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Confession time: what did you used to eat that you THOUGHT was healthy pre-paleo but now know better?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 25, 2012 at 7:46 AM

I used to eat white bread ketchup sandwiches in high school because I thought it was fat-free and would help me lose weight. Also, I ate fries because I thought it was healthier than a burger. No lie.

I also downed sugar laden yogurts thinking I was being "healthy" and eating low-fat.

I also flirted with vegetarianism in college, eating salads and hummus because it was once again, sigh low-fat.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on November 07, 2013
at 09:19 AM

this question has 64 replies (as i write) & only 9 upvotes (as i write)...go figure

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on June 08, 2013
at 10:27 AM

Me too, except porridge ('oatmeal') when we had it (my family and I when I was young) was always doused with multiple heaped table spoons of brown sugar. Twas never bland! I now recognise why I was so thirsty afterward- not only oats but the huge amount of sugar!

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on June 08, 2013
at 04:40 AM

Haha yes whenever I see the Kashi cereals that have the cereal in an egg-shaped bowl that say "as much protein as an egg" on the box/ in the ads I always think to myself, "You'd be better off just eating a real egg, ye numpties!"

736662d9fd6314d426cc6de1896aa045

(175)

on April 26, 2012
at 06:05 PM

Porridge microwaved with water, tablespoon of ground nuts (including walnut) and seeds on top. Ten years.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on April 26, 2012
at 08:24 AM

Haaa! +1 for catching that!

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 26, 2012
at 04:31 AM

I hated the taste of soy dogs but ate them and convinced myself that they were sooo healthy.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 26, 2012
at 04:30 AM

Not gonna lie...I freaking think about getting hummus every single time I go to the store. I also used to LOVE falafel wraps with yogurt sauce. Mmm.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 26, 2012
at 01:12 AM

Ahaha. What were we thinking?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14932)

on April 26, 2012
at 01:10 AM

Ahaha. What were we thinking?

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21415)

on April 26, 2012
at 01:03 AM

I know you meant "also thought", but "salsa thought" made me laugh. Damn you autocorrect!

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21415)

on April 26, 2012
at 01:01 AM

I ate pretty much the same thing during my apex of competition. A bowl of cooked Steel cut oats with mandarin oranges and raisins, two scoops of vanilla protein powder (and a tablespoon of orange metamucil added to it), 6 egg whites and 3 whole eggs scrambled with cheese. Glass of milk to wash it down. A muscle milk before lunch. Don't miss those days at all...

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on April 12, 2012
at 01:51 AM

I used to feel guilty because I'd pick the skin off the chicken and eat all the organ meats that came with it first.

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(6244)

on April 02, 2012
at 01:28 AM

Just about everything - fat-free/low-fat, grains, granola, cereals, oatmeal, legumes, soy, egg whites, fake protein shakes, 6 meals/day, insoluble fiber, "Healthy Choice and Lean Cuisine" frozen meals, artificial sweeteners, etc. – G

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

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on April 02, 2012
at 01:27 AM

Just about everything - fat-free/low-fat, grains, granola, cereals, oatmeal, legumes, soy, egg whites, fake protein shakes, 6 meals/day, insoluble fiber, "Healthy Choice and Lean Cuisine" frozen meals, etc.

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on March 31, 2012
at 05:53 PM

Is it wrong to say that the PB&J with potato chips and milk sounds good? haha.

88a669ef87f8138d6bbfbdace533a482

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on March 30, 2012
at 11:03 PM

I was also an overweight preteen. 168 lb. at age 13. I lost weight when they invented Diet Coke, up to 8 cans a day, and low-calorie dieting--a popsicle ("fruit-and-juice bar") for breakfast and a can of Campbell's soup for lunch, then whatever my margarine-loving mom fixed for dinner. It worked but looking back, it's so sad. At 41 I'm worried about osteoporosis from all that dieting.

97ffbac59e88bdff6495d0a9b6f70ff7

(555)

on March 30, 2012
at 10:05 PM

Don't you love looking at someone's cart in the grocery store and seeing the same junk that the SAD-eating person in front of them has in theirs, except that this person has 'dressed up' all that grain, sugar, soy, etc. into nice flashy 'organic and healthy' versions

97ffbac59e88bdff6495d0a9b6f70ff7

(555)

on March 30, 2012
at 10:02 PM

+1 for Tofu - I used to go crazy for it

21b36b3de8ff31b0d41e7f0f4b5c1e03

(1688)

on March 30, 2012
at 09:31 PM

I ate oat bran every morning of my life, for years. With four packets of Splenda, ouch. I still have oeatmeal fermented with whey as a onc-in-a-long-while treat.

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on March 30, 2012
at 09:23 PM

I have to admit, I miss oatmeal. I really did like it.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on March 27, 2012
at 09:46 PM

I have never heard of that site so I went to look. Isn't Hungry "girl" a little too old to be calling herself a "girl" still? Or does hungry pre-menopausal woman not sound as fun? How about Hungry Cougar?

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on March 27, 2012
at 09:45 PM

Sad thing, but your Go-to healthy meal sounds so good. I guess I miss eating so Healthy. Denial is bliss.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on March 27, 2012
at 09:43 PM

Convincing myself Quinoa actually tasted good!

36f130c3ee5bdc4c47e739e8b7316170

(65)

on March 27, 2012
at 04:59 AM

ha! special k berries with skimmed milk was my staple for far too many years

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on March 27, 2012
at 03:53 AM

Me too, I was a horrible Kashi addict.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 26, 2012
at 11:10 PM

Yes, I never pretended to LIKE the skinless turkey breast--I was trying hard to do "the right thing." Ychh

Fb10cf8e5dbac271762e13721181d5dc

(453)

on March 26, 2012
at 10:33 PM

haha vital gluten... I see that for sale at the health food stores and cringe every time. My thought when I saw it for the first time was "why on EARTH would you ADD extra gluten?"

Fb10cf8e5dbac271762e13721181d5dc

(453)

on March 26, 2012
at 10:31 PM

HAAA, boneless skinless poultry breast. I'm so glad I've "seen the light" in regards to that. So many of my friends prefer it on a taste level though and that's.. such a mystery to me? I've always preferred the dark meat and skin; even when I thought it was bad for me I just couldn't kid myself :P

88a669ef87f8138d6bbfbdace533a482

(425)

on March 26, 2012
at 07:47 PM

In grad school I thought a can of Diet Coke and a frosted cinnamon Pop-Tart was a good breakfast because it only had 200 calories! I always had burritos in the freezer because they were fast, hot and beans are good for you, right? Shouldn't people in grad school be smarter than that??

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on March 26, 2012
at 06:35 PM

You could do worse than hummus, but I get it.

43873f3cea4f22f91653b0f5ec7ab9d9

(401)

on March 26, 2012
at 06:28 PM

Ha, yeah, I remember thinking I was on the cutting edge of health and nutrition when I started buying whole wheat pasta!

