Its been a while since I've had a good amount of fruit. I avoid it like the plague because Im aiming for fat loss. I might have berries ONCE a week with some almond meal crumble on top (eggs, almond meal, cinnamon, vanilla, very minimal raw honey) as my once-a-week dessert but thats a MAYBE...probably happens more like every ten days, but I digress. Last night, I went on a small binge of dried fruit (pineapple, pear, apricot, and bananas) and when I came home I had two pieces of dark chocolate with a little butter and pecans on top (stole this one from a post I saw yesterday). It wasn't a ravenous OH MY GOD LET ME EAT EVERY THING SWEET I SEE IN SIGHT type binge where I eat EVERY FREAKING THING in my sight. It may have lasted like 10/15 minutes of snacking on a handful of dried fruit, putting it away, going back...so on and so forth....then I got home and had the chocolate concoction. I know my will power is low because I'm on my cycle (sorry guys) HOWEVER this "binge" seemed much more in control and my binge-foods werent ice cream, frozen yogurt, milkshakes, and other CW crap like they were, say, a month ago. Honestly, dried fruit, dark chocolate, and grassfed butter really isnt THAT unhealthy...just a lot of carbs/natural sugars that I could do without. I was also able to stop myself, whereas a month ago I would binge for an hour or so.
Is this change in binge eating preferences, and ability to stop it, showing progress in my body's "road to recovery"?
I'm about 8 months into Paleo, I came off my birth control last March (so I'm probably a bit hormonally imbalanced...or at least was), and am trying to relax/sleep more and not be so high anxiety about everything. Im recently on a Raw food multi. and I take a teaspoon of Omega-3's every morning. Usually Crossfit 5/6ish days a week (probably cutting back to 3 strength days and 1 METCON to see if that speeds up fat loss).
I know that I should avoid binges anyway, and I usually able to ignore the beck and call of sugar, but hey I'm a 19 year old female and for the sake of the men, let me eat my chocolate ;)
Progress, progress and more progress. Maybe your body needed that bit of sugar, or maybe it was just more important not to stress about being perfect every single day. Whatever the reason, having good foods available and allowing yourself to eat them when you feel the need is always going to work out better than trying to 'control' yourself for the rest of your life. Maybe there were some less than ideal oils in the dried fruit? Incredibly marginal though - 15 minutes of eating dried fruit once in 8 months is just eating as far as I'm concerned.
If you start getting into habits or craving things more often you might want to start paying attention but right now I wouldn't worry!
Progress! It could have been worse. Take this as a lesson about dried fruit and chocolate. I avoid both, but I do have a bit of cocoa powder every once in awhile. I would also ease up on the crossfit and go for a few walks instead.
Look. Plan on taking breaks from your diet. Do it weekly. It won't really hurt anything as long as these breaks aren't 10,000 calorie orgies of bad food.
What you ate was relatively healthy and sounds delicious.
If you give yourself room for this behavior on occasion (and we have evidence that humans did gorge from time to time), make it OK, and don't obsess about it, you will be happy and healthy and this won't own you any longer.
Dear God, Crossfit 5/6 days a week!?
Your body needs carbs, and now it's resorted to bingeing.
Cycle or not, I think going to the reduced workout plan is going to help.
Eating some potatoes or sweet potatoes pre and post-workout is going to help as well - and as long as you don't go crazy on them, they won't impact your weightloss.
Sometimes people need sweet things too, but with your activity levels and the fact that you aren't really that overweight - if you aren't already eating some dense non-fructose carbs before/after workouts, I would guess that's the culprit.