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2/7/13 8:29 A

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... thanks Ramona emoticon



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2/7/13 12:37 A

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Another really excellent resource:

Paleo Troubleshooter's Guide
paleologix.com/assets/Paleo-Troubles
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'An Apple A Day' keeps the doctor away...
www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-bluep
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2/4/13 8:30 A

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Hi ... for accountability, join the 30 day challenge... post in the Challenge thread, it's not too late, we would love to have you! emoticon



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2/3/13 10:06 P

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I did a Whole30 starting January 1. That got me back on track. More importantly, I started a tumblr where I take a picture of every single thing I eat before I eat it with my phone. I'm not willing to eat junk when I know hundreds of people are watching me. I feel great when people favorite my healthy meals.

Here is every single thing I've eaten in 2013: http://alexcateye.tumblr.com/

That's what is working for me right now. It's kind of a pain, but it keeps me mindful.

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1/31/13 1:39 P

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Thanks Ramona... Mantra for the day and for going into the challenge tomorrow:

"I HAVE 100 PERCENT CONTROL OVER WHAT GOES IN MY MOUTH!!!!!"

emoticon ~ Dee ~



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1/29/13 8:59 P

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I too am struggling. For me it's not about comming back to Paleo. Its about gettting started and sticking with it!
Dee- I would like to also take part of the 30 day Paleo in February. I was already planning it for myself, so it would be wonderful to be part of the challenge with others.
Ramona- Great info! You always have the best answers full of so much information. Its awesome!

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1/29/13 5:05 P

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Thanks for the replies. I knew that if I just got back on Spark and started talking to others I would get back into the groove of things. I need to post tomorrow and the next day and the next..... and keep the goal in mind!

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1/29/13 5:02 P

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I'd love to do a 30 day challenge! Sounds like just what I need!

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1/29/13 4:44 P

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Hey there, SPARKlings!

Something I have come to believe, without question, is that fat is not the problem but a symptom; and that an inability to control cravings/appetite (gain control over eliminating fat) is a sure sign of a disordered metabolism.

One of the things that upsets me most about this whole journey is how so many people blame themselves for not being successful. Granted there are a few things that are a given with respect to eliminating fat that you can control (though not many), but if it's really hard, it's because something in your own personal metabolic equation isn't dialed in properly.

Here are some links for you to consider (I think you are all doing awesome, and all you need is some tweaking/understanding):



From Chris Kresser:

"For some people, the transition to Paleo is a piece of cake. Their energy skyrockets, the extra pounds fall off effortlessly, their digestion clears up and their cravings disappear. But for others, the transition isn't so smooth - and they're often left wondering if Paleo is the right diet for them after all.

In my work with hundreds of patients around the world, I've found three common obstacles to fully adopting a Paleo diet.

• Issue #1: Low stomach acid
If you're switching to Paleo from a standard American diet, or even from a "healthy" vegetarian or low-fat diet, chances are you've been eating a lot more carbohydrate and a lot less animal protein. This can lead to a decrease in stomach acid production, which in turn reduces the output of digestive enzymes required to breakdown and assimilate everything we eat.

When you switch to a Paleo diet your digestive system will go through a transition period while you're "re-training" it to eat more nutrient-dense foods. If your stomach acid and enzyme production are low, this can be quite a shock to the system.

• Issue #2: Sugar cravings and energy dips
It's not uncommon to experience intense sugar cravings and energy dips when you first transition to Paleo. This makes perfect sense from a scientific perspective: your body has become adapted to burning carbohydrates for energy, and it takes time to make the switch to burning fat as the primary energy source.

When your energy dips, your body craves quick sources of energy - usually sugar and other carbohydrates. This can make sticking with a Paleo diet extremely difficult.

• Issue #3: Nutrient deficiencies
Some people do see amazing results immediately after adopting a Paleo diet. But often your body has some catching up to do before you'll begin to see these more tangible results.

Both the standard American diet and plant-based, low-fat or vegetarian diets are deficient in key nutrients that keep your body in balance and functioning smoothly on a cellular level. These cycles control important process like energy production, detoxification, and hormonal balance.

