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    I admit whenever I eat stricly primal I feel great but then after a few days I give in to sugar,caffine, or carb addictions and fall off hard core.The flip side is,is that if I don't eat primal I feel like total crap,get really bad stomach aches,and my anxiety goes through the roof.I feel primal is something I need to do for my health and sanity.Does anyone have any idea how to progress with this in such a way that I don't falter?


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    Do it for a couple of months in willpower. You will get used with it and wont even consider to go back ever. That's how I feel...


    Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!

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      Baby steps for me. My first step was to start cooking my own meals, which might include anything. Then I stopped eating sugar. Those two changes were enough for me to drop a lot of weight.

      Height: 5'4" (1.62 m)
      Starting weight (09/2009): 200 lb (90.6 kg)
      No longer overweight (08/2010): 145 lb (65.6 kg)
      Current weight (01/2012): 127 lb (57.5 kg)

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        If possible, and if you want to go cold turkey, get the non-Primal stuff out of your house. Then you don't have the temptations, at least at your own home.


        Also when you do slip up, don't beat yourself over it.What's that Mark says? Something like "don't let perfection get in the way of good."

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          I dropped sugar, then grains, but have kept caffiene, but i may drop that in a few months. but not for a while yet haha..

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            In my experience, it takes a bit of experimenting to see what works and doesn't -- we're all different. And like anniegebel says, "don't beat yourself over it": see everything as a learning experience and make adjustments as you go along. For myself, I've learned cold turkey works best for me -- I can't have just a little bread or a little pastry; I have to have a lot! It's definitely easier for me to just say no to it completely.

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              Thank's for the replies.For me all of it makes sense on an intellectual level it's just admitting it on the emotional side.Once I get over the belief that I am missing something this will be easy

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                I'm new to the journey myself, but I found that one change at a time can be a very effective way. Coffee, sugar, grains, processed foods, etc., are all very big changes and can each require a lot of determination.


                Try to focus on the positive that you are able to achieve and not beat yourself up with anything you consider to be "bad".

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                  I transitioned into Primal over a 2-year span. It started before I knew what being Primal was. I was listening to the CW way of getting healthy.


                  First, I cut out sugars & HFCS.


                  Then I cut out "white" foods- white grains, rice, potatoes, etc.


                  Then I reduced my whole grains to a few times a week.


                  After that I only ate them as a treat.


                  Eventually I cut grains out completely.


                  Finally I cut most dairy- still eating cheeses and butter.

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                    Another piece of the puzzle is that Primal living is more than the diet. If you focus on some of the other highlights, maybe that'll take the pressure off of eating right and it'll happen more naturally. Are you sleeping well, following the workout guidelines...that sort of thing? I find when I go to bed later than normal it's harder to control my old habits. When I'm well rested I don't even think about it.


                    Just a thought I had this morning...

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                      Being strict for a couple of weeks might help to ween yourself off the junk. Maybe making sure that you are eating primal food that you really like so that you don't feel you are missing out.


                      Somehow you have to make that mental leap that this is a lifestyle change not just a diet.


                      I imagine once you are over the worst it gets easier.

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                        Before you're used to your new way of life I would suggest staying away from places where you used to go before and behave un-primally.

                        Such as the pub maybe. Don't go there until you know you can have one glass of wine, or two and be happy with that.

                        Or to a coffee shop with a friend where you have all those sweets on display. Suggest going for a slow walk instead, maybe buy the coffee and bring it with you if needed.

                        I am going to try to stay away from places that will try to lure me back to my old ways, at least until I am a few weeks in and know I have better control over my mind and body.

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                          I've found it's easier to make small changes a little bit at a time and give those changes time to become habit. With regards to diet, I first just kept carbs under 200g a day...then under 150....then under 100. By doing that, I had to slowly eliminate things like sugar and grains just to accomplish my carb goal! Grains went first, then sugar...and because I didn't just "one fell swoop" eliminate a bunch of stuff from my diet, I don't really feel like anything is "missing."


                          And, of course, you can't beat yourself up over choices to deviate from primal...you just move on and keep striving for 100%, but realize that life happens and 80/20 is pretty d@mn good!

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                            I'm going to go cold turkey I think.I have to expect that something having takes some work and the effort is worth the pay off as the cliche goes.

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