Trying to go Paleo and blowing it! Lol

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Hi there! Looking for friends who have gone or are trying to go Paleo. The struggle to go ice cream-less in summer is all too real. Not to mention all the other things. I have a terrible sweet tooth.

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  • Fflpnari
    Fflpnari Posts: 975 Member
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    Ice cream is the reason I'm not paleo
  • Hamsibian
    Hamsibian Posts: 1,388 Member
    edited July 2017
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    Lol try primal if you want dairy. Otherwise, there are paleo friendly ice creams - check out some of the gluten free/paleo restaurants nearby, or make some of your own using frozen fruit or coconut milk as your base.

    I was never a sweets person, so giving that stuff up was easy for me. I do miss cheese, but dairy is bad for my guts, so I can't stray even just a little. I like what I am eating though! I keep meal prepping using simple recipes.
  • usmcmp
    usmcmp Posts: 21,220 Member
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    Maybe Paleo just isn't for you. Weight loss doesn't have to be complicated, you can still fit sweets in and lose weight or improve health. If an eating style doesn't fit your life or you struggle to stick with it then it's just not for you.
  • court_alacarte
    court_alacarte Posts: 219 Member
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    If you find that you are blowing it, then it might be easier to adopt the system of eating however you want within a calorie deficit. I know it's hard to cut foods out when you have no allergy or adverse reactions to them (assuming you're not lactose intolerant, but correct me if I'm wrong!).

    However, if you're still wanting to stay within the Paleo-esque WOE, keto and primal diets do allow dairy. I'm sure you can find some ice cream recipes that might satisfy your sweet tooth, but still stay within the diet parameters.

    Good luck :)
  • Need2Exerc1se
    Need2Exerc1se Posts: 13,576 Member
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    Ashlynd24 wrote: »
    Hi there! Looking for friends who have gone or are trying to go Paleo. The struggle to go ice cream-less in summer is all too real. Not to mention all the other things. I have a terrible sweet tooth.

    Not sure why you are trying to 'go Paleo' but if you are having this much trouble with it maybe it's not the right diet for you.
  • MostlyWater
    MostlyWater Posts: 4,294 Member
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    Agree with other posters. It might not be for you.

    We call ourselves flexitarians which means we are basically paleo. Everything in moderation!
  • ninerbuff
    ninerbuff Posts: 48,574 Member
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    Fflpnari wrote: »
    Ice cream is the reason I'm not paleo
    Exactly! Why bother doing something you're not going to probably stick to anyway?

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  • jenna_nicolo
    jenna_nicolo Posts: 62 Member
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    Keto is a great alternative to Paleo! It's less restrictive but still has that low-carb, high fat, focus on whole foods perspective that people tend to like Paleo for. But all in all I agree with others, if you cut something out that you love it's not really sustainable. You may even begin to resent your WOE. Everything in moderation and within the deficit :wink:
  • iamhealingmyself
    iamhealingmyself Posts: 579 Member
    edited August 2017
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    I've been following the Paleo lifestyle since 2014. I've had my bad times (due to depression and chronic pain) but I always come back after making myself feel worse and gaining weight back. As for ice cream, it depends on if you go dairy free or not. That is an option if dairy (ie cow milk) doesn't bother you. It does me. If you want to try it dairy free check out So Delicious Cashew Milk pints. They're about $6 regular here in NJ so it's a treat, don't get me wrong but I usually hold out for a sale when I can get them for $2.88. Again, just like regular eating, ice cream is supposed to be a treat, not a staple food. There are ways to do it, you just have to set your mind to it and plan ahead. You can make your own if you're just looking out for the additives. Just need two coffee cans, some ice, some salt and some cream and flavoring; a kid might be helpful here too to roll the can lol.

