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Having a hard time staying motivated

Answered on September 16, 2013
Created September 16, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Hello everyone,

I am a 21 year old woman who has been doing Paleo strictly for about 3 months. I am a full time student working two part time jobs and am having a hard time staying motivated to eat "healthy" paleo. During stressful times and late nights studying I completely overeat and binge on nuts and fruits. Since I started to have less time to prepare my meals, I have started to regain some of the 13 pounds I lost within the first two months. I know this is because I am snacking on nuts, fruit, dark chocolate, and dried coconut, but I can't seem to stay away. Any ideas on how I can motivate myself to cut back on these foods? I feel like I always need to be snacking on something while I study......which is a problem...but I can't seem to let it go. Let me know if you have any lower carb study snack ideas and tricks to not have late night binges!

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that's a great mindset...maybe the recommendation is to study around people (library, lounge) so you're also more conscious of your eating habit

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at 02:20 PM

for those who binge on nuts, i don't think this is a good idea. Almond butter = better than almonds = more binging.

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Yup, I eat sweet potatoes, carrots, spaghetti squash, and beets in moderation. A couple of times a week. And I agree, the problem definietly lies with my cravings...but I am not sure how to suppress them.

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on September 16, 2013
at 08:17 PM

Couple of things. If you are hungry at night, you MAY not be getting enough protein at dinner. You may also just feel a need to eat because you're feeling stressed or bored, other people around you are eating, you're tired, etc. Consider studying elsewhere (library), taking a nap before studying), or taking breaks where you take a walk. Shake up the way you do things and see what works better than what you do now. Ask yourself, "What am I REALLY hungry for?" and start figuring out what you really need.

I like Laura's answer too.

Patti

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on September 16, 2013
at 03:09 PM

One tip is to look around at your co workers, peers, etc. and see what they eat and the physical condition they are in. Some of my motivation is to be better than the next guy. Ultimately I want to be fit and healthy and stay away from doctors and hospitals so I motivated myself to eat following Paleo. If I eat a meal high in protein, fat and veggies I have no inclination to snack and rarely do. Between my two meals of the day I might have a handful of nuts and a Granny Smith apple, and that is it.

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on September 16, 2013
at 06:25 PM

that's a great mindset...maybe the recommendation is to study around people (library, lounge) so you're also more conscious of your eating habit

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on September 16, 2013
at 02:23 PM

I supplement with l-tryptophan when craving carbs. I go through phases where i binge on nuts and fruit, lately i've been doing chia pudding with coconut milk, stevia, vanilla and cinnamon. the carb count for chia seeds seems high but the net carbs are pretty low. the fat seems to satiate me more than nuts and fruit ever did.

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on September 16, 2013
at 02:08 PM

A spoonfull of almond butter.

Fills your mouth, fills your belly, makes you forget the carb cravings. Try it sometime.

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on September 16, 2013
at 02:20 PM

for those who binge on nuts, i don't think this is a good idea. Almond butter = better than almonds = more binging.

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on September 16, 2013
at 01:52 PM

You are asking for alternative snacks, but the real issue, it seems, is your cravings.

What you might be craving is carbs. Are you eating any starches?

Also, with your level of stress and sleep deprivation, these kinds of cravings might be unavoidable.

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on September 16, 2013
at 01:59 PM

Yup, I eat sweet potatoes, carrots, spaghetti squash, and beets in moderation. A couple of times a week. And I agree, the problem definietly lies with my cravings...but I am not sure how to suppress them.

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