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What's your advice on getting "back on the bandwagon?"

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Created November 01, 2010 at 2:10 AM

I've fallen off, but can't seem to pull myself back on! I love the philosophy of paleo, and I feel better when I do eat that way, but my old habits keep coming back... grains are so comforting to me, sugar is so delicious sometimes, a bowl of cereal is so easy... help!!

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on November 04, 2010
at 03:57 PM

Also, it helps to be firmly convinced that sugar/cereal/veg oils/HFCS/transfats will kill you. They will, but you have to be sure. Do the research and convince yourself thoroughly - beyond any shadow of a doubt. Then, just eat paleo and make sure you are not hungry (at least to start - IF can come later). Hunger leads to bad choices. Once you remove sweets, fruit will start to taste quite sweet - even like a treat. Use that, when necessary. Good luck on your journey.

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on November 02, 2010
at 07:05 PM

Yeah, Dave, I'm not always perfect either. I figure that being "bad" once in a while is a big improvement from eating horribly at every meal. When I try to aim for perfection, I get too hard on myself, and actually eat worse. So instead I try to make the best choices I can when I'm in one of those places.

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on November 02, 2010
at 05:23 PM

Support is key. Since I'm a T2 diabetic, my family and co-workers actually chide me if I eat badly. Makes it harder to eat that food even if its always around. Of course, when I want to be bad, I'll find a way... Thankfully, it doesn't happen very often.

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on November 01, 2010
at 03:53 PM

Great idea- I used to do Weight Watchers, and I credit thorough meal planning for my success. I thought I would hate having to eat pre-determined meals, but it really wasn't bad at all, and helped me break some emotional attachments to food.

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on November 01, 2010
at 02:24 PM

Second this. I am not sure I could decide to do this for life yet, I am just taking it a month at a time. I used health month to help me track my first 30 day challenge and I have re-upped this month. Only the first 3 rules are free but the daily reminders to check in and competitive aspects really worked for keeping me on target.

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on November 01, 2010
at 01:39 PM

I have to agree: simply keep it all out of the house. Commit. Part of that commitment is NOT BUYING IT. Make no mistake, its a commitment just like a marriage, having kids, raising an animal etc. Think long term and hardcore. Also, turn the whole thing around and make it something you can BE PROUD of. In other words, dont think "oh i love sweets, etc, ill keep some around for that moment...." but rather think along the lines of "Ill show them all how strong i am as a person, i dont need this corporate fakefood junk. Ill be a model for them all." etc.

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on November 01, 2010
at 01:13 PM

Yeah, I can't really get rid of non-paleo food... the rest of my family not only eats that stuff but keeps subtly trying to get me to eat it too (which doesn't help at all).

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Great advice - if you can do it. I'm married with children and my wife and kids don't buy into eating like a "caveman". No way they are giving up bagels/cereal/ice cream cake/sandwiches/pasta/rice etc. Some of us just have to live with this stuff around all the time. It does make it extra difficult.

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on November 01, 2010
at 03:15 AM

Get all enemy foods out of the house and do not buy anymore. Then the only time you can cheat is if you are eating out. Even then, try to order more paleo friendly items in order to keep the cheat on the mild side. Keep some super dark chocolate in the house to help satiate any super monster cravings. And quit being such a whiny weenie and just do it! ;-P

6b6fd8871edb729c22e3e8a44e17ec0f

(260)

on November 01, 2010
at 01:13 PM

Yeah, I can't really get rid of non-paleo food... the rest of my family not only eats that stuff but keeps subtly trying to get me to eat it too (which doesn't help at all).

