Just wondering how many of you started Paleo eating habits, then fell off the wagon.then got on..and off and now are full converted.
I go days and weeks on then fall off for four days or more, sometimes an entire week.
Just looking for your success or failure stories.
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on October 05, 2010
at 01:26 AM
I've never fallen off the wagon, although I had some spectacular cheat days when I first started (about once every week or two). Then I went through a couple of months where I had desserts 3-4x per week.
Now, about 1.5 years into Paleo, it's easy for me not to cheat, because I really don't like how I feel when I have gluten or vegetable oils.
Paleo has never been something that I've TRIED to do or that I forced myself to do. It's never been a sacrifice or a chore or a diet.
For me, life on Paleo is like getting to drive a well-tuned Ferrari or a Bugatti every day. I could take the broken-down Yugo out for a spin once in a while if I like, but it's really not that enticing.
I consider myself one of the lucky ones. Whenever I've tried lifestyle modifications in the past, they were very difficult for me to stick to, so I sympathize with everyone who has a hard time sticking to Paleo.
I think the trick is that I want the benefits so badly that I'm willing to do most anything to get there. I really want that 400-500lb. deadlift. I really want to feel great every day and not have gas and diarrhea. Luckily, I found something that
- makes a lot of sense (think about health/nutrition through the lens of evolution)
- works really well
- is relatively easy to follow (eat this, don't eat that, eat when hungry)
- has awesome implications for long-term health (diabetes, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer's are not fun ways to go).
So really, it's a no-brainer. It's not hard for me. I wish I could find ways to make it easier for other people who struggle with this.
on February 21, 2011
at 03:40 PM
I have fallen off the ole' wagon quite a few times these past couple of months. Unfortunately, I have psychological issues with food. At one time I was really obese (5'10/240 lbs) and a year and a half later I was shredded with (160 lbs) 8% BF -pictures of transformation are in success stories section. When I was in great shape I did a lot of exercise (Mixed Martial Arts) and also counted calories...
I now eat freely and try to follow more of a PaNu approach, however for some odd reason I have gained a lot of weight. I have not been doing nearly as much exercise due to knee injuries but that shouldn't matter if i'm eating correctly yeah?
Unfortunately, I get into these depressive states of mind where I say "well screw it, I'm already gaining weight, might as well enjoy these forbidden foods while I'm at it". And so begins the binge...
I have a sweet tooth and once I start, not even I can stop myself. I know the benefits of eating a pleao/primal way, but sometimes I think back to my "fit" days and wonder if I should go back to counting calories?
Although I rarely ate many carbs while in my carb days (oatmeal, whole wheat bread and legumes) I sometimes feel like I had better control when counting meals and calories.
In conclusion, I just need to strap'em on tight (my testicles) and follow through. If I can loose 85 lbs I can eat the right way too. Sorry for my rant, not sure if anyone can relate but I had to get this off my chest.
on February 21, 2011
at 05:07 AM
I lost close to 50 pounds, then ended up moving from NJ to AK. We took the long drive and the first few days I stayed eating Paleo. However, I'm a compulsive overeater that sugar and flour are my triggers. So for the next months were spent eating refined sugary carbs and lots of soda. Luckily before I gained too much weight back I came to my senses.
It's getting easier to stay Paleo because I really like the way I feel when I'm eating Paleo. I don't have the runs, I don't have palpitations, my blood pressure levels out and feel less depressed. Even living in Alaska where we have one of the shortest days of the year at less the 3 hours of sunlight.
So I hope those were the last time I stop eating the Paleo way.
on October 05, 2010
at 02:53 AM
I went lowcarb some years ago, lost a lot of weight, then my work industry collapsed and so did my income. I ended up eating a lot of cheap food that was not lowcarb and it all went downhill from there. However, I did maintain a lot more healthy habits than I had before the lowcarb and endeavored to eat more meat and less carbs the whole time, so it wasn't a total collapse. Later, I found another job and began to go back to lowcarb. Soon after, I learned about paleo which is kinda the same thing but no processed foods and ditch the grain oils. I don't care much for grain oils anyway so it was a no brainer. I actually eat more carbs now than I did not 'lowcarb' but I also eat healthier. I felt good on lowcarb but this paleo thing is even better! ;-)
on February 22, 2011
at 06:01 AM
I've never decided to stop eating paleo, but I will cheat, usually in moderation, sometimes not. Usually it's "special" things that I only get occasionally, but those things add up. This weekend I let myself eat a bunch of sugar and I felt so awful at the end of it that I think it'll be much easier to stay on the wagon from now on.
It's been 13 months since I've started paleo, and it's still kind of a work in progress. It's taken me about a year to figure out what my eating-bad triggers are (I don't even keep fruit in the house anymore) and work on eliminating them. And that's okay. It'll happen when you're ready for it to happen, and in the meantime, all you have to do is keep trying.