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    Quote Originally Posted by Tricia View Post
    Food log:
    - lunch: was supposed to be 3 wraps of tuna salad in lettuce. Has any one of you ever successfully wrapped anything in lettuce? Because the lettuce does not want to let you. In the end it only worked because I wrapped them tightly in cling film, but when I opened my lunch box they had gone all soggy and wet. I still ate 2 of them because the tuna salad I made was pretty good, but then chucked the other one in the bin. Next time I'm just taking plain tuna salad and a spoon...
    Usually I keep the lettuce separate and make it right before I eat it. You have to find BIG leaves of lettuce, then I lay it out on a plate, scoop x filler into each giant leaf, fold it up like a taco and eat it right then.

    Good to go!

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    I just wanted to say hello because the title of your journal really caught my attention: Life is About Creating Yourself. how powerful that thought is! So many people on this planet just sort of get washed through life doing what they think someone else expects of them. But we can all create our SELVES.

    I just love that sentiment. You sound like you're doing great having gone primal - go, you fabulous individual!
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    ^^ Thanks everyone for the nice comments!

    I messed this thing up badly though. Again. All the time I haven't been posting I have been binge-ing like crazy, and ballooning up in the process. It's like I have zero self control left :/
    I got the boyfriend to agree last night to help me do the dishes at night, after we have dinner, because usually we leave them sitting around until the next day and then it's just another excuse not to cook. I also don't want to eat anything after 8pm any more, because that's when all the madness happens and I can not stop myself. So I'm still trying to turn things around. I'm just failing at it.
    The only good thing for now is that spring is finally starting to come around, and I've been randomly walking around a lot (aka slow movement), but it's also become pretty clear that I need to keep up this lifestyle for my immune system to work properly (sinus trouble etc) and in order to get proper sleep (nightmares).
    So I need to keep myself accountable. Not just lurk around other people's journals but put in those values and fix them. I'm back at square one again...
    Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
    When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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    Directly after dinner grab a table spoon of either coconut oil or MCT oil (neither taste any good) and down them. The extra fat should keep your hunger at bay. Try to reduce any extra sugars that may be in your diet as well so that your body goes into fat burning mode instead of sugar burning (that's why you still have cravings). Once you are in fat burning mode you can get away with eating more (of the good foods of course- meat, fat, veggies) without as much fluctuation in weight.

    Also the lettuce- try romaine, and try just topping it- the U shape of the leaves help hold all of the food together and it'll fold better for a taco like experience.
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    ^^ I'm ashamed to say that hunger is not the problem - it's the sugar addiction and no discipline in tackling it. Lately it's been tubs of Ben&Jerry's all over again, so no wonder I end up here! It's can be weird some times though. Like it starts with me feeling I deserve a reward/something to look forward to in the evening (like dessert is the only thing I have to look forward to - do I really think I'm that sad??) but then it turns into this thing where it almost feels like I'm actively trying to sabotage/destroy myself... :-s

    I guess it's the same as with all the other things I quit (and boy, have I quit some things in my life ): it takes so long for the fact that you don't want this anymore to really sink in with your animal brain, that you're bound to keep falling off the wagon until you stay on. That may sound sort of redundant but it's not really. It's like this large part of me just forgets how doing this makes me feel after a couple of days, and then I have to remind myself. Like there's this voice in my head that goes: "but we used to love ice cream, don't you remember? it made us so happy and we have been so good!" - and then of course it turns out this evil voice was lying and I feel like a blob with legs

    It's exactly the way it is/was with cigarettes. Only with those, I'm finally in a place where I've stopped craving them and half the time they even gross me out. But at least I didn't start smoking until I was 13 years old - I've been eating sugar my entire life! :-/
    Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
    When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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    Oh and I just got some romaine lettuce today! I got it because I like the crunch and it lasts way longer in the fridge too - down with iceberg!
    Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
    When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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    Oy!

    2 things that may help. First- Try a leptin reset. It's a bitch for the first few days but will get you off of your sugar binge. 3 square meals set 5 + hours apart with your last meal of the day being 3-4 hours before bed. Breakfast must be all protein (meatfest!) and each meal should be accompanied by a tablespoon of coconut or MCT oil. Avoid snacks. This will get you craving fats instead of sugars and will help get you off of the cravings. This will also give your liver a break from continuously producing triglycerides that are blocking leptin (the hormone in your body that tells your brain you are full.) from getting to your brain.

    Second- The whole ice cream thing. Instead of trying to "stay away" (because lets face it when you tell an addict to say away you may as well be putting it in their hands) try paleo hacking it. One of my fave recipes for paleo ice cream- Frozen bananas (about 2) in the blender with some coconut milk (or almond milk) and cocoa powder (or vanilla extract... or both). Blend, toss it back in the freezer for 45 minutes and enjoy! If you need to have nuts or whatever in your ice cream add it before you throw it back in the freezer and mix well. (you can try that with chunks of dark chocolate too). Completely primal but remember it's a TREAT and not a ticket to infinite sugar freedom. No matter how primal a dessert is it's still sugar and will still effect your insulin. I'm just suggesting this as a healthier option if you just cant hold out.
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    ^^ Thanks for the advice
    I've been looking at the leptin thing before, but simply can not eat that much in the morning... or anything at all. But I'll try to implement some of the things I can (like no eating after dinner). The spacing of meals is also hard because of my work - I work very irregular hours, both before and after classes, so I don't get to decide when lunch or dinner time is. But again, I will try not to eat after my late shift (I usually don't eat dinner because my break is at 5pm or something which is too early, but then come home at 9 famished and with a fast food place at my bus stop...) and really try to make sure I have something good to eat at work... by Actively Creating Leftovers when I cook!

    My first attempt at food porn:
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    The orange stuff is this Cauliflower, Carrot, and Parsnip Puree from Nom Nom Paleo, a first time recipe and so good! It really is a million times better than regular cauliflower puree, which is a good thing because I made a huge batch of it on blind faith, hehe. The other things are mushrooms sautéed with red bell pepper and onion, and baby asparagus, which are fine, but I can't see what's so fabulous about them except for garnishing purposes...
    The same stuff as pictured is sitting in a tupperware box for tomorrow at work
    Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
    When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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    ☆ => baby steps

    Food log:
    - breakfast: paleo pancakes, mug (= 2 pads) of coffee
    - lunch: skipped it, wasn't hungry, but I did have another mug of coffee (decaf this time) and a clementine around four o'clock
    - dinner: fried salmon with cauliflower, carrot and parsnip puree, bell pepper, mushrooms, onions and asparagus followed by a small cup of decaf and 2 squares of 85% dark chocolate (I am glad I brought that one too and not just the 99%, because like Ecks said, it might be better to work up to that one!)

    I didn't snack after that, but we only finished dinner at 8:30, even though I started chopping vegetables at 6. I'm in dire need of more burners because 2 hours to make dinner is just too long!

    Exercise/Sun:
    No real exercise, but I got plenty of sun on my grocery run. Such a lovely day!

    Sleep:
    In bed at 10, alarm at 6:30, up at 7, still tired...
    Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
    When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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    Walking around the grocery store... counts as exercise. You are up on your feet and moving and not being dormant. If you're looking for a good way to thicken a coating- coconut flour. Little more expensive but it's a fat based flour vs a starch based flour. Works quite well. Just gotta be careful because it expands hardcore (2 TBSP in 5 eggs and some water makes 4 tortillas... crazy how little you need!) .
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