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Why does time off or vacations seem to "throw off" so many people from their paleo lifestyle?

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Created July 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Ideas? I do not get it really and I want to understand this phenomena better.

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on July 19, 2011
at 05:56 PM

I am the biggest diet nazi in the wold and have almost ruined vacation because of 100% compliance. Its hard but you do it to the best of your ability nothing less!But there is also a fine line of not ruining vacations so find a way to enjoy yourself maybe just doing one day of getting the treats and not oversdoing it or just a meal is even better! But dide life is too fucking short and family fleeting i ve had alot of relatives die and think of the times i wish i had seen them or when i was just letting loose and having fun!!

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 19, 2011
at 02:39 PM

Meredith - this is a serious topic. You are being insensitive and cold, like dry ice. No, wait...colder than that. What's colder than dry ice? I'll tell you what is, Oksana

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on July 19, 2011
at 01:44 PM

I like your answer! I had a go 'round with one of those peeps a while back - I think he's suspended now or something. My intention is to add something comedic whenever the opportunity arises, or I goad someone else into being funny. This is a diet after all, and 98% of us will die at some point in our lives, so let's loosen up a bit :)

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on July 19, 2011
at 01:37 PM

@Kaz - not you specifically, just some of the answers seem a little bit like a parent disciplining their child than an adult to adult kind of response. And for some reason it gets to me when someone bags on someone else for not living up to their standard of what a Paleo is or isnt. Dont sweat it Kaz and I meant no offense to anyone either. Just thought it worthy of note.

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on July 19, 2011
at 05:30 AM

I hope I didn't come off as condescending! I'm one of those people who can't "cheat" or I get very sick, and I guess I was basing my reply on the premise that others get ill when they deviate, as well. I hope I didn't offend you!

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on July 19, 2011
at 02:37 AM

The best part is being able to order seconds of everything! "Another rack of lamb, please: Hold the sides" :D

332d9f75d1077abafff6887681f6b130

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on July 19, 2011
at 01:05 AM

No lifting. Lots of stairs, and a lot of walking. Some scuba diving too.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on July 18, 2011
at 11:48 PM

plus one......love this answer. But its because it is how I think too. I guess I want to know how to help people get to where you are.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on July 18, 2011
at 11:47 PM

any lifting? They got gyms on them boats

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on July 18, 2011
at 11:44 PM

plus one.......thanks for the input.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on July 18, 2011
at 11:42 PM

plus on person......

016de26fe61daf799662d3b7b2468324

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on July 18, 2011
at 10:24 PM

+1 I so agree. Everytime I go home to the east coast it's virtually impossible not to eat all of the greasy, high carb junk foods from my childhood. I'm going there in a few weeks and I'm a bit angry that I know I'll blow my clean eating so bad, but I'm also excited. I plan to hit the gym the whole time, which helps. I'll just have to work extra hard when I get back.

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on July 18, 2011
at 08:58 PM

Just mudslinging. Answer: because people associate tenacity on routines with 'work' and lack of freedom whereas the opposite holds when they have a vacation: they 'vacate' to a world of lethargy and slack off. For many(cough...most) this developes into a lifestyle. Personally, my life is a vacation...and I'm lovin' it like I hate Mc-D's

332d9f75d1077abafff6887681f6b130

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on July 18, 2011
at 07:51 PM

My wife decided that she's going to go paleo after seeing a bunch of people with "beach bodies" on our recent trip. We'll see if she actually does go paleo or not, but she was at least inspired to to it.

332d9f75d1077abafff6887681f6b130

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on July 18, 2011
at 07:48 PM

+1 The paleo-police tend to get a little high on their soap boxes from time to time on this site. I proudly still live in the modern era, even if my diet doesn't always.

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at 07:40 PM

I had a friend go to a chain restaurant and he asked what the veggies of the day were and was told "brown rice." Really!??!?

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on July 18, 2011
at 06:47 PM

Yes, all these are reasons I've dealt with in varying degrees, especially when not at home.

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on July 18, 2011
at 05:39 PM

Yes! Mini umbrellas! They always screw up your eating habits! So true.

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:41 PM

Also to be super pedantic that wasn't an ad hominem since you weren't making any argument to attack.

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:29 PM

Yeah. I try very hard to eat well on those occasions but I figure one week that isn't great will not kill me. I'm lucky though that eating wheat and veggie oils doesn't make me immediately physically sick or uncomfortable.

