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Trying to find a balance!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 04, 2012 at 4:08 AM

Well well

I need your opinions people!

I was first introduced to Paleo 7 months ago and i love it. for the last months i have been eating paleo but every now and then i cheat and eat something i shouldn't.. but i would rather have it as a lifestyle instead of something that i feel chained to for a shorter time. i don't eat anything else but paleo food's, but something isn't right in my calculations because im not cutting down in fat.. :( im trying to find balance between fat, protein and carbs i should intake everyday..

there must be some genius out there that can tell me or calculate it out for me!

I don't eat any froots.. but it has popped in my mind a few times that maybe im eating to much fat.. well i love peanut butter so whats u guna do :/ should i just skip that for a while? and i drink diet soda's.. is that bad? i know so but these craving's are hard to ignore.

and yes i am with personal trainer 3 times a week and practice at least 3 times on my own..

Thanke you folks I appreciate that you are spending your time in helping me :D

Xx

Aeddd78220e4ab2fb083ccc4efbacc53

on March 06, 2012
at 12:12 AM

it wasnt suppose to come all in one but hope u can read it

Aeddd78220e4ab2fb083ccc4efbacc53

on March 06, 2012
at 12:12 AM

i just stopped eating them because they made me feel hungry like after 2 min eating them so i just decided to take them of the menu. but 2 days now with out diet-soda's drink.. it wasn't really that hard it was like 1/2 a liter to 1 1/2 a day sometimes more and sometimes none About the water, it makes alot of sense thanke you all kinds really. lifting weights, spinning, running, yoga, cardio im not sure. but i always have almond butter at work so if i have eaten everything i brought with me, i eat that alot 7-8 hours 179 cm, 73kg around 22% fat i wanna cut down to 17%

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on March 04, 2012
at 07:33 PM

This comment x1000. My cravings went away completely when I eliminated diet soda.

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

(1614)

on March 04, 2012
at 04:57 PM

But totally agree with the "addiction" part...

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

(1614)

on March 04, 2012
at 04:42 PM

Gotta disagree. I did 6 days without sugar and couldn't resist a small bowl of icecream... and it was SO.GOOD. Totally worth it. But going a week or so without sugar is not freedom from sugar, not to me anyway.

Aeddd78220e4ab2fb083ccc4efbacc53

on March 04, 2012
at 02:07 PM

Okay, mission of today is to skip the soda's and peanutbutter for good ;)

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on March 04, 2012
at 01:56 PM

Oh, I'm off it now. But I certainly have sympathy for anyone struggling with it!

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on March 04, 2012
at 01:19 PM

Get rid of the diet coke. Watch Sweet Misery immediately. I order you to do it:)

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449e19bbd371a87b653b9b8b56736005

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on March 04, 2012
at 04:23 AM

Diet soda is a horrible concoction of chemicals. Drink water instead and if you crave carbonation, get some sparkling mineral water. Peanut butter is not paleo in the slightest as it's made from a legume. Try switching to almond butter.

You say the cravings are hard to ignore - part of going paleo is figuring out what your cravings really mean, for example if you're craving sweets, you might actually be craving fat. I quit cold turkey and honestly once I stopped teasing my system with the little "cheats" of a bite of cookie or a sip of soda, I stopped having cravings.

In my transition to paleo, I found a meal/grocery planner to be a HUGE help, because then I didn't need to think about anything, someone had already done all the work and all I needed to do was follow the list and the plan. I don't count calories, protein, fat or any other numbers at all. I don't even look at my scale. Instead I judge my success on how alert I feel when I wake up, how happy my stomach is after I eat.

Fruit is okay, just don't overdo it.

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on March 04, 2012
at 07:33 PM

This comment x1000. My cravings went away completely when I eliminated diet soda.

Aeddd78220e4ab2fb083ccc4efbacc53

on March 04, 2012
at 02:07 PM

Okay, mission of today is to skip the soda's and peanutbutter for good ;)

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9b47142b8ed1074a94b5654410740530

on March 04, 2012
at 03:52 PM

The reason why people crave sweet tasting food and drink is because they're addicted to it. The only way to get rid of the craving is to get rid of the sugar. No cheats.

