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Christmas terrifies me! I need coping strategies!

Commented on December 18, 2013
Created December 16, 2013 at 3:40 AM

My mom is the best cook and baker in the world. Christmas is like something out of Better Homes & Gardens on steroids. I don't know how I will make it through without giving in. Can you please share your coping strategies to help me make it through the day?

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on December 18, 2013
at 03:54 PM

preach!

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on December 17, 2013
at 05:09 PM

Is this something that you can share with your mom? Does she know how these things affect you?

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on December 17, 2013
at 01:12 AM

Paleo is like "Whose line is it anyway" where the "points don't matter." You can't win or lose.

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on December 17, 2013
at 12:41 AM

i actually don't get bad reactions when i eat non-paleo foods- mainly just some sneezing and itchy eyes. it only happened once- last christmas- but i haven't felt the need to cheat since then.

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on December 16, 2013
at 10:12 PM

once you have been paleo a little bit and you do eat the other foods, you wont like the results...or at least I dont. The tast isn't worth the aftermath. I will still have minor cheats- but my lesson has been learned.

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on December 18, 2013
at 06:46 AM

This one's painful, but trust me, it works. Put in your hourglass contacts. (The character Raistlin Majere from the Dragonlance series had golden eyes with hourglass shaped pupils, through which he saw everything as it would appear dead or ravaged by time) See the later consequences of SAD food and the toll it will take on health and well being. Saddening, yes, but it works like a charm. (hey, they don't call it the SAD diet for nothing.) In the meantime, bring along a few healthy, paleo-approved treats so you don't feel too deprived.

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on December 17, 2013
at 02:04 PM

I gave myself a little test yesterday. I ate a slice of pizza last evening and one carmel candy. I was able to stop at ONE of each and feel satisfied. This morning I feel HORRIBLE. My hands & feet are swollen, I have a headache & feel like I'm going to vomit. This little test will help me stay on track at Christmas. It's just not worth the aftereffects!

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on December 17, 2013
at 05:09 PM

Is this something that you can share with your mom? Does she know how these things affect you?

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on December 17, 2013
at 12:52 AM

If you give in, you're quitting.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on December 17, 2013
at 01:12 AM

Paleo is like "Whose line is it anyway" where the "points don't matter." You can't win or lose.

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on December 16, 2013
at 10:10 PM

I went thru similar today- food day at work with absolutely nothing paleo and everything begged me to eat it. So I did...I would say I am about 95% paleo, and 5% cheats. But today- I was a pig. I am glad I did though, because I almost immediately felt HORRIBLE after eating all of the junk which told me that it really is toxic. I still feel terrible. It reaffirms my decision to make this change.

Also- I intend on eating family Christmas dinner as well, I may not pig out since I know how it will affect me, but I won't go hungry and turn up my nose to my family either. I am however planning to bring a couple paleo dishes to the dinner so that others can see its not bad at all!

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on December 16, 2013
at 07:24 PM

honestly, once i start i can't stop, so i just stick to the foods i prepare myself and make sure to prepare something paleo but decadent. that way i can indulge without feeling deprived of all the other baked goods around me.

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on December 16, 2013
at 10:12 PM

once you have been paleo a little bit and you do eat the other foods, you wont like the results...or at least I dont. The tast isn't worth the aftermath. I will still have minor cheats- but my lesson has been learned.

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on December 16, 2013
at 05:11 PM

This is what I do: I start with the foods I find least philosophically offensive and finish with the foods I can't stop staring at no matter how paleo or not. You'll be pretty full from the healthy stuff by then and probably won't overdo the cheats even after a few glasses of wine compromise your judgement.

In the grand scheme of things, cheats are a necessity for most of us. Modern life is not going to bend to our ways and we need family and social connections that tend to come with powerful temptation and pressure from loved ones. Cheat A LITTLE, enjoy Christmas, and move on with life.

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on December 16, 2013
at 03:42 PM

If you're worried about not getting back on the paleo wagon after Christmas, I have an idea: practise. Take one day before Christmas, say 18th, and eat non-paleo, knowing that you have it under control, and get back to paleo the next day. I'm going to my parents' house for Christmas now being on strict paleo, and I can certainly feel some anxiety coming as I know refusing everything non-paleo will not be practical and there will be the weaning periode afterwards. Maybe this practise day could help me, and you, if that's one of your concerns.

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on December 16, 2013
at 03:39 PM

Some people can take one Oreo out of the pack and put the rest away for another day. If you are that kind of person go for the food your mom is preparing. If you are like me and can't stop until you finished off one section of the package then stay away from the worlds best foods unless they are good for you. btw - have you discussed with your mom trying to modify her great cooking with your healthier desires?

For the record, I'd probably spit the Oreo out now that it has been years since I've eaten that crap.

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on December 16, 2013
at 01:51 PM

First time I give anyone an up vote. Matt is right, family is paleo and you have to compromise to keep that part of your paleo life functioning. For me is even worse, two weeks of daily pasta, cured meats and wine. But my mother knows I love rabbit, and she will cook me a couple, in lard, my in laws have a giant garden, there will be braised pig shanks, and the night before Xmas there will be a 7 course fish dinner. Happy holidays everyone.

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on December 16, 2013
at 01:28 PM

Give in. Seriously. Call the day (or two) part of the 20% non-paleo and move on.

F62465537f7bc925e6b16acc73dabd4e

on December 18, 2013
at 03:54 PM

preach!

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