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:26 PM

I agree. Plus when you really want to just relax it can be stressful eating out to have to call over the manager, chef, etc. in front of friends and family and coordinate a proper meal. It adds a complication that is so not fun.

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:24 PM

I was just poking some fun at the tone of your question (trying to understand the "phenomenon" of people chilling out on vacation.) but I did answer the question farther down. Basically vacation time provides a ton of excuses to cheat, and if someone doesn't really like eating paleo it's so easy to just grab those excuses and totally go off paleo and justify it to yourself.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:17 PM

Nice ad hominem attack. I asked so I can make sense of this.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:10 PM

Plus one.......

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:10 PM

the quilt is confused because not all of us can be paleo gods like him, he's just trying to understand us mere neolithic mortals :)

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:08 PM

Totally agree with Stabby. I feel we are so darn confined and limited in our jobs and daily lives that for me, I feel this overwhelming need to just let go. I definitely don't do well outside a schedule and routine. I've been awful this summer and some tummy aches were well worth it all!

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on July 18, 2011
at 03:53 PM

I'm just looking for opinions because in clinic this summer so many come back from their off time with excuses.

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219ce991d8c94447870c824680de53e0

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on July 18, 2011
at 07:07 PM

I know it is probably not my place to say but since going Paleo and discovering this site, some of the responses (and the responses on several questions or posts) seem to be pretty condescending. As if you dare stray from Paleo you are somehow a lesser person or weak willed. From all that I have read (Sisson, Cordain, etc), if you are strict Paleo just 80%+ of the time you will likely reap the health benefits not to mention the aesthetic benefits of the diet. Im not trying to be critical but the tone of some of these responses tends to sound like someone being scolded for not staying on the path of the truly enlightened person that you must be to even be Paleo. Maybe a little support and positivity here folks?

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on July 19, 2011
at 05:30 AM

I hope I didn't come off as condescending! I'm one of those people who can't "cheat" or I get very sick, and I guess I was basing my reply on the premise that others get ill when they deviate, as well. I hope I didn't offend you!

219ce991d8c94447870c824680de53e0

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on July 19, 2011
at 01:37 PM

@Kaz - not you specifically, just some of the answers seem a little bit like a parent disciplining their child than an adult to adult kind of response. And for some reason it gets to me when someone bags on someone else for not living up to their standard of what a Paleo is or isnt. Dont sweat it Kaz and I meant no offense to anyone either. Just thought it worthy of note.

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 19, 2011
at 02:39 PM

Meredith - this is a serious topic. You are being insensitive and cold, like dry ice. No, wait...colder than that. What's colder than dry ice? I'll tell you what is, Oksana

332d9f75d1077abafff6887681f6b130

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on July 18, 2011
at 07:48 PM

+1 The paleo-police tend to get a little high on their soap boxes from time to time on this site. I proudly still live in the modern era, even if my diet doesn't always.

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on July 19, 2011
at 01:44 PM

I like your answer! I had a go 'round with one of those peeps a while back - I think he's suspended now or something. My intention is to add something comedic whenever the opportunity arises, or I goad someone else into being funny. This is a diet after all, and 98% of us will die at some point in our lives, so let's loosen up a bit :)

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:05 PM

OMG we all deserve a break you have to take them for your own sanity as long as there not like super often you will be ok!!

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on July 18, 2011
at 08:58 PM

Just mudslinging. Answer: because people associate tenacity on routines with 'work' and lack of freedom whereas the opposite holds when they have a vacation: they 'vacate' to a world of lethargy and slack off. For many(cough...most) this developes into a lifestyle. Personally, my life is a vacation...and I'm lovin' it like I hate Mc-D's

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:17 PM

Nice ad hominem attack. I asked so I can make sense of this.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on July 18, 2011
at 11:42 PM

plus on person......

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:24 PM

I was just poking some fun at the tone of your question (trying to understand the "phenomenon" of people chilling out on vacation.) but I did answer the question farther down. Basically vacation time provides a ton of excuses to cheat, and if someone doesn't really like eating paleo it's so easy to just grab those excuses and totally go off paleo and justify it to yourself.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:10 PM

the quilt is confused because not all of us can be paleo gods like him, he's just trying to understand us mere neolithic mortals :)

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:41 PM

Also to be super pedantic that wasn't an ad hominem since you weren't making any argument to attack.

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on July 18, 2011
at 03:57 PM

To be honest, I don't understand it, either. If I'm on vacation, the last thing I want to be doing is nursing an aching tummy and hovering near a toilet at all times.