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on March 26, 2012
at 05:44 PM

I LOVED those Kashi cereals too. How could you resist with the 7 different grains in each box? When you think grains are God then all Kashi cereals become magical!

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on March 26, 2012
at 05:43 PM

You have one hell of an intelligent mother!

20eefe24d8ccf096096f05b5bce1ea40

(988)

on March 26, 2012
at 05:02 PM

I had mountains of Kashai cereal for breakfast in my iron worker days, thought I was hot stuff too. The gas it gave me would chase filthy construction guys off a roof, even in high winds, twenty yards away.The funny thing about stew made of beef feet, mostly under cooked liver and homemade kraut is that it stopped horrible gas,

535fafe8afe6923870905c707c4f4454

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on March 26, 2012
at 12:19 PM

I used to think it was a meal.. daily ^^ Plenty of O6, gut irritating beans and yukky processed sugary nightshades

C513f1dba19e01bbd7e0f4f12b243a97

(670)

on March 26, 2012
at 08:57 AM

It's awful! It's one of the more satiating vegan options to be sure, I remember freaking out over a warm bowl of it because it had been enhanced with meaty spices.

94a4a87e3d2e1e9160b6ed77678b4bea

(1311)

on March 26, 2012
at 03:11 AM

Same... was a vegetarian for longer than I care to remember... meanwhile moody all the time and piling on the pounds. All rectified now and so glad to stay away from soy! Hurah!

Cc49234f065a33c763ab09fa234d08eb

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on March 26, 2012
at 02:38 AM

I still occasionally dream of the Kashi cereals. There was a particular blueberry one that caught my fancy and I would eat it morning, noon and night. Lot of good it did me! :)

5e6a6f5c0fd3ab048f81c0a500206f41

(956)

on March 26, 2012
at 02:26 AM

ahhhh i LOVED all of the kashi cereals! I would buy a bunch of them, all of the different varieties, and then mix them all up into one big bowl of cereal.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 26, 2012
at 02:03 AM

I can't believe I used to eat TVP. Out of everything, that is probably the worst thing I ever put in my body.

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

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on March 26, 2012
at 12:17 AM

I know, you guys, I can't believe I ever thought any of that looked appetizing! I remember I sent in a suggestion that she use splenda with a bit of molasses in place of the brown sugar in her recipes and being annoyed that she didn't post it... I was warped! And I think she's hungry all the time because it's been years since she's eaten real food. I mean, the gal even manages to ruin burgers! hungry-girl.com/chew/show/2233

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

(1061)

on March 26, 2012
at 12:14 AM

I know, guys I can't believe I ever thought any of that looked appetizing! I remember I sent in a suggestion that she use splenda with a bit of molasses in place of the brown sugar in her recipes and being annoyed that she didn't post it. I was warped! And I think she's hungry all the time because it's been years since she's eaten real food. I mean, the gal even manages to ruin burgers! http://www.hungry-girl.com/chew/show/2233

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

(2873)

on March 26, 2012
at 12:00 AM

I always thought the Hungry Girl was an a pro-anorexia website... when I arrived to the actual page, it wasn't an anorexia site but her "recipes" seem fit for one. It's ridiculous.

2d551979414f10c1e5c6cd57fe3c6658

(125)

on March 25, 2012
at 10:59 PM

Ugh, TVP, I forgot all about that! I used to gorge on the stuff. In the morning it found its way into my oatmeal to bump up the protein content, in the evenings it was dessert when mixed with 0% fat greek yogurt and stevia. Plain spoonfuls of it cause I was starving and didn't know what else to eat. Thanks for reminding me about that junk!!!

2d551979414f10c1e5c6cd57fe3c6658

(125)

on March 25, 2012
at 10:53 PM

Thanks to Hungry Girl I was eating Boca burgers on Sandwich Thins and obsessively measuring out 1/2 cup servings of Fage 0% with a packet of Splenda and a few pumps of Torani sugar-free syrup mixed in for "dessert". I thought I was eating healthy. All I was doing was ruining my health and buying into clever marketing.

C513f1dba19e01bbd7e0f4f12b243a97

(670)

on March 25, 2012
at 09:28 PM

I know what you mean about the being satiated thing! And those Hungry Girl recipes are awful, its like they were actually tailored for starving people with eating disorders. The whole obsession with desserts seems really unbalanced to me- I know when I was a binge eater, besides the sugar, it was an underlying craving for fat that drove me to it...

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on March 25, 2012
at 09:12 PM

thank you for informing about this, I didn`t know about this danger. I`ve been eating canned mackrell in tomatoe on a daily basis the last months. So I guess I have to say bye bye to the canned mackrell as well then..

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 25, 2012
at 08:57 PM

I used to think pizza crust was better than cheese because it was "lower in fat." I think the low-fat thing was what ruined the most, out of all the misinformation floating out there.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 25, 2012
at 08:56 PM

I definitely feel you on the plain bread being healthy. I was maybe 15 when I was eating ketchup and white bread because it had no meat and was nearly-fat free, thinking it was healthy. No worries, I didn't flinch at your story about plastic bags and thinking it would melt fat. I just share the same pain and remember the misery! When I was 15, I also drank CHOCOALTE MILKSHAKES for lunch, because I thought it was similar to Slim-fast. Kashi bars and luna bars...I've been there too! OHhhh, a vegetarian soy protein source. Hooray! Not.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on March 25, 2012
at 08:31 PM

+1, me too, and still have all the kitchen equipment to prove it.

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(4878)

on March 25, 2012
at 08:27 PM

Ah, but home made soy milk is sooo yummy. I do miss it :(

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 25, 2012
at 08:13 PM

Canned tomatoes are acidic and if the lining of the can isn't BPA free it can leech into the food

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 25, 2012
at 08:12 PM

Kashai Go-Lean was my favorite "health" food for a long time...with soy milk, of course. Ugh. I used to eat eat hummus as a main dish with my salad.

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on March 25, 2012
at 06:13 PM

what is so bad with canned diced tomatoes?

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(2923)

on March 25, 2012
at 05:39 PM

ALL of those damnable Kashi foods. Especially those oh-so-tasty granola bars for mid-morning snacks ...

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on March 25, 2012
at 04:33 PM

Yeah, I distinctly remember thinking "man, if any other food made me look this pregnant, there's no way I would eat it." But I just kept eating beans!

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on March 25, 2012
at 03:15 PM

I also used to make whole wheat bread - even got high gluten flour so it would rise better. also ate a lot of pasta and risotto.

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

(1061)

on March 25, 2012
at 02:10 PM

+1 for the hard work. I taught myself how to bake bread and even came up with my own special, healthy recipes, and I often ponder what I could have done with the immense amount of time and energy I wasted on them.

