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On day 31, I cheated,

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 04, 2012 at 5:42 PM

So, I "rewarded" myself this weekend. I was out for a meal and I had an ice cream sundae and then I had a cadburys creme egg yesterday.

Fine, I've lost 7lbs since I started and I've felt fantastic. It took me a couple of weeks to rid myself of cravings, but I got through it and I hadn't craved anything since.

I didn't crave the ice cream- I just figured I'd have it as I hadn't in so long.

My problem now is I feel like crack head in search of drugs. I've been craving sugar ALL day like a total monster. Is this just from this one cheat?

I guess my question is reassurance that it isn't going to take 2 weeks to rid myself of the cravings again, 'cause man that was tough! I haven't undone 30 days of hard work have I? :(

I'll be waiting a looooong while before I try that again!

Thanks in advance..

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on March 07, 2012
at 08:30 PM

Why can't you reward yourself with lobster or a wine wine or filet mignon?

D31c8ab71d670da4f8da16700591eb27

(20)

on March 05, 2012
at 08:06 AM

Happens to me as well, one day I eat ice cream I am a sugar craving fool for the next two days. I just jump back on the wagon and it all clears up soon.

A4587cfef29863db612c43f89c202cc1

(2053)

on March 04, 2012
at 10:57 PM

Cadbury Creme Eggs are different than "pastured" eggs? Uh oh, I have been doing this diet all wrong. Seriously though, everyone slips up now and then. You're never more than one meal away from being on track.

31b1a4776ea8c0536aa49d55e21821c0

(35)

on March 04, 2012
at 07:23 PM

Wow, that's interesting stuff. Thanks again!

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on March 04, 2012
at 07:05 PM

great advice. Have good ready-to-eat paleo stuff at hand for when you have to eat something RIGHT NOW or you'll crack. Like a hard-boiled egg.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on March 04, 2012
at 07:04 PM

One of my favorite topics! Just type "gut-brain" in the PH search and you'll get a ton of hits. This one, too:http://paleohacks.com/questions/76421/brain-gut-connection#axzz1nf6ACZ8Z The gut not only has its own supply of neurons but they also communicate wtih your brain via the vagus nerve.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on March 04, 2012
at 06:55 PM

same thing happened to me. The pint of Ben and Jerrys I bought for my teenagers was talking to me. Calling me from across the house. I swear it. Every sugar molecule in it was hell-bent on making a beeline for my brain. I gave in last week, twice, but today - I drew the line. Battle stations, people!

31b1a4776ea8c0536aa49d55e21821c0

(35)

on March 04, 2012
at 06:45 PM

The gut-brain axis?... Go on..

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 04, 2012
at 06:43 PM

If you believe in the gut-brain axis, your cravings suggest a profound reaction in your gut whether or not you perceived gut distress.

31b1a4776ea8c0536aa49d55e21821c0

(35)

on March 04, 2012
at 06:38 PM

I haven't had grains since I started, and I have no cravings for them anymore. Thank you very much for the advice. I'll go for as long as possible with out one. Worst part is- I wasn't even craving the treat- I just thought I'd go for it! Thanks again

31b1a4776ea8c0536aa49d55e21821c0

(35)

on March 04, 2012
at 06:36 PM

Thanks guys. I've eaten super clean today. I was getting to the stage where I wasn't hungry during the day but today I've been starving, no matter how much meat and veggies I eat. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. Thanks again :)

31b1a4776ea8c0536aa49d55e21821c0

(35)

on March 04, 2012
at 06:35 PM

I've had no reaction in terms of my gut. Just mentally craving sugar like crazy!!

31b1a4776ea8c0536aa49d55e21821c0

(35)

on March 04, 2012
at 06:35 PM

Thanks Karin. I'm trying not to beat myself up about it. I've eaten a tonne of cabbage and chicken today so I hope I wake up better tomorrow!

A65499f2f8c65602881550fe309cd48c

(3501)

on March 04, 2012
at 06:24 PM

And my hope is you're not beating yourself up over it...we're all human and it just is a part of life. no one can eat perfectly all the time (maybe a rare few) and sometimes life just hands you a cupcake to eat. The worry and angst about "blowing" it can be just as detrimental so be good to yourself and just get ack to eating well :)

464e1c66609d402615ae2b3cf72d53fb

(1472)

on March 04, 2012
at 06:09 PM

If you were told you were going to have to give up brussel sprouts I bet you would have no reaction, and if you twisted off and ate some, again, you would have no reaction. I agree that sugar is an addiction for some of us, myself included.

Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

(4400)

on March 04, 2012
at 06:06 PM

+1 for a reminder about reality. I think that for some people (me), sugar is an addiction, or very close. Now you just have to tough it out and get back on track, and next time you think about cheating, remember this day! A few hundred repetitions and you'll get the point!

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on March 04, 2012
at 05:58 PM

Exactly. Giving into the craving only reinforces it. You have not undone 30 days of hard work!

