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Since starting paleo I have lost my taste for chicken. I have also gained a liking for beef. Is this common?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 10, 2011 at 5:05 PM

It is so strange really. I used to like chicken and only eat beef around once a month (for the extra iron boost -I am female). I always cooked a whole chicken (do not care for the dry breasts) and loved dark meat. But since I went paleo I just do not like it. It does not taste "right" anymore- like my body is rejecting it somehow. I felt almost nauseated trying to eat it even though I was hungry at the time.

I will point out the only exception is I do love chicken with avocado and pico de gallo. Almost like it seems to make something more complete - more then the sum of its parts. And also I really just HATE ground beef now. Where as I used to love eating it cooked and plain on occasion. (I never made it for me but if I was cooking it for someone else I would find a bite yummy). But I now really really enjoy the broth from a roast - I will just drink it up for breakfast and usually ignore the actual meat lol.

I guess what I am wondering is - do our bodies really know instinctively what is good? Once you get rid of carb/sugar cravings can you really start to trust your cravings? I may want beef roast broth for breakfast one morning and 3 eggs/3 bacon the next and the next day eggs sound entirely gross (temporarily I love eggs). I really find this fascinating on a scientific level I guess.

*edited to add that I use free range organic whole chicken. Frankly- and this is kinda gross- but you can really tell in the body before it is cooked. A free range chicken just looks healthy. A regular one looks bloated and just ... off. Also I have started saving the innards from the organic chickens. Bf likes liver =) It may take me a while to be able to stomach the idea though!

*update

I wonder if it is because chicken is a meat that we cannot have raw? Thank you all for your comments it seems like it is not so unusual to dislike chicken after starting paleo. I am new to paleo but from what tell if a GOOD source of beef is available you can actually eat it raw...

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on October 06, 2011
at 07:37 AM

I really have wondered if being paleo makes us more in tuned to our instincts. My body now seems to reject certain things- not an allergic reaction.. like I eat something and it just doesnt feel "right".

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on October 06, 2011
at 07:36 AM

Wow that gave me some ideas for sure! I am now at a point where variety sounds REALLY good. Ugh

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on October 06, 2011
at 07:22 AM

Thank you! I am glad to hear I am not the only one.

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on September 11, 2011
at 01:31 PM

Sure thing Travis=)

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on September 11, 2011
at 01:26 PM

I wonder if it is because it is a meat that we cannot eat raw?? We are probably turning on our ancestral instincts or something and they are warning us!!

5b69a02dadcae753771921d913909215

(1457)

on September 11, 2011
at 02:14 AM

Just to be clear I can down 1lb+ of beef, chicken, pork, fish, shrimp, etc like its nothing.

5b69a02dadcae753771921d913909215

(1457)

on September 11, 2011
at 02:13 AM

I find it hard to eat a meal of duck that leaves me satisfied because I love the first few bites but after a while I am still hungry but tired of the rich flavor. Same goes with lamb... maybe these are just meats I am not that accustomed to...

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on September 11, 2011
at 12:23 AM

If you like the skin try frying it in some oil and making crispy and topping with some guac or just sea salt...I am addicted to this.

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on September 10, 2011
at 11:00 PM

Would you mind shortening the topic title? It's a bit cumbersome.

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on September 10, 2011
at 06:56 PM

I may have to try duck. I have only had it once in my life as a part of thanksgiving dinner. I thought it was really gross and tasted gamey. I was also a young child.. so many be tastes have changed.

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on September 10, 2011
at 05:47 PM

Urrrrrrrrrggggghhhh...duck and tartare are SO GOOD.

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on September 10, 2011
at 05:17 PM

Thank you! I am glad to hear that it is not uncommon to change in this way.

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 10, 2011
at 05:11 PM

I think I lost my taste for chicken because honestly it's not that good. I mean the skin is AMAZING and the dark meat is kinda OK, but overall it's kinda of a mediocre meat that's only gotten popular because it's so easy to factory farm and the breasts are considered "healthy" because they are low in fat. Duck is so so much better.

I also started disliking ground beef too, but then I realized that I like it just fine if I eat it raw as tartare. I don't know why that is, but tartare is very healthy.

Either way, it's great that your palate is expanding in some ways and getting more refined in others.

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on September 10, 2011
at 05:17 PM

Thank you! I am glad to hear that it is not uncommon to change in this way.

