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Holy Crap- I think he's seen the light!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 25, 2012 at 2:57 PM

long-time lurker, first time poster here:

my little-debbie-and-white-sugar-and-fast-food addict husband has just decided to go paleo!!

He's 42 and out of shape (I'm 26, been GF for 6 years and mostly paleo for 3 years) and this will be a RADICAL change for him

any tips for the "detox" phase for him?

At his suggestion, I will be cleaning out the cabinets of all non-paleo items (outside of baby formula- our 9 mo old is on the prescription hypo-allergenic $60 a can junk :-/ ) because, at his own admission, he has NO SELF CONTROL WHATSOEVER

This is also my excuse for getting our 2 year old on a more paleo diet, as her daddy tends to give her lots of "treats" because he doesn't want her "missing out" on anything (rolls eyes). Luckily, her favorite meal is "eggs and meat" and will eat an entire pound of bacon if you leave it in her reach!

Advice? Tips?

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on August 25, 2012
at 08:08 PM

I think people tend to over-think bone broth. Put bones in a pot of water. Simmer it for no less than four hours, go as long as 24. Salt it / add herbs or whatever. I think what will help him the most is adding in some paleo friendly carbs and then slowly whittle down if you want to go lower carb or keep 'em up if you want to stay higher carb. In my experience with family members making the transition, the main problems come from not eating enough quality fat, accidentally slipping too low carb, or not eating enough iodine.

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on August 25, 2012
at 05:02 PM

No answer, just want to say you are so lucky.

53ae5256bd5ba7fadcf3755115cbc1d5

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on August 25, 2012
at 04:21 PM

luckily, the 2-year-old is a "let's eat kale and pecans" and "I don't like bread" kind of kid

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on August 25, 2012
at 04:18 PM

This is GREAT advice...Well Fed has a section about preparing for weekly meals that is very helpful if you are just starting out...trick is to never have need to cheat :)

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A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on August 25, 2012
at 05:57 PM

  • Identify with him instead of chiding him or judging him ("yeah, giving up sugar was the hardest part! I can really sympathize").
  • Tell him that you are really impressed with how well he is transitioning and you know it isn't easy
  • If he is really craving garbage, ask him if you can make him a special treat instead and make him so paleo-junk. Not great, but shows you support him and that he isn't giving up high reward foods forever, just certain junk.
  • Casually share success stories from Robb Wolf or Mark Sisson's site that would resonate with him (find people with similar body types or goals who have achieved great success).
  • Definitely agree with above posters about having an abundance of fridge snacks available. Also, plan ahead so you aren't in a situation where there is nothing to eat except doughnuts and Hawaiian Punch. Shudder.

The hardest part is just getting him to the point where he feels the benefits. Then you don't have to "sell" it since it pretty much sells itself.

I finally got my parents to try this - I NEVER thought it would happen. They were the last people in the world who I thought would do this. It was hard at first and they were strangely hostile towards me during the detox (grain rage?) but as soon as they started feeling that energetic buzz, my work was over. Dad just got his bloodwork back - less than 2 months in and his triglycerides dropped dramatically, bad cholesterol is down and good cholesterol is up and he has dropped about 15 lbs. His doctor demanded that he keep doing whatever it is he is doing! I've watched this man eat 10 to 15 cookies like potato chips. If he can do it, anyone can.

Good luck.

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on August 25, 2012
at 03:13 PM

Make it easy for him (and all of you)-- have hardboiled eggs, roasted chicken, cooked beef, bacon, chopped veggies, washed lettuce and more in the fridge at all times-- have some snacks (beef jerky, nuts, fruit, etc) on hand, too. If you're used to having quick and easy (packaged and processed) food at your disposal the lack of easy grab and go food will quickly propel someone to go off the Paleo wagon.

Best of luck!

