Anyone willing to share personal stumbling blocks or biggest temptations? How are you able to overcome?
(Reading about other people's willpower helps me a ton. I've trolled through the archives for the past few weeks and have exhausted all the key search words terms "struggle," "temptation," and "giving in.")
Mine are sugar and alcohol. (Yeah, you've all heard it before.) I was a 2-3 drinks-a-day kind of girl, mostly high-cal craft beers. Now I allow myself ONE drink during the week, usually a glass of red wine on Wednesday night, and up to 3 drinks between Friday and Saturday nights. Most nights to help stave off the drinking urge I pour myself some club soda with a lime wedge.
I also love my sweets. Saying no to the bagels and coffee cake in the breakroom, plus the routine after-supper dessert, has been brutal. An orange in the afternoon and a bite of dark chocolate after supper are helping me power through!
If you haven't already seen it, you'll enjoy the "top 9 challenges" article.
My biggest challenge was my binge eating disorder, with which I had fought and lost for the 50 years since my mid-teens. It took months, but I have learned to distinguish between physical and emotional hunger and, giving much credit to intermittent fasting, I have learned to observe that I'm hungry and ignore it unless I choose to eat--and to eat healthy ancestral foods.
I was right with you....I could easily put away a bottle of wine for my pregame festivities (still do occasionally....but were talking like very occasionally) and then go out and drink all night. With that I think you have found a good balance. I practice pretty much the same routine.
When I converted to Paleo my biggest struggle was stuff like Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt...I gave up the refined grains and processed stuff and after 2 weeks I didnt want it anymore (occasionally Ill crave Pizza...but then I just make bacon :D) but I always found myself diving into Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt. We have lie 5 self serve Fro-Yo places within 5 miles of mi casa so its very tempting. My friend and I used to practice "Sushi Sunday" where wed go get Sushi and finish our weeks with a big ice cream cone....that ice cream was the hardest thing to give up. However, since cutting ALL refined sugars, I feel much better. I will always crave ice cream, and when I get the weight off that I want off I will allow myself a little again...its my favorite thing EVER! But I find myself craving real sweets....like fruit. A banana is a delicacy to me now. Don't give up! Persevere :D
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I guess I would have to say alcohol too. I had very little trouble giving up grains and beans, but giving up my daily cocktail habit has been more challenging. But, a funny thing happened pretty soon into the diet: my tolerance of alcohol diminished markedly, as did my desire for it. So three glasses of wine soon became one--without consciously trying. I feel quite confident that my alcohol cravings were strongly linked to carbohydrates, and going low-carb really helped. And when I over-indulge, I suffer as if I am brand new at drinking again, which is a pretty good disincentive to drink. The older I get, it seems the less willing I am to spend any part of my increasingly limited life time suffering, if I can easily avoid it.
Another challenge for me has been staying low-carb. As a person with plenty of weight to lose, I was pretty motivated to go low-carb, and that worked very well at first. I shed 20 pounds effortlessly eating tons of steak with hollandaise, etc. But after awhile, my digestion started really acting up. Things didn't resolve until I reintroduced a moderate amount of starch. I chose white rice, and since then, everything is back to normal, and I'm not gaining weight. The rice does not seem to cause me to crave other carbs or booze. I suppose I'm closer to a PHD now, with respect to carbs. (I'm also autoimmune hypothyroid, and understand low-carb might not be the best choice for me anyhow.)
Finally, there is the pizza thing. Normally not a big problem to resist, but since pizza is everyone's go-to party/social gathering food, I've found myself stranded with nothing to eat except my very favorite poison! Usually I abstain, but sometimes I don't. Either way, I suffer! I dearly wish a truly great paleo pizza crust would materialize more than any other food.
i guess i just had / have to get used to living without the EXCITEMENT of food. sure, a lot of what i eat now is delicious and makes me feel awesome! but, especially since i started to pay more attention to carbs, and i've cut out fruit except for every week or so, there are no rushes and sugar-highs. everything seems so healthy and moderate. don't get me wrong...i LOVE what i eat, and i'm a great cook and get creative with what i make...but i guess i never realized how much i'd relied on food as entertainment.
I'm doing my whole30 right now, and it's rough. For me, my greatest temptations are sweets and Diet Coke. I find one thing that helps me is trying to concentrate on today-I will not have a diet coke today-because thinking about a lifetime without it makes me want to give up now. Even thirty days seems impossible, but I'm at day 17, and I'm still in it. I think as you see health benefits, you can keep reminding yourself how you got there-whether it's more energy, lost weight, improved performance. Also, once you take a break from certain foods, you may find that when you return to them, they make you feel sick/bloated. Sometimes, we don't realize how certain foods impact us until we remove them from our systems. Good luck!
My biggest issue is social stigma.
I don't miss non paleo foods. I do eat lots of fruit, but am quite petite and healthy so I'm not trying to cut back.
I have so much trouble explaining my diet over and over and having people constantly trying to push food on me. Especially my mother. She is constantly ragging on how much meat I eat. I visit often and everytime I do she puts cookies and candy in my room. She makes me feel so guilty when I don't want to eat what she gives me. It really stresses me out.
Foods are not an issue, people are!
I've been eating Paleo for 3 months. My one weakness is alcohol. I've been a daily drinker for a while... not a drunk or anything, it's just an entrenched habit. I drink about 3 glasses of wine every day. The more I've learned about my liver though... I've been taking more days off drinking. My goal is to reduce it to only drinking once or twice a week.
Also, I suck about exercising. At first I lost a bunch of weight with no exercise. Now I'm stuck on a plateau, so I've been trying to walk several miles almost every day, and lift weights. But it's not a dedicated part of my life yet.
Everything else is pretty easy for me. Avoiding sweets, bread, and crap like that is no problem. I actually enjoy refusing the basket of bread they bring me at restaurants, saying "no thanks, I don't eat bread".
My friends give me a little bit of a hard time about being Paleo, mostly because they had never heard of it before. But now they're actually pretty accepting. Family is cool about it too - my Dad started right after I did, my Mom is learning a bit, and my brother is thinking about trying it.
Trying to think of what I'm tempted by is making me feel tempted! I've been pretty paleo for the last two months (still eating some dairy though) and I'm honestly not feeling very tempted at all. That said, PIZZA! I used to eat so much pizza, it's crazy to me that I haven't had any in 2 months!
Also, I'm trying not to eat too many nuts since I'm trying to lose some weight, and that's tough! I think maybe I miss snacking itself more than any particular foods. It's getting better for sure, though!
My biggest temptation diet-wise has been and always will be, ICE CREAM. I consumed pints of the stuff. Possibly multiple pints in a sitting. Every now and again I may treat myself to it, but I try to go as paleo as possible when I do, so natural and low in sugar.
However, things like a love of dark chocolate help to abate these cravings, or full fat Greek yogurt. Both have worked in the past. Neither is the same as ice cream in all of it's delicious glory, but it is a challenge I find worth it day by day.
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