Occasional urge for non-Paleo foods

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Created November 20, 2012 at 6:24 PM

So, I've been Paleo for about 3 months and I feel and look very well. But here's the thing. I have no problem being Paleo during the week, but as the weekend comes (or just after 5-6 days of regular Paleo eating) I feel a sudden urge for eating non-Paleo food such as waffles, pastry, pasta etc and I end up eating almost nothing that's Paleo for a day or two and every time I feel awful - swollen and ugly. Every time I swear I won't do it again and the same happens again after the next 5-6 days of being Paleo, no matter whether I had 1 or 2 open meals during the week or not. I'm a little bit afraid that it messes up my whole diet and progress in looking even better. Any suggestions on how to stop this urge for non-Paleo foods that happens every 5-6-7 days, because obviously I'm not strong-willed enough. :(

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on November 20, 2012
at 08:20 PM

Good suggestions, I think also it is a psychological association, The Weekend is a time to let your guard down, to indulge, to have a treat, to be lazy, etc etc. You have to change your mindset. "Indulging yourself" does NOT mean eating the things on the No list. Replace with some other indulgence that is allowed and does not ruin all your weekday efforts.

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on November 20, 2012
at 06:54 PM

I don't have this problem... any more. I used to have junk food cravings. I have no idea what changed, although many things did, I just cannot pinpoint one particular thing. So here are ALL the things I did:

  1. Have bone broth for breakfast. 1-2 cups everyday. Some meat. NO CARBS.

  2. Try eating a tiny bit of liver every day.

  3. Eat some fermented foods (very little) but every day.

  4. Try to eat your vegetables/carbs for your last meal, before going to bed.

  5. No fruit.

  6. No nuts.

  7. Limit carbs to the level you are comfortable with. No rice, potatoes. Go for carrots, pumpkins and zucchini instead.

  8. Three meals per day, no snack.

  9. Give it time. It won't work in a week or even two, but don't let it stop you.

I did all of the above and... no more junk cravings AT ALL.

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on November 21, 2012
at 08:55 AM

Don't beat yourself up. If you have a binge, deal with it, get back on track and move on. I'm of the mind that if my desire is causing me stress to the point where it becomes an obsession it usually is because I don't have an alternative. I work hard and I've reached my goals so maybe 5 Hershey Bars or 4 slices of pizza may make me feel like hell tomorrow, but it ain't gonna make me feel like hell tonight and I don't have to go to bed feeling hungry. You already look great, Paleo is just gonna make you look better. Don't feel as if eating crap is bad or makes you a bad person. Food is fuel and the thing about a Paleo strategy is it makes one aware of the effects food has on the body. Knowing this, accept what you are getting into when you get into it. ENJOY it while you do, deal with it and move on. Food doesn't make you, you make the food. Hope this helps.



on November 20, 2012
at 07:05 PM

it will stop in time. took me about a year


on November 21, 2012
at 06:59 AM

VB that sounds like the GAPS diet. Is that where you're coming from?


on November 20, 2012
at 07:15 PM

Thank you for the comments! I'll try to do what was suggested... I really hope I'll decrease my urges for junk food to a minimum...



on November 20, 2012
at 06:27 PM

I could have written this word for word!

My problems also arise on the weekends, only because during the week I pack my lunches, defrost what I need for dinner, so I don't leave myself much choice. When I plan out what my meals will be over the weekend as well, it prevents me from going outside of my eating plan, because I hate wasting food or varying from a plan.

This may not be your scenario or your situation, but that's what works for me.

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