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    Last week i got this insane craving for pecan pie, and i couldn't shake it for the life of me. I ended up giving in and got one.. needless to say, iv been off the primal wagon now for 7 days. I cant seem to stop eating junk food. I need HELP! i "KNOW" i should be eating right and i know it makes my stomach hurt to eat this junk, but for some reason, i keep craving it and buying it. anyone know a good way to get back on the primal wagon?

  • #2
    For me, once I let the sweets in, they flood in! I have to go simple and pure. Meat, eggs, and veggies with butter (Kerrygold), coconut oil, also a few (very few) macadamia nuts (unsalted) or almonds (raw). And in fact I am doing that tomorrow! I have been doing sweet treats, they have been primal, BUT becoming more and more frequent such that they no longer qualify as an occasional treat, so they gotta go.

    If you absolutely cannot live without them, maybe you could at least make something primal that will take the flavors you crave and make something new. I think something pecan pie-ish would be fun and easy to do primal.

    Good Luck
    Chris
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    • #3
      i still have a few "sweet" treats left that will be gone by tomorrow. I am cutting it all out monday, meat and veggies and eggs. i HAVE to not gain back this 40lbs i have lost, and i felt so great eating pure good foods.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by texasblackrose View Post
        i still have a few "sweet" treats left that will be gone by tomorrow. I am cutting it all out monday, meat and veggies and eggs. i HAVE to not gain back this 40lbs i have lost, and i felt so great eating pure good foods.
        What do you do for cardio? How much of it a day do you do?

        My coach/hubby is reading Spark by Dr. Ratay and apparently a bit of cardio helps with your mind. Check it out. I did start eating more junk then i would prefer and now doing 20 mins of cardio everyday (i never used to do much cardio by the way, some kettle bells but i haven't done that due to an injury) and so far it's helping with making better choices. It's only been a week though.

        Good luck!

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        • #5
          There is a Pecan Pie flavor of Larabars, totally primal and delicious. Next time you get the craving, have a big steak dinner with veggies, and a pecan pie larabar for dessert!

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          • #6
            I know the feeling!!! We finally finished the last of the high-carb stuff that has slowly gathered in our cupboard and tomorrow we are going to eat very clean (meat, veggies, with very little fruit and dairy) to try and get ourselves back on track. Our goal is a month without giving in to cravings (mostly because September is pretty clear-no business trips, no birthdays, etc). We did so good in June/July and have just lost all control throughout August. Not sure why but must get it together!

            I don't think there is any magic way to get back on track (at least I haven't found it yet) other than to just do it. Kinda like when first starting this WOE. I find getting excited about feeling better and finding new meat recipes to help me get re-interested in the kitchen helps. Good luck! We can do it
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            • #7
              OO, a clean September is a great goal. I'm in. Maybe we can keep each other accountable. Good Luck.
              Chris
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              • #8
                Milk is the one thing I really can't seem to shake. Like a big heaping glass of whole milk a few times a day. Whenever I get thirsty, my brain goes "oh, calories! I don't want water, GIVE ME MILK!"

                I'm on a medication that depletes the calcium in my bones, so I don't know if it's an actual CRAVING for calcium (And thinking milk is the only way I can get it)...I'm going to have broccoli and raw pasta sauce for lunch and see if that helps any! (Along with some jalapeno bacon chicken!)
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                • #9
                  I drink 16oz of coffee in the morning, with an ounce of cream, and a few drops of stevia, then have 1.5 ounces of cheese at lunch-usually. Those are part of my primal plan, so I will not consider that 'cheating'.

                  @Westly, it does sound as if it might be a calcium craving. I think if you try concentrating on eating foods that are high in calcium for a week or so and you still crave it, it may have become a habit. Do you take a calcium supplement?
                  Chris
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                  My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                  • #10
                    Westly, have you tried a bone broth? Are you sure its a calcium craving and not a sugar craving?

                    I ask because the first time I tried low carb I suddenly LOVED mayo...before I couldn't stand the sight or smell of it and suddenly here I was wanting to eat it out of the jar with a spoon. I finally did a web search thinking I was low on some special mineral or something crazy and everything I found pointed toward sugar cravings. I started eating more fruit and the mayo urge went away. If your already taking calcium supplements (I'm assuming since your taking a calcium depleting drug) then you might consider that there is something else in the milk your craving.

                    I'm up for a clean September! We started today with a huge omelet stuffed with peppers, onions, tomatoes and a little cheese on top. So far, so good...LOL!
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                    • #11
                      Milk is addictive, it has exorphins that cause a high and chemical dependency, which is probably why you are craving it so much if you drink it every day. Just FYI.

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                      • #12
                        Yeah, clean September. I post my food on my journal daily, so I won't put it here unless that is what we are going to do. I will say I had what I consider a clean day today. taking it one day at a time.

                        I didn't think about the fact that it could be something else in the milk causing the craving. I don't know why, because whenever I have a craving I tend to try to break it down and figure out what it is I am really looking for and make sure that I satisfy that, so that I don't allow myself to eat something off plan, only to find out that wasn't even what I was really needing. My body will tell me, I just have to calm myself and listen.
                        Chris
                        "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                        My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                        My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                        • #13
                          Eat a huge protien breakfast - like 50g, maybe more. It will really satisfy you and help cravings. DO not snack. Eat lunch and dinner w/ plenty of protien. No snacking between meals really helps. Have your sweet after you meal if you must, but you may find you are satisfied and don't want/need it. Use stevia for sweetness. The longer you do this, the less you will crave. Stay the heck out of the junk sections at the stores - the cravings are less if you don't see it. Best of luck - you know you can do this!

                          Also, dairy effects the opiod (sorry spelling) recptors in our brain and can be tough to eliminate which may also be why some crave it.

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                          • #14
                            Want to talk about falling off the wagon...

                            yesterday I was clean. However, today... I started off the day with a waffle and a 1.5 mile walk. Then a trip to a farmer's market for a chicken bao, and a maple soda. Then lunch (wtf dave) was splitting an order of truffled frites, and a crepe filled with ham and scrambled eggs. Then there was the Ben & Jerry's factory tour. Finally, dinner was going fine until I ate some handmade pasta, and some of an amazing baguette, then closed off the whole night with a small cauldron of El Rey chocolate fondue.

                            So good. I don't (as of yet) regret any of it - mentally or physically.
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                            • #15
                              WOW! I don't think you fell off, that sounds like you jumped off! Most of it does sound as if it was a yummy choice. Personally I feel like there is a difference between choosing to enjoy a unique experience or chance for something different and feeling compelled to stuff something in my mouth no matter what it is. The difference between conscious choice and binging compulsion.

                              For me oddly when I am making a conscious choice, oddly I can do very well with a taste or two and then move on. When it is a binging compulsion recovery is much harder.

                              I have decided to follow MudFlinger's advice- which is sort of a version of a Leptin reset Health and Nutrition Article - The Five Rules for Mastering Leptin - The Hunger Hormone

                              To that end I started this morning with a Mocha (coffee, whey chocolate protein-which uses stevia as a sweetener, cream) and 2 eggs with 2 sausage.
                              Chris
                              "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                              My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                              My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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