In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."
- Ray Peat
When coming on MDA, I didn't think I'd find so many people just searching for peace of mind with food. I never imagined that I'd be able to relate with people struggling with all different kinds of food issues, coming from so many backgrounds, with every body type under the sun. Just being on here for support gives me the willpower to be more forgiving of my ways!
I am also happy that I have a good support here with this forum. Knowing that this isn't just a straight road to healthy its full of twist and turns (quoting someone else) Knowing that what I am trying to achieve and how I am going about it isn't wrong; it is a complete new learning curve. But I highlighted your last comment because that is exactly how I feel to! Keep up the great work! We will succeed!
Hi guys! I'm pretty much a newbie. Started reading the Blueprint and other books about 6 months ago, totally agree with everything and it makes complete sense to me. I kind of keep dragging my feet on jumping in 100%. Most of my problem is well, me. I have always been an emotional eater, social functions always revolved around food. I lost my mother when I was quite young and some of the few "happy" memories I have of her involve food. The most days I have managed to go primal before caving is 7. I keep climbing back out of the hole but I'm getting tired of falling in it. Just not sure how to go around it when I come upon it.
Just keep trying, if you mess up for a day, get right back at it the next. It will in time get further and further apart.
Also, keep busy keep active and ride it out if you can by doing something else, walk, glass of water and then see how u fee....I think its more of a mind thing than a body thing, but you can't let it win all the time.
Best of luck to you
Beachbrat: I think that it is important to approach "falling off the wagon" as something that may happen from time to time, as a human being. We are tempted by things every day, but it will never help you to progress by associating your indulgences with negativity. Punishing yourself for eating something "off-limits" can sometimes give these junk foods a forbidden fruit effect, and make you want it even more! There are several ways you can go about dealing with your slip-ups, though.
1. Count them as your 20% and move on! Even Mark Sisson himself says that this is all that is necessary for a healthy lifestyle.
2. Allow yourself a primal treat more often to try and battle the cravings for junk foods.
3. Make sure you're eating enough calories! Under eating and going on a strict diet is a recipe for disaster ( I know this all too well)
4. When you do mess up, remember the way you feel afterwards, and try and learn from your mistakes rather than just punish yourself for it! There are so many reasons that we eat for reasons other than hunger, and to get to the root of them may help the episodes to subside.
5. If you're having a persistent craving for a certain food, try to. Look deeper at the micronutrient content of the food. Maybe you need a certain vitamin you're not getting enough of! (Thanks YB for this helpful tip!)
And, lastly, don't forget that being Primal means reducing stress as much as possible, so worrying over your skipA-ups is counterproductive! Hope I could help, and hope you're doing great!
Another emotional eating thing perhaps worth noting is using food to cover up a lack of satisfaction elsewhere. I'm having a bored/what am I doing with my life kinda day at work and I headed straight out to buy 'treat food' at dinner (nothing really bad, but I recognise I'm buying dark choc to temporarily fill a bit of a void when the real issue is I need to find a job that gives me more fulfillment, or something like that).
So I guess recognising where cravings might have a deeper meaning can help.
That's a good point, becks. I have identified a lot of where my emotional eating stems from, but sometimes you just can't help the situation you're in!
So, what does one do when they are lacking fulfillment in one aspect of their life? I don't really have a great answer for this, since I'm struggling with this so much, too. Maybe you could try to find a new hobby that creates a lot of satisfaction in your life if your job doesn't fill that role. I don't have a job, so that leaves a lot of room for "what am I doing with my life?" right now. Currently, I'm trying to get good at artistic things -- nail painting, drawing, the art of cooking, makeup and hair stuff. I also exercise a lot (yoga, bodyweight exercises, jumping rope, running, lifting weights, walking/hiking outside), which is a great stress reliever for me but could possibly turn into an obsession/addiction, so I have to be careful. I used to play video games a lot, but I have kind of fallen out of that phase. I also take care of my SO, which is a full-time job in itself lol! It's ok though, I enjoy it most of the time.
What kind of things do you do in your life that bring you the most fulfillment?
What I love to do is write, draw, paint, make my own natural cosmetics, read, do crafty things - but I get less and less done, unfortunately, partly probably because somewhere along this line I started to lose faith in myself and make more and more excuses!
It'd be nice to make a living out of some of these things. I really hope to, eventually. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be 'a writer' when I grew up, and I've had some success selling my cosmetics so I just need to push a little harder I think and keep going.
Going back to the eating, I've evened out as the week's gone on. I had a few slip ups with sugar but nothing too major. I've not slept well this week, and that seems to be my trigger. When I'm rested I have enough willpower to get me through at least 90% of the cravings! Hoping these last few nights were just a blip...I really hate losing sleep for no apparent reason!