I think it should be mandatory for any paleo eaters to avoid all convenience stores/corner shops etc as these places are death traps! Was starting to feel the great effects of paleo eating, sleeping better, mood improvement, not hungry all the time etc and then I had moment of weakness. Walked into a corner shop with my dad as he needed something and right in front of me, at the till, was a New Cadbury Oreo Bar…now I love Oreo anything and a little voice in my head said “BUY IT, it’ll be delicious, you’ve earned it” and I really couldn’t stop myself. It felt like an addiction! My brain was justifying to me why I should buy it and my body was telling my brain how much it wanted it; catastrophic combination. The problem was after I bought it (yes and ate the whole thing) I then slipped back into my old ways. I ate stuff that can only loosely be described as food and I knew it was bad for me but I didn’t care. I instantly felt lazy, low and I could feel the ‘food’ sitting like a lead weight in my stomach as I carried on with the rest of my day. Last night I slept badly, woke up in a daze and more tired than when I went to bed!
It’s amazing how one moment of weakness spirals out of control and you end up back at square one after all the hard work you put it. I’m calling this the Domino Effect.
I remember reading in The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf that certain non-paleo foods have been linked to opioid receptors (same receptors which cause the pleasurable and addictive effects of morphine, heroin etc); what these foods specifically were escapes me right now but I’m sure these foods I ate last night were in there. I definitely want to investigate that further.
What’s worse is that this morning I woke up and my body was saying “eat a packet of biscuits for breakfast”…WHAT!!! I didn’t though, I ate the last bit of my Spanish Breakfast Tortilla. I now feel that I’m back to square one again and need to build myself back up again to try and ‘purge’ these non-paleo ‘toxins’ out of me.
One thing this experience has taught me is that self control is an absolute must. It does feel sometimes that I’m addicted to these bad foods and it’s often a real strain to stop myself from buying them or eating them. However before I bought the chocolate yesterday I wasn’t thinking about chocolate, or biscuits, I was thinking about fruit smoothies and other nice things.
I think this must be what it feels like for a smoker to try and quit after years of smoking…it’s tough but it must happen! For anyone else who has had these tempting thoughts, all I can say is DON’T, I guarantee 100% that you will regret it and feel like crap. Stay strong, stay paleo 🙂