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How do you strengthen your resolve?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 12, 2013 at 7:37 AM

How do you discipline yourself? Do you reward yourself with cheat meals, or punish yourself for violation of your diet? If so, how has that been working out for you? Or maybe you don't cheat, as eating clean is sufficiently rewarding..

I get carb cravings when I 'reward' myself, but these also occur when I do not. It gets even worse when I'm at a friend's or parent's place where high-carb food is freely available. Any recommendations?

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on August 13, 2013
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Ranch 99 market, an asian market chain in California for durian and cocos. http://www.dr-cow.com/products/ for cheese. A 2x yearly treat

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on August 12, 2013
at 08:06 PM

Your treats sound delicious. Out of curiosity, where do you get macadamia nut Brie/fresh Thai coconuts/fresh durian?

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on August 12, 2013
at 05:22 PM

Great advice, would read again

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on August 12, 2013
at 01:44 PM

I guess it's as you say, in time my body will tell me what it should and should not eat, and I'll probably crave different foods as well. Until then, it's iron discipline for me!

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on August 12, 2013
at 12:11 PM

Good question and good answers. I think this issue resolves itself over time. It is just not worth the suffering. I reward myself by getting on the scales and seeing that although I eat wonderful food I can maintain my weight. I keep track of that weight by putting stars or smiley faces on a calendar for days that I am in my weight range. Most months are covered in smiley faces. A nonfood reward has benefited me.

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Bacon is rewarding, that´s true. And you're right about giving in; once started, there's no stopping it... I'll be sure to bring my own baconstrips next time I visit them.

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on August 12, 2013
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I look at things such as grassfed ribeyes and bacon as rewards instead. Therefore, I get a reward nearly every day.

If you have cravings tell yourself, "Oh yeah, watch me NOT eat that." Start looking at non-food items as non-food, and you'll lose interest.

If you must, you can use a little bit of L-Glutamine when you get cravings to quiet them. Taking Alpha Lipoic Acid also helps. After a couple of weeks of avoiding carbs, you'll find the cravings will go away, but beware, if you start eating them again, you'll start to crave them again.

If that happens, don't give up, just remember to avoid them, and start over - don't just throw in the towel if you gave in. The more you give in, the more you will give in. Remember, you can get good carbs instead. And yes, to answer the question of the person offering you junk foods, even a little bite will hurt.

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on August 12, 2013
at 11:17 AM

Bacon is rewarding, that´s true. And you're right about giving in; once started, there's no stopping it... I'll be sure to bring my own baconstrips next time I visit them.

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on August 12, 2013
at 01:42 PM

Cravings do not really bother me. My rewards tend to be really good versions of what i normally eat.

  • Instead of ground beef i might buy some bison
  • Instead of stew meat i might by a good steak
  • Instend of tuna i might buy wild tilapia
  • Splurge on some grourmet aged macadamia nut brie
  • Fresh thai coconuts and durian, the worlds tastiest smoothie combo

I will also throw a little caution to the wind when eating out. Not to the degree of saying "screw ill get a deep dish with extra cheese," But i will lighten my limitations at mexican and thai restaurants, this is more to enjoy social eating with friends then reward myself though.

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on August 13, 2013
at 01:16 AM

Ranch 99 market, an asian market chain in California for durian and cocos. http://www.dr-cow.com/products/ for cheese. A 2x yearly treat

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on August 12, 2013
at 08:06 PM

Your treats sound delicious. Out of curiosity, where do you get macadamia nut Brie/fresh Thai coconuts/fresh durian?

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on August 12, 2013
at 11:35 AM

Every violation of the diet is a severe punishment as well. Drinking beer for instance, just 2 glasses means no fun at all and next 2 days with diarrhea. Grains, dairy or sugar means aggressive sweat, itchy scalp and acne for a week. I think everyone here with at least couple of months on paleo knows where it ends and almost nobody wants to go back to the dark side just because of such a silly thing like carb cravings. If you feel the need, go get some fruit and that will do it.

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on August 12, 2013
at 04:24 PM

Not sure why you imply that carbs are your "cheat" meals. Also unsure as to why you are implying that to eat differently than a made up "paleo" diet (to which no one can actually prove what paleolithic humans ate) is a sin that needs to be "punished" or "rewarded" for following. Consider seeing a therapist for potential eating disorder issues.

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on August 12, 2013
at 05:22 PM

Great advice, would read again

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on August 12, 2013
at 02:19 PM

I think that's a great question! Motivation and resolve are king in my opinion and the lack of one or the other is the difference between success or failure!

I think one has to find what's the real reason why is commited to a certain goal and get yoked always to that resolution and fight back any odds that might come, in the case of diet/nutriton it would be the so mentioned cravings, for instance.

For me, I was once upon a time a fat-ass, and, to sum up, a real mess. Then one day I started going to the gym, got some results, so I deeped more down into nutrition, get even better results... then starting digging more and more... until now, 8 years later. I sometimes fall off the wagon, but everytime I fall less, in fact in the last times I got a very strong resolve to not fall almost never, if I do, it's usually well planned and for some reason. Why do you want this so badly? Is for a six pack? To win a contest? To regain health? To reverse a disease? To get the looks of hot chicks? Whataver! But focus on it.

So how one can get such strong resolution? In my case, it's a pure thing of being very stubborn and hungry for more knowledge and better results. After one year watching your food and with some exercise... you can fail sometimes, when it has been four or five years with hardcore training, cherry picking the most powerful superfoods, reviewing supplements, you fail less... when it has been six or seven and you have finally gone from fat to 6 pack, you want to keep it and even fail less... and when it has been 8 years, your friends and family know you more for being a nutrition freak instead of your real job, have a blog and they rely on your advise more than their docs and you're even considering staring a BS in Nutrition and change the course of your life... then all this is your lifestyle now, you got the handle of things and your resolve is even more strong than back in the past :)

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on August 12, 2013
at 01:34 PM

When I was on other diets and what not, I would reward with myself with some fattening treat. I figured I deserve it. After I would hit the gym, I would reward myself with a meal. I associated reward with food but that's also due to my upbringing. In my family, we celebrate a lot of things with food. Got an A* report card? Let's go out to eat! Won the spelling bee? Let's go get some ice cream! So it has been ingrained in me for a long time. However, now that I'm on Paleo, my reward is the scale and how good I feel. When I do get cravings, I think about my accomplishments and just find a healthier substitute for my craving. Not only am I satisfied but it also keeps me on target for my weight accomplishments. I have a friend's bday coming up at a wine loft. I know for a fact that I won't be drinking any wine. As much as I love it, I know I won't stick to one glass if I have some. So, I'll drink water and be someone's designated driver :)

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