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Was doing fine on Paleo, then had a late night craving for sweets, now what?

Answered on September 16, 2014
Created February 03, 2013 at 9:32 PM

I have been doing fine on Paleo, then late last night I had a huge craving for sweets, so I ended up making a bad decision and ate a bowl of Ice Cream with mixed crumbled cookies. Terribly bad choice and now I feel bad in the gut, having bad gas, all that bad stuff.

I woke up and was sweaty, does that mean I went over on calories for the day and that one bad choice will now turn into fat?

I haven't eaten today at all because I don't want a build up of excess calories. What do I do, eat protein, starve myself, go to the gym and exercise now or be doomed?

I typically get hungry at night, should I eat nothing even doing Paleo before bed? Is it ever a good idea to eat before bed if it's just 1-2 hours before bedtime?

Should I eat today following what happened last night?

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on February 04, 2013
at 03:23 AM

You aren't going to get fat from a bowl of ice cream! I know that falling off the paleo train can feel shitty, but get a hold of yourself! You won't do yourself any favors by stressing out and shaming yourself. Give yourself a little grace and start fresh your next meal!

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on February 04, 2013
at 01:10 AM

Thanks, I'm one to stress over things like this. I had a bad reaction to it, and so far today for breakfast I had 2 eggs scrambled with 5 oz. of sliced chicken breast in coconut oil and about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of brussel sprouts. Then around 5 hours later I had some acorn squash mixed in a bowl with another 6-7 oz. of sliced chicken breast that was fried in duck fat. Put seasoning on it all. I'm just concerned about the crave I gave into. It was a bowl of chocolate peanut butter ice cream with like 10 cookies sprinkled into it. I woke up warm, sweaty, gassy, and just concerned that's fat gain..?

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on February 04, 2013
at 12:58 AM

Well, I try not to eat a lot of "safe starches" because if I'm on a day or so of rest from CrossFit, I want to play it safe. Starches from what people have told me aren't the best :/

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on February 04, 2013
at 01:05 AM

Here are a few healthy treats I go to when I have a craving for sweets...

Avocado chocolate pudding

In a food processor combine

1 banana, 2-3 tablespoons of cocoa, 1 avocado, 1 tsp of vanilla, 1/2 tsp of agave or honey (optional)

Mango-coconut "ice cream"

In a food processor combine frozen mango and coconut milk (3:1 ratio)

Berries and banana with coconut milk

handful of almonds, 1/2 banana, handful of berries, about 1/2 cup of coconut milk, 1-2 pinches of cinnamon,

Banana Kale Smoothie

1/2 banana, 1/2 avocado, 2 handfuls of kale, 1-2 cups of coconut or almond milk, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp agave or honey (optional)

*I usually have a bit of protein with any carbohydrates I eat to help stabilize blood sugar and avoid insulin spikes.

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on February 03, 2013
at 11:36 PM

Just relax man. Paleo is a journey, not a sprint. You're not doomed. If you picked up a little bit of fat, so what! You have the rest of your life to work it off. You're making a transition to a healthier lifestyle. You want to keep trending in that direction. If you take two steps forward and 1 back, you're still moving forward. The most important thing is that you remember how this made you feel, so next time you get cravings, you can your memory to overcome them, because you know it's not worth it.

I recommend you learn how to make some paleo friendly smoothies, to satisfy your craving for sugar and fat. A chopped up frozen banana with a little bit of coconut milk, honey, and a scoop of almond butter is awesome. That's just one of many paleo smoothies. If you do dairy, yogurt is a nice ice cream replacement too. Just make sure you get the good stuff with live, active cultures. Chop up some fruit, put some honey on top, it's great. Is it as good as ice cream? I don't think so, but I do like it, and it can help satisfy those cravings.

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on February 03, 2013
at 11:07 PM

Don't beat yourself up about it, we all fall off the wagon sometimes, and your body is doing a pretty good job of showing you why these foods are not good for you.

2 things you need to do to prevent this from happening again: 1. Eat more food during meals, so that you don't get this crazy uncontrollable hunger. 2. Have Paleo snacks on hand so that when this happens, you have something delicious and nutritous to go for--I'd keep ripe bananas in the freezer. You can whir a frozen banana in the food preocessor with some berries or even a little honey (IF you need it, bananas are SO sweet!), and that would probably hit the spot without throwing you into misery.

