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  • stopping yourself from cheating....how'd you do it???

    Ok, so was doing really well till Christmas.

    Trying to get back to being diligent in eating without cheats. I get about 4 days in then bam a lil stress etc and I eat 4 cookies.

    How'd do you deal with your cheating and evenutally becoming true to yourself and primal?

  • #2
    A lot of posters here suggest just making it a one-meal slip-up and move on, and I really like that suggestion. After the cookie binge it can be so easy to say, "Well, today's shot. I'll be good tomorrow" and then keep eating ridiculous things all day. Worse, a day can turn into a week. "Monday. Yup, I'll definitely go primal this Monday. " That kind of thinking is what gave so many of us the extra weight we are trying to lose.

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    • #3
      It depends on the why. Are you doing this because you have a disease? Are you doing it to loose weight? How does your body react when you cheat?

      If you are just doing it for weight loss don't kill yourself over some cookies. If it is for something different like a disease or you react then act like an adult and stop. Read up on it, get some books and learn the science behind it. Something like the Paleo Solution or Nourishing Traditions are both good ones to check out that are good reads and understandable.

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      • #4
        Remember 80/20. If you indulge in something non-Primal, enjoy it and go back to eating clean afterwards (as in next meal as Jen says, not three days later after a massive junk/grain/sugar binge!). If you know you're going to feel guilty afterwards, save yourself the hassle and just don't eat it.

        You don't say how long you've been Primal; I am still relatively new (7 months) but for me, the longer I live this way, the less I want to eat cookies, breads etc. There are so many amazing "treats" which are Primal, and plenty of options for "sensible indulgences" too.

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        • #5
          Some people can't do 80/20 like myself.
          If I eat some garbage, it leads to wanting more of it.
          I found once I increased my fats to 70% the urges for crap went away, and I could pass up a table full of junk as I was just not hungry and had no desire to eat.
          This is coming from someone who binged for 13 years.

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          • #6
            What has worked for me in the past is to learn about how bad the processed ingredients are to consume. After reading about it I never want to eat it. Or I would make something delicious and rich out of all natural ingredients that is a healthier version of the cookies you were craving and eat as much as I want. However, you would get full fast
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            • #7
              Another thing! move around. Stay active. It helps to curb cravings for dense bad foods.
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              • #8
                When I was new, I stuffed my face full of so much real food that there wasn't much room left for fake food. Especially almonds, they were my ever-present sidekick. Eventually, after a few months, my malnutrition was resolved (liver is a must, do not deprive your body of liver!) and my appetite naturally faded to what it's supposed to be. I still eat big, but nothing like I did on SAD.

                I eat clean for weeks at a time without thinking about it. But, if it's chocolate, I might think about it. Not wheat, ever, I've paid my dues on the pain train enough times to know better now.
                Crohn's, doing SCD

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                • #9
                  I don't buy anything wrong. So if I want some snack, there is only good food around. For X-mas we had pork, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, pineapples with whipped chocolate cream (just cream and cocoa), almonds, fruit, berries, red wine, coffee. The pantry was cleaned from the wrong foods a while ago and no temptation to use them, they simply are not there.
                  If somebody else offers me sweets I take a small bit, but am sorry already a short while after, my body doesn't like sugar any more. I have learned that now and am more careful next time.

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                  • #10
                    I'm at where I want to be, so if I have an insatiable craving for some sweets, I let myself. I eat all I want, think welp, that was a bad idea because I'm bloated and jittery now, then sleep it off and hit the gym the next day. It doesn't kill you if you limit your indulgences to once or twice a week. I'm a small person and any small changes become really obvious, trust me when I say that it's ok to let go once in awhile. A pound or two is easy to gain and lose.
                    F 28/5'4/100 lbs

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                    • #11
                      Keep good treats with you, in your car, backpack, etc.
                      Macadamia nuts, boiled eggs, jerky, olives, cheese, apple, banana
                      Don't buy junk if you live alone; ask people you live with to keep their junk out of sight
                      Drink water ALL THE TIME.

                      The longer you go without bad foods, the easier it'll be to ignore it.

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                      • #12
                        How long does it take you to eat 4 cookies..maybe 2 mins tops..that a pointless 2 mins of pleasure. Think of the long term health gains. After three months my cravings for most bad things have gone enough for me to walk on by with ease.
                        Last edited by Richard Seekins; 01-17-2013, 08:36 AM. Reason: typo
                        Caution! My replies may contain traces of nuts!. My posts are just my opinion based on my experience with the primal way of life, there is no assurance it will work with others in the same way.

                        Started Primal 15th October 2012
                        Height 5'9"
                        Start weight 200lb
                        Loss so far 33.8lbs, now 166.2lb
                        Goal was 168lb's

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                        • #13
                          I wish there was a like button....some great suggestions. I don't usually beat myself up about it, but I wonder if I will get past the point...or if the 4 day thing will be a long journey.

                          Thanks for the great replys...keep 'em coming.

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                          • #14
                            Take all of the crap you cheat with and put it in the trash. Go buy a bunch of great foods that you love that are primal. Eat your FAVORITES. Don't have a crappy option, but make sure you are noshing on your top pics for Primal foods.

                            This weekend I was getting cranky about Whole 30 food options. I bought duck breast.... problem solved. If I had eaten something I liked less- like baked chicken thigh or a bunless burger, I would have just gotten crankier.

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                            • #15
                              I'm trying to heal my gut. If I'm tempted to give in to cravings that I know will be bad for my body, I remind myself of the end goal. I used to stress over it, and now I just allow myself to eat whatever, if I'm going to feel badly about denying myself. "I know this cookie will hurt my stomach, but I want to eat it, and I won't feel bad emotionally for this one indulgence." Small things make it easier, and because I have no reason to feel guilty about it, it doesn't add up and become a huge cheat.
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