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Celebrating tonight

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Created January 07, 2013 at 12:22 AM

A feast! Tonight we celebrate! For in the morn' I embark upon my paleo journey.

Spaghetti with meat sauce and garlic bread for lunch and just now pizza for dinner.

Egg muffins with chorizo sausage and cheddar cheese just came out of the oven and are cooling on the counter for breakfast this coming week.

I am 41, 6'3" tall and 285 lbs. I am adicted to sweets and carbohydrates for breakfast (way too many doughnuts for breakfast over the years). My goal is to lose 100 lbs in the next 12-18 months.

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on January 07, 2013
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Keep your eye on the prize. Imagine yourself in 4 weeks time with NO cravings for bread and pastries. It absolutely happens. I'm at the point where I can smell the pastries in the office kitchen and all I think of is "yuck!". No more "mmmmmmm!".

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on January 07, 2013
at 01:46 AM

Thanks for your insight Steve. I am definitely approaching this as a life style dietary change and not just as a "diet". I am truly tired of the bloated & tired feeling I have become aware of the last few years.

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at 01:44 AM

Thanks Dave. I've been bookmarking blogs and recipes for a couple weeks now. My problem isn't specifically sweets, it's more of a bread and pastries issue. I love bread. White bread, Italian bread, french bread, sourdough, German rye, cornbread, biscuits or cheap dinner rolls; fresh and hot, or dried and made into thanksgiving dressing. I love it all but I realize it's killing me and will probably lead me to diabetes (family history)

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on January 07, 2013
at 12:34 AM

Thanks Mike, I had not seen that thread yet.

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at 12:33 AM

Hi Roth, I need to "jump in" mentally, but really I will be doing this gradually since I have a refrigerator and freezer full of stuff that I will need to feed to the family (wife will be doing dietary changes too). I will be changing my grocery list over the next few weeks...dropping the white bread and adding in the veggies. I've never been lacking in the meat and eggs area.

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Are you the type of person who needs to jump into the deep end of the pool in order to stick to stuff or are you the baby-steps type of person? If you're not the former, you're probably screwing yourself over with this "goodbye dinner."

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Congratulations on starting Paleo!

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on March 18, 2013
at 12:19 PM

a pre-paleo binge is definitely a pretty ignorant way to start.

Paleo isnt a crash diet, don't dive in like it is. Ease into it in the least. All you're going to do is amplify your blood sugar to the top of mt. everest, and therefore get insane cravings and mood swings for the first few days which are so unnecessary.

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on January 07, 2013
at 01:14 AM

Welcome to the Paleo world. I like your idea of new change, however don't think tonight was the feast and tomorrow you have to put up with Paleo. Its been the total opposite for me! I love a hood Paleo meal. Chicken and apple curry, slow cooked lamb shank, chocolate brownies for the 'sweet' fix.

My advice is look up loads of recipies, and find your favourite websites. Bookmark them, and recipies too so you can ho back to them easily. Also embrace the eggs! Free range of course. I buy mine from a local farm tray of 30 at a time, same price as 12 in the supermarket.

Good luck!

p.s. You're not addicted to sweets, you just really like them. There's plenty of tasty alternatives out there. Marks Daily Apple recommends a little bit of 85% dark chocolate. We get a bar a week and know it has to last so if we need a quick chocolate fix, we nab a piece. The sugar cravings will soon go though, and there's nothing wrong with being hungry. We're animals and we will get hungry, except humans are the only animal that have food stacked up in the fridge which is unleashed at the earliest opportunity.

Dave

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on January 07, 2013
at 11:42 PM

Keep your eye on the prize. Imagine yourself in 4 weeks time with NO cravings for bread and pastries. It absolutely happens. I'm at the point where I can smell the pastries in the office kitchen and all I think of is "yuck!". No more "mmmmmmm!".

513587882111828e619d66f2a146b627

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on January 07, 2013
at 01:44 AM

Thanks Dave. I've been bookmarking blogs and recipes for a couple weeks now. My problem isn't specifically sweets, it's more of a bread and pastries issue. I love bread. White bread, Italian bread, french bread, sourdough, German rye, cornbread, biscuits or cheap dinner rolls; fresh and hot, or dried and made into thanksgiving dressing. I love it all but I realize it's killing me and will probably lead me to diabetes (family history)

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on January 07, 2013
at 01:07 AM

Hi Dave, As a somewhat newbie myself (I've been Paleo for about 6 weeks now), here are a couple tips.

  1. Whenever you're tempted to eat something "non-paleo", look at the ingredients list. When you're on the umpteenth chemical you'll remember why you don't eat that stuff anymore.

  2. Subscribe to some Paleo blogs. I particularly like http://beta.primal-palate.com/category/blog/ , www.paleoplan.com ,and www.marksdailyapple.com. I'm always finding new information and recipes on these sites. There's a bit of excitement that goes along with eating a new recipe that you know is from whole, healthy foods.

  3. Look into buying meat directly from a farm. We bought a 1/4 cow recently. It's a little more expensive, but I like knowing exactly where the food came from, plus there were cuts of meat (and organs) that I just wouldn't normally buy but have me looking for recipes. Plus its still cheaper than being unhealthy.

  4. Make sure you stick to it for at least a few weeks. You might not feel great at first, but your sugar addiction will go away, you're body will adjust and you'll feel better. After that, if you "cheat", you'll notice the difference pretty quickly.

  5. Finally, don't think of it as a "diet". Think of it as just eating right. Diets are solely to lose weight. That's a side effect of eating right, but there are many more health benefits than just weight loss.

I hope this helps.

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at 01:46 AM

Thanks for your insight Steve. I am definitely approaching this as a life style dietary change and not just as a "diet". I am truly tired of the bloated & tired feeling I have become aware of the last few years.

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Thanks Mike, I had not seen that thread yet.

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