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

(1061)

on March 25, 2012
at 02:09 PM

+1 for the hard work. I taught myself how to bake bread and even came up with my own special, healthy recipes, and I often ponder what I could have done with the immense amount of time I wasted on them.

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

(1026)

on March 25, 2012
at 12:47 PM

Nothing... Healthy food was the last thing on my mind.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 25, 2012
at 10:01 AM

+1 for fruit juice...I used to love Naked bottled juices. Basically, they're like 300 calories of sugar.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 25, 2012
at 09:48 AM

I used to eat reduced calorie whole grain bread...and I went through a gluten phase too (in the form of seitan for protein). And ditto on the soy nuts, roasted...I also ate lots of other soy products like boca burgers, crumbles, and bars.

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on March 25, 2012
at 09:18 AM

I used to spend hours making whole grain breads, packed with as much wheat germ, vital gluten flour, seeds, and nuts I could cram in there. In spite of the stomach cramps, crushing hunger, brain fog, and declining grades that resulted I was convinced that it was healthy and just needed to eat more of it to adjust to the extra fiber load. It sucks knowing how hard I worked to cause a leaky gut.

Also thought Diet Coke, soy nuts, and margarine were good for me at one point.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 25, 2012
at 09:48 AM

I used to eat reduced calorie whole grain bread...and I went through a gluten phase too (in the form of seitan for protein). And ditto on the soy nuts, roasted...I also ate lots of other soy products like boca burgers, crumbles, and bars.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on March 25, 2012
at 03:15 PM

I also used to make whole wheat bread - even got high gluten flour so it would rise better. also ate a lot of pasta and risotto.

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

(1061)

on March 25, 2012
at 02:09 PM

+1 for the hard work. I taught myself how to bake bread and even came up with my own special, healthy recipes, and I often ponder what I could have done with the immense amount of time I wasted on them.

Fb10cf8e5dbac271762e13721181d5dc

(453)

on March 26, 2012
at 10:33 PM

haha vital gluten... I see that for sale at the health food stores and cringe every time. My thought when I saw it for the first time was "why on EARTH would you ADD extra gluten?"

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

(1061)

on March 25, 2012
at 02:10 PM

+1 for the hard work. I taught myself how to bake bread and even came up with my own special, healthy recipes, and I often ponder what I could have done with the immense amount of time and energy I wasted on them.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on March 25, 2012
at 08:31 PM

+1, me too, and still have all the kitchen equipment to prove it.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on March 25, 2012
at 04:36 PM

I tried to convince my family to use margarine instead of butter. Got to the point where my brother started disliking butter, he would only put margarine on his veggies or he wouldn't eat them.

When I became paleo and started eating butter again and asked my mom what she thought, she said that when I was a margarine eating vegetarian she wanted to make me eat on the deck with the dog. She hated cooking separate meals for me, and she always thought margarine was bullshit. Could have used that tough love before I became vegetarian!

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on March 26, 2012
at 05:43 PM

You have one hell of an intelligent mother!

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on March 25, 2012
at 05:26 PM

  • Special K Berries
  • The Kashi cereals, especially the one shaped like hearts
  • Soy milk
  • Hummus with pita chips

That was the nucleus of my diet for a long time. I remember feeling quite smug about it.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 25, 2012
at 08:12 PM

Kashai Go-Lean was my favorite "health" food for a long time...with soy milk, of course. Ugh. I used to eat eat hummus as a main dish with my salad.

20eefe24d8ccf096096f05b5bce1ea40

(988)

on March 26, 2012
at 05:02 PM

I had mountains of Kashai cereal for breakfast in my iron worker days, thought I was hot stuff too. The gas it gave me would chase filthy construction guys off a roof, even in high winds, twenty yards away.The funny thing about stew made of beef feet, mostly under cooked liver and homemade kraut is that it stopped horrible gas,

Cc49234f065a33c763ab09fa234d08eb

(292)

on March 26, 2012
at 02:38 AM

I still occasionally dream of the Kashi cereals. There was a particular blueberry one that caught my fancy and I would eat it morning, noon and night. Lot of good it did me! :)

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(2923)

on March 25, 2012
at 05:39 PM

ALL of those damnable Kashi foods. Especially those oh-so-tasty granola bars for mid-morning snacks ...

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on March 26, 2012
at 06:35 PM

You could do worse than hummus, but I get it.

5e6a6f5c0fd3ab048f81c0a500206f41

(956)

on March 26, 2012
at 02:26 AM

ahhhh i LOVED all of the kashi cereals! I would buy a bunch of them, all of the different varieties, and then mix them all up into one big bowl of cereal.

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on March 26, 2012
at 05:44 PM

I LOVED those Kashi cereals too. How could you resist with the 7 different grains in each box? When you think grains are God then all Kashi cereals become magical!

36f130c3ee5bdc4c47e739e8b7316170

(65)

on March 27, 2012
at 04:59 AM

ha! special k berries with skimmed milk was my staple for far too many years

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65bba2aa1de77b31c373c1a390c43ca8

(423)

on March 25, 2012
at 12:41 PM

Edamame, tofu, hummus, ANY beans, beans & rice, whole wheat breads, yogurt (I bounced between low fat and whole fat), diet soda, juices/smoothies.

97ffbac59e88bdff6495d0a9b6f70ff7

(555)

on March 30, 2012
at 10:02 PM

+1 for Tofu - I used to go crazy for it

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on March 25, 2012
at 01:08 PM

Whole wheat bread (and later, sprouted breads), beans, brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, tempe, and tofu.

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6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on March 27, 2012
at 03:08 AM

Kashi whole grain cereals.

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on March 27, 2012
at 03:53 AM

Me too, I was a horrible Kashi addict.

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on March 25, 2012
at 08:25 PM

Beans, quinoa, brown rice, lentils, hummus, sugary yogurts, oatmeal, lowfat milk, frozen organic meals, organic mac & cheese (what?! It's ORGANIC!), canned soup, whole grain bread, bagels, fruit juices.

I shudder to think of all the breakfast cereals. On the rare occasion I go down those aisles, I laugh at how much time I used to spend there debating which one was better. It's painfully obvious to me now that they're all made with the same dust and water as all the rest. I actually used to eat chocolate cereal for dessert, thinking it was better than a cookie since it was so low fat.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on March 27, 2012
at 09:43 PM

Convincing myself Quinoa actually tasted good!

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 25, 2012
at 04:28 PM

Looking back, I believed everything the government, medical community and TV ads told me (sigh.)

I used crystallized fructose rather than white sugar in apple pies because it was "healthy." I made my own whole grain, cracked wheat bread. I went low fat for a while, until my skin started to hurt all over and I realized I had to have more fat--and then I used "healthy" vegetable oils. It's probably a good thing I decided I liked the taste of grapeseed oil because I probably could have done worse.

