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Staying on the wagon

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 16, 2013 at 5:14 AM

Hey Guys! So I just started out PALEO a day ago (#supernewbie) and I was wondering if you guys had some tips for staying on the wagon and being able to say no to that delicious-looking cupcake? I've tried pretending to be a cavewomen to get myself into that mindset but the cave where I was living was too cold so I had to go home, any other tips are appreciated! Thanks!

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on January 16, 2013
at 04:14 PM

Agree, watermelon is almost too sweet for me now!

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on January 16, 2013
at 04:13 PM

Agree, high sugar foods lose their appeal and if you do consume them at a later time, you do not enjoy it.

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on January 16, 2013
at 02:02 PM

Delicious looking does not mean delicious. Go low-carb and get your carb cravings under control.

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on January 16, 2013
at 05:40 AM

Well I can tell you that as far as cravings for surgary things such as that delicious looking cupcake go, you can find comfort in the fact that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. That is, if you stay with it you will very likely eventually find yourself completely disinterested in that very same cupcake soon enough.

A good number of people report (myself included) that after awhile your taste preferences just change. I can, and have had, chocolate and other sweets sitting on my desk day in and day out for months without even caring to give them a second thought beyond remembering that they're still there. I had to eventually throw them out due to the expiry date. However, mention that 8oz New York strip with the perfect butter and garlic seasoning from that Celtic pub across town? You'll get a Pavlovian response from me.

Just stick with it, knowing that it will pass. There will be a day soon when you look at that cupcake and think, "So it's fluffy bread and sugar? And there's no bacon in it? Eh."

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on January 16, 2013
at 04:13 PM

Agree, high sugar foods lose their appeal and if you do consume them at a later time, you do not enjoy it.

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06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on January 16, 2013
at 04:17 PM

An easy tip is to remove the temptations from your environment, especially for the first 30 days. It's near impossible to fight your cravings, especially if the items are in the pantry/cake pan/etc. As others have stated, once you basically "detox" from the processed sugar, it gets MUCH easier and your [previously overloaded] tastebuds will begin to really taste food again. Good luck, you can do anything for 30 days!

Matt
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on January 16, 2013
at 03:46 PM

Once you've cut back on the sugar/HFCS etc. you'll find that berries taste just as sweet as any cupcake you can think of now. The same goes with carrots and beetroot for instance.

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on January 16, 2013
at 04:14 PM

Agree, watermelon is almost too sweet for me now!

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on January 16, 2013
at 02:56 PM

When I see something like that, I remind myself that it isn't real food. It's a product that was engineered to trick my mind into thinking it's real food. It's not really what my body wants. Somehow this helps me. Not sure if it would work for everyone, though.

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32be195157f00ad15a933b8bb333dcc4

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on January 16, 2013
at 05:34 AM

Right now I'm having a huge problem avoiding all the treats at work and at my house! Stop buying all those treats girlfriend!

My plan is always to keep in mind how I feel after I cheat. I feel like crap basically. So, if I can keep that in mind before I screw up instead of after, I do pretty good.

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on January 16, 2013
at 03:47 PM

My fave tip for staying on the wagon when you're just starting out, is to research and develop your own prefered paleo versions of your favourite regularly eaten foods, such as pizza, nachos/tacos, crackers, etc. The recipes you play around with may not be 100% "ideal" (eg. crackers made of sesame and sunflower seeds with high PUFAs which are then heated, albeit gently, thus slightly oxidised) but they'll keep you on track during the transition and stop you having the wheaty, grainy, legumey alternative.

All the best!

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