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Steps following a Sudden Food Aversion attack?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 30, 2011 at 2:08 PM

I'm male, 31, been on Paleo for just under 12 weeks. I've lost about 16 pounds in that time. In general, feel great, enjoy my food, have a lot of energy.

A couple of days ago, I got a sudden attack of food aversion. I didn't want to eat anything that I've been eating on this diet. This sudden food aversion was just a total repulsion thinking about beef, chicken, eggs, even vegetables like lettuce and the wonderful stuff like brussel sprouts and okra I had stocked in the fridge.

The thought of carbs didn't repulse me however. Now, I know what you're going to say. Carb craving, just stick with the Paleo. However, this might sound like a carb craving, but it wasn't primarily that. I've had carb cravings, but I just pass over those and want to eat more protein and vegetables. Carb cravings feel like an attraction to carbs and a neutral or positive attraction to protein. This was a positive attraction to carbs and a negative attraction (or repulsion) to protein.

I didn't want to push it so I gave myself a free day yesterday (only my third exception meal since starting paleo 12 weeks ago). Even in the face of being able to eat whatever I wanted I primarily wanted to eat potatoes and drink milk, things I haven't been eating on Paleo for weight loss reasons.

Today, the same. I was craving potatoes, so I made a paleo dish with tomatoes, onions, cilantro and potatoes, and I've been having sour cream for fat.

So, I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar experience and what you've done to either transition to a slightly carbier diet (like what do you consider acceptable to start introducing, potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, corn?), or go back to the full protein and veggie paleo thing without feeling that revulsion.

Thanks.

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on November 10, 2011
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Way to rock the children's book allusion, sherpamelissa! +1

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on November 10, 2011
at 06:40 PM

>>>>>>>>>>>>> +1

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on October 27, 2011
at 05:08 PM

+1 for +1'ing my uncommented -1. Some people here are just so...negative ;)

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on October 27, 2011
at 05:02 PM

+1 for uncommented -1

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

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on October 27, 2011
at 02:07 PM

Hooray for downvoting without comments!

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on October 26, 2011
at 03:49 PM

What happened? I was answering the thread about the commen cold and suddenly got here instead?

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on August 30, 2011
at 03:19 PM

It only lasted 2-3 days. I just continued to eat but allowed some extra foods into the diet for a few days.

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on August 30, 2011
at 02:53 PM

What did you do to work through it? Just force yourself to eat protein or eat potatoes for a few days until you wanted to eat protein again?

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Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

on October 27, 2011
at 12:42 PM

Sounds like prime time for a day spent fasting. The self-control and peace of mind that comes with fasting is something that's hard to explain. Every once in a while I'll go through my entire kitchen and not find a single thing appetizing, so I don't eat for a little while. This goes away the more active I am however. After a WOD I could eat ground beef plain with a side of ground beef.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

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on October 27, 2011
at 02:07 PM

Hooray for downvoting without comments!

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

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on October 27, 2011
at 05:08 PM

+1 for +1'ing my uncommented -1. Some people here are just so...negative ;)

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

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on October 27, 2011
at 05:02 PM

+1 for uncommented -1

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on November 10, 2011
at 06:40 PM

>>>>>>>>>>>>> +1

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on October 27, 2011
at 12:49 PM

Eat as much potatoes and milk as you want. Both of these foods are perfectly fine and will probably not prevent you from losing weight. No point in restricting yourself, if you start gaining weight switch it up.

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on August 30, 2011
at 04:36 PM

I have days that NOTHING sounds good except terrible, no-good, very bad food. Most of those days, I drink a lot of coffee and try to make myself eat good food. The more you do it, the more your body adjusts. I have always eaten sweet potatoes on my version of paleo.

Personally, I would try to add a small amount of starch to each day or every other day and see what happens. You don't want to overdose on a bunch at one time.

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on November 10, 2011
at 09:16 PM

Way to rock the children's book allusion, sherpamelissa! +1

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E167c0387a5f0b87bb1f2c3e6aec73a8

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on November 10, 2011
at 06:39 PM

You are eating too often. Wait a bit longer next time, and i can assure you that it will taste better.

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on October 27, 2011
at 04:29 PM

For me the key words are "sudden" and "aversion" and "repulsion." The mind is extremely powerful. If I were to have that response, I don't think I would focus on the foods per se. I would at least postulate that something had gotten triggered emotional/psychological domain. Not requiring depth psychology; rather, just backing it down and not buying into chatter with its amazing capacity to set in motion a cascade of biophysical stuff.

I'm inclined to Nutritionator's fasting advice, for the reasons he states: "The self-control and peace of mind that comes with fasting is something that's hard to explain."

From that quieter place, I would assume, clarity would come. Maybe I would in fact discover that it was something about the "food itself."

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on October 27, 2011
at 04:01 AM

Bake a sweet potato.

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93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

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on October 26, 2011
at 03:46 PM

Chicken broth cuts phlegm. Or chicken fat, rather. That's alli know.

Looks like I've got a mild cold right now. Thought it was hay fever, but now I think it's a virus. Woke up coughing this morning. The campbell's chicken broth is standing by.

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

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on October 26, 2011
at 03:49 PM

What happened? I was answering the thread about the commen cold and suddenly got here instead?

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on August 30, 2011
at 08:54 PM

I have this same thing happen to me and I crave cheetoes. (They are the perfect food and I don't care who knows it.) This is probably a combo of food addiction, laziness and just wanting to be bad.

In seriousness, on those days I do one of two things...intermittent fast (after that anything tastes good.) or I will eat fattier/richer foods or paleo foods I don't eat everyday like; pistachios, bacon and eggs, some cheese, coconut milk chai tea, pasture butter pate., more expensive cut of meat. I'm still trying to lean out so if I'm going to fall off the wagon I try to mitigate the damage. Thus far I'm not ready to add in starches. (Unless they are cheetoes and I'm not kidding about that.)

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on August 30, 2011
at 04:23 PM

Do you have access to raw milk where you live? If so, you may want to try adding some of it into your diet. Unpasteurized, milk is much easier to digest, and a full-fat milk may help get some good animals fats and a bit of protein in too.

http://www.realmilk.com/where2.html

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on August 30, 2011
at 02:14 PM

I have had the same thing and was able to work through it.

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on August 30, 2011
at 03:19 PM

It only lasted 2-3 days. I just continued to eat but allowed some extra foods into the diet for a few days.

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on August 30, 2011
at 02:53 PM

What did you do to work through it? Just force yourself to eat protein or eat potatoes for a few days until you wanted to eat protein again?

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