My sister went on vacation a couple of months ago, and used it as an excuse to binge the entire time. She even went about telling people, "I'm giving myself permission to gain five pounds on this trip." I couldn't understand why, much less her need to justify it to everyone within earshot. I hate feeling puffy and bloated, and on vacation, it's exponentially worse.

However, the only thing I can explain is when away from one's kitchen, it does become more difficult to control one's intake. I will be on vacation this upcoming week, and while I plan to stick firmly to my diet (diet being the way I eat, for the rest of my life, and not used in a weight loss sense) I know that there will have to be some sort of leniency with potential vegetable oils and conventionally raised meats, since I will be unable to access the typical sort of fare that I usually consume whilst staying with my grandparents. :)

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:10 PM

Plus one.......

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on July 18, 2011
at 03:53 PM

Well obviously a lot of people view vacation as a time to relax and take a break from most of their daily routine and habits, including indulging in foods they wouldn't normally eat (traditional holiday foods and desserts especially) or taking a break from scheduled workouts. Plus if it's a holiday you're often spending a lot of time with family and want to enjoy that instead of worrying over whether your food is paleo or not. Or you have to eat out a lot and can't always make perfect choices. Or you're eating at someone else's house and don't want to be rude. Or you're in a new country and want to try the food and not worry over carbs or whether you might eat some vegetable oil. And a lot of people have the all-or-nothing mentality where they eat one or two cheat meals and figure that after that, there's no point in trying to eat well the rest of the time. There are lots of reasons.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on July 18, 2011
at 06:47 PM

Yes, all these are reasons I've dealt with in varying degrees, especially when not at home.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:29 PM

Yeah. I try very hard to eat well on those occasions but I figure one week that isn't great will not kill me. I'm lucky though that eating wheat and veggie oils doesn't make me immediately physically sick or uncomfortable.

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:26 PM

I agree. Plus when you really want to just relax it can be stressful eating out to have to call over the manager, chef, etc. in front of friends and family and coordinate a proper meal. It adds a complication that is so not fun.

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on July 18, 2011
at 08:27 PM

  1. I think vacationing would lead someone to go off the deep end if they are using this diet on any level as a punishment (for having been bad in the past), or something their "supposed" to do, rather than celebrating how healthy they feel.

  2. I believe in practicing social grace over food strictness when staying with family. If someone has gone to the trouble of cooking me a meal, and unless I'm allergic to it, I'm going to eat it, and I'm going to enjoy it.

  3. Americans get very little vacation, so if in that one week they binge on buffet and fast food but take care of themselves the rest of the year I think they'd still be in 90% compliance. The human body in my opinion can recover from this.

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on July 18, 2011
at 03:49 PM

Do you mean why are they less strict about keeping it paleo? Many people find work to be a very confining and inhibiting thing and time off of work becomes a time for freedom from inhibition. The entire personality is skewed towards lack of restraint and prudence, and always having to maintain a diet is conflicting with that attitude. It could also simply be too much temptation depending on where they are vacationing.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on July 18, 2011
at 03:53 PM

I'm just looking for opinions because in clinic this summer so many come back from their off time with excuses.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:08 PM

Totally agree with Stabby. I feel we are so darn confined and limited in our jobs and daily lives that for me, I feel this overwhelming need to just let go. I definitely don't do well outside a schedule and routine. I've been awful this summer and some tummy aches were well worth it all!

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on July 18, 2011
at 05:41 PM

I think it is either of the two things:

.1. Lack of commitment. They are doing this as some kind of a chore, they perhaps, still miss some things that got them sick/unhealthy in the first place, but do not have the will power to stay away.

Or

.2. A sub conscious fear that they are violating the established way of the SAD, what if this Paleo thing doesn't work or has some 'late in the day' side effects.. after all, for this, only they themselves are completely responsible for the outcome; their doctor did not advise it, their family is probably against it.. so here is an opportunity to indulge in the old ways in the guise of vacation time..

I speak from personal experience. I travel a whole lot, to distant countries and went thru what The Quilt calls 'vacation syndrome' in my early Paleo days - After all How am I expected to find Paleo approved food at a 3rd world airport at 4AM, so let me have a couple of beers and some wings.

But once the commitment and personal responsibility sets in, when the garbage in the basement of your sub-conscious is cleared - boiled eggs and green tea appears magically at 3AM in an obscure airport.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on July 18, 2011
at 11:44 PM

plus one.......thanks for the input.

