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  • Normal?--Going carb crazy even with a little bit of carbs?

    By carbs, I dont mean the ones from vegetables. I mean the carbs from bread and sweets.

    I have been eating primal for about a year now. I am doing very very well on it. The problem arises when I indulge (it only takes a piece of cake or a bowl of ice-cream). Somehow, it takes another week to get back to normalcy. A whole week passes where all I want is sugary and carby stuff. And yap, I end up eating it.

    Is this normal, or it is a "willpower" situation? I must admit that I am not aiming to be a 100% Primal for the rest of my life. Those who eat 80/20 (where your 20 percent may be the "bad" stuff), how do you bounce back?

  • #2
    I suppose it depends on the individual. I've been eating this way for over three months and the worst I have had is one ice cream - that I've just had today but I have no desire for another at all. I do have red wine and dark chocolate every other day but these are 'sensible indulgences' anyway. The best way not to come off of the wagon, I think, is just not to get those things in the house in the first place, or if you do limit them to the odd day or two only if possible.

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    • #3
      that's your body telling you to stop tormenting yourself
      Make America Great Again

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      • #4
        I'd say it's normal. If I have something non primal (like on my weekly cheat day), it's awfully tempting to keep going the next day. That's where will power comes in. The anxiety takes a day or two to dissipate, after that I'm content being primal again.
        --Trish (Bork)
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        • #5
          reallgravity - not sure I can offer any advice - cause the same thing happens to me. I don't seem to be able to cheat cause then I just get overwhelmed by the cravings and it keeps going.......

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          • #6
            It's a slippery slope for me. Eating something non primal kind of gets my mind to reason that since I've ruined my diet for today, I might as well throw the day down the drain and eat everything in sight.
            F 28/5'4/100 lbs

            "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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            • #7
              Best adivce - just don't even go there. Indulge in the Primal friendly stuff....eat dark chocolate if you want a sweet, mash banana with a little coconut milk or heavy cream and cinnamon, throw it in the freezer for a bit, bam you have dessert.

              Every time I think to myself "eh, I'll just have a candy bar" or "a chimichanga for dinner sounds good" then I derail myself for days. Not to mention, it makes me feel like shit physically and mentally (found out that I have a wheat or gluten intolerance). Let go the the stuff that you can't have anymore and don't think about it as the things you have lost, and instead focus on the delicious things that you can have, and know that those delicious things will not make you feel like shit. That's how I have made it easy for myself. I focus on the things that I am gaining (mental, physical, spiritual health, self esteem, self discipline, energy, happiness, clarity) and when I do that, it's much easier to appreciate the little Primal treats that I have occasionally and not dwell on the SAD stuff that I can't have anymore.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Damiana View Post
                It's a slippery slope for me. Eating something non primal kind of gets my mind to reason that since I've ruined my diet for today, I might as well throw the day down the drain and eat everything in sight.
                +1 - exactly what I wanted to say

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Damiana View Post
                  It's a slippery slope for me. Eating something non primal kind of gets my mind to reason that since I've ruined my diet for today, I might as well throw the day down the drain and eat everything in sight.
                  Yes, I do this too! It's horrible. Better to not even start to begin with.

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                  • #10
                    One thing that's helped me after a slip is to have an IF--which for me is eat dinner by 8pm, then skip breakfast, eat again around 1pm or so. It seems to kick me back on track.

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                    • #11
                      I am happy to know that I am not the only one! Looks like carbs really do what they are supposed to do. Make you crave for more of them.

                      Sunday is going to be "bad" eating day, and I am preparing in advance. I read Mark's blogpost about a cheat meal...and it was helpful. I pretty much do that, but I dont work out after the meal. Maybe I should look into that.

                      I need to figure out a way to bounce back (from a carby day). hopefully I will figure out the formula that works for me.

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                      • #12
                        Maybe you should invest some time in learning to make paleo baked goods and other paleo treats. A lot of them are really just as tasty, if not tastier, than the regular kind. For example, search for paleo chocolate mug cake. Oh my, that is so good and so fast to make, too. Another tasty treat I had recently was vegan pumpkin pudding. It was made with chia seeds, cashews, coconut milk, pumpkin puree and spices. Certainly just as primal as vegan. I am going to search for a recipe because it was really so good and hit the spot.
                        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                        • #13
                          Same here. You won't find me eating one banana. You'll find me eating the last one - with a mountain of peels next to me. I can eat ten or fifteen at once and not bat an eye. There is NO satiety in the banana. And then I'm bloated, thirsty, and spend three days peeing out the bloat. I can see easily eating 40 or 50 in a day if it was all I had to eat. But then I'd be durianrider, and would have to jump off a cliff and die to make things right. So I avoid fruit largely, since once I open the sugar door, in walk candy and wheat right along with the fruit. Once a month or so? Sure, I'll eat a pile of bananas and call it good. But not daily or even weekly.
                          Crohn's, doing SCD

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
                            that's your body telling you to stop tormenting yourself
                            Bahaha you're hilarious man.
                            And when the body of a binge eater tells him to eat all the junk food, it's the body telling him to stop tormenting himself ?
                            Yeah, right, totally scientific and useful.

                            Seriously if you came to that forum to troll all day, get a life.
                            Young self-caring Paleo-eater from France.
                            (So please forgive the strange way I tend to express myself in your beautiful language )

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                            • #15
                              a view different than my own, must be trolling, right guys!? and what do you consider junk food? let me guess, anything with sugar, right? do you ever think about why one would binge eat? maybe, it's because they're restricting themselves of just eating what they want to eat. denial and guilt are what leads to binge eating in the first place. op is a classic example.

                              sugar and carbs are calming and absolutely essential for your body.
                              Make America Great Again

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