It's a hard thing to do; the withdrawal symptoms are horrible. But the good news is that it only takes about 4 days of flu-like symptoms.

Four days = freedom from sugar.

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

(1614)

on March 04, 2012
at 04:57 PM

But totally agree with the "addiction" part...

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

(1614)

on March 04, 2012
at 04:42 PM

Gotta disagree. I did 6 days without sugar and couldn't resist a small bowl of icecream... and it was SO.GOOD. Totally worth it. But going a week or so without sugar is not freedom from sugar, not to me anyway.

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7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on March 04, 2012
at 01:14 PM

A few thoughts. First, I'm sympathetic about the diet soda. Been there, done that. Keep it as a crutch if you need to, but it's not a healthy drink. Second, re peanut butter, peanuts are not paleo. You might want to switch to another nut butter (I love Artisana's coconut butter myself).

Third, re cravings, you might want to experiment with upping the nutrients in your diet. Where are you getting your fat soluble vitamins? Me, I eat pastured eggs, grass-fed beef liver, and cod liver oil. It could be other things (like my stress management efforts), but attribute lack of cravings to making sure the non-cheat meals are really nutrient-dense.

Finally, re the cheats. I spent the last year having a cheat meal once a week. But I'm now 12 days into my version of a whole 30. I'm eating just meat, veggies, and tubers. I won't know (for sure) until I start adding things back in, but if it makes a difference in how I feel (and I think it might), that for me will be real motivation ... and I won't feel so "chained" to it. It'll be a choice!

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on March 04, 2012
at 01:19 PM

Get rid of the diet coke. Watch Sweet Misery immediately. I order you to do it:)

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on March 04, 2012
at 01:56 PM

Oh, I'm off it now. But I certainly have sympathy for anyone struggling with it!

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A6030d0f1568dbdd8ae6c47328420692

on March 04, 2012
at 09:50 PM

My first question would be why are you NOT eating froot, but are drinking sodas? Do the ole switch-a-roo on this one! I'd say allow yourself 1 - 2 servings of fruit a day, but no more

Second question, how much soda are we talking about? This can have a huge impact on your body composition changes... or lack thereof.

Drink LOTS of water you should be consuming 50-75% of your body weight in ounces. Sedentary people: 50%; Active people: 75%

Under hydration can show itself in the form of cravings or hunger also.

It appears that you train about 6 days week? What kind of training?

You say you think you may be eating to much fat? How much are you eating now?

Are you sleeping enough?

How tall are you and what is your current weight? What are your goals?

These are all very important variables to consider.

As the others have said, ditch the peanut butter and remember...the success and failures on your fitness and nutritional journey is determined by your knowledge, willingness to educate yourself, mental strength and discipline. Be positive and focus on what you are eating. Acknowledge how it is nourishing your body and improving your performance rather than what you are not eating. Eat in a way that supports your goals.

Aeddd78220e4ab2fb083ccc4efbacc53

on March 06, 2012
at 12:12 AM

it wasnt suppose to come all in one but hope u can read it

Aeddd78220e4ab2fb083ccc4efbacc53

on March 06, 2012
at 12:12 AM

i just stopped eating them because they made me feel hungry like after 2 min eating them so i just decided to take them of the menu. but 2 days now with out diet-soda's drink.. it wasn't really that hard it was like 1/2 a liter to 1 1/2 a day sometimes more and sometimes none About the water, it makes alot of sense thanke you all kinds really. lifting weights, spinning, running, yoga, cardio im not sure. but i always have almond butter at work so if i have eaten everything i brought with me, i eat that alot 7-8 hours 179 cm, 73kg around 22% fat i wanna cut down to 17%

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1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on March 04, 2012
at 08:03 AM

Sometimes when you really like a food and that food is dense in calories that could be something to stay away from for awhile to see if it helps.

You might also want to read The Perfect Health Diet. It is a quick read and helps a lot on getting the correct mix of macros.

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