724ac8ed9ddc603e87adf6cfb901a8d8

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on August 25, 2012
at 04:18 PM

This is GREAT advice...Well Fed has a section about preparing for weekly meals that is very helpful if you are just starting out...trick is to never have need to cheat :)

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724ac8ed9ddc603e87adf6cfb901a8d8

on August 25, 2012
at 04:22 PM

You may want to prepare him also for how he might feel during his "detox"...when I first started eating paleo, I did have a couple of days where I just didn't feel so hot.

Also, my cravings were nearly unbearable...let him know this is normal and that it's not his body telling him he needs the things he craves...I've actually heard this excuse :/

Make sure he is getting enough healthy fats too. I found that if I made sure to keep my fat intake above where I was used to, I didn't have as many cravings. Avocados and coconut butter are great quick fat fixes.

Good luck to you and him :D

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on August 25, 2012
at 03:14 PM

Getting all of the junk out of the house is the best place to start. You may get some resistance from the 2-year-old, but it shouldn't last too long. Hubby will likely go through the a bout of misery as his addiction to processed foods comes to a head. Keep sweet potatoes, fruits, white potatoes, and/or white rice on hand. It's very easy to go unintentionally low-carb once all of the processed junk is removed from the diet.

Also, make sure he gets plenty of salt. It's also easy to not get enough once the salt and sugar laden processed junk is removed. If he's a snacker, keep cut up veg in the fridge for a quick snack. We do dairy, so I keep string cheese and cut up cheeses on hand, as well. I've cut out snacking, but hubby and son are still huge snackers, just on Paleo foods now.

Good luck!

53ae5256bd5ba7fadcf3755115cbc1d5

(190)

on August 25, 2012
at 04:21 PM

luckily, the 2-year-old is a "let's eat kale and pecans" and "I don't like bread" kind of kid

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on August 25, 2012
at 08:15 PM

Great to hear that you're getting the rest of the house on board. When I transitioned I had some issues but then I introduced raisins as a snack. High carb yes, but it helped me to bridge the gap between the processed stuff and getting my body used to running on much fewer carbs a day. After a few weeks I didn't need them anymore and now they're rarely something that I eat.

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on August 25, 2012
at 05:31 PM

Essential: For the junk food addict especially, the first 2-3 weeks may be awful. Prepare him for a low carb flu so that he doesn't give up and say "I tried it and it doesn't work for me". The Drs Eades recommend 3-4 99mg potassium pills for the first few weeks because that tends to be lost along with the "water weight". If he actually gets weak and dizzy, a small amount of healthy carb may be useful, even if he's generally going low carb as well as paleo.

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on August 25, 2012
at 03:15 PM

I think it's important to have enough safe food that you all really like in the house and ready to go. I'd keep fewer nuts around at the beginning as well.

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53ae5256bd5ba7fadcf3755115cbc1d5

on August 25, 2012
at 07:58 PM

Do you have a palatable bone broth you recommend? (and a link or recipe?) Do you think Bone broth, along with fish oil, vitamin D, magnesium and ...? will help with the detox?

As I had already been STRICT GF (diagnosed Celiac) for almost 5 years when I went Paleo I didn't have the "low carb flu" or much of the "what do you mean i can't eat this?!?" freak-outs

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on August 25, 2012
at 08:08 PM

I think people tend to over-think bone broth. Put bones in a pot of water. Simmer it for no less than four hours, go as long as 24. Salt it / add herbs or whatever. I think what will help him the most is adding in some paleo friendly carbs and then slowly whittle down if you want to go lower carb or keep 'em up if you want to stay higher carb. In my experience with family members making the transition, the main problems come from not eating enough quality fat, accidentally slipping too low carb, or not eating enough iodine.

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on August 25, 2012
at 03:27 PM

Sweet potato chips, kale chips, home made Lara bars, egg muffins... Every Day Paleo has some great recipes too. Coconut chips, coconut oil, coconut flour... Lots of great "Paleo" baked goods on the web too.

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on August 25, 2012
at 03:25 PM

Sweet potato chips, kale chips, home made Lara bars, egg muffins... Every Day Paleo has some great recipes too. Coconut chips, coconut oil, coconut flour... Lots of great "Paleo" baked goods on the web too.

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