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on July 18, 2011
at 05:21 PM

I try to stay on track as much as possible. When I look at the menu I make the best choices I can, ask to substitute veggies for fries etc. most places will glad to do that for you. Once in a while I have had a restaurant charge a dollar to substitute no big deal. I know they use oils that I don't like I chose not to think about it and enjoy the time with family. As long as every meal I stay as far above 80% I'm happy, some meals will be lower. Breakfasts are easy, lunches are also usually no problem, keep them as close to 90% or better then dinner can be at 60% and your daily average should be 80 - 85%. This way it's not as harmful, but I will put on a couple of pounds.

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:51 PM

Good question. I understand all of the responses here - and they are good ones. I cherish my vacation time and any time away from work. I'm far from perfect, but I've learned that healthy, home cooked meals, extra time outdoors, relaxing with family are the best way to treat myself during my cherished time away from work.

Just recently I was lucky enough to visit friends in Maine for the first time. We had fresh blueberries, lots of local steamed lobster with butter spent time hiking in Acadia. It felt exquisitely indulgent to me :-).

I'm interested in the case where vacation will "kick start" people back on their paleo lifestyle.

332d9f75d1077abafff6887681f6b130

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on July 18, 2011
at 07:51 PM

My wife decided that she's going to go paleo after seeing a bunch of people with "beach bodies" on our recent trip. We'll see if she actually does go paleo or not, but she was at least inspired to to it.

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:15 PM

I just wanted to sample the foods of my childhood. Rhode Island boasts some pretty greasy, high carb, low nutrition deliciousness that I chose to indulge in. And liquor. We like to drink at the beach. I didn't feel nauseated or tummy aches, but I did get pretty puffy. It's subsided now that I've been home for a week. LOL I'm looking forward to an upcoming fitness cruise...that'll be an entirely different experience!

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on July 18, 2011
at 10:24 PM

+1 I so agree. Everytime I go home to the east coast it's virtually impossible not to eat all of the greasy, high carb junk foods from my childhood. I'm going there in a few weeks and I'm a bit angry that I know I'll blow my clean eating so bad, but I'm also excited. I plan to hit the gym the whole time, which helps. I'll just have to work extra hard when I get back.

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:14 PM

I tried to eat Paleo while on a recent vacation and found that my choices were so limited in restaurants that I got bored with the usual salad and decided not to be so strict for the remainder of my time. Now I don't have any real overt symptoms from eating gluten so I guess it was easier for me to cave. But until there are more choices in resaurants it is difficult to be so strict and not ruin your vacation.

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at 04:06 PM

This coming frim the girl that got the diet nazi award at her crossfit gyms annual party! But if there is anything ive learned do not let this diet think drove you nuts or you ll can it all together take the cheat get it out of your system and move on!! Now to follow my own advise!!

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332d9f75d1077abafff6887681f6b130

on July 18, 2011
at 07:45 PM

I just got back from a cruise. I ate as "paleo" as I could, but couldn't stay 100% compliant simply because there are fewer options when your stuck on a boat. So I ate as paleo as I could but I'm not sweating the deviations... they were just temporary. I see it as my "plateau buster" since now my body's fat stores aren't on alert anymore :)

On a related note, I think it was the quantity of food, not the quality that got me. I ate a whole lot. I gained 3 lbs... that's roughly 10,500 calories EXCESS over the course of 5 days! I feel like a food-consuming MACHINE! (Almost no alcohol was ingested, this was almost entirely food, and most of it paleo)

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at 02:37 AM

The best part is being able to order seconds of everything! "Another rack of lamb, please: Hold the sides" :D

332d9f75d1077abafff6887681f6b130

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at 01:05 AM

No lifting. Lots of stairs, and a lot of walking. Some scuba diving too.

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at 11:47 PM

any lifting? They got gyms on them boats

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at 06:29 PM

I just returned from vacation from visiting family. Most of my meals were eaten in. Due to my in-laws eating habits, (processed food, bread, carby junk, little veggies) I had to eat more than usual but tried to supplement with stuff I picked up (e.g.--LOTS of fresh vegs). I found that they were a bit put out by this and don't really understand. I tried to explain it to them and their only response was "don't worry you will just burn it off working out." Or they think that it is some "extreme" diet. I tried to explain to them the reasons why but just got quizzical looks. I think it is easier to "give in" when you are vacationing for all the reasons mentioned above but I think that the best you can stay on course the better. I came back definitely feeling worse in terms of mood, and also feeling "off" physically.

