"BLUE RIDGE, Ga., Dec. 22, 1985 (UPI)-— A 175-pound black bear apparently died of an overdose of cocaine after discovering a batch of the drug, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said today. The cocaine was apparently dropped from a plane piloted by Andrew Thornton, a convicted drug smuggler who died Sept. 11 in Knoxville, Tenn., because he was carrying too heavy a load while parachuting. The bureau said the bear was found Friday in northern Georgia among 40 opened plastic containers with traces of cocaine."
First, let me say that I have an image of Yogi running around the woods all hyped up saying "Hey Booboo! You gotta try some of this!"
There is also the story about the goats who wear their teeth to the gums trying to eat hallucinogenic lichen from rocks.
Like the bear and cocaine, I cannot control myself around crap food (especially cookies). There is crap food everywhere. At work, people have crap at their desks, we are having potluck after potluck and there is often leftover pizza from somebody's lunch meeting. not to mention the bagels, donuts, muffins and such that constantly are provided to our group. At least I haven't stooped to eating donuts. Home isn't any better - everyone eats the SAD. At least twice a week someone is making cupcakes, brownies, cookies or pie. Then every "special" occaison we have ice cream cake. And then there's the holidays.
Plus, we seem to constantly going to one event after another - school, church, team sport activities - again lots of crap!
I just don't seem to be able to keep it under control. And as a diabetic, this is not a minor issue. I'm good for 3-5 days and then wham! Out of control for a day or two. I usually try to hide when I'm eating badly, since everyone knows I shouldn't be eating crap.
What's a bear to do?
Wow, Dave, this is heavy stuff and I know how much I always hated feeling out of control.
Is there any chance you can pre-empt this?
Can you start having a huge, high-fat breakfast every morning so everything seems a little less tempting? Maybe cook up some meat the night before and grab it right away in the morning?
Can you carry something less damaging in your pocket so even if you need to eat when you're full it's not the worst stuff?
Keep talking to yourself! What's most important, living a strong, active life or those treats?
I'm rooting for you!
Awareness of the excuses we make to ourselves. Sure it's a lot easier on a clean diet but don't let the talk fool you, it can still take an awful lot of willpower to reprogram your subconscious. I know if I buy something I will eat it, and any promises that it'll just be this one time and the rest of the week I'll be good never last, sometimes they don't even last out the day. Still, I used to allow myself to believe them, and still have quite a long way to go to remove all traces of that habitual behaviour.
A good step for me has been fasting, now I know I can simply choose not to eat if there's nothing suitable available, rather than rationalising that I 'have to eat something'. And if people are making cakes every week, well then there'll be plenty more cakes in future so I don't need to try this one as if it's my last day on earth. That's been a significant shift in perspective. And that's what we have over the bears. For all that we might be indoctrinated in harmful ideas and bad habits, we can take control. All the other animals would be dead in a week if they had unfettered access to our supermarket shelves like we do.
One possible idea:
Make a simple wordpress blog where you log your daily food intake. Put the link to this blog in your paleohacks profile.
A second possible idea:
Get a buddy with a similar issue. When the odds are against you, you need a buddy.
A third possible idea
Always have gum in your mouth. Then you can't eat without comingling it with said gum.
A final idea
Do you ever drink fruit tea? I find that drinking those intense fruit teas with almost unnatural levels of fruitiness keep me from desiring junk as much.
This is a tough issue. Good luck!
I made paleo energy bar things to eat as emergency snacks while I got used to the paleo diet. That helped.
I was like that bear, but all cravings for sweet things went away once I'd been on paleo for couple of weeks.If you were at my place craving sugar I'd cook a fantastic steak for you. :-)
Have a big breakfast, work to change your habits, and that should stop your problem with cravings.
What worked for me, and so well that I don't care anymore about all the 'cocaine' lying around.
remember, people don't really genuinely enjoy eating all that 'cocaine' - I mainly just see them shoving it into their mouths, rather mindlessly. Very different from truly enjoying a very good stew, for example.
Then again, this is just what works for me personally. I've always used the 'stick to your guns' approach, and have never understood the 'cheat' approach. I don't think its worthwhile to 'allow yourself' a little slack and put on a few pounds over Christmas, just because you just can't resist that cake.
Yes, you can! The thing is, the difference between you and the bear is that you have a human brain! Take the focus away from the food and to the company & conversation. Just because everyone is eating the pastries and donuts, doesn't mean you have to aswell! There's nothing wrong with ordering a cup of tea at a restaurant and keeping up conversation even if your friends are eating. In the end, remember, its your choice!
Personally, I don't care if its Christmas or my friend's birthday, no sugar means no sugar. No grains means no grains.
This is what works for me. Feel free to disagree... Good luck,
lots of paleo love :-)
I can totally relate! Trying to be perfect through greater self-control doesn't work well for me either. I've been working hard to make better food choices over the last year and though I still get frustrated by some of the sweets that slip in here and there, I can say that I'm worlds better than I was a year ago.
For me the key was to never ever give up and to not beat myself up too much when I eat the wrong thing. I just try to enjoy it and minimize the impact as much as possible. I've learned not to compromise on gluten and that seems to help me immensely. I'm pretty convinced the gluten made me binge like you're describing and I'm pretty surprise at how much more control I feel now that I'm going on a year or so gluten-free. Now when I do have something it will be in the realm of an eggnog latte (cut with lots of milk to make it less sweet) or dark chocolate rather than cookies or cake. I also expect to have sugar cravings the following day because it's seriously crack. I try to have some warmed up berries with garam masala and cinnamon on hand when the cravings get bad. ;)
All the logistical things like bringing my own treats or cooking my own food helps, but I think only the paradigm shift really made a difference for me. As my food choices have improved, I've also found that I've really fallen in love with Paleo food and prefer it 90% of the time now anyway. I really get excited about delicious, nourishing food more than I ever have in my life.
I look at my health more like a long hike with some detours rather than a 400M sprint if that makes any sense. Slowly iterating over a long time towards improvement is much more sane for me.
From Lauren in the comments:
You have my sympathy if you are surrounded by so much easily available crap food all the time. It is not a easy problem to deal with. I think free food offered to you is particularly hard to deal with.
Personally I know that I find it easier to stop at none than stop at one.
Resisting eating any brownies is hard but easier than resisting the second brownie.
You need some kind of mental wall between you and all that food. So that eating it does not even become an option. At least you want to have more control over your own brain than the cake does :)
I don't even want to know what ice cream cake is.
You are singing my song. While not diabetic I did weigh over 300 lbs so balls were to the wall to be sure. For me it was a rewriting of the scripts in my head that finally worked combined with strategic use of off-plan foods so that I could manage my feelings of deprivation.
For me I had to go from a place of seeing everyone enjoying all this wonderful food and it being denied to me to a place of actively choosing not to have it. To come at it from a place of choice and empowerment instead of the pathetic place of feeling like a 4 year old whose mother was telling them they couldn't have to cookies sitting on the table. How you get there is something you need to work out in your own head but try to objectively look at your own thoughts and feelings and work on building some scripts that can help you think differently about the situation. While changing your thoughts will NOT change your DNA no matter who wants to argue otherwise your feeling come from your thoughts and thoughts can be changed which in turn will change how you feel. Just work on getting to the root of how you are thinking about this and feeling about it and how you might change these things to feel that it's a choice you are making and one you can feel good about.
I like the advice from Nance to pre-empt things. Just wanted to suggest that cooking your own might be part of that. There are some great paleo transition recipes out there, and some great recipes that can be adapted to paleo pretty easily. (Try googling homemade sugar-free chocolate chips, and you'll see what I mean!)