I ate a lot of boneless, skinless turkey breast--and to this day I refuse to eat that any more. I eat dark meat and skin, but breast meat has to be drowned in butter before I'll look at it.

Fb10cf8e5dbac271762e13721181d5dc

(453)

on March 26, 2012
at 10:31 PM

HAAA, boneless skinless poultry breast. I'm so glad I've "seen the light" in regards to that. So many of my friends prefer it on a taste level though and that's.. such a mystery to me? I've always preferred the dark meat and skin; even when I thought it was bad for me I just couldn't kid myself :P

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 26, 2012
at 11:10 PM

Yes, I never pretended to LIKE the skinless turkey breast--I was trying hard to do "the right thing." Ychh

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

(1600)

on April 12, 2012
at 01:51 AM

I used to feel guilty because I'd pick the skin off the chicken and eat all the organ meats that came with it first.

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(19469)

on March 26, 2012
at 10:41 PM

Where to begin!?

I think the number one "healthy" thing that I used to eat all the time pre-Paleo was Stacy's pita chips (multi-grain of course) and Sabra hummus (can you say canola oil?)

confession-time:-what-did-you-used-to-eat-that-you-thought-was-healthy-pre-paleo-but-now-know-better?

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0266737ea1782946902fd3f8e60fa0b9

(2504)

on March 25, 2012
at 03:41 PM

TONS of rice. I used to put small amounts of chinese food over scads of rice, figuring that the low fat rice was way healthier than the greasy chinese food. Actually, probably both were pretty terrible :)

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D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

on March 25, 2012
at 02:07 PM

Before I switched to a "clean" diet, I ate a lot of artificial sweeteners, low-fat/sugar-free processed foods and tons of Jif crunchy peanut butter, diet soda and Quaker cinnamon roll oatmeal packets. I was really into Hungry Girl recipes at the time, because healthy to me was "fewer calories" rather than "more nutrition".
After banning processed foods, and later becoming a vegetarian and then a vegan, I ate the crap out of oatmeal (especially oat bran), homemade whole grain bread, homemade bran muffins, all-natural peanut butter, homemade hummus (in fact my first foray into a paleo-ized recipe was making cauliflower hummus, which turned out gross because I refused to use the "massive" amount of olive oil it called for), soy and wheat proteins, whole wheat pasta, tons of fruit, canola and rice bran oils for cooking, "light" bread which was really just overpriced regular bread cut smaller, all pulses, bulgur, barley, tofu smoothies, Quorn products (before I went vegan), quinoa, brown rice, agave, Earth Balance fake butter, nutritional yeast (which I still eat, but I would literally eat 1/4 - 1/2 cup of the stuff at a time to make up for my vitamin-deficient diet) and white whole wheat pastry flour.

It's kind of funny to me that I decided that it was good that I didn't fit animal products in my diet because they were too high in calories and fat, when they were the only things that ever satiated me. On my previous diet I got hunger pains every 60-90 minutes and it was a fantastic feat if I ever made it 3 hours without eating. I'm still amazed whenever I realize that I haven't eaten in 6 hours and am not even hungry.

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

(2873)

on March 26, 2012
at 12:00 AM

I always thought the Hungry Girl was an a pro-anorexia website... when I arrived to the actual page, it wasn't an anorexia site but her "recipes" seem fit for one. It's ridiculous.

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

(1061)

on March 26, 2012
at 12:17 AM

I know, you guys, I can't believe I ever thought any of that looked appetizing! I remember I sent in a suggestion that she use splenda with a bit of molasses in place of the brown sugar in her recipes and being annoyed that she didn't post it... I was warped! And I think she's hungry all the time because it's been years since she's eaten real food. I mean, the gal even manages to ruin burgers! hungry-girl.com/chew/show/2233

2d551979414f10c1e5c6cd57fe3c6658

(125)

on March 25, 2012
at 10:53 PM

Thanks to Hungry Girl I was eating Boca burgers on Sandwich Thins and obsessively measuring out 1/2 cup servings of Fage 0% with a packet of Splenda and a few pumps of Torani sugar-free syrup mixed in for "dessert". I thought I was eating healthy. All I was doing was ruining my health and buying into clever marketing.

C513f1dba19e01bbd7e0f4f12b243a97

(670)

on March 25, 2012
at 09:28 PM

I know what you mean about the being satiated thing! And those Hungry Girl recipes are awful, its like they were actually tailored for starving people with eating disorders. The whole obsession with desserts seems really unbalanced to me- I know when I was a binge eater, besides the sugar, it was an underlying craving for fat that drove me to it...

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

(1061)

on March 26, 2012
at 12:14 AM

I know, guys I can't believe I ever thought any of that looked appetizing! I remember I sent in a suggestion that she use splenda with a bit of molasses in place of the brown sugar in her recipes and being annoyed that she didn't post it. I was warped! And I think she's hungry all the time because it's been years since she's eaten real food. I mean, the gal even manages to ruin burgers! http://www.hungry-girl.com/chew/show/2233

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29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on March 25, 2012
at 01:02 PM

Oat porridge! Had it every day for breakfast for ten years... Beans and lentils. Ignored the fact that I looked like I was pregnant in 5. month every time I ate it. Still thought it was healthy for some reason..

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on March 25, 2012
at 04:33 PM

Yeah, I distinctly remember thinking "man, if any other food made me look this pregnant, there's no way I would eat it." But I just kept eating beans!

21b36b3de8ff31b0d41e7f0f4b5c1e03

(1688)

on March 30, 2012
at 09:31 PM

I ate oat bran every morning of my life, for years. With four packets of Splenda, ouch. I still have oeatmeal fermented with whey as a onc-in-a-long-while treat.

197cbdc3e1cbc3ad24729284652d2001

(10)

on March 30, 2012
at 09:23 PM

I have to admit, I miss oatmeal. I really did like it.

736662d9fd6314d426cc6de1896aa045

(175)

on April 26, 2012
at 06:05 PM

Porridge microwaved with water, tablespoon of ground nuts (including walnut) and seeds on top. Ten years.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21415)

on April 26, 2012
at 12:58 AM

falafels and hummus on pita. This, I actually still miss from time to time.

gigantic baked potatoes drenched in margarine and soy bacon bits.

but my worst pleasure as a vegetarian...

wheat thins and bananas. I'd seriously eat 3 bananas and a box of wheat thins for a meal and figure it was "healthy". I thought farting without pause for 16 hours a day meant I had a healthy gut.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 26, 2012
at 04:30 AM

Not gonna lie...I freaking think about getting hummus every single time I go to the store. I also used to LOVE falafel wraps with yogurt sauce. Mmm.

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A115b8aa3c375f10d5bde0c0d06b6143

on March 25, 2012
at 06:05 PM

Soymilk (/most soy products), beans, oatmeal, protein powder, whole grains, peanut butter.

