I consume most my carbs from vegetables (carrots, beats, gourds, beans), and am fine. But when I start on starch/grains, it triggers something and I immediately want to eat more. It's impossible to just try a bit of chocolate cake and stop at one bite.
I recently noticed that my heart starts beating faster and I feel 'off' after too much carbs (usually rice, fermented rice pancakes) after a meal. If just the right amount, I feel energized. This started happening when I've been lower-carb for awhile.
But I've got to do it or I'll feel like this all over again. Getting together with family is going to be so hard now. Food forms the center of our gaatherings and they all eat radically different than I do now. Who knew going primal would have an effect on social situations? I certainly wasn't considering that when I first made my decision to try it out.
Besides that, we usually have a full plate of activities planned on our Christmas trips, so I won't exactly have time to go shopping either. It's a nice idea Marissa, but it's TOTALLY not feasable given how things usually work.
Oh, and there would be some butt-hurt family members bitching about the fact that I have to be "difficult" and have "abnormal dietary needs." We do get sensitive about our food in this family.
Thanksgiving took things to a whole new level though. I decided to just eat what my family made for dinner and to really enjoy it, then get right back to eating well the next day. Well, I topped off dinner with THREE slices of pie. Yesterday I started off with pumpkin coffee cake, then ate clean, then had 2 drinks, which made me want more sugar, so I had a paleo dessert, which also made me want more sugar, and I ended up having 3 slices of pie again.
I have to go cold turkey, including cutting out the paleo desserts, and that's all there is to it. Thanks for mentioning the Radiant Recovery website, I'm going to check it out.
Thank you for this. I actually printed this out and highlighted the bolded section. Tonight when the demons start calling, I will put on my Vibrams, grab my iPod full of podcasts, and go for a long walk.
I'm also going to re-read Robb Wolf's book to reinforce what gluten and sugar do to the body. For a long time, when I looked at things like cookies and pies and anything packaged, I didn't see food. I need to find a way to get back to that place.
I'm grateful for this timely thread. I felt really good when I did the GAPS intro diet a few weeks ago, it's time to get back to it.
5'0" female, 42 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Current weight: 105.5 lbs because of sugar cheating.
MY PRIMAL: I (try to) follow by-the-book primal as advocated by Mark Sisson, except for whey powder and a bit of cream. I aim for 80-90 g carb/day and advocate a two-month strict adjustment for newbies. But everybody is different and other need to tweak Primal to their own needs.
I feel your pain OP I have been on many yo yo diets over the years. What derailed every one was relaxing on the sugar/carbs. I have a weird thing where if I have something with sugar, I then seem to need something salty/savoury to counteract it......followed by something sugary LOL. a neverending cycle. I have now found I am very allergic to eggs and dairy, so a lot of my favourite puddings etc. are just not possible anymore, which makes me sad, but will make keeping honest a lot easier.