    There are many sources online. SCD is good if you are trying to determine what foods you have sensitivities to more than a normal way of living. Whole 30 might be a good option for you too if you're just looking for a natural foods plan. Start here: https://www.google.com/search?q=paleo+diet&rlz=1C1EJFA_enUS710US710&oq=paleo&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0j69i65l3j69i60.12952j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

    I find Paleo Mom, Paleo Hacks, Paleo Leap, and Nom Nom Paleo to be the top sources I use when looking for new recipes to try out. It's interesting to track on MFP because they are calorie based and Paleo isn't. It's just about eating whole foods that are natural and unmodified (GMO or ultra hybrid like today's wheat). Also some say if you prepare the grains properly, you can have a little. Check out Sally Fallon's book Nourishing Traditions to see how to prepare your nuts, seeds, and grains for proper eating (without stomach/intestinal upset). Good luck and feel free to PM me or post on my feed anytime. April

    PS - I forgot to mention, most people who follow Paleo do so 80/20 or 90/10 meaning it's ok to eat other things just be mindful that they don't replace healthy foods!
  • iamhealingmyself
    iamhealingmyself Posts: 579 Member
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    Ashlynd24 wrote: »
    Hi there! Looking for friends who have gone or are trying to go Paleo. The struggle to go ice cream-less in summer is all too real. Not to mention all the other things. I have a terrible sweet tooth.

    Not sure why you are trying to 'go Paleo' but if you are having this much trouble with it maybe it's not the right diet for you.

    1. It's not a 'diet' it's a lifestyle. This means it's not something you do to drop weight then return to the standard american diet. This is a food choice most make due to food sensitivities from eating from an adulterated agricultural system and not just something to do because everyone else is doing.

    2. It's not about giving up everything it's about healing your body and finding out what foods trigger your immune system to cause gas, bloating, other nasties, migraines, etc. Yes it seems strict but if you really look at it, it's not about what Cavemen ate vs what we eat today. It's about eating natural whole foods without the tainted, mass production minded agricultural system that we are bombarded with, often unbeknownst to us. You can eat grains, soybeans, legumes etc. but it's about how you prepare them and where you source them from making sure they are organic/non-gmo and heirloom varieties when possible. These sources will give you the least ailment for your buck.

    3. How important is your health? Why are you going paleo? Just to lose weight?(not really the right option) To get healthier?(you will without a doubt) To define foods with sensitivities?(you will discover things you never even thought of as food related) You are in control of your body and only you can determine what you are willing to put into it to nourish it. You have to understand too that once you come off the abundance of sugars (natural or otherwise) in the SAD, your cravings will diminish if not go altogether. It's the bacteria in your gut that is causing these cravings because they are trying to make you eat stuff to ensure their survival.

    4. Paleo is gluten free by nature but Gluten Free is not necessarily Paleo. You are not looking to substitute gluten free items to avoid the refined white flour and grains. It's about rethinking what your body needs and what you are willing to do to take back control of your life. As someone who has been on Paleo since 2014 with severe spine degeneration, chronic pain, both shoulders with issues, bipolar disorder, depression, etc., I can tell you that when I eat a more strict paleo plan I feel better physically and mentally. I am more stable, my weight is a non issue, and I don't find myself wanting the things I've chosen to leave behind. It's when I start to allow things back into my life that I begin to feel worse all around and then have more and more cravings.

    It's doable. Most people don't want to give up the convenience of prepared foods, eating out, drive throughs etc. in order to take charge of their health. It's like any major lifestyle change. You have to commit to it but don't expect to be perfect from day one. Go slow. Start swapping out whole foods for prepared foods (cook at home with ingredients you know). Pick one thing a month to change. I didn't start in 100% from day 1. I loved my coffee creamer too darn much lol. Little did I know that until I kicked the milk, my chronic post nasal drip is a reaction to cow milk. I can have goat milk with no effect (but then again I don't use as much as I did the cow milk, especially cheese) so far. I have to decide how badly I want ice cream if I'm willing to make it myself or buy the $6 pint of non-dairy stuff that I just love!! Thank god money is a factor or I'd be in big trouble lol. If I eat like *kitten* and feel like *kitten* then I have only myself to blame because I'm the one that did it. Even though mentally I was thinking this is comfort food when really it's not even comfortable any more.

    Decide why, really why you want to do this. It may not be right for you. If you think it is, go slow and just make small changes that you can build on. The more you change the more you will want to change. It's always a forward process not a destination. Every item you eat is a choice. You can do it, if you really believe you are worth the effort (YOU ARE!!!) Good luck. April