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Dc77df0e0b3a7643c94ce84eb0ae1fb4

on March 04, 2012
at 06:34 PM

c.h.i.l.l out :)

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6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on March 04, 2012
at 06:40 PM

I wouldn't dwell on it too much. The goal is improving your diet, not 100% paleo perfection. Just keep taking steps to eat fresh whole foods and minimizing the processed and sugar laden bad foods. We all have set backs now and then, but just keep moving forward in the right direction.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 04, 2012
at 05:50 PM

Eat your next 100 % Paleo meal, and then when get hungry again eat your next 100% Paleo meal. You will wake up fine in the morning. Then eat your next 100% Paleo meal.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on March 04, 2012
at 07:05 PM

great advice. Have good ready-to-eat paleo stuff at hand for when you have to eat something RIGHT NOW or you'll crack. Like a hard-boiled egg.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on March 04, 2012
at 05:58 PM

Exactly. Giving into the craving only reinforces it. You have not undone 30 days of hard work!

D31c8ab71d670da4f8da16700591eb27

(20)

on March 05, 2012
at 08:06 AM

Happens to me as well, one day I eat ice cream I am a sugar craving fool for the next two days. I just jump back on the wagon and it all clears up soon.

31b1a4776ea8c0536aa49d55e21821c0

(35)

on March 04, 2012
at 06:36 PM

Thanks guys. I've eaten super clean today. I was getting to the stage where I wasn't hungry during the day but today I've been starving, no matter how much meat and veggies I eat. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. Thanks again :)

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A65499f2f8c65602881550fe309cd48c

(3501)

on March 04, 2012
at 06:21 PM

Fat, fatty mcfattington eat some fatty (good fat obviously) fat goodness. When I fall off he bandwagon I gob in some avocado, coconut oil, coconut milk, fatty steak, etc. and that seems to help the withdrawal from the slippery slope of crappy food.

A65499f2f8c65602881550fe309cd48c

(3501)

on March 04, 2012
at 06:24 PM

And my hope is you're not beating yourself up over it...we're all human and it just is a part of life. no one can eat perfectly all the time (maybe a rare few) and sometimes life just hands you a cupcake to eat. The worry and angst about "blowing" it can be just as detrimental so be good to yourself and just get ack to eating well :)

31b1a4776ea8c0536aa49d55e21821c0

(35)

on March 04, 2012
at 06:35 PM

Thanks Karin. I'm trying not to beat myself up about it. I've eaten a tonne of cabbage and chicken today so I hope I wake up better tomorrow!

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7f7069fc4d8d2456cec509d0f9e9bb34

(865)

on March 04, 2012
at 06:32 PM

Just put it away, start over. Don't beat yourself up.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 04, 2012
at 06:32 PM

Good news! When I've had this reaction (twice) it took only 3 days to get totally back to feeling great with no cravings. Be aware, though, that re-healing my gut definitely took longer.

What works fastest for me is to hit fatty meat HARD with a minimum of carbs for a day or two. I can then work healthy carbs back into the mix with no impulse control issues.

31b1a4776ea8c0536aa49d55e21821c0

(35)

on March 04, 2012
at 06:35 PM

I've had no reaction in terms of my gut. Just mentally craving sugar like crazy!!

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on March 04, 2012
at 07:04 PM

One of my favorite topics! Just type "gut-brain" in the PH search and you'll get a ton of hits. This one, too:http://paleohacks.com/questions/76421/brain-gut-connection#axzz1nf6ACZ8Z The gut not only has its own supply of neurons but they also communicate wtih your brain via the vagus nerve.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 04, 2012
at 06:43 PM

If you believe in the gut-brain axis, your cravings suggest a profound reaction in your gut whether or not you perceived gut distress.

31b1a4776ea8c0536aa49d55e21821c0

(35)

on March 04, 2012
at 07:23 PM

Wow, that's interesting stuff. Thanks again!

31b1a4776ea8c0536aa49d55e21821c0

(35)

on March 04, 2012
at 06:45 PM

The gut-brain axis?... Go on..

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C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

on March 04, 2012
at 06:04 PM

If you search through the PH archives for sugar craving/binges, you'll find that this happens to quite a few people. Some people's systems just can't handle sugar; no matter how long they go paleo, a cheat day causes that same craving or binge for a day or a few days.

The good news is that it shouldn't take you two weeks this time to get over it, because you've already detoxed from your long-term sugar binging prior to going paleo. Eat clean (especially avoid grains), eat lots of fat to stabilize your mood, and this time go 6-8 weeks before you reward yourself with a cheat.

31b1a4776ea8c0536aa49d55e21821c0

(35)

on March 04, 2012
at 06:38 PM

I haven't had grains since I started, and I have no cravings for them anymore. Thank you very much for the advice. I'll go for as long as possible with out one. Worst part is- I wasn't even craving the treat- I just thought I'd go for it! Thanks again

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66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on March 04, 2012
at 07:24 PM

When I went through this a few time I would eat nothing but good quality grass fed meat raw. This may seem unusual to a lot of people but raw meat is very easy to digest, feels 'light' in the digestive tract and always makes me feel 'better'. Of course this is my own N=1. My 14 year old son, who has benefited greatly from the Paleo Lifestyle has even tried raw hamburger and raw liver :)

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