Honestly, sometimes I can't even believe the old SAD me and the new Paleo me are, in fact, the same person.

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1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on March 25, 2012
at 03:12 PM

Whole Wheat Bread and Oatmeal.

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2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

on March 25, 2012
at 01:51 PM

Fruit, exclusively:o

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C061117b42c212043a6853b8571c24de

on April 26, 2012
at 04:06 AM

As a vegetarian for 10 years, I ate and defended soy sausages, schnitzels, hot dogs and not-bacon. I would even try and force my meat eating family to have them, and couldn't understand why they wouldn't give up their real meat.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 26, 2012
at 04:31 AM

I hated the taste of soy dogs but ate them and convinced myself that they were sooo healthy.

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C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

(2269)

on April 01, 2012
at 03:51 PM

Fat-free mayonnaise and fat-free cream cheese (aka "spackle"). Fake-meat products. Steel-cut oats (which to this day I still find appetizing, drowned in butter, brown sugar and cinnamon! But I daren't). Glue-y fat-free dressing on ginormous salads with whole-grain croutons and a can of cheap tuna. Soy milk/cheese/bacon/tofu/chips/snax. N-grain breads that, texturally, were made with crushed gravel and iron pellets. Heaps of slithery whole-wheat pasta doused with fat-free sugary sauces with a little bit of turkey sausage. Egg whites cooked in PAM. Heart-healthy canola oil. Pots of 12-bean soups made with fat-free industrial chicken broth and a fat-free turkey kielbasa for a little flavor.

And who can forget the SNACKWELLS! craze?

Surprised I made it this long...

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2194b1863657b6be2e49ae0dac911c72

on March 31, 2012
at 05:14 PM

A mix that is made here in Brazil with 7 grains (whole barley, whole rye, whole oat, whole rice, wild rice, whole wheat, whole triticale) plus whole soy beans.

confession-time:-what-did-you-used-to-eat-that-you-thought-was-healthy-pre-paleo-but-now-know-better?

2
6d06945c5244687be2f6a9ca731b9cc6

on March 27, 2012
at 06:40 AM

Oh gosh, so much!

'Fat-free' yet partially-hydrogenated-soybean-oil-laden microwave popcorn; fat-free sugar-free fudge bars from dairy queen; South Beach Diet meal replacement bars; fat-free condiments of all kinds, from mayo to Italian dressing; anything suggested by Satan herself (i.e. Lillian from hungry-girl.com); fat-free sugar free Frappuccinos; Quaker flavored oatmeal; Muscle Milk; egg-white omelets.

Seriously though, if there ever were an antithesis to paleo, it'd be the hungry-girl.com way of eating.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on March 27, 2012
at 09:46 PM

I have never heard of that site so I went to look. Isn't Hungry "girl" a little too old to be calling herself a "girl" still? Or does hungry pre-menopausal woman not sound as fun? How about Hungry Cougar?

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1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

on March 27, 2012
at 05:02 AM

My go-to healthy meal was sprouted toast with a Boca burger, organic Ketchup, a small amount of canola mayonnaise, with a side of edamame, an apple, and maybe some hummus and veggies.

Another favorite healthy meal I used to make was Barilla Plus pasta (pasta with extra flaxseed meal, Multi grains, and lentils) with a jar of Pasta sauce (probably with soy oil in it) mixed with a mixture of ground turkey and Veggie "meat" crumbles. With a salad with bottled dressing. Hahahahaha

Oh, and I started many a morning with a giant bowl of kashi go-lean with 2% milk or rice milk.

I also used splenda in everything and use natural Balance soy-free margarine or olivio spread.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on March 27, 2012
at 09:45 PM

Sad thing, but your Go-to healthy meal sounds so good. I guess I miss eating so Healthy. Denial is bliss.

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36f130c3ee5bdc4c47e739e8b7316170

on March 27, 2012
at 04:53 AM

I am actually pretty new to this way of eating so... I am still learning...but I use to think the below foods were so healthy

  • Margarine
  • Soy Milk & Tofu
  • Kashi EVERYTHING
  • Dates in excess (as in raw desserts, I thought raw desserts were sooo healthy for me)
  • Nuts in excess (1, 2, 3 cups a day!)
  • Agave Nectar (and unlimited/copious amounts of natural sweeteners like honey)
  • Turkey Bacon (filled with chemicals & other crap I can???t pronounce)
  • Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Atkins Bars (ignoring the excessive gas)
  • Low fat dairy
  • Fruit juice in excess
  • Canola Oil (I used this stuff like water)
  • Diet Pop (and all artificial sweeteners)
  • Beans & Lentil (hummus, pureed lentil soups, white bean dips, bean chili)
  • Wheat thins (they taste so damn good!)
  • PAM cooking spray (only little squirts to not have too much fat. I was so misinformed!)
  • Pita bread
  • Whole grain muffins & bagels

Oh, the wasted years!

2
B1859f696e88d25460a6b8a333412ea3

on March 27, 2012
at 04:10 AM

Tofu and Seitan. I even made them both from scratch, I liked them so much. I don't miss the Seitan, but I do miss miso soup with tofu.

2
Cdd931c4a0fae8944478767671bb7402

on March 26, 2012
at 10:16 PM

Flaxseed oil. I'd read somewhere that it was soooo good for you. I would add 2 tablespoons of it to my smoothie each morning until I suddenly had a whopping great goitre popping out of my neck. Only then did I do more research and find out how goitrogenic it is. I cringe at the thought now, though it did start me on my quest to eventually find the paleo way of life.

2
5fbdb4d1266cfbd9dd36b4c219bbdb96

on March 26, 2012
at 08:30 PM

Weight Wathcher/Lean Cuisine frozen meals Anything by Kashi, Morningstar Farms, Boca 100 Calorie Snack Packs Beans and rice with everything Reduced Calorie/High Fiber Bread Anything with Light/Low Carb/Reduced in the name

Yikes!

I was actually tried low fat diets, I was a vegan for 5 months, and tried some other fads when I was seeing a reproductive endocrinologist to try to have a baby after they suggested I try to lose some weight....needless to say it didn't work. I didn't get pregnant, until I gave up and started eating what I wanted (which ultimately looks almost exactly like a paleo diet).

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627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

on March 26, 2012
at 05:47 PM

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with reduced fat cape cod potato chips and a glass or 2, or 3 of 1/2% milk.

Kashi cereals gluten free cereal canned soup corn because I thought it was a veggie Total and Wheaties cereal 100% Whole Wheat Bread Spaghetti imitation meat foods that are mostly made up of soy protein isolate and gluten (yikes!)

I could go on forever...

Medium avatar

(2301)

on March 31, 2012
at 05:53 PM

Is it wrong to say that the PB&J with potato chips and milk sounds good? haha.

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Ed2157b3a5560af0f2c507c8fc4f5a2a

on March 25, 2012
at 08:34 PM

Ugh, all kinds of things.

