Another thing to add to your list.
Talking to my daughter today, she recommended agave nector. It doesn't give you the insulin spike, like sugar, honey etc do. Think the wife is going to try some Paleo deserts with it and see it that helps my sweet tooth.
All About Agave - What is Agave Nectar?
54 yr old male
Weight; 198 -1lb
Chest; 41 -.5 "
Waist; 42 -.5"
Calf; 14.5 -.5"
Bicep: 13 +.75"
Weight; 192 -6lb
Chest; 40.5 - 1/2 "
Waist; 41 - 1"
Hips; 39.25 - 3/4"
Thigh; 22.5 - 1/4"
Calf; 14.5 -.5"
Bicep: 12.75 -1/4"
Forearm; 11.5 0
Best of luck to you first of all. The thing that gave me the most success when I first started was to just cut out the junk altogether for 3-4 weeks. Don't do cheat days or anything like that - that leads to relapse in the early going. After that time period is up, you won't have cravings for junk anymore, and if you have a day where you break down and eat something bad, you #1, probably won't like it, #2 will feel sick about 30 mins after eating it, #3 need to find out your limits before falling off the wagon (for me, if I eat junk 2 days in a row - I fall off the wagon for 2 weeks).
The paleo desserts and creations are great options - but they can also lead you down a bad path, try as much as possible to stick to meat, veggies, fruit, and nuts as much as possible in the early going. I refused to give up milk, so I gradually worked my way up to whole milk from skim by mixing skim with 2% first, then straight 2%, then mixing, etc...
Keep it up, your life will improve drastically
Good luck Clara I also say just say no to the stuff that makes you think naughty treat. Even if semi primal. It sends the wrong message to the brain, at least a first while you are re-focusing. I have done none of the baking, dessert like things or pancakes etc. The reason is that you start to find things that you would never have thought of before. You explore different options, it will make it way easier for you not to cheat. I have only been doing this for just over 4 months, but I have really had no cravings at all, and yes I was a huge carb. fiend. Pancakes, doughnut, ice creams, the works...... that is how I got myself in the state I was in. I do love coconut milk in my coffee in the morning. The canned thick stuff. Mainly because I have discovered a dairy problem, or I would use cream. My excess weight is now gone, so I am just now starting to consider a treat occasionally, but after being without for 4 months, I think it is likely better for me not to go back, except for a rare occasion. I feel so much better when my diet is clean. I have found if I feel hungry or just want to extend my time without food, then a spoonful of coconut oil does the trick. My favourite breakfast is bacon and fried banana yuum... Oh and because it takes a while to really digest all the fat and protein, I find my portion control is way better if I eat really really slowly. Put knife and fork down between bites and chew your food really well etc. you may find that halfway through you think to yourself, mmm. I have really had enough for now.
Last edited by Silvergirl; 10-27-2012 at 10:28 PM.
i have this already in my kitchen so that;s great, thanks
Silvergirl and Laxcoach, thank you
I went to the supermarket yesterday afternoon as has a friend arriving to dinner so looked at some of the things that i could potentially eat, dates, for example, gosh, are they high in everything! i actually put them back on the shelf, despite loving them i just know i would keep eating them and not be able to stop.
I am going to take your advice and try to stay with a basic menu to start with, and try not to make any pudding, desserts etc for now, as you both said, as i know i will have a problem with portion control with any sweet items.
I did buy some organic 80% green and blacks dark choc, but if i go overboard with it, i won't buy it again.
Thanks again for your great advice :-)