If any one of these cycles is disrupted, the symptoms of that imbalance could mask any progress you make as you transition to a healthier diet. In short, it may prevent you from enjoying the benefits of your efforts.

Most of us aren't coming to the Paleo diet from a "blank slate". We've been on nutrient-deficient diets, exposed to environmental and food toxins and worn down by chronic stress, sleep deprivation and other aspects of the modern lifestyle. This is why making dietary changes alone is sometimes not enough, and we need additional support if we want to feel our best."

• Paleo Diet Challenges & Solutions I: Paleo Isn’t (Always) Magic
chriskresser.com/paleo-diet-challeng
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• Paleo Diet Challenges & Solutions II: It’s All About the Gut!
chriskresser.com/paleo-diet-challeng
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• Paleo Diet Challenges & Solutions III: Stop Energy Dips & Cravings
chriskresser.com/paleo-diet-challeng
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• Paleo Diet Challenges & Solutions IV: Is Sluggish Detox Sabotaging Your Paleo Diet?
chriskresser.com/paleo-diet-challeng
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• Paleo Diet Challenges & Solutions V: 5 Tips for Becoming a Paleo Ninja
chriskresser.com/paleo-diet-challeng
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Something else to consider, and which may make your resolve that much stronger... it's not unusual for people to struggle harder each time after they return to eating wheat/higher carb (I can't mess with my Leptin AT ALL or my body will punish me for what seems like forever):

• Why is low-carb harder the second time around?
www.proteinpower.com/drmike/low-carb
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• Why low-carb is harder the second time around, part II
www.proteinpower.com/drmike/lipid-hy
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thesis/why-is-low-carb-is-harder-theR>-second-time-around-part-ii/


• More thoughts on why low-carb the second time around
www.proteinpower.com/drmike/bogus-st
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ies/more-thoughts-on-why-low-carb-thR>e-second-time-around/



Paleo is, first and foremost, a metabolism-healing process. Fat elimination is simply a happy by-product of a healthy, humming metabolic system (liver, adrenals, thyroid, gallblader, pancreas, hormones, leptin, insulin all working in harmony)!


Edited by: _RAMONA at: 1/29/2013 (21:23)

'An Apple A Day' keeps the doctor away...
www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-bluep
rint-101/#axzz28X8ooJ1H



NOTE: My weight tracker is NOT a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108522


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1/29/13 4:25 P

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Hi TAMI, emoticon ... we have all been there!... Old habits are hard to break, so don't be hard on yourself, just start over and think of it as "another opportunity to get it right!"...

You are not alone, I fell off during the holidays. Luckily I didn't gain it all back, but it is very easy to slip back into that "comfort zone".

We are never going to be perfect, 100% of the time, but if you can strive to be at least 80-85%, I think that this range is reasonable and doable, at least for me. I know that I will not ever be 100% paleo/primal all of the time, and I don't need to be. But we all have to find that balance that we can live with and that will still give us the results that we want.

Starting in February would you like to start a 30 day paleo challenge, we could start on February 1st (Friday) or February 3rd (Sunday)... if so I will create a thread for us to post in that way you will have somewhere to keep track of how you are doing, ask questions, vent, whatever... let me know your thoughts on this. ~ Dee emoticon

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I feel your pain. I did really well w/Paleo for most of the Fall, but the holiday season was a downward spiral. I, too, am having a difficult time getting back on track. I started a Whole 30 on Jan 4, but last week was a complete and total bust, so I started over yesterday. It is amazing what one day of clean eating can do for you. I don't know why it is so hard to do what I KNOW makes me feel better. emoticon I always have a very hard time every year in January and February, come March I know it will be easier for me.

Robyn

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If i quit, however, it lasts forever..That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me" Lance Armstrong

"It doesn't get easier, you get better."



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1/29/13 3:43 P

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Hi! I've had great success with paleo , going from 220 to 157 lbs. I went off for the holidays and I'm having lots of trouble going back to it. I guess I need some peer pressure or something! I'm currentlyat 170 with 36% bf. I don't want to slide back any further.

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