Fat-Free Milk, Canned Soup, Canned Chilli, FRIES INSTEAD OF A BURGER!!! (even home cooked), whole grain bread, sugary yogurt, low fat dressings, whole grain bagels, MARGARINE, vegetable based oils, "healthy cereal", Kashi bars, luna bars, blah blah blah health bars, "health drinks", gatorade....

When I was an over-weight kid, about 12, and trying to be thin, I would eat about 6 slices of plain bread toasted with margarine on it, and crackers with margarine, and wore plastic bags over my abdomen while I ran on the treadmill for an hour, "burning the fat away".

This is a true story.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 25, 2012
at 08:56 PM

I definitely feel you on the plain bread being healthy. I was maybe 15 when I was eating ketchup and white bread because it had no meat and was nearly-fat free, thinking it was healthy. No worries, I didn't flinch at your story about plastic bags and thinking it would melt fat. I just share the same pain and remember the misery! When I was 15, I also drank CHOCOALTE MILKSHAKES for lunch, because I thought it was similar to Slim-fast. Kashi bars and luna bars...I've been there too! OHhhh, a vegetarian soy protein source. Hooray! Not.

88a669ef87f8138d6bbfbdace533a482

(425)

on March 30, 2012
at 11:03 PM

I was also an overweight preteen. 168 lb. at age 13. I lost weight when they invented Diet Coke, up to 8 cans a day, and low-calorie dieting--a popsicle ("fruit-and-juice bar") for breakfast and a can of Campbell's soup for lunch, then whatever my margarine-loving mom fixed for dinner. It worked but looking back, it's so sad. At 41 I'm worried about osteoporosis from all that dieting.

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Medium avatar

(2923)

on March 25, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Another vote for those loaves of crunchy, thick-crusted, chewy peasant-style whole-wheat artisan breads ... I think the only thing really healthy was the amount of extra-virgin olive oil I drizzled on top ...

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A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on June 08, 2013
at 04:29 AM

I was a soymilk-aholic and a tofu-holic and a soy-yogurt-holic, I made rice (both brown and white) almost every day, I would have salads with boneless skinless white meat chicken on top (which, is, acutally, when you think about it, paleo) because it had no fat and I thought fat was evil, even though I would feel really tired and woozy after having it for lunch, non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening was a must-have for baking

1
7fb4e9fb1162999cdd5099fee49dd0a7

on April 26, 2012
at 01:59 PM

Man, a big part of my gripe with the big health magazines out there is the fact that they peddle malnutrition as the means to a healthy life (though I was more concerned with the physique back when I referred to them as my one-stop-shop).

As a result, Men's Health, Men's Fitness & Muscle & Development had me on a steady diet of:

  • oatmeal
  • lean meats (mainly turkey)
  • peanut butter (I would genuinely by this stuff by the kilogram, no exaggeration and consume ONLY THIS over the course of 2 days... now THAT was nuts)
  • canned tuna
  • cottage cheese
  • whole wheat bread
  • lentils, beans (I thank God I found paleo before 4HB - ugh)

I'm sure there were other goofy things, but those were the main one's which I reflect on and shake my head at periodically. Not to say that all of these are bad, just that I'd prefer a steak - fat and all - with some grilled squash, kale and avocado any day of week. I'm certainly much happier and human with the latter.

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004d08b6edf7473c15fbb634abb6d88a

(281)

on April 26, 2012
at 11:42 AM

My junk food days:

  • Sugary cereals
  • Fast food crap... ugh, so much of it
  • Soda
  • Chips, a big bag at a time
  • Candy bars
  • Hostess cupcakes

My CW attempt at eating "healthy":

  • Whole wheat pasta and bread
  • Tofu, lots and lots of it
  • Soy milk -- in, on, and with everything
  • Canola oil for cooking and on salads
  • "Veggies" were mostly corn, potatoes, and beans
  • Big glasses of fruit juice
  • I avoided eggs and bacon, because of cholesterol...
  • Bran muffins for dessert
  • Popcorn for snacking

Where I'm at now:

  • No gluten in the house, period
  • Healthy fats (EVOO, coconut, and flax)
  • Sparse use of some GF grains and sprouted lentils
  • Organic veggies & whole fruits
  • Vit supplements (particularly B, C, and D)
  • Better quality meats including wild game
  • Reduced sugar intake, natural sweeteners only
  • Some raw food recipes (mmm, Lemon Coconut Truffles)
  • Adding in sea vegetables
  • About 95% soy & corn free (damn, that stuff is hidden in everything)

Fortunately I've never cared much for artificial sweeteners (they all tasted awful to me) and I have always distrusted anything that said "fat free" when it was clearly MEANT to have fat in it, even before I knew why it deserves to be distrusted.

I seriously ate like crap for a long, long time. Although diet #2 probably looks healthy to most folks (outside the paleosphere) I felt just as crappy eating that stuff as I did when I was eating my way through the junk food aisle. It wasn't until I started down a primal eating path that I began feeling good, for the first time in 17 years.

1
E103e4167c321e63e6dbc3c452f9e958

on April 26, 2012
at 02:32 AM

quinoa and hummus, i'd go ape shit on that stuff

1
E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

on April 26, 2012
at 02:16 AM

ugh, LOADS of Kashi and oatmeal! nonfat yogurt. nonfat everything. i will never go back!! the horror!

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on June 08, 2013
at 04:40 AM

Haha yes whenever I see the Kashi cereals that have the cereal in an egg-shaped bowl that say "as much protein as an egg" on the box/ in the ads I always think to myself, "You'd be better off just eating a real egg, ye numpties!"

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on April 25, 2012
at 11:53 PM

Oh this sucks but oatmeal 3x a week for breakfast (with a side of eggs) for all of junior and most of senior year of high school.

Then again, I was desperate to gain as much muscle as possible. Epic fail.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14932)

on April 26, 2012
at 01:10 AM

Ahaha. What were we thinking?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14932)

on April 26, 2012
at 01:12 AM

Ahaha. What were we thinking?

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21415)

on April 26, 2012
at 01:01 AM

I ate pretty much the same thing during my apex of competition. A bowl of cooked Steel cut oats with mandarin oranges and raisins, two scoops of vanilla protein powder (and a tablespoon of orange metamucil added to it), 6 egg whites and 3 whole eggs scrambled with cheese. Glass of milk to wash it down. A muscle milk before lunch. Don't miss those days at all...

1
3ab63fb5ddb0180f2ebb077c487fbbc4

on April 01, 2012
at 04:54 PM

EGG WHITES... never the yolk because of all the naughty cholestrol. I also used to trim the entire outside of the chicken breast off so I could be sure I trimmed off the fat, I would be left with this dry wimpy sliver of chicken, maybe 2 ounces and that was dinner!