E77cb92d4222cef2430eaaf44b1ca8fe

(30)

on February 04, 2013
at 01:10 AM

Thanks, I'm one to stress over things like this. I had a bad reaction to it, and so far today for breakfast I had 2 eggs scrambled with 5 oz. of sliced chicken breast in coconut oil and about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of brussel sprouts. Then around 5 hours later I had some acorn squash mixed in a bowl with another 6-7 oz. of sliced chicken breast that was fried in duck fat. Put seasoning on it all. I'm just concerned about the crave I gave into. It was a bowl of chocolate peanut butter ice cream with like 10 cookies sprinkled into it. I woke up warm, sweaty, gassy, and just concerned that's fat gain..?

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on February 04, 2013
at 03:23 AM

You aren't going to get fat from a bowl of ice cream! I know that falling off the paleo train can feel shitty, but get a hold of yourself! You won't do yourself any favors by stressing out and shaming yourself. Give yourself a little grace and start fresh your next meal!

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on September 16, 2014
at 08:27 PM

When you fall off the wagon, just get back on. Go right back to paleo eating, and don't beat yourself up too much - getting down on yourself will worsen your mood, and I know from personal experience that a low mood and self-blame is the perfect primer for another crap-food binge. One of the great things about paleo is that you don't have to restrict calories - if you just eat healthy, nutrient-dense foods, you can stop counting calories and you'll stay healthy. Depriving yourself of food will have the psychological effect of making you want to binge later.

I keep activated charcoal pills in the house to help deal with my problem foods. If I accidentally eat wheat, they keep the farts and bloating at bay. I also have a slight intolerance to eggs which gives me similar problems - the charcoal keeps it from messing with my day.

Lastly, keep some paleo-friendly "sweets" around for when you feel like eating processed wheaty foods - I have no trouble ignoring the ice cream if I have a basket of grapefruits or bananas. If I'm having a REALLY BAD sugar craving, I'll eat a spoonful of raw honey. No one gets honey-farts.

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on February 04, 2013
at 05:02 AM

If you fall off you should get back on as though nothing had happened. You should avoid the trap of falling into any yo-yo cycle, which will make you miserable, and result in your whole life dominated by what you eat. Moreover, playing in the yo-yo trap will tend to make things worse.

Just make any adjustments to your regular routine as needed (some adjustments of which others have already recommended.)

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on February 04, 2013
at 01:56 AM

I do not think that there is much for you to worry about. You have probably just started on Paleo, and such cravings are common at the start, or at least I used to have them. Your only concern should be not to let the ice cream cookie thing happen again. Like the others have pointed out, there are loads of paleo delicacies, so stop worrying and try some of then, you would be just fine.

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on February 04, 2013
at 01:01 AM

Next time don't mix your ice-cream with crumbled cookies but with bacon. You 'll be paleo and remorse-free.

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on February 04, 2013
at 12:05 AM

A couple of solutions:

1) Make sure you're drinking enough water...sometimes a sugar tooth is really dehydration. Try drinking a full glass of water or have a cup of herbal (no caffeine) tea before you allow yourself a treat.

2) Brush your teeth. It's psychological.

3) Try little paleo treats! I love frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, cherries). I love a small piece of dark chocolate with a spoon of almond butter. Macaroons are delicious too - just egg white and coconut and honey.

4) Try making a smoothie with full fat coconut milk and just a handful of berries. Don't go crazy on this since fruits like bananas are really high glycemic hits.

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on February 03, 2013
at 11:06 PM

What are your Paleo food choices? Are you getting enough carbs? There are many anecdotes of people with sugar cravings losing the cravings when things like "safe starches" are put back in quantity.

E77cb92d4222cef2430eaaf44b1ca8fe

(30)

on February 04, 2013
at 12:58 AM

Well, I try not to eat a lot of "safe starches" because if I'm on a day or so of rest from CrossFit, I want to play it safe. Starches from what people have told me aren't the best :/

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on February 03, 2013
at 10:45 PM

you could do a 24 hour water fast if you are really concerned about the excess calories, but more importantly you need to plan ahead for the next night craving. decide now what you can eat without guilt and have it on hand. if ice cream is your thing, blend some frozen berries with organic coconut milk.

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on February 03, 2013
at 10:14 PM

You have bad gas probably because you are lactose intolerant, have a dairy allergy, or allergic to any of the ingredients in the ice cream (gluten, soy, etc.). Everyone cheats every once in a while. I did the same thing a few nights back, eating almost a whole pint of frozen kefir after dinner. Then I wasup most of the night with bad gas and joint pains. Not sure if it was the dairy or sugar. Anyway, I got back on my regular Paleo foods of meat and leafy greens when I was hungry again the next day and I feel fine today. Once you are eating healthy again, you should feel okay within 2-3 days.

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on February 03, 2013
at 09:35 PM

I'd take some digestive enzymes, then eat a normal paleo meal. Then I'd eat some more paleo meals at normal amounts and time. Then maybe some probiotics in the morning

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