Paleo Plan Choices & Self-Imposed Restrictions

Answered on April 29, 2014
Created March 25, 2014 at 5:53 PM

I am on Day 12 :-)

I've had a lifelong struggle with my relationship with food, I'm a compulsive eater for sure. Carbo-holic and Sugar too. At this point of doing Paleo I'm definitely noticing a reduced craving for grains. I'm also noticing a more even hunger "mechanism." I don't know when it will all even out as I am certainly hungry at times and yet keep going without eating for the sake of losing the 8 lbs. I'm bent on getting rid of. Of course I'm also trying Paleo for the health benefits if not ultimately for that reason.

At any rate, I notice many people talking about restricting themselves from certain things with regard to quantity. Are many (the majority?) Paleo People using self-discipline in the area of food to maintain weight loss (or avoid gain?) Or is this system one that simply creates a better mental and physical balance to where one just does not want or crave things?

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on April 29, 2014
at 02:06 PM

a lot of people in history say similar things about habit formation, making your actions align with what probably is a deep set want/need to feel good...

Habits take some time to form but I would say this can be done through you making the right enviornment, looking at your overall person and valuing and nurturing it. For different people at different stages of life that probably means different things... You have to find out, think and or act about it yourself.

I am like paleot... It's not about weight gain/loss, it's feeling good, having, keeping, making body to be in a state to do the things I want to do.

I think your last question is a good one, and your noticing about grains might be testament that this process is happening with you already...

I'm not sure that actvely willing yourself not to be hungry /not to eat when you're hungry for the sake of losing 3 kilos is a good thing for your wellbeing...?. In a physical and mental sense... Perhaps accepting yourself as you are for the time being might be more helpful, and doing things low and slow, tweaking things here, doing something there, planning loosely/ thinking about some sort of things you might like to do/ or be habituated over time. And doing it, day by day... maybe you might want to eat something that some might see as 'bad' at certain times... I think it may be no disaster

you can only make the next decision a good one..., take care of yourself, make habit of being aware of what you want, need at a deep level/'whatmakes you tick', and going with that..... Chances are if this is done (lifelong process for anyone i daresay), 3 kilos won't be something you'll be thinking about, and maybe you would be thinking in a hypothetical sense anyway...




on March 25, 2014
at 06:50 PM

For me, it has nothing to do with weight loss or weight gain, or cravings.. or better control of cravings. I generally eat what makes me feel awesome (or what I think might lead to feeling awesome), and I've carefully narrowed in on what that seems to be for the moment. When I'm wanting to eat something outside of my diet, it's usually because I've read about it and haven't tried it, rather than a craving for some kind of candy or bread-type food. The body composition side effects are the icing on the cake, where I'm more in it for the health and cognitive effects. I like the idea of trying to optimize mitochondrial function, where a clean diet is a key component of that strategy.

These restrictions can often be viewed as their opposing increases. For instance, decreased processed food is increased unprocessed food. Decreased carbs is increased fats. Decreased omega 6 is balanced with increased omega 3. Etc.

Occasionally, I skip a meal or two when I'm not particularly hungry and there's a lack of food and I'm busy, but I wouldn't straight starve yourself to try to lose weight. The math to lose 8lbs by skipping meals is like 8 * 3500 / (2000 / 3), where you would need to skip like 42 meals (while not making up for it at any of your other meals or snacks) to make that work. Alternatively, you can burn that same 2000/3 with an hour of physical activity that you might enjoy doing daily, plus you get to eat that meal.

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