Just eaten a packet of quavers. Mortified. How bad is it and what can I expect?

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Created July 27, 2012 at 12:59 PM

On my 7th week of paleo - first 3 weeks strict, have now introduced a few things like the odd bit of fruit, tomatoes, carrots etc. Nothing really bad tho and no grains yet. Lost 16lbs.

Weight loss has stopped completely this week and to add to this, I have just eaten a bag of Quavers . . . for anyone who doesn't know, this is an 88 cal potato snack. . . . per 100g 62.5g carbs of which sugar 4.1g. (the pack weighed 17g)

This is my first slip and I'm so cross. I would jump on the rest of the multipack but my daughters would not be happy!

But how bad it is really, what will this do to my hopefully fat adapted body and what effect will it have on my weight loss?


on July 27, 2012
at 11:31 PM

-1 Bill1102inf - That is atrocious advice! Eveinne - a slip is a slip. If it's your first in 7 weeks then you've made incredible progress. Draw a line under it, and start again tomorrow. I doubt very much it will have any effect. Perhaps some mild stomach discomfort at worst.

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on July 27, 2012
at 05:23 PM

Remember, you're in this for the long run, don't fixate on the little missteps, everyone does it, it's part of being Human



on July 27, 2012
at 02:57 PM

I really hope you're joking. Let's not encourage bulimia.



on July 27, 2012
at 02:27 PM

if you eat something that you realize right after you would rather have not consumed it. Go in the bathroom and throw it up.

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on July 27, 2012
at 01:51 PM

It's ONLY 88 CALORIES. Relax. You're probably doing more damage by stressing so much about it than you are for consuming a potato snack.



on July 27, 2012
at 01:28 PM

The best thing to do is to get right back on track. One little slip is not going to do much damage. You may have a bit of water retention, but you should lose that quickly. The important thing is that you move on.

I look at paleo as a lifestyle change, not a diet. There will be days I might want an ice cream or an ear of corn, and that's o.k. as long as it's occasional and not a weekly thing.

You might also want to look at why you ate the quavers. Was it emotional - boredom, stress, anger? Was it a dietary deficiency - body needs more fat, carbs, protein? Maybe that is an item you shouldn't have in your house if it triggers a binge.



on July 27, 2012
at 02:10 PM

Why are you trying to make this worse than it is? You ate approximately 12 grams of carbs not the "per 100" that you posted.... And they were potatoes which definitely are paleo.

Don't be so hard on yourself. If you are eating 100% paleo...then that's not paleo. "Paleo" man ate everything and over long periods of time figured out what was good and what was bad, what was a treat, and what was a staple. So being paleo, in the truest sense of the word, really is eating 80/20 and learning from your mistakes. You should embrace opportunities like this and move forward stronger than ever.

Edit: I'm not saying Quavers are paleo.... just potatoes...


on July 27, 2012
at 01:45 PM

Don't worry about it. Don't become neurotic about it and make yourself feel guilt/shame for eating a certain type of food. Echoing what others have said, just go back to eating normally and don't think about it again. Non-paleo food occasionally is fine, just don't make it a staple in your everyday eating.



on July 27, 2012
at 01:29 PM

Nicely done on the 16 pounds!

Not that I condone eating Quavers, but many of us slip up from time to time. It might slow your weight loss for a day or two, but I wouldn't worry about it. Worrying about you slip ups is not paleo - any extra stress/cortisol can impede fat loss. The real problem with a slip up is that for some people it can trigger more crappy eating.

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on July 27, 2012
at 05:19 PM

Don't beat yourself up, move on and keep it clean, next time you exercise, do it a little harder.

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