1
65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on March 31, 2012
at 08:12 PM

Roasted nuts, with salt. I didn't realize they were often done in canola oil.

There was a time where I salsa thought low fat yogurt sweetened with splenda was a healthy food.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on April 26, 2012
at 08:24 AM

Haaa! +1 for catching that!

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21415)

on April 26, 2012
at 01:03 AM

I know you meant "also thought", but "salsa thought" made me laugh. Damn you autocorrect!

1
Medium avatar

(2301)

on March 31, 2012
at 05:38 PM

confession-time:-what-did-you-used-to-eat-that-you-thought-was-healthy-pre-paleo-but-now-know-better?

these. lol. as a bonus, you could microwave them in the package.

1
B9cbcb55e622f574368aec33052c0f08

on March 30, 2012
at 09:44 PM

Costco size jar of Skippy's Extra Crunch and stack of rice crackers. Thought I was really doing myself a nutritional favor.

1
197cbdc3e1cbc3ad24729284652d2001

(10)

on March 30, 2012
at 09:25 PM

Get this...used to think that snacking on JU-JUBES was a good idea, because they were fat free!

1
Fb10cf8e5dbac271762e13721181d5dc

(453)

on March 26, 2012
at 10:29 PM

SOY MILK. I thought it'd regulate my hormones, lol. Funny how it sprung out of my "cure things naturally" inclination, but "natural" isn't really the right word...

Canola oil (so glad to see that go, you don't even know. It made everything soggy and what I remember of the taste is pretty gross), beans and whole wheat bread too... Nothing really crazy, just the most common SHAD recommendations, and I so like my new version of "healthy" much better. At least it's actually do-able; "Healthy" used to be such a daunting, boring word that I didn't even adhere to it most of the time!

1
7c8e227dd8d5bdd77febfdebaa78dc13

on March 26, 2012
at 08:48 PM

Spray butter, because it was "calorie free". I would drench my morning egg beaters and low carb/low calorie toast with that stuff.

1
F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on March 26, 2012
at 06:41 PM

In my 20s when I was working and on my own for the first time, my most healthful dinenr was a giant bowl of angel hair pasta mixed with tomato sauce and cooked spinach - 3 things I would never touch right now. (I love tomato and spinach and don't dispute them being good vegetables, but both currently disagree with me a lot.) Since I cooked it with zero fat (because I wanted to be HEALTHY) I was never full and would keep refilling my bowl.

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on March 26, 2012
at 04:21 PM

Hummus with pita chips, lentils, brown rice pasta, whole wheat bread, fat-free yogurt, canola oil, splenda, the usual suspects! :) I had such a hard time wrapping my mind around the idea of legumes not being the healthiest thing on the planet, but eating kidney beans after having eliminating them for a few months set me straight right quick! The day after, I felt like I'd eaten a giant donut.

1
22212e9ba2a041e6da6c963d4d41615a

(5773)

on March 26, 2012
at 01:12 PM

I ate a traditional bodybuilding diet including low fat, high protein and high carb spread out over 7-8 meals a day.....because of course we need to keep that metabolism going..lol. I also used to little pound the fiber. Fiber cereal, fiber supplements, extra fiber whole wheat bread, tons of pinto beans, etc. I probably ate 75-100 grams of fiber a day. No wonder I had IBS.

1
61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on March 26, 2012
at 01:06 PM

I started eating oatmeal because it was a healthy breakfast, even though I would nearly gag at the bland taste and horrible texture. I had to buy flavored types or add tons of fruit to be able to eat it. So glad I got over that one!

Yogurt. It's fine for some, but it messes up my stomach, yet I've tried repeatedly to consume it because it's "healthy" and good for my digestion (despite the stomach cramps??).

Total/Special K cereal. I used these to get all my daily vitamins. Of course, I couldn't stand either unless I sprinkled in sugar and added other things for flavor.

Beans. I don't like beans, but I always saw them as a way to up my vegetable count for the day. Now I'm happy to bypass them.

Whole grains. I've never been big on breads, but when whole-wheat pasta got popular I was all over that!

43873f3cea4f22f91653b0f5ec7ab9d9

(401)

on March 26, 2012
at 06:28 PM

Ha, yeah, I remember thinking I was on the cutting edge of health and nutrition when I started buying whole wheat pasta!

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2944)

on June 08, 2013
at 10:27 AM

Me too, except porridge ('oatmeal') when we had it (my family and I when I was young) was always doused with multiple heaped table spoons of brown sugar. Twas never bland! I now recognise why I was so thirsty afterward- not only oats but the huge amount of sugar!

1
9bc6db67ba5b252a43340e4fba42b16b

on March 26, 2012
at 08:55 AM

Oatmeal - religiously! Also wholemeal pittas and rye bread...

epic fail when looking back

1
C513f1dba19e01bbd7e0f4f12b243a97

(670)

on March 25, 2012
at 09:24 PM

As a vegan, the usual culprits: oatmeal, blueberries and flax every morning, big servings of legumes, brown rice, falafel, almond butter by the tablespoons, quinoa, lived off fruit (the gateway drug to nutella binges), soy and rice milk over dairy, tempeh, those vegan chocolates that have twice the sugar content but no dairy, wholegrain bread (family is still convinced this is the key to good health), alternative sugars and vegetable oils.

Oh, I nearly forgot my foray into textured vegetable protein- a can of gluggy tasteless paste that resembled mince. I was so excited to eat it and be so super healthy for having a suitable meat alternative. Needless to say, it didn't make me feel any better.

Why do we do this to ourselves? I'll swear here and now that I won't ever continue eating something if it makes me feel rubbish, in the name of 'health'.

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(125)

on March 25, 2012
at 10:59 PM

Ugh, TVP, I forgot all about that! I used to gorge on the stuff. In the morning it found its way into my oatmeal to bump up the protein content, in the evenings it was dessert when mixed with 0% fat greek yogurt and stevia. Plain spoonfuls of it cause I was starving and didn't know what else to eat. Thanks for reminding me about that junk!!!

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(670)

on March 26, 2012
at 08:57 AM

It's awful! It's one of the more satiating vegan options to be sure, I remember freaking out over a warm bowl of it because it had been enhanced with meaty spices.

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(5519)

on March 26, 2012
at 02:03 AM

I can't believe I used to eat TVP. Out of everything, that is probably the worst thing I ever put in my body.

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on March 25, 2012
at 08:53 PM

Soy milk, almond milk, sprouted bread, organic peanut butter, sunflower oil...beans and legumes are debatable.

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on March 25, 2012
at 08:39 PM

Cereal and pizza crust :(

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 25, 2012
at 08:57 PM

I used to think pizza crust was better than cheese because it was "lower in fat." I think the low-fat thing was what ruined the most, out of all the misinformation floating out there.

