How often do you allow food "slip ups" and do you go all out? I have been allowing my self one day slip up. At first it was ANYTHING I want to eat--bread, pasta, candy etc. Lately it seems--to be more in the grey Paleo area foods. Like today I pigged out on nuts and organic sprouted granola --gluten free. ANd I did pig out but only for one hour--not the whole day...now I am done. It was weird I was walking around the health food store and nothing was really calling out my name. Why have my taste changed so much? I hope to eventually end this once a week Slip up day --and then really really dial in calorie wize. I just figure I am leaning into this one week at a time. What is your take---leptin?
UPDATE Today was my official cheat-- again it is getting less and less appealing. I did eat more than I should but only for about 1 hour and done--and again mostly primal. Now I would rather eat EGGS or even Salad with lotza Coconut oil. Am I getting better???
UPDATE 2 Weekly official cheat---this time I was craving more "meat" type food. Unfortunately I had access to only a semi-healthy option -- No Nitrate/No Antiboitc Turkey & Chicken Deli meats. I know there is a lot of sodium and bad Omega 6s --but once a week aint bad right? I think I ate about 2+ lbs --BURP ARGH!
On national holidays I have the "anything but wheat" rule.
However, on all my recent splurges the neolithic treats were never the tastiest food I ate that day so I'm thinking seriously of staying within ancestral foods on holidays and just planning a more festive/complicated menu.
For example, my 2 favorite treats from Christmas were home-made eggnog (ancestral) and bacon bites (also ancestral.) On the bacon bites, I changed the spice to cinnamon to go with the eggnog. My grandkid went nuts on both of the ancestral treats and he's shown much more interest in ancestral eating ever since.
There's no point in cheating if there's no thrill.
After nearly a full year of Paleo I find myself not really wanting the holiday treats or splurge days- when I do eat those things I feel gross. If I want something sweet or something normal (like pancakes) I just try to find a "paleotized" version of it. Now I crave brussel sprouts and butternut squash with some grass fed butter. If I do slip up I try not to feel bad about it and remember that I can start over as many times as I need to.
I think I will allow them once in awhile after I've been doing this longer. Right now I've had a couple cheats and I just don't feel good about it after. Maybe after six months I'll let myself enjoy a fourth of july pig out? I like the national holiday idea.
me personally I've strayed twice with pizza and I am so sore and feel so crappy i pretty much learned my lesson...
I'm going to try my best not to slip...
snacks are whole raw almonds raw cucumbers and mustard sardines...
pretty good stuff if i do say so my self
I don't know the exact word for my personality type, but I am one of those people who have really good self-control around certain things so long as they don't eat it at all. It's literally all-or-nothing for me. It's actually better for me to be around things that I absolutely will not let myself eat - because they're not appetizing anymore - than for there to be something that I'm okay with eating "in small amounts". For example, I try to stay away from buying lots of fruit at a time because I can't eat it in moderation. There was a local sale on clementines (comparatively large ones, too) a few weeks back and we stocked up. I thought, "Oh, I'll just have one here or there and it'll be fine." But no, I ended up eating about 6-8 a day because by allowing myself access to an abundance of something I deem appropriate in small amounts, I "rationalize" that a little bit more is fine, too, then "reason" that a little bit more than a little bit more is okay as well. As soon as we ran out of clementines I felt a lot better and resumed a normal eating pattern.
So essentially, the way I cheat is to just eat way too much of an "only in moderation" food. I consider myself lucky in that respect, really, because I do have pretty good self-control otherwise.
Oh, and I'm not too stringent about eating a bit of beans when I'm away from home.