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How do you keep yourself 'on target' with your Paleo adherence?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM

So, I'm currently laid up with a PCL tear for the better part of five months and I have recently found myself becoming less willing to stick to my dietary programme (IF mon-fri, high protein, V Low carbs with a slight increase in carbs on the weekend). With regards to exercise, all I'm allowed to do is upper body work (I get sad watching my gym buddy do squats and deadlifts haha) and I think this reduction in activity may have something do do with my current mindset. Said mindset being something along the lines of

"You aren't playing sports or being competitive in the weights room soo... MEH.

So, my question is this: When you are feeling down and/or struggling to stick to paleo/not overeat/binge/cheat etc. What do you do/say/think to get yourself back on track and in a positive mindset?

Do you think about the future goals? Your recovery? upcoming treats? I ask as I am currently at a loss and don't like the way that my struggle seems to be going.

tl;dr I'm injured and my diet is starting to go south, what do you do to stay on track?

Thank you in advance for any wise words/zen enlightenment/ass kicking.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Thanks very much for your input, reading those blogs definitely helps! I certainly believe that the mental aspect is probably the most important in keeping myself on the wagon!

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on June 12, 2013
at 01:33 PM

Good luck to you, your mind is a powerful thing so keep it in check and stay positive. :)

3c216cb00d639e2ba6e60c35083e0741

on June 12, 2013
at 04:37 AM

This. I'm normally my own biggest critic so this is some bitter medicine that I definitely needed to hear!

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on June 12, 2013
at 12:32 AM

That sounds like the proper use of everyday weigh-ins. So many people don't understand that! The purpose isn't to obsess over every tiny jump, but to average readings for a more reliable long-term estimate.

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5583b82f29a6b24264ca4b9836abd925

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on June 11, 2013
at 02:15 PM

I take one day at a time, knowing that each day I'll be more healed and stronger. Do you want to jump back in after you're healed and be 50lbs overweight because you felt sorry for yourself, or do you want to jump back in and feel good and excited? Don't go down the slippery slope of eating junk to make your emotions heal about the situation, it doesn't really do anything but make you feel worse. Set goals for yourself that you can achieve now and think about how you will feel on your first day back, that excitement that you'll have to work hard again. You'll get there, and it's going to be awesome. It's a lot easier to stay where you are than to slide down and have to crawl back up, trust me. Good luck and happy healing!

5583b82f29a6b24264ca4b9836abd925

(261)

on June 12, 2013
at 01:33 PM

Good luck to you, your mind is a powerful thing so keep it in check and stay positive. :)

3c216cb00d639e2ba6e60c35083e0741

on June 12, 2013
at 04:37 AM

This. I'm normally my own biggest critic so this is some bitter medicine that I definitely needed to hear!

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on June 11, 2013
at 10:14 AM

I wish I had the answer to that one, because I've been really wavering in my compliance over the last six months. My goals for paleo are different than yours (I'm a 40 year old woman who's given birth to two kids and doesn't have an exercise "regimen"), but here are some of the things that help me get back on the straight and narrow:

  1. I listen to my body. If I've been bad for too long, my body starts to tell me. The joints hurt, the heartburn and stomach distress return, and I just don't feel great in my body.

  2. I step on the scale every day. (Caveat--I've never had an eating disorder.) I'm pretty non-judgmental and kind to myself when I step on the scale, but when my weight starts to head up a few pounds, and stays there, I know to get back in the game.

  3. Read blogs. I always read PH, NomNomPaleo, and MarksDailyApple, but when I'm wavering (and if I have time), I catch up on a lot of the other ones. If you're into podcasts, you could do that, too, especially since it seems like you have a lot of time on your hands.

  4. Read books. I've read a ton of paleo-related books over the last 3 years. They're almost always inspiring.

  5. Try new recipes. I'm not sure how long you can stay on your feet/crutches, if you can at all, but trying new recipes can be a good way to motivate yourself.

Good luck. I hope your recovery goes well!

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on June 12, 2013
at 12:32 AM

That sounds like the proper use of everyday weigh-ins. So many people don't understand that! The purpose isn't to obsess over every tiny jump, but to average readings for a more reliable long-term estimate.

3c216cb00d639e2ba6e60c35083e0741

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Thanks very much for your input, reading those blogs definitely helps! I certainly believe that the mental aspect is probably the most important in keeping myself on the wagon!

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on June 11, 2013
at 11:01 PM

I keep a diary of what I eat at myfitnesspal.com. At the end of the day I can see that I ate well and it makes me proud. I also agree with the other commenters that reading about Paleo keeps me inspired. I fill my Facebook feed with yummy recipes too.

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on June 11, 2013
at 02:07 PM

I guess, I do think about upcoming treats, but that's along the lines of eating rice or potatoes.

Other than that, I would say habit. If I don't eat it, I don't miss it. Before I was paleo, I made it a rule that I could only buy an item of food with sugar as the most plentiful ingredient once a month. That was an easy habit once acquired.

Also, I suspect my dietary mistakes of being the cause of mental problems, so if I eat poorly I will feel very bad a couple of days later. That helps in taking it seriously.

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