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    How often can you cheat?

    I know Mark is all about the whole 80/20 thing, but how often do you find yourselves cheating? I'm three weeks in and I think I'm going through the carb flu. I'm constantly thinking about food...ice cream, peanut butter cups, frijoles and rice, and a bunch of other stuff I know I shouldn't be eating. Today I had steak for lunch, with guac on the side and one enchilada (one corn tortilla rolled up with red mole sauce on top and stuffed with a little cheese). Last night I ate Primal all day, but had 1/4 cup of gluten free ice cream at night. So I've been cheating a little here and there .....is that okay? Am I just setting myself up for failure? Why can't I stop fantasizing about dessert and junk food?! Ugh.

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    my first year primal, i cheated maybe 4 or 5 times...on major holidays. now, i'm a lot less strict and cheat whenever there's a good reason to. a craving isn't a good reason in my opinion...there's always something primal that can beat that craving. but, i'll have pizza if i'm visiting friends and that's what they're eating. i'll have cake and ice cream at a birthday party. i'll be throwing back some beer at the warrior dash this weekend. but, i still try to keep those instances low and not more than a couple of times per month...except around christmas. i go food crazy at christmas.

    the "cheating" that you're doing isn't all that bad; there are certainly worse things you could eat. a little cheat here and there isn't going to kill you, and it probably isn't even going to derail your progress all that much. but, if you're concerned about it, find out what a good primal replacement is for what you want. ice cream? maybe some dark chocolate or berries will fix that. peanut butter cups? almond or macadamia butter...or the actual nuts.

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    Just another view -- now and then is one thing, but your preoccupation with food is the actual issue. So probably you should cut out all SAD foods for 30 days, get rid of your sugar addiction, and then see what your triggers are. It's simple -- not easy. But hang in there.

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    Stay focused enjoy the fat. What is gluten free ice-cream? I hope it is not some high sugar full of crap substitute. All good ice-cream would be gluten free I would have thought.
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    Honestly, it wasn't very good. It was some weird organic, "chocolate fudge" icecream with weird ingredients that I can't even think of right now. I remember tapioca being in it, some fructose syrup and who knows what else. My husband and I bought it to try it out and I don't think we'll be making that mistake again.

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    Personally? Well, I suppose it depends what you define as cheating. I eat a little bit of super dark chocolate every day. Typically 90 percent, sometimes this wonderful 65 percent Madagascar chocolate. They're both quite bitter and satisfying. I only eat wheat products maybe once or twice a month, typically when I have to go into the office. I bake a cake... I miss baking.

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    I think going into it with the intent to cheat is really self defeating honestly. Sorry. I agree with ciavyn on this one.

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    In a bad week I've cheated 3x before on bags of chocolate chips. I think I devoured 3 bags + spoonfuls of Nutella that week. Gained 1.5 pounds, which sounds about right for the calorie overflow.
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    Thanks everyone. I think I might have to take ciavyn's advice though. I definitely have a sugar addiction. It's easy to say, oh I'll just eat primal for 30 days, but much, MUCH hard to put into practice. Bananas are a good idea - I've been trying to eliminate fruit, since I'm trying to lose weight, but maybe that's not the best approach. Limiting my sugar might be causing the cravings for candy and ice cream to come on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taina747 View Post
    Thanks everyone. I think I might have to take ciavyn's advice though. I definitely have a sugar addiction. It's easy to say, oh I'll just eat primal for 30 days, but much, MUCH hard to put into practice. Bananas are a good idea - I've been trying to eliminate fruit, since I'm trying to lose weight, but maybe that's not the best approach. Limiting my sugar might be causing the cravings for candy and ice cream to come on.
    I know where you're coming from with trying to lose weight. Another approach to take that might make things easier would be to not worry about any weight loss/gain right now. It's hard, I know. Focus, instead, on primal eating/living. Take one step at a time. Focus on eating the best foods that you can eat/afford and eliminating the grains and added sugars. Don't limit fruit, but do try to eat it in moderation. It'll be easier to do now that fall is approaching and the melons and berries aren't so FREAKING good in the store right now. (Yep, had my own binging this summer on those suckers.)

    Focus on good, clean primal eating for the next 30 days and THEN once you've gotten a better handle on that and a new WOE, start tweaking it for weight loss.

    Good luck. You can do it!

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