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 01, 2010
at 12:14 PM

Great advice - if you can do it. I'm married with children and my wife and kids don't buy into eating like a "caveman". No way they are giving up bagels/cereal/ice cream cake/sandwiches/pasta/rice etc. Some of us just have to live with this stuff around all the time. It does make it extra difficult.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on November 01, 2010
at 01:39 PM

I have to agree: simply keep it all out of the house. Commit. Part of that commitment is NOT BUYING IT. Make no mistake, its a commitment just like a marriage, having kids, raising an animal etc. Think long term and hardcore. Also, turn the whole thing around and make it something you can BE PROUD of. In other words, dont think "oh i love sweets, etc, ill keep some around for that moment...." but rather think along the lines of "Ill show them all how strong i am as a person, i dont need this corporate fakefood junk. Ill be a model for them all." etc.

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on November 01, 2010
at 03:07 AM

Start over with breakfast. That's what I do. I fall off the sugar wagon now and again, but I just reboot with a proper breakfast the next day and it helps a ton. Also... it's HUGE to be prepared with the right foods and NOT have the wrong foods around you. Get that stuff out of your house/reach! It's not like we all don't think a bowl of cereal is so easy and tasty, it's just something you have to make a non-option.

Also, I will say this, I believe it can really take YEARS to get to a place where these relapses don't happen - or at least ones that last as long as it seems yours may be. I maybe fall off for a day with having some candy, but then that's it. I feel the ill effects (though I knew them before I ate it) and then I don't want to feel that way anymore. And I know what made me feel that way... so it takes a bit of brainpower to think through your decisions, but when your brain is fueled by grains and sugar, it's not clear. You have to yank yourself out of that hole.

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on November 01, 2010
at 02:21 AM

i attack it one day at a time when i fall off.

i plan for that day, keep it sugar and gluten free, and try not to think ahead of that day.

usually works.

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on November 01, 2010
at 11:47 AM

Just do it. Don't make it complicated or overthink it. Eat paleo foods, don't eat non paleo foods, whatever your definition of those are.

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on November 01, 2010
at 11:33 AM

Fast for a day. When you wake up the next morning, you really don't want to undo all that hard work from the previous day. Also, you will have dulled some of those cravings.

And of course, come on Paleohacks and get some motivation....

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on November 01, 2010
at 02:34 AM

This worked for me:

  • Make a spreadsheet of all of your proposed meals for the next week
  • Buy the necessary ingredients for those meals
  • Cook as much of the meals as you can ahead of time
  • Throw out tempting stuff in your fridge and cabinets
  • Reward yourself with something really nice at the end of that week

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on November 01, 2010
at 03:53 PM

Great idea- I used to do Weight Watchers, and I credit thorough meal planning for my success. I thought I would hate having to eat pre-determined meals, but it really wasn't bad at all, and helped me break some emotional attachments to food.

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on November 02, 2010
at 03:23 AM

I read "What Happens To Your Body When You Carb Binge" by Mark Sisson...

Key quote: "...a hefty dose of sugar can compromise the immune system for more than 24 hours."

And Kurt Harris' "Smoking Candy Cigarettes."

Key quote: "I think ???cheat days??? make just as much sense as a weekly Marlboro red for ex-smokers or lines of coke once in a while after you have left Hazelden."

P.S. I also reacquaint myself with KH's famous list.

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2b4f887f5fd32a37c6038eb0aaaf3bf5

on November 02, 2010
at 01:03 AM

Sola, I've been through this recently myself, and ended up writing several blog posts about it, as well as doing a YouTube video.

For me, what it came down to was three areas: -Changing mental patterns -Dealing with the physical effects (withdrawal, sugar cravings) -Social support

For me, it is important to approach from all three angles. I find it useful to think positively, and that makes it more likely for me to make good choices. If I'm too hard on myself, that just drives me to eat for emotional reasons = eat poorly.

Also, it is hard to make good choices when you're on the blood sugar roller coaster, so I find focusing on eating high protein & high fat helps a lot. I also found out about a whole bunch of supplements that can help (including the glutamine mentioned by Dave S.).

And social support = community is really important for me as well, and this is the place for it! Helps to continue to connect with like minded people. Do you have a paleo meet-up group in your community?

