURKEY, STAT!
                Check out the Whole 30 challenge. It helps tremendously with Primal compliance, IMO.
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                • #9
                  having a craving and thinking you 'need' sweets is something you need to 'accept'. thats just it, accept the craving, like you accept chuggin a bottle of water is gonna make you go pee or getting on the scale and having frustration with what you see. accept it. it doesnt mean you need to act on it

                  i think that should be step one in primal...accept primal, look at what you CAN have and accept it as food.
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                  • #10
                    Just be cool, AdamChase. Keep reminding yourself that by the end of 2011 you can be a normal person. Also, don't sweat the small stuff. Every little step helps, as long as it's a forward step.

                    Once you see some positive results it will be easier to keep going because you will feel the goodness, the goodstuff.

                    We are with you AdamChase! Be strong!


                    • #11
                      As well as getting right back on the wagon, maybe spend today completely clearing your fridge and cupboards of all non-primal food (into the garbage/compost...not by eating it!) so there's plenty of room for tomorrow's delivery. The symbolic cleansing of your kitchen may motivate you to cleanse yourself too.

                      Tough it through these initial challenges--it's worth it, and will become less effort over time.

                      Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
                      Primal since July 2010...skinniest I've ever been and the least stressed about food


                      • #12
                        Don't sweat. Ease into it; don't force the issue. Be aware, focused, and disciplined. But don't overburden yourself. Take things step by step..
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                        • #13
                          Simply put, throw it ALL away. The pretzels, cookies, crackers, cakes, sodas, fruit juices, flours, vegetable oils, beans - take them all to a food pantry and drop them all off. Or toss them in the garbage completely. You can't cheat if you have nothing to cheat with.

                          Then, go get yourself some fruit. When you have a craving, snack on the fruit. Yes, fruit isn't ideal, but it's acceptable and it'll be much easier to ween yourself off later. A pink lady apple will take care of any sugar craving I get, though I rarely have them.

                          And be creative how to reward yourself! I just bought an awesome ice cream maker for $58 to make ice cream out of heavy whipping cream, coconut milk and stevia. Add some fresh fruit or unsweetened baking chocolate and mint extract and you have an awesome treat to reward yourself at the end of the week. No, you can't make it a daily indulgence, but the thing about being extremely overweight is just getting your sugar under control will show huge amounts of weight loss due to insulin regulation, even if you're still eating a high calorie diet.

                          Throw away the shit food and stock up on fruit and your own homemade, sugar free ice cream. Reward yourself with these things instead of sugary junk. Being where you are, it's VERY important to regularly reward yourself to motivate you to keep going. It gets easier every day, so worry about weening yourself off fruit and cream later. Right now, use it as a crutch to get you going.
                          Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.


                          • #14

                            Start your journey by getting rid of all foods in your house that are not Primal. If it not in the house you won't be tempted to eat it.
                            * No cereals
                            * No breads
                            * No soda pop or sugary liquids
                            * Nothing with High Fructose Corn Syrup
                            * Nothing with hydrogenated oils
                            * learn to drink water & black coffee & teas NO SUGARS
                            * No chips & snacks

                            Get your exercise program started with a lot of walking.
                            * Park at the far end of the parking lots.
                            * Walk the stairs instead of elevators
                            * Try to walk at least 5,000 to 10,000 steps per day

                            Last edited by Grizz; 06-06-2011, 10:19 AM.


                            • #15
                              I started out about 20 pounds away from morbid obesity.

                              For me... I had to treat carbs as an alcoholic treats booze.

                              I immediately jumped off into the deep end, doing less then 10 carbs a day for about a month. (TAKE FIBER SUPPLIMENTS... SERIOUSLY)

                              I treated all "cheats" as if I were severely alergic to them. I mean, if I was making a pasta dinner for my family, and I burned my finger on the sauce, and instinctively put it in my mouth I would spit it out as if I had just consumed poison. Same thing: I went to Starbucks and got an unsweetened black iced tea, took a sip, and tasted sugar: I pulled over dumped it out, and opened by door and started spitting it out.

                              Sure, I still had the temptations all around me. But I also had easy access to liquid draino. I would refuse to give into the temptation of consuming either of them.

                              After the month, I start adding things back in... Trying to figure out what I can tolerate, and what throws me over the edge. Right now, I am having a tough time with fruit. Man... I just lust over strawberries. I never really cared too much for fruit, but now, it's hard for me to eat one or two strawberries without binging on them. But, I am OK with that so far. Now, I can binge on fruit, and those binges are probably more satisfying to me than the cake, cookie ice cream binges used to be.