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Need help getting back on track

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Created December 31, 2012 at 6:39 PM

So I've been 90% primal (still love beer, dairy, and may have the occasional treat every now and again) for about 14 months now and it's great. This past week however, I've definitely strayed from my primal eating. I've eaten everything from chips, to ice cream, to hamburgers. Of course, my terrible eating has caught up with me and now I feel kinda sick and super bloated.

That said, my question is: How do I get back on track? It's like my body is craving everything bad and I'm really struggling here. It's always been fairly easy for me to avoid SAD foods so I'm super confused why it's so tough now.

I've heard that fasting is the way to go but I'm not sure how to go about that. How long do I fast for? When I come off of the fast, what's the best thing to eat? Anyone have any experience with taking a sabbatical from being primal and then getting back on track? All advice is appreciated. Thanks!

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on January 04, 2013
at 02:26 PM

Tried this and it definitely helped! I'm feeling almost normal again thank goodness. Thanks for the advice here :)

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on January 01, 2013
at 04:25 PM

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on December 31, 2012
at 06:53 PM

You don't need to fast. you need to FEAST!

Make a massive primal feast for the new years. Get some grass-fed rib eyes, make a potato hash, some asparagus, whatever you like. And at new years raise a glass of beer (Dogfish Head Chicory Stout sounds about right).

Then tomorrow wake up and continue to eat primally and forget about straying for a few days.

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on January 04, 2013
at 02:26 PM

Tried this and it definitely helped! I'm feeling almost normal again thank goodness. Thanks for the advice here :)

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on December 31, 2012
at 07:18 PM

I'd recommend fasting (as long as you don't have an eating disorder). I'll usually go ~36 hours with just water (i.e., start after dinner and break the fast with breakfast 2 days later). I have done this many times in the past after binges. It works really well for me for 3 reasons I think. (1) it gives your gut time to rest/heal, (2) you get actually hungry so paleo/primal food tastes amazing once again and (3) it makes you less likely to fall off the wagon again because of what you just went through to get back on track.


I'll just add that I agree a big (well relatively big, definitely not overstuffed) paleo/primal meal is the best way to kick off eating healthy again. I just think the easiest way to get to that big meal is to first be hungry, and I've found the best way to get hungry without snacking on processed carbs is to do a relatively short fast. Otherwise, I just end up constantly snacking and never getting hungry enough to eat the big paleo/primal meal to start back on a healthy path.

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on December 31, 2012
at 07:02 PM

I would avoid fasting if you're in the midst of some serious carb cravings. Based on my own experience that does not usually turn out well. It usually ends with a stroll through the wrong strip mall until I see a red velvet cupcake through some glass and then eat 24 of them. Well, maybe it's not always like that but it certainly feels that way! Luckily, I'm back on my low carb "kick" which always suits me very well after the first week.

I will say that since you've taken a break from a high carb SAD regime and come back to it you ARE going to have a little harder time getting into things the second time around. This is just my opinion, but I experienced a similar situation where my body seemed to know I was about to trick it into eating a protein and fat based diet and it definitely kicked my cravings into high gear the second time around. Before I was adapted to eating higher fat and less carbs, my body was craving carbs. It recognized I was introducing something that was going to burn energy and at least initially needed an even greater adjustment period than the first time. Again, this is my opinion.

I would go with what CD said. Pig out on the good foods and the crappy stuff just won't be left with any room in your diet. It's much better to think of it as adding the good stuff rather than depriving yourself of the bad stuff.

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on January 01, 2013
at 02:12 AM

I have fallen off track too. I am starting this program tomorrow. It's not fasting but may be something of interest to you! http://the21daysugardetox.com/

Hope this helps!

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on January 01, 2013
at 12:57 AM

I can relate, it is not easy for sure. If you can, surround yourself with people who are positive and supportive. For me I am a fan of the Whole 30 and intend to get back on the train after New Years with this program myself.

http://whole9life.com/category/whole-30/

Good luck

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