It took me at least a month of eating completely paleo before the cravings stopped. I did paleo for most of 2011 and into 2012 but then fell off the wagon. Now I'm back to it and it took maybe a week this time for the bad cravings to stop. This time I'm doing way more shakes with coconut milk, spinach and other various veggies and fruits and i seem to be slimming down quicker this way. Although i'm sure that running again is also helping with the weight loss! It is very tough to get over the sugar and grain craving hump, but its so worth it! I feel better than ever with no more stomach or head aches! Just keep getting back up and try it again, your body will be grateful! :)
current weight: 128.7
Fitness Minutes: (1,597) Posts: 7 2/13/13 7:48 P
For a sweet coffee drink alternative, you could simmer some cinnamon sticks with a vanilla bean/extract in coconut milk, and mix 75-50% with cold brewed coffee (I brew it hot at double strength, then pour it in a container with double the volume of the pot you brewed filled with ice cubes, and then in the fridge it goes).
You can google paleo "name of favorite Starbucks drink" for other alternatives, too.
If you like spiced vanilla, also throw in a cardamon pod or two, and a little honey if you need it sweeter. Is honey paleo?? I use it in small amounts.
I started a 30 day challenge last Friday and I am struggling! I crave ice cream! I crave my raisin bran crunch... and COFFEE! I'm a Starbucks addict so no caramel macchiato is killing me! My struggle is mainly because I have not seen a change on the scale AT ALL! I know that it is not the only measurement, but I do not see anything else yet. It's only been 8 days and I did initially think I lost almost 6 lbs... but now it seems to have returned to my start weight? I don't know but I'm feeling defeated :(
Hi SWEETPOTATOMAMA : I find instead of stopping in for fast food - I go for food fast - like in a grocery store. I will grab a banana or apple or something easy to eat on the run. It may not provide the protein but a banana is better then a Big Mac. My other choice over fast food would be a restaurant they are usually as cheap or cheaper then the fast food joints and they will gladly substitute a salad for the fries or potatoes. As far as Christmas baking this year, I cheated. I baked with my granddaughters (4 and 5) and sent it home with them. They were so happy to be able to take their baking home . I know that is not a trick everyone can use but sure worked for us this year. Love being paleo and feel so much better for it that I don't want to blow it on the small stuff. If I am going to have a cheat, it won't be a cookie or big mac but a nice dinner somewhere special!
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I started out in November all excited to do Paleo, and I did great until the holidays. Cookies, Christmas candy? Those are my addictions. It was all-too-easy to go back to my old ways.
But I am tired of starting and stopping. It took the book Wheat Belly to convince me not to eat grains again. Not doing fast food is HARD when you're out somewhere. But now I'm convinced that grains have never done me any good, and I'd feel guilty eating them now. So THAT was the motivation I needed to stick to it.
I feel so good on this way of eating, it would take something huge to get me to go back now. But like I said, the first time around, it was all about motivation. This time, it's about feeling good. Once I quit the grains, I stopped craving them. :)
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Don't be too hard on yourself, fast food is terribly addictive and hard to quit, and its easy to wear out your self control when you are stressed or trying to make a lot of changes at once. Eating fast food once doesn't rule out the good things you have done, so don't look at it like a loss or like you are starting all over again, just eat better the next meal. It can be hard to make a lot of big lifestyle changes all at once, so don't be bummed if you can't change everything all at once. Maybe just pick a few small things to focus on, like cut out soda completely. Try to eat better in general, but even if you do happen to get fast food, get an unsweetene iced tea instead. Then you can look at that as a small victory instead of a complete loss, if you know what I mean.
What has helped me make changes regarding my food is to plan and prep a lot. I cut veggies, boil eggs, cook chicken breasts, and so forth ahead of time so I have healthy food ready to take out of the fridge and eat immediately. If I am tired out or had a busy day, I won't feel like cooking much, but if most of the chopping/dicing/cooking is already done I won't be tempted to get fast food or prepackaged meals. Whenever I leave the house I take a water bottle with me, and snacks. Even if its just a couple of pieces of fruit and a bag of nuts, I have something to munch on if the mood strikes (and it always does). Assume that every time you want to eat you are going to be starving and won't want to apply much effort, and plan accordingly. Freeze individual portions of homemade meals and soups, use a slow cooker, do whatever you can to help yourself out and make eating well easier and more convenient for yourself.
I have been doing this for at least 2 years and just tonight I made a stupid choice to eat dairy! I KNOW it auses upheaval in my body on more than 1 level and I do it anyway. Why?? It is addictive for me, probably BECAUSE of my allergy. Fast food can be addictive too, and they sure try to make it so! You are human, just dust yourself off each time and get back up!
current weight: 187.8
Fitness Minutes: (40) Posts: 93 1/26/13 8:27 P
Thank you everyone!!! I know that change is not easy. I do have a lot of things I need to work on and I think I am trying too much at once. I am going to take baby steps and stop with the giant leaps. Also I am going to take it one moment at a time, instead of trying to figure it all out now. I loved the analogy of the stop light, sueacct..so true.
current weight: 146.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,031) Posts: 1,730 1/25/13 11:18 P
I heard something a while ago that puts this in a different light. If I am driving around my nieghborhood and run through an "orange" light that is actually very red, do I then decide to disobey all other traffic rules for the day. Ususally not and we need to apply this to our health habits (me chief among us!) It is not how many times we fall down on this journey, it really is how many times we get back up. Know that you are on a journey and that it is not a sprint but a marathon. You are not in this alone!
I would consider allergies as a potential trouble spot. They can cause all kinds of symptoms and mess with your hormones, possibly keeping you from losing weight and/or keeping you from feeling full. I'm experimenting myself at the moment to find out if I am sensitive to some types of dairy and also to caffeine. It is a process of self-discovery. Sometimes it helps to take the focus off of weight loss for a while and just focus on those things we do have some control over: drinking enough water, eating enough vegetables, eating slowly and enjoying the meal. Sometimes it helps to work on other problems in our lives first, like stress management, work hours, type of job before we can commit to a healthier life style. I know that Mark Sisson has written a lot about that lately. Birgit
I started out great..for one week..then down hill I went. First off I got sick and was down for 5 days. After that I went right back to old habits of eating junk, eating on the go and not exercising I tried to get back to it and went and got the food I needed. Did well for a couple days...then went thru a fast food place. I have been stressed and upset...I turn to junk food. I can not seem to stay motivated to make this change that I need to make. I know if I do this I will feel sooo much better about myself..so why can't i do it?? How did everyone else do when they first decided to change?
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