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How to stay on the path

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Created June 29, 2012 at 2:09 AM

Hello everyone, i'm more in need of advice than a specific answer. I've been living Primal/Paleo for one year, lately i'm struggling with food, i'm craving grains and crispy fried Sh*t more often. Please help me with advice on how to stay on the path of the righteous.

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on June 29, 2012
at 02:52 PM

Slippery slope. I wouldn't recommend this. I personally do go into a cheat cycle occasionally and it's REALLY hard to get back on the wagon.

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on June 29, 2012
at 02:47 PM

Great answer. Another resource is the book 'It Starts with Food.' Do a Whole30 to reset your relationship with food.

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on June 29, 2012
at 07:06 AM

Yes, sleep. I set an alarm for when I have to go to sleep rather than when I have to wake up. Seems counter intuitive but it makes more sense.

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on June 29, 2012
at 04:45 AM

Alvaro I do not think thats enough. I weigh 145 (female) and should weigh under 140 and I eat 100-120! Try more. There are several threads on here for how much protien to eat. .5-1 gram of prot per pound of body weight or per pound of ideal body weight. Up it, a lot and I bet the cravings will go away. add fat to all meals too.

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on June 29, 2012
at 04:28 AM

I eat about 100-150 gr. protein daily, i'm 6' 215 pounds

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on June 29, 2012
at 04:26 AM

Yes! i've been having trouble with sleep lately, the less i sleep, the worse the cravings get, thank you for your answer

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on June 29, 2012
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Eat a little and move on. Preferably, enjoy what you are craving in the company of another, so you don't engage in self-loathing behavior afterwards. Go out for ice cream with someone and get a waffle cone- it's hot outside!

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at 02:19 AM

eat a little and move on.

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on June 29, 2012
at 03:45 AM

Think back to why you went Primal/Paleo in the first place.

Re-read the Primal Blueprint, Paleo Solution or It Starts With Food. If you have time, (re-)read Good Calories, Bad Calories. Visit paleo blogs, nerdfitness, etc.

Remind yourself why you are doing this, and your underlying resolve to be healthy should be a lot stronger in the face of tempting crappy food.

The other part of it is the food itself. Are the cravings because you are faced with this food a lot? Can you fix that, or bring your own alternatives, or eat beforehand? Are they because you are stressed, or tired, or longing for an 'easier' life? Life is easier when you're healthy, and maybe you should be looking at ways to reward yourself without food, and sleeping more.

The other advice about eating enough protein, fat (I found this especially tricky) and enough food in general is great. Maybe journal your food for a week and notice when you get the cravings. Eat more frequently if you need to, drink more water, or distract yourself by making a great cup of tea.

Good luck!

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 29, 2012
at 02:47 PM

Great answer. Another resource is the book 'It Starts with Food.' Do a Whole30 to reset your relationship with food.

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on June 29, 2012
at 04:26 AM

Yes! i've been having trouble with sleep lately, the less i sleep, the worse the cravings get, thank you for your answer

47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on June 29, 2012
at 07:06 AM

Yes, sleep. I set an alarm for when I have to go to sleep rather than when I have to wake up. Seems counter intuitive but it makes more sense.

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4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

on June 29, 2012
at 04:48 AM

Alvaro I am answering again in case you do not see my comment above.

YOU ARE NOT EATING ENOUGH PROTEIN (in my opinion)

Eat more protein along with healthy fat 3-4x per day and I bet you will not be hungry and your cravings will go away.

Let us know!

:D

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on June 29, 2012
at 02:44 AM

Whenever I get non-paleo cravings, I always reach for something paleo first. Often being full kicks whatever other food I'd had in mind. It's not a long-term solution, but it helps me differentiate between real desires and convenient cheats.

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4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

on June 29, 2012
at 02:44 AM

Are you eating enough protein and healthy fat?

I'm just curious because for me, all cravings pretty much went away when I started eating a lot of protein. I think because I never get to hungry and I only crave stuff (or used to) when I am.

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on June 29, 2012
at 04:28 AM

I eat about 100-150 gr. protein daily, i'm 6' 215 pounds

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on June 29, 2012
at 04:45 AM

Alvaro I do not think thats enough. I weigh 145 (female) and should weigh under 140 and I eat 100-120! Try more. There are several threads on here for how much protien to eat. .5-1 gram of prot per pound of body weight or per pound of ideal body weight. Up it, a lot and I bet the cravings will go away. add fat to all meals too.

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on June 29, 2012
at 07:04 AM

I made a great trail mix for work with raw walnuts, raisins and dried goji berries. In my opinion you just need some good snacks around. At home I have dates and prunes. Go get your sweet crunchy that way and mix it up.

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on June 29, 2012
at 02:23 PM

I always stop and reflect on how far I've come in the past year. I also keep a log of comparison photos and take a good, long look at myself before I went primal. When I say good, long look, I try to meditate for a moment on how I felt before I took control of my health, and whatever I'm craving suddenly looks like a weapon aimed at me.

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on June 29, 2012
at 04:17 AM

If you're craving grains, add in some well-prepared grains from fermented/sprouted flour. Sourdough is wonderful but often gets vilified around these parts because underneath it's doughey fermented and easier-to-digest-than-some-paleo-approved-foods goodness it's still made from grains.

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on June 29, 2012
at 03:55 AM

cheat and see where it gets you, pretty simple.

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

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on June 29, 2012
at 02:52 PM

Slippery slope. I wouldn't recommend this. I personally do go into a cheat cycle occasionally and it's REALLY hard to get back on the wagon.

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