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on March 25, 2012
at 07:49 PM

Peanut butter (with sugar in it), low fat foods, chicken without skin, roasted nuts. I think the rest has pretty much been said. I can bake beautiful whole wheat bread and cook nearly anything from scratch.

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on March 25, 2012
at 07:35 PM

Boca Burgers!

And endless meals of pasta or egg noodles.

And endless fat-free pretzels as snacks -- not that I thought they were health food per se, but innocuous.

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(2546)

on March 25, 2012
at 05:01 PM

low-fat dairy (could never get myself to embrace the no-fat), skinless chicken breast, steamed veggies, cooking with vegetable oil instead of animal fats or butter, tofu and edamame, soy yogurt and soy ice cream.

you'd think that the fact i'd wake up in the middle of the night RAVENOUS and making concoctions of sweet potato and coconut milk would have given me a hint as to the fact that i was not eating enough for my activity level. interestingly, i remained at the high end of the "healthy" weight range.

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(1356)

on March 25, 2012
at 04:07 PM

Whole grains and soy milk..... sigh

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(32556)

on March 25, 2012
at 03:55 PM

As an evangelist vegetarian, I used to make my own soy milk and bake whole wheat bread in college --all the while dealing with really bad allergies & asthma (shudder!)

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(4878)

on March 25, 2012
at 08:27 PM

Ah, but home made soy milk is sooo yummy. I do miss it :(

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(1311)

on March 26, 2012
at 03:11 AM

Same... was a vegetarian for longer than I care to remember... meanwhile moody all the time and piling on the pounds. All rectified now and so glad to stay away from soy! Hurah!

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on May 23, 2014
at 10:25 PM

Mine wasn't so much eating "healthy" foods... It was eating "unhealthy" foods, i used to feel guilty eating bacon sausage & egg sometimes twice a day! My love of meat & eggs overrode my health concerns (heart attack/cholesterol) My overweight work colleagues use to ask where i put it all whilst they munched on their "healthy" sandwiches. Now i know why i was so lean!

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on May 23, 2014
at 09:34 PM

i thought that all fruits are healthy and you can eat as much as you want.i ate 3-6 apples a day in past lefe and thought that it will help me to be healthy and weight less.but now i know that it's just the same as pure table sugar.(because our body doesn't care what type of sugar you consume,it will store it as fat because nobody needs that much glucose)

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on November 07, 2013
at 05:56 PM

Clif bars, whole wheat bread/pasta, artificial sweetener, Annie's organic macaroni and cheese, veggie bacon, egg whites, low fat anything.

For lunch almost every day at work I went to Potbelly's and ordered off the "lite" menu. I usually got the mushroom melt on whole wheat bread with cheese, lettuce, hot peppers, mustard, and "just a little bit" of mayo. The sandwich was always accompanied by a Diet Coke that I would return to the store to refill multiple times.

I felt very pleased with myself at the time.

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on November 07, 2013
at 04:55 PM

Endless amounts of edamame and tofu. I ignored the digestive issues they caused and was blinded to the damage it was doing to my body. @Sunny Beaches

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on November 07, 2013
at 09:00 AM

Non organic norweigian salmon, turns out they spray the whole fish ponds with pesti ides and antibiotics. The fish eat food made from other fish and grains instead of plancton. Basically no omega 3 but filled with artificial shit. unfortunately is hard to get hold of nord Atlantic salmon here and when you do find it it's about $50 for a kilo.

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on November 07, 2013
at 07:53 AM

Before working out, I would often do a clif bar with a processed meat wheat sandwich with cheese, along with a fast food fruit smoothie with whey protein. On a food allergy test, I showed a sensitivity to whey and nuts, and I’m now noticing that I have a lactose intolerance and benefit from a gluten-free diet. By trying to eat “healthy” I had created my most inflammatory combination of foods.

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on November 07, 2013
at 07:14 AM

Before paleo I was vegetarian for 5 years. I ate tonnes of brown rice, wholegrain bread, bags of salted and roasted peanuts, hommus, tofu, soy milk and "natural" peanut butter, not to mention I ate a bowl of oatmeal every morning for years without fail drenched honey. One of my staples was brown rice and beans. I thought all of the was healthy and I was smug about it.

How wrong was I.

Then late last year I finally decided to look at my diet and attempt to fix the terrible damage I had done surviving on those "foods". Haven't looked back since.

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(248)

on June 08, 2013
at 09:38 AM

Peanut butter, by the spoonful!

Oh, and calorie restrictions - usually with 1200 as my max (and boy was I ever so plesed with myself when I could keep it under 1000!).

I also played with the South Beach diet a bit, which, on the whole isn't too bad, but I really was missing the whole point of eating (the whys, the hows...)

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on June 08, 2013
at 05:13 AM

i ate quite healthy before paleo, all organic meats and produce, no refined sugar etc. pretty much paleo with lots of grains nuts and seeds. at the time thought i was pretty knowledgeable on the subject and id always go off about quinoa and hemp seeds to my friends and family. once i started researching paleo view points i soon learned that they were adequate at best foods, and was crushed haha.

also bought into the whole avacado oil has a high smoke point thing that some places claim. Spent way too much money on an oil that only ended up oxidized once cooked.

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on March 25, 2012
at 08:32 PM

Rice cakes and quinoa are on the top of my list. Never again.

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on March 25, 2012
at 03:59 PM

Soy milk, Diet Coke, and whole wheat pasta in low-fat white sauce were staples of my "healthy" diet (and I had unlimited access to all three in our college cafeteria... ugh).

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on March 25, 2012
at 02:11 PM

Excessive amounts of canned Red kidney beans, Butter beans, chickpeas, canned diced tomato, loads of olive oil :( Cooking with olive oil too.

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(720)

on March 26, 2012
at 12:19 PM

I used to think it was a meal.. daily ^^ Plenty of O6, gut irritating beans and yukky processed sugary nightshades

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on March 25, 2012
at 06:13 PM

what is so bad with canned diced tomatoes?

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(5519)

on March 25, 2012
at 08:13 PM

Canned tomatoes are acidic and if the lining of the can isn't BPA free it can leech into the food

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on March 25, 2012
at 09:12 PM

thank you for informing about this, I didn`t know about this danger. I`ve been eating canned mackrell in tomatoe on a daily basis the last months. So I guess I have to say bye bye to the canned mackrell as well then..

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(1467)

on March 25, 2012
at 10:30 AM

Wholewheat pita bread, hemp seeds, industrial amounts of cottage cheese,grapeseed oil for frying.

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(1078)

on March 25, 2012
at 09:29 AM

Bread, "heart-healthy" margarine, pasta, fruit juice, yogurts with equal parts sugar and mlik. I never figured out why I got pasta headaches until I went gluten-free.

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(5519)

on March 25, 2012
at 10:01 AM

+1 for fruit juice...I used to love Naked bottled juices. Basically, they're like 300 calories of sugar.

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