So here I am armed with the knowledge, the experience and prior paleo results. Yet I continue to sell myself short in regards to very poor food choices and behaviors. Either I have terrible willpower or the power of the foods and their addictive nature is greater then I thought. Cold turkey seems the best option but recently it seems 2 steps forwards, 3 steps back. Not good. Hacks, advice, your experiences? I am an athlete with above average levels of fitness although my body composition is completley out of wack. I have 3 weeks until the biggest interviews (military) of my life and if I go to them in the state of nutrition Ill look like a joker. I know what needs to be done but for some reason my cognition is way off the mark and needs a good firm kick up the backside. Advice greatly appreciated.
For body composition lift heavy: squats, deadlifts and bench. Eat eggs, meat and dairy.
For the poor food choices. Eat a big breakfast lunch and dinner. All good foods. Go to bed early and sleep at least 7.5 hours.
When you stay up late poor food choices are made because grehlin levels increase.
I think the trick is to have a method to remind yourself every day why you are doing Paleo. I describe a technique for this in this article on my Blog. Worked a treat for me :-)
Just know you ain't the only one slippin'! I stuffed my face with an ungodly amount of refined carbs the night before my grad school interview... luckily my size 30 dress pants still fit despite the bloat. Just drink a lot of water and focus on getting through each day. Even if you slip every couples of days, as long as you're 90% focused the rest of the time I think you will make out just fine. Good luck with the interviews.
I'm a totally different person than you, so take this with a grain of salt...
Reading between the lines of "athlete" and "body composition... out of wack" I'm guessing you're a big muscular dude who wants to lose some fat. I'm going to take a huge assumption here that you're either doing LC paleo or LC with carb refeeds after exercise. Personally, I've done that and I find myself exactly where you are, giving into cravings like a crazed wolverine. What works for me is a long term moderate carb strategy, where I'm easily getting in 100+ g of carbs even on non-workout days. I have 3 solid meals a day, 1-2 of my meals include starchy carbs like a sweet potato, root veggies or winter squash and I eat 2-3 peices of fruit a day. I have a slightly larger amount of carbs after a workout, but nothing crazy. I'm losing fat more slowly, but the steady drip of carbs means that I don't crave cheats.
Not saying that what works for me will work for you, but it's worth trying. There may be a carb "sweet spot" that's different from what you're eating right now. Also, I second Eric, three good solid meals and a full night of sleep are good ideas.
The body follows the mind but the mind is affected by the body. Right?
You are edgy and excited about the upcoming interview--and who wouldn't be. Therefore, you are not in a state of calm. That's not a sin, it's a problem. STOP selling yourself short and think hard about what you really want--and then imagine it happening. Bask in the good feelings of what could be.
If I were you, I'd do what feels right on food and exercise as well as I could and I'd feed the mind some good things--seek sources of laughter and relaxation. Get lots of sleep. Imagine a positive outcome to your interview.
Use the thoughts of great people to support your good thoughts.