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  • #16
    Not as often as I would like to - I wish I could get away with eating convenience foods more often than I do.
    F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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    • #17
      You can never cheat. Cheating implies that someone else is responsible for your actions and success and that you are chafing under some kind of external authority that is controlling you. You can make better choices than yesterday. You can make worse ones. That's all you can do.
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      • #18
        Taina, I'm doing Whole 30 and going through sugar detox big time. Fruit is helping me and I don't want "sweets", I'm just cranky as all hell.

        I dunno, try it both ways but if I could not have a banana or some blueberries, I'd probably be eating a gallon of ice cream right now. For whatever reason, now fruit, as long as I eat the fat and protein doesn't make me want more sweets.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by ciavyn View Post
          I'm glad you are considering the bigger issue. It was mine, too. Still is, depending on the day. I'm going to disagree with a couple of posters on this one, though: if you are truly going to get rid of your sugar addiction, you have to stay off sugar for those 30 days, including fruit. Fruit is sugar, even if it does have a healthy side effect. I've finally beaten my sugar cravings, and I'm not going to lie and say it was easy. For me, it took MONTHS. But I'm rid of it, and I feel pretty good. And now I can have some blueberries or raspberries, and not eat the whole container. Because it isn't about it being "bad" or "healthy," or whether the container has a certain number of carbs. The issue is me & food, specifically sugar containing foods. I will eat the whole thing, and rationalize, it's healthy. So that is why I say what I do. It's all experience...and researching A LOT of information.

          Good luck -- you can do anything you decide to -- it just takes the decision.
          This is me completely. I have been off of sugar for almost a year now and I do not have cravings anymore. If I'm hungry it is because I am hungry and not because I have a craving. Now, about once a month we go out for pizza or mexican and I know ahead of time I am going to have some cravings afterwards. But I also know what they are and that as long as I don't indulge them they will be gone the next day. I have to say it is awesome to be in such control of what I eat for the first time in my life.

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          • #20
            @ecole66 that's awesome that you have so much control! I ate a couple of dates the other week and it set me off on a sugar craving - I had to throw them all in the bin to avoid eating them. I think if you're new to paleo (like I am) then cheat days may not be a good idea.
            Start Weight: 63.6kg/140lbs
            Goal Weight: 54kg/118lbs

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            • #21
              Originally posted by taina747 View Post
              I know Mark is all about the whole 80/20 thing, but how often do you find yourselves cheating? I'm three weeks in and I think I'm going through the carb flu. I'm constantly thinking about food...ice cream, peanut butter cups, frijoles and rice, and a bunch of other stuff I know I shouldn't be eating. Today I had steak for lunch, with guac on the side and one enchilada (one corn tortilla rolled up with red mole sauce on top and stuffed with a little cheese). Last night I ate Primal all day, but had 1/4 cup of gluten free ice cream at night. So I've been cheating a little here and there .....is that okay? Am I just setting myself up for failure? Why can't I stop fantasizing about dessert and junk food?! Ugh.
              Whenever I feel deprived, I eat hard boiled eggs - not sure why that does the trick. The word "cheat" never occurs to me, however. I've committed to this lifestyle, so if I must stuff myself, I do it with these foods. There are some crazy recipes in PDF on this website - many that I would consider outside the typical daily intake; maybe a few would suffice for your cravings? Maybe get some bakers chocolate and almond butter, as opposed to dreaming of peanut butter cups – it’s within primal and pretty yummy. Everything coconut got me through the first part! Mmmmm coconut...

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              • #22
                Originally posted by lowcarbjas View Post
                @ecole66 that's awesome that you have so much control! I ate a couple of dates the other week and it set me off on a sugar craving - I had to throw them all in the bin to avoid eating them. I think if you're new to paleo (like I am) then cheat days may not be a good idea.
                I NEVER eat like that unless it is planned. I also never eat something that will be around the house for me to binge on later. I like to think I would not binge if it were here but I am not that confident yet.

                Like I said I do get cravings after eating like that but I know it is just a craving and not hunger and I know what caused it so it is easier to control. With that said, we went out for mexican food on my birthday last month. On the way home I stopped at the convenience store to grab some orange juice for my daughter. They may as well put flashing lights over the chips and candy because that was all I could see.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by magnolia1973 View Post
                  Make sure you are allowing yourself to eat all the primal foods. Like, eat a banana if you want a sweet.
                  This is the million dollar point. We mess ourselves up when we're like "a primal diet means no such-and-such" instead of focusing on what we CAN have. I agree, eat a banana whenever you want! Here's what I whip up if I'm really wanting some hardcore sweets:

                  1/2 cup coco milk
                  4 dates
                  dash of cinnamon and vanilla

                  Blend it up and let it thicken in the fridge. Oh so so so satisfying.

                  Also, please don't think of it as cheating. It's just what you ate that day, no big deal.
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                  • #24
                    I really hate the word addiction. It sounds like you are avoiding responsibility, blaming a disease.
                    Have some self control, would you?
                    And the word craving just pisses me off.
                    Everything is bad for something - How do you feel today?

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                    • #25
                      I find that eating foods high in fat tends to keep me from wanting to cheat.
                      Any type of sugar is a trigger for me, even fruit, and tends to stimulate my appetite rather than supress it.

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                      • #26
                        I had a sugar addiction... so I swapped it with Natvia (which is Erythritol + stevia)... it's not exactly 100% primal, but then again... it's not sugar or aspartame either . I can satisfy my sweet tooth, and not feel deprived (so I see that as win/win). I've still managed to lose a good 4kg since I started eating this way... and there have been times I've "cheated" (or just been in a situation where there were non primal foods that I ate..). Generally I find it easy enough avoiding grains etc. There's always something I can eat if I crave it (crave ice cream? Just make some! I use real cream and Natvia and usually toss in some blueberries). There's usually a primal alternative to most things.

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                        • #27
                          When I hear the word cheat and primal, it sounds like it's some kind of cult. One have one life to live, be happy. If you want something than cure that craving. Just eat healthy.

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                          • #28
                            When I hear the word cheat and primal, it sounds like it's some kind of cult. One have one life to live, be happy. If you want something than cure that craving. Just eat healthy.
                            I agree. It bewilders me when people avoid fruit, and somehow think that is primal. I get the whole sugar addiction thing, but maybe if you just let yourself eat the fruit, you wouldn't end up obsessed over food. It happened to me all the time eating low fat. I wanted fat. Yet ate eggwhites and fatfree this and fat free that and never ended up satisfied. I craved fat, never let myself have it so ended up on crazy sugar binges.

                            It's just food.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Gadsie View Post
                              I cheat a lot lately. I'm pretty much addicted to dark chocolate (90% though). And there's a girl from school who I eat ice cream with everyday after school at some cool ice cream stand. I love it and I'm not going to cancel that or even bother with saying I don't want to eat the ice cream.
                              I think that's great! Girls and friends are much more important than diet at your age.

                              As for the OP, I've long had food issues. I've been known to think about my lunch while I eat breakfast. However, since I've made the commitment to Primal, it is much better. I agree with the others, try the 30 days Primal only. I bet you'll find the preoccupation with food is very diminished.

                              Jennifer
                              Primal since 4/7/2012

                              Starting weight 140
                              Current weigh 126

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                              • #30
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