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  • WTH? I'm flying after 3 weeks of pure Primal bliss and then, SELF SABOTAGE!

    Okay, so I am not looking for pity (or tough love), but rather -- anyone else out there had to battle this within themselves?

    I was feeling amazing after 3 weeks of total Primal, starting to feel energized, healthy, happy, lighter, and then -- bam! I eat ice cream. Then more the next day, along with a cupcake (I don't even like cupcakes that much!). And before my cheat, I had been consciously loving the fact that I didn't crave or want sugar, my biggest vice.

    Could just be a psychological barrier I've got to work through. But is there a trick here? Is it to never ever cheat til you reached a certain amount of time being pure primal? Or something...else? I would greatly appreciate any chiming in here. Thanks!

  • #2
    No trick, just time and patience.
    Eventually you just stop wanting that crap
    You will get there

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    • #3
      I've been Primal for almost two years, and I did something similar near the beginning. I was great for a few months and then I spent another few months bouncing around with junk food splurge and cravings. I sort of joke that I spent a few months learning "how to do Primal" and then a period of time learning "how NOT to do Primal." In the end it was an important part of the learning process.

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      • #4
        I'm in the same boat, really need to try and stick to primal eating or any healthy eating better than I have in past attempts, I always for some reason end up drawn back to the junk

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        • #5
          PMS? For me, that's the only time it's really hard.

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          • #6
            One thing that has helped me is to realize (after more than one experience ) that the "pleasure" I actually get from X is a lot less than I remembered it being -- that it doesn't satisfy, and the taste is just not as whatever (fun, rich, fulfilling - however you remember it).

            But it did take more than one instance of having something again that I shouldn't, before that sunk in.

            So be patient with yourself, and when you slip, get back up and come back on the wagon with the rest of us.

            “Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” -Vince Lombardi

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            • #7
              I have that with Haagen Daz. I look at it and think "it's a small cup, it's not that bad," until of course I eat it, feel sick, and suffer acne afterwards.

              Eventually with time, like Pavlov's dog, you'll learn that it's either really not that good or the aftereffects are worse.
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              • #8
                Thanks, everyone! I'm trying to get back in gear now....

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                • #9
                  Thats right, if I eat some sugary treat or a cookie, it tastes, ok, not bad, no, but not as fantastic as it used to be. And my stomach will continuously call me bad names a few hours afterwards. A few times of that and the desire for creme brulee gets less and less. Like I look at it and know that it will be ok in my mouth, but I have learned to link the afterwards to it. Well, we were conditioned that sugar treats are so good for sooo long time, decades of our lives, no wonder the reverse process takes time.

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                  • #10
                    I hear you.
                    I was totally flying high a few weeks in too and slipped off for about a week. Not awful but too much chocolate, too many glasses of wine, too many little "cheats" here and there, because I felt I was doing well. But it's amounted and the inflammation in my body has crept back in and the sleepiness and moodiness, maybe a little weight gain? It's also coinciding with PMS for sure but... its not purely that.
                    Bleh. How disheartening. I did better today. No wine. I IF most of the day and had a really clean pork sausage, sour kaut and butter seared broccoli in the evening. No sugar... a little honey in my tea (Hmm...)
                    Yeah. Feeling thrown off, also. I think this is good though that we do this now. It's a trial and error deal. Life is all about slip ups and making mistakes and learning how to handle them with (ideally) grace.
                    We'll get there!

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                    • #11
                      I hear you too!

                      However, (and you can shoot me if you want!) I don't think there's anything wrong with the occasional non-primal off-piste indulgence, as long as it remains that, and more importantly, that it's a conscious choice, made with understanding and weighing up of the consequences, and not a reaction to stress or cravings.

                      I had a piece of a lemon polenta cake my mum made the other week - she had made it with love, she was really proud of it because she's just getting the hang of gluten free baking after my coeliac diagnosis last year, so I felt to not try some would have been rejecting of her efforts. I had a small piece, and that was fine. No ill effects, the rest of my day was paleo, and the days after that.

                      However, sometimes an occasional indulgence done for the wrong reasons turns into a few days of poor choices, and then I start feeling kak again. It depends very much on the mental state you are in when you make a choice to go off-piste I reckon.

                      I also feel that for some people (treading carefully here) Paleo/Primal can become mentally a bit less than healthy in terms of building a good positive relationship with food, or even a stick to beat ourselves with. Beating yourself up for an occasional non-primal food item - I don't think it's productive, personally, and actually could lead to unhealthy starve/binge cycles. Which makes it even less healthy than the SAD that we're all trying to get away from.

                      I think maybe it might be emotionally healthier to accept we live in the real/modern world, and occasionally, there might be cake. Just make a conscious choice to eat it or pass, and make it one non-primal choice and not several.
                      Last edited by PaleoPanda; 01-29-2013, 02:05 AM.

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