I do also find reading books & blogs a great way to keep my focused.

But, bottom line, don't be hard on yourself, and just make the best choices that you can. It's a journey for some of us, and there is no reason to beat yourself up for falling in the trap that the Western Diet & culture has set up for us.

Good luck, you can do it!!

2b4f887f5fd32a37c6038eb0aaaf3bf5

(1648)

on November 02, 2010
at 07:05 PM

Yeah, Dave, I'm not always perfect either. I figure that being "bad" once in a while is a big improvement from eating horribly at every meal. When I try to aim for perfection, I get too hard on myself, and actually eat worse. So instead I try to make the best choices I can when I'm in one of those places.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 02, 2010
at 05:23 PM

Support is key. Since I'm a T2 diabetic, my family and co-workers actually chide me if I eat badly. Makes it harder to eat that food even if its always around. Of course, when I want to be bad, I'll find a way... Thankfully, it doesn't happen very often.

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on November 01, 2010
at 01:35 PM

Doing a short-term challenge has helped me a lot. In August I did a 30-day challenge which mostly consisted of NO grains and NO added sugars. When I was faced with a tempting cheat food, I just thought "I'm not allowed to eat that" and immediately moved on. If it's not an option, you don't have to decide whether to eat it or not. You could make a challenge as restrictive as you want and for whatever length of time you want. It really works for me, as long as I set my mind to it.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on November 01, 2010
at 02:24 PM

Second this. I am not sure I could decide to do this for life yet, I am just taking it a month at a time. I used health month to help me track my first 30 day challenge and I have re-upped this month. Only the first 3 rules are free but the daily reminders to check in and competitive aspects really worked for keeping me on target.

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 01, 2010
at 12:09 PM

Try, try again! or as a Japanese proverb states "Fall down seven times, stand up eight." Don't mentally beat yourself up - this is not an easy path (at least at first - it does get easier over time - actually comfortable). It took me 6-9 months to sorta get the hang of it - and I feel like I still don't have it "nailed".

Lots of great suggestions above. I just want to add that Glutamine can really help ameliorate sugar cravings. 500mg to 1g morning and evening. I take 1g 2x/day - but I'm a big guy. First Halloween ever that I didn't eat any candy - and I had no desire - in spite of handing it out to the kiddies all night.

And I can't remove the junk from the house - I have a wife and kids that don't subscribe to my way of eating. I just look at all the bread/muffins/bagels/ice cream and think "that's not mine". I have to be sure that I always have some meat leftovers for whenever I need it and some other paleo snacks/quick hits. Sometimes a sip of heavy cream is all I need to hold me for a while.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 04, 2010
at 03:57 PM

Also, it helps to be firmly convinced that sugar/cereal/veg oils/HFCS/transfats will kill you. They will, but you have to be sure. Do the research and convince yourself thoroughly - beyond any shadow of a doubt. Then, just eat paleo and make sure you are not hungry (at least to start - IF can come later). Hunger leads to bad choices. Once you remove sweets, fruit will start to taste quite sweet - even like a treat. Use that, when necessary. Good luck on your journey.

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on November 01, 2010
at 11:26 AM

I do many of the things mentioned in the other posts. I don't keep anything in my house that isn't paleo except a small amount of super dark chocolate to combat the occasional cravings. When I choose to eat something in the gray area (I can't fully go off of paleo without being deathly sick) I make certain that my next meal is pure paleo. My other tip would be to read Robb Wolf's "The Paleo Solution". Whenever I feel tempted by anything I read a chapter, get scared to death, and then I find it quite easy to stay paleo. You need the fear! :D

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on November 01, 2010
at 02:49 AM

On most Sundays, but esp after a weekend of questionable food choices: I buy a ton of veggies and thaw a few GF steaks, I spend an hour or so filling up a couple large containers with salad and barbecuing the steaks then this combo becomes my default choice over the next couple of days if I don't have time or feel like making something else good. For me it's about having good choices readily available.

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