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HELP! How do I get back on Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 29, 2011 at 3:31 AM

Was eating strict Paleo for over 2 months, even did the Whole30 without so much as a piece of sugar-free gum. Went out for sushi about 3 weeks ago and it's like it unhinged something in my brain because ever since it's been one binge after another (sugar, grains, dairy, you name it, I've eaten it). I feel absolutely HORRIBLE, both physically and mentally, but I'm really struggling with getting back on track. Does anyone have any advice/suggestions?

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on July 30, 2011
at 09:53 AM

Don't do low-carb paleo. Eat all the carbs you want. That's what your body is asking for. Falling off the wagon = carb deficiency. If you're carbed up, you'll walk right past the junk.

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on July 29, 2011
at 06:23 PM

I'm definitely one of those "females with moist, dreamy looks in their eyes" who will tell you to listen to your body just based on my own experience, but it looks like the instant relief I've felt from switching over to a ketogenic diet might be rare.

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on July 29, 2011
at 06:47 AM

Wish I could upvote you more than once. Big breakfast is a good place to start.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on July 29, 2011
at 06:46 AM

I'm definitely one of those "females with moist, dreamy looks in their eyes" who will tell you to listen to your body based on my own experience, but it looks like the instant relief I've felt from going switching over to a ketogenic diet is certainly an exception.

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on July 29, 2011
at 04:05 AM

+1 - Yeeee Haaa! This is the answer, in total. No magic wands... No need for any more answers after this one. Take it to heart, MHBH, this really is THE answer. As Shari says, you're NOT alone.

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on July 29, 2011
at 03:52 AM

My advise is this: Get your head straight and your house clean.

First up, you have to figure out which part of you is doing the talking right now. I know for me, before I learned how to fall and get back up instantly, my 4 year old self was running the show most of the time. I needed to bring my parent side in to set some boundaries and just say no. I didn't want to go back to eating healthy. I wanted cookies. I wanted convenience. I wanted the all you can eat at the Chinese place because it tasted so good. Well you know what, it's o.k. to want but things that aren't good for you aren't good for you. Thoughts and desires that are holding you back need to be squelched. It's parenting yourself really. Pull out the tough love and give yourself a does.

Or maybe it's the part of you that doesn't really believe in yourself? Do you really believe you can do this? Do you believe you can succeed? If not then you need to call on that part of you that has succeeded in something. Maybe call on whomever it was who was running the show before the evil sushi incident?

Look at your thoughts. What script is running in your head now that is keeping you from doing what you want to do? Figure that part out and you'll know which part of you needs to be pulled in to handle the situation. You know you have it in you because you've done it. Take the time and effort to figure out which part of you is causing the problem and you'll be golden.

Then clean the house of everything off plan. Make a pact for no eating out for at least a week. Eat cleaner than you ever thought possible. It may suck for a few days but pain can be a useful part of the process. Withdrawal hurts. Suck it up, pay your dues and get on with it.

You are not alone in this struggle but it is THIS EXACT issue that is at the crux of long term success. You must learn to fall off the house and get right back on not wait weeks on end. It takes practice. This is actually a very good experience you are having. A very powerful one. If you choose to let it be so.

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on July 29, 2011
at 04:05 AM

+1 - Yeeee Haaa! This is the answer, in total. No magic wands... No need for any more answers after this one. Take it to heart, MHBH, this really is THE answer. As Shari says, you're NOT alone.

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on July 29, 2011
at 04:49 AM

Someone in a forum, wish I remembered who, said that it isn't about getting back on the wagon. It is about getting back in the driver's seat.

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on July 29, 2011
at 05:22 AM

Wake up and eat a big breakfast. Eggs, butter, bacon. No carbs at all for breakfast. go to bed by 9:30 PM. Eat protein and some veggies and some fat at each meal and it will help.

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on July 29, 2011
at 06:47 AM

Wish I could upvote you more than once. Big breakfast is a good place to start.

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on July 29, 2011
at 04:09 AM

What's worked best for me is accepting the idea that a cheat now and then is a good healthy thing for your mind and you cannot derail your progress with one meal. What's making it hard to get back on track is that you know you like these foods and psychologically it is hard to say to yourself that you plan to never have them again so you binge with the thought that I may as well squeeze it all in now before I go back to denying myself. Once I got my mind wrapped around the idea that I was going to allow myself a cheat now and then I have actually had better compliance. Why? Because mentally I feel less deprived if I am simply choosing to have it later instead of choosing to never have it again. It's a mind trick, but it works.

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on July 29, 2011
at 05:30 AM

Whilst not paleo per se, Micheal Eades wrote a couple of interesting blog posts on restarting a low carb / high fat diet. I'd just avoid his recommendations on alcohol:

http://goo.gl/3WWkv

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on July 29, 2011
at 06:46 AM

I'm definitely one of those "females with moist, dreamy looks in their eyes" who will tell you to listen to your body based on my own experience, but it looks like the instant relief I've felt from going switching over to a ketogenic diet is certainly an exception.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on July 29, 2011
at 06:23 PM

I'm definitely one of those "females with moist, dreamy looks in their eyes" who will tell you to listen to your body just based on my own experience, but it looks like the instant relief I've felt from switching over to a ketogenic diet might be rare.

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on July 29, 2011
at 01:27 PM

I can completely understand where you're coming from. The advice you've been given is right, I used to find it hard to get on and stay on the wagon.

I have type 2 diabetes and I fitted all the symptoms for leptin resistance. The needing to eat even when I'd just eaten and it was always for carby, rubbish stuff.

Anyway, eating paleo/lc helped me a lot - I no longer feel the need to eat when not hungry and feel full before I've cleared my plate.

So, yes, take the advice above and stick with it. Once your body starts to repair/heal itself it becomes a lot easier to stick with it.

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