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on July 19, 2011
at 01:01 AM

For me, vacations usually involve lots of extended family members, and it is unusual to have any kind of situation where there aren't lots of "holiday ritual" goodies. Family members do get offended if you don't try their famous pie or the Christmas cookies they have been making for the last 40 years. Most holiday eating rituals also feature continuous eating, and new snacks and meals are brought out on the hour. At home, it is much easier to eat, clean the kitchen, put everything away, and be done with it. For some of us, even one or two meals off plan results in increased cravings and difficulty. At home, we might be able to catch that behavior and stop it in time, but when on vacation, once it starts, its hard because all that food is always around.

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on July 18, 2011
at 07:51 PM

For me, it has a lot to do with eating at times I'm not necessarily hungry, but it's the time we end up going out to eat. We'll usually do two meals - bfast and dinner - and afternoon wine/cheese receptions at the hotel will usually be my biggest downfall.

I also am off my usual workout routine, while on vacation, so that doesn't help things either.

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on July 18, 2011
at 05:07 PM

for me its about routine.

i thrive within a defined structure. i discovered that i need to be extra mindful of what i am doing when i deviate from my routine because there are so many opportunities to decide "just this once".

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on July 18, 2011
at 11:48 PM

plus one......love this answer. But its because it is how I think too. I guess I want to know how to help people get to where you are.

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:35 PM

Combination of eating at family member's houses and eating out at restaurants. I don't have a lot of money so I do the Best I can while vacationing. It's easy at my mom's becase she eats mostly WAPF but at my Dad's or grandparents it gets rough. I usually bring my own ghee or coconut oil and grab a few tins of sardines and packages of Grassfed ground beef and I Definetely avoid gluten but I must admit, when a family member offers me some home made potato salad (fortunately they make it with olive oil not mayo) or some gluten free junk food dessert, I indulge a bit. I didn't go crazy with anything this last vacation but a few months ago in the beginning of my journey I had a lot less self control.

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:25 PM

I think is has to do with the amount of restaurant eating while on vacation. We try to make good choices - but it's so hard when most restaurants are trying to torpedo your good choices by cooking with franken'butter' and other such delights!

And the whole slippery slope phenomena - one little slip leads to more and more and then the guilt leads to too many drinks (preferrably with mini umbrellas) :)

I think it may have to do with the thought that derailing for a week can be made up but knuckling down afterwards. I am finding this to be less and less true the older I get - so my slip-ups are becoming smaller. Human nature is a funny thing!!

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on July 18, 2011
at 05:39 PM

Yes! Mini umbrellas! They always screw up your eating habits! So true.

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on July 18, 2011
at 07:40 PM

I had a friend go to a chain restaurant and he asked what the veggies of the day were and was told "brown rice." Really!??!?

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on July 19, 2011
at 01:36 PM

For me it's a conscious decision I make that I am not going to be perfect while on vacation. Vacations are to enjoy and there is nothing enjoyable about stressing about what my next meal is going to be. I don't believe that 100% compliance is necessary for health and it's much better to nurture my mental health while on vacation than to worry that I might be eating less than optimal foods.

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on July 19, 2011
at 05:56 PM

I am the biggest diet nazi in the wold and have almost ruined vacation because of 100% compliance. Its hard but you do it to the best of your ability nothing less!But there is also a fine line of not ruining vacations so find a way to enjoy yourself maybe just doing one day of getting the treats and not oversdoing it or just a meal is even better! But dide life is too fucking short and family fleeting i ve had alot of relatives die and think of the times i wish i had seen them or when i was just letting loose and having fun!!

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:33 PM

"This phenomena" probably depends on how people vacation. If you stay home, then it's pretty hard to go off of Paleo unless it's out of sheer laziness. If you go out of town (or out of the country), different story. If you stay with family or friends, do you think you'll be able to eat 100% Paleo there? Not without insulting the cook, I'll bet. Cooking your own food at their place might be seen as a slap in the face (hey that rhymes...).

If you travel outside of the country, it'd be pretty hard to find Paleo foods unless you speak the local language and/or are familiar with their cuisine and know what to stay away from. Most islands in the Caribbean serve up starchy roots with their food, which by strict definition, aren't Paleo. It's a bit easier if you go on a cruise, they tend to have a pretty wide variety of Paleo-ish foods to choose from.

EDIT: whoops, didn't see the above poster's answer :)

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