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At this point what happens if I eat bad carbs or sugar

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 18, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Starting my 3rd week on Paleo. Have very little cravings for sugar or bad carbs but, with the hoildays around the corner, if I do have any what will happen to my body? Will it change back to what it was like when I did eat all the sugars and bad carbs and would I have to start over again to reprogram my body?

Trust me, I don't want to have any sugar or bad carbs but my parents are Ukrainian and food is really the main focus during the holidays.

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on December 19, 2012
at 03:55 AM

Thanks for the links very helpful

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on December 18, 2012
at 01:46 PM

story to anyone who questions how I CANNOT eat those special treats. In fact the last two family get togethers we had I actually Lost a pound each time instead of the usual 3 to 5 pound weight gain caused by the bloating, inflammation and constipation caused by all the naughty addictive special treats my family makes. Good Luck!

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at 01:42 PM

I have been at this way of eating for about 6 months now. My family is the same as yours. In fact my mother truly believes "food is love" and the more food you eat that she makes the happier she is. At first I would have a bit just to make her happy. But, every single time I did that I suffered physically for no less than 2 days and up to a full 7 days of Painful Bloating and constipation and achy joints and even breakouts. Now I realize that a few minutes of indulging in sweet poisons is definitely not worth all of that. My solution is to have my own acceptable treats and to relate the above

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on December 18, 2012
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Janknitz has apparently never eaten Ukranian food ;) But point taken. So your parents focus on food and you are now learning not to. Do what can do. Maybe think of the two favorite dishes that are normally part of your family celebration and decide to have some of those but not the other foods? See what limits you can put on yourself that will make you happy and feel like you are part of the celebration but will not undo all your hard work to date.

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at 01:50 AM

I really dont want to find out...Thanks

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Sounds like you're going to find out, UNLESS you put on your big girl/boy panties and come up with workable strategies to relate to your parents as an adult fully in control of what goes in your mouth. There are ways to do this lovingly and respectfully. If you cave, what will happen is different for everybody, but makes many of us physically miserable.

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on December 18, 2012
at 01:58 AM

Well, one thing I strongly advise is to stuff yourself with quality paleo food before you do any food-centred visiting, so that you won't be hungrily gazing at the kolach. Also, partake heartily of any of your family's dishes that are paleo friendly. Then, if anyone does notice what you are and are not eating, you can always (honestly) tell them, "oh, the __ was so good, I filled up on it!"

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on December 18, 2012
at 01:59 AM

If you know this is already like ice skating uphill...can you pick one day only where you eat less optimally???try and make the best choices you can (the 80/ 20 rule) with the foods you???re given?

Most importantly, if HAVE to eat something you???d rather not, don???t beat yourself up over it, life???s going to always throw you curve balls and unfortunately we can???t always avoid them all.

Do the best you can and???repeated???don???t beat yourself up over it???IMHO???

Truth.

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on December 18, 2012
at 01:33 PM

If you're anything like me then the worst that will happen is that you'll feel very stuffed, bloated and if you're eating bad carbs & sugar in the evening, then you might wake up in the middle of the night with indigestion and feel like there's a furnance in your belly.

Nevertheless it's not the end of the world. I tend to get pretty slack over the holidays. I choose not to make it much of an issue and don't want to inflict my eating choices on any people we visit. But I shall do more hosting than guesting and can control stuff reasonably easily.

What kills me these days is a combination of late nights, bad food AND alcohol. Any one of them is manageable. All three tend to lead to a 36 hour recovery.

You don't have to start all over again. Your body should adjust fairly quickly and as soon as you get back to eating sensibly then you will recover. Happy holidays.

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on December 18, 2012
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I've seen varying accounts on this board from people who fall off the wagon, binge or cheat a bit. For some people who have adapted to a paleo diet, they can no longer cope with toxins like gluten in the way that they used to. It's a shock to the system. So the body rejects it and they experience nausea, indigestion, headaches, etc. Other people may experience mild systems but nothing severe. And some people are able to cheat without feeling any different, maybe from building up a super-healthy immune system.

Here are some threads which may interest you:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/159164/feeling-better-after-binge

http://paleohacks.com/questions/159215/paleo-all-or-nothing

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on December 19, 2012
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Thanks for the links very helpful

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on December 18, 2012
at 03:01 AM

You'll feel like shit, but you'll probably bounce back more quickly than it took you initially (at least that was my experience). I can't imagine that spending the day after feeling half-dead will make you very fun company, though.

Find food that you like to eat and your parents would like to serve and then make the Paleo version yourself. Here's a recipe for cabbage rolls: http://going-against-the-grain.com/2012/03/25/paleo-cabbage-rolls/ Delicious.

I'm sure you can even find a bunch of recipes out there for cake you can make to go with your tea. With a little work and research you don't have to miss out on anything.

As you bring your Paleo lifestyle into the world you're going to have to start being prepared all the time for this stuff. Never expect people to accommodate you, but don't treat that as a burden.

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