I have been struggling with paleo off and on for about two years now. I go on for about two weeks usually and then I binge out and fail. A lot of my sadness, depression, low motivation, low self-esteem, comes from the fact that I can't seem to stick to my diet and get to my desired weight.
I live in my parents house and they stock the fridge with the worst/best tasting food humanly possible. I am struggling with school and life in general because for some reason I just wish I had great diet habits. I feel like if I can just do paleo for a few months without messing up it will become a habit.
I am finally moving out and the main reason is so I can get my diet in order. I will only have paleo foods in my fridge. My aim is to have a great diet which will give me a healthy body and a healthy mind. I am hoping to do better in school and also socially better. After I build my good diet habit I will move on to different habits like, reading every day and stuff like that.
Do you guys think moving out will help a lot? It is just so hard to stick to the diet when I am home alone and depressed. AH. Thanks for reading though.
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on January 26, 2012
at 09:22 PM
Here is some info that might help you out:
on January 26, 2012
at 09:32 PM
Yes, I think it can get better. There is some truth in that if the food isn't as available, you won't eat it. But in my own experience, this means budgeting when buying food and holding firm to your choices when going and buying food. Just yesterday I had to consciously leave the store before I bought ice cream, and deny myself the food I craved. But, I felt a lot better with my different choice -- because i stuck to my plan.
Another thing worth considering, though not exactly what you asked. With your own place, you can also possibly have more control of sleeping in a dark room, waking earlier, when you exercise, or a myriad of other elements that many PHers consider part of their lifestyle. Not sure if you do any of these things, but independence makes a big difference. (It took my Ma a while to me adjusting to leaving the house barefoot)
on January 27, 2012
at 03:48 AM
Moving out of your parents' place is pretty much like everything else in life; there will be many changes and some will make your life easier and others will not.
For example, when living with others we automatically do some things that are actually good for our well-being (less clutter, more open space, etc.) that we might tend to let slip on our own. You'll probably enjoy your space a little more--and have a more positive mental state--if you don't let clutter take over.
In the case of food, it will definitely help to have only paleo-friendly foods in your kitchen but if you haven't been doing all your cooking you may need to get used to the daily routines of food prep, cooking and clean-up. If you're tired and busy that may seem a heavier load than if you had family helping or doing a lot of that for you so there will be trade-offs.
Give yourself a little time to establish the routines and habits that work for you. Use the control over your food and schedule as a good thing and, at least at first, buy simple whole foods you can fix quickly and easily without tons of clean up.
Have fun with it!
on January 27, 2012
at 11:12 PM
Moving out is definitely a great step - it's a huge opportunity to make the changes in your life that you want to make. I'm sorry to hear you have been struggling with depression. For what it's worth, I realized that my depression and anxiety were related to gluten. I had been eating pretty paleo for a while but was cheating often enough that the correlation between those two things was masked for a long time. You might find that your mood is a lot more stable once you have more control over your environment, and it couldn't hurt to try to keep track of how you're feeling and see if certain foods influence it. Good luck!