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what does a non-paleo binge day do to you (other than make you sick)?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 30, 2013 at 6:13 PM

i love Paleo, but once in a while (I would honestly say once a month), i just let myself eat whatever and how much i want (pasta, cookies, chips). i don't do a crazy binge, but i also don't count servings. i pay for it the next couple of days, but i feel it keeps me sane and on track the rest of the time. how much is this messing up my system? am i starting from scratch each day after, or does my body just kind of adjust once i start right back on Paleo the next day? (also, I crossfit 4-5 days a week, so i am exercsing!) any thoughts? thanks

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on January 30, 2013
at 09:04 PM

Carb loading doesn't have to involve bad foods. You can carb load with fruit or tubers just as easily.

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on January 30, 2013
at 07:43 PM

I'm not entirely sure this answers the question....

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on January 30, 2013
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lol- linked to wrong question

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on January 30, 2013
at 07:02 PM

2 years ago, breaking paleo meant a stuffy nose the next day. Certainly not terrible. A year ago, I could break paleo without any issue. 6 months ago I really got lax about paleo, maybe 60/40 paleo, but still 90+% whole food. Noticing a little more digestive bloat after some foods.

It's all gut health in my mind. With a leaky gut, you experience side effects from being non-paleo. Heal that and even non-paleo eats don't hurt. Abuse and inflame your gut again and problems start cropping up when you go non-paleo.

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on January 30, 2013
at 06:34 PM

Reminds me of how awesome eating Paleo is.

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on January 30, 2013
at 06:32 PM

Im a newbie here, but as far from what I've read about the diet (and it has been a lot) this is not so much a diet as much as its a lifestlye change. We're only human, and most of us really get put into scenarios and situations where we can't abide by our natural eating habits. Instead, though, when eating is at your discretion, you do your best to maintain the diet plan.

With that in mind, assuming you are on the Paleo diet a large majority of your daily life, you will begin to crave these foods less and less. If you think about it, the reason we get cravings for these foods is because we already know what they taste like. It's an uphill battle for that matter. But the further away you get from it, the less you will crave it.

I grew up never drinking soda. My mom just never allowed it. I have it now from time to time, but I rarely ever crave it. Some people have it hard taking soda out of their diet, solely because they're accustomed to it.

Another example is my cousin that has fatal food allergies. He is literally forbidden from all wheat, dairy, shellfish, and nuts. As unfortunate as the allergy may sound, I'm envious of him sometimes, just because his allergies force him to only eat a tremendously healthy diet. He eats meats, veggies, fruits, and has a killer body from it. He's chizzled and muscular. He never craves any bad foods because he's never had it!

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on January 31, 2013
at 06:10 AM

Well, depends. I find some cheats more evil than others. If I have something with grains or legumes, which I tolerate but are not paleo, I don't feel too guilty, but if I have something with cow's diary, I'll feel really guilty, and feel like someone's performing surgery on me without anasthesia. I dont' really crave gluten anymore, but I consider having something containing both dairy and gluten an "unforgivable" sin. I also notice that I don't fit into my favorite pairs of jeans as well :(

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on January 31, 2013
at 04:54 AM

Noticeably slower weight loss on someone who really wanted to lose weight.

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on January 31, 2013
at 04:46 AM

i cheated at christmas last month with some ham (factory farmed and had sugar on it probably), eggplant parm, and scalloped potatoes. i honestly didn't have any gut reaction at all. my nose was a little stuffed but that was it. i only cheat on a holiday so just a few times a year. not worth it to cheat more often to me.

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on January 31, 2013
at 03:41 AM

For me cheating means a few beers and maybe some roasted potatoes and apple or pumpkin pie over Christmas or Thanksgiving. So, I feel fine after.

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on January 31, 2013
at 01:30 AM

It used to make me crave even more the sugar/crap I binged on. It was the first step on the highway to junk-food hell.

After a year of two of paleo, a cheat day firmed my paleo resolve, and would be followed by being extra-good for the next while.

Nowadays cheat days basically don't happen. I'm just not tempted. Cheats happen, almost always premeditated. But not whole cheat days.

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on January 30, 2013
at 07:35 PM

I used to do a re-feed day once a week after being on lo-carb paleo -- basically a CKD cycle -- but I stopped doing it because I generally felt bad the next day (e.g., slow, sluggish, tired). On those rare occasions where I break down and have something terrible (like a pair of Rubio's bean and cheese burritos), I now have to basically cut all carbs the next day to feel halfway normal. I don't really think the incremental anabolic effects of carb-loading do all that much for me, so I don't plan cheats any more. Easier to stay sane by just ordering a ton of grassfed jerky and gorging on it.

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on January 30, 2013
at 09:04 PM

Carb loading doesn't have to involve bad foods. You can carb load with fruit or tubers just as easily.

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on January 30, 2013
at 07:23 PM

you shouldn't have asked for double meat. they always charge for double meat. in what world would that be cheaper? what you should have done is either order a half order of two different kinds of meats (it's hard to measure a half spoon full so you end up getting a bit more usually) or you should have just said something like "don't skimp on me" or "don't be afraid to load it up". and guac is an extra dollar or so. so yeah, of course you payed over 13 dollars.

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on January 30, 2013
at 07:41 PM

lol- linked to wrong question

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on January 30, 2013
at 07:43 PM

I'm not entirely sure this answers the question....

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on January 30, 2013
at 06:43 PM

Cheat meals affect everyone differently. I know people that can put down a whole pizza on a cheat day and feel fine the next. Me personally - Not so much. I can do it, but usually feel like crap the next day. I try to avoid high-sugar products and snack binges as I am most prone to getting sick or feeling horrible from those.

In a nutshell, play around with it and see what works and what you can get away with.

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