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(5639)

on September 10, 2011
at 05:47 PM

Urrrrrrrrrggggghhhh...duck and tartare are SO GOOD.

5b69a02dadcae753771921d913909215

(1457)

on September 11, 2011
at 02:13 AM

I find it hard to eat a meal of duck that leaves me satisfied because I love the first few bites but after a while I am still hungry but tired of the rich flavor. Same goes with lamb... maybe these are just meats I am not that accustomed to...

5b69a02dadcae753771921d913909215

(1457)

on September 11, 2011
at 02:14 AM

Just to be clear I can down 1lb+ of beef, chicken, pork, fish, shrimp, etc like its nothing.

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93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on September 11, 2011
at 02:43 PM

My taste for beef has reached new highs, I notice pork fat doesn't satisfy as much anymore, chicken, I can take it or leave it. I just buy the thighs on sale and do them in the George foreman, takes forever compared to beef, but I figure it's obligatory to vary the diet. Yeah, I do appreciate the skin fat. George needs to come out with a new cooker that doesn't drain off all those nummy drippings. Hey, I got an idea! I think I'll call it a "frying pan". Anybody got a patent on that yet?

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on September 11, 2011
at 09:21 AM

Another "me too", I find that I want more beef and lamb, and less chicken and pork. There is a particular flavor in "typical" chicken that I find off-putting, it must be something in the fat.

This is not as noticeable in pastured meat, so I wonder if it is something in the feed. I am somewhat skeptical of factory-raised chicken and think they probably put all kinds of strange things in the feed. Also you only have to look at the breasts to see that the birds are some kind of mutant.

Also, I prefer dark meat chicken, and strangely I want it very well cooked, whereas I want almost all other meats rare.

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on September 11, 2011
at 01:26 PM

I wonder if it is because it is a meat that we cannot eat raw?? We are probably turning on our ancestral instincts or something and they are warning us!!

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on October 06, 2011
at 07:37 AM

I really have wondered if being paleo makes us more in tuned to our instincts. My body now seems to reject certain things- not an allergic reaction.. like I eat something and it just doesnt feel "right".

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7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on September 10, 2011
at 10:46 PM

I have never been much a chicken eater and mostly have liked red meat. That continued with paleo but since I get sick of the same ol' things I try different recipes. I have come to love chicken simmered in green curry (I used the Thai Food brand in the paste) and coconut milk. Sometimes I put cauliflower or broccoli in with it. I also like to marinate in brown mustard, spices, apple cider vinegar and cook. But I agree...unless I really dress it up the texture and the taste really turn me off.

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on October 06, 2011
at 07:36 AM

Wow that gave me some ideas for sure! I am now at a point where variety sounds REALLY good. Ugh

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89d6f9abf1af437fcfeb77d69c016ad7

on September 10, 2011
at 10:46 PM

I too noticed since I went Paleo, Chicken tastes really off to me, I truly cannot stomach it anymore and I used to love it. I can handle a pasture raised chicken in Indian food (butter chicken or something that masks the flavor of it) if I make it myself. I do prefer dark meat or thighs now which I never would eat before. Yes, I too thought it was really strange....it used to be my favorite over beef or anything else.

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on October 06, 2011
at 07:22 AM

Thank you! I am glad to hear I am not the only one.

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8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on September 10, 2011
at 09:23 PM

I don't think it's uncommon at all. I lost my taste for too much chicken, and developed a love of beef. Butter used to be a problem, but now it sits unused in the fridge for months.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on September 10, 2011
at 06:43 PM

Before I went primal, duck was my favorite, turkey next, then beef and chicken were equal. Now, I still like duck and turkey but beef is probably tied with them and chicken is a distant last.

I'm convinced my taste buds have become more discriminating and I taste more "bad things" in the chicken. On the other hand, liver tastes better than it ever did.

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on September 10, 2011
at 06:56 PM

I may have to try duck. I have only had it once in my life as a part of thanksgiving dinner. I thought it was really gross and tasted gamey. I was also a young child.. so many be tastes have changed.

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on September 10, 2011
at 05:33 PM

Personally, I didn't notice losing a taste in any meat. They are actually tasted stronger and better to me. I have noticed the last time I had any wheat products (gluten-free a few weeks ago and non-gluten-free was in April) that these products now taste like cardboard to me. Which is just as well because all wheat products including gluten-free seem to give me problems. I have noticed that vegetables and fruit taste better.

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