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Sick of paleo food

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 01, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Just went on a binge of crisps, ice cream, chocolate, milk etc cos I'm so sick of eggs and beef and vegetables and fruit etc

Anyone else get like this?

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on October 01, 2012
at 04:29 AM

Try daiya. Not completely paleo but a damn good option for us 0 dairy-ers.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on October 01, 2012
at 04:28 AM

Try day. Not 100 percent paleo, but a damn good vegan cheese option.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 01, 2012
at 04:13 AM

Try averaging 5 a day, most days, for 3 years. I'm, personally, ready for berries and pork chops.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 01, 2012
at 04:11 AM

Fried Seaweed sheets....mmmmm

Aa748fb43334ffd2db3934aa00874bbe

(458)

on September 24, 2012
at 04:43 PM

+ one for kale chips as potato chip substitute (just toss chip-sized pieces of kale with olive oil and salt, then bake until crispy; see internet for many recipes)

E253f8ac1d139bf4d0bfb44debd1db21

on September 04, 2012
at 12:15 PM

+1 agree too much emphasis on pleasure from food!

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 03, 2012
at 11:16 AM

Not just butter, brown butter -- http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_brown_butter/ -- it adds a nutty, autumn taste. So good

D8c04730b5d016a839b3c5b932bf59dd

(823)

on September 02, 2012
at 11:59 PM

HolyGrassFeed, Grok! I'm so drooling. It never occurred to me to saute berries in butter. O.My.FSM. I'm SO doing that.

76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

(5386)

on September 02, 2012
at 08:31 PM

Smell is a POWERFUL sense and one that applies directly to food, this isn't a learned behavior, it's one that we all share, smells will calm us, excite us..most importatnly, it's something that joins us...ask most people what they think of when they smell freshly baked bread from the oven, with butter melting into it and real homemade jam smeared on it and watch how they recess back to a time of happiness...I mean sure that also makes them a bunch of dirty gluten eaters who can't be trusted...but you get the idea :-P Truth.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on September 02, 2012
at 01:01 AM

Zach, if you choose to eat the plain foods you do, that's fine. It sounds like you enjoy it. I find it absurd to say food is nothing more than fuel and it should be separate from "entertainment." If I don't enjoy my food I am certainly not going to eat it.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on September 01, 2012
at 11:56 PM

Of which generation that posts here do you speak?

1e36119906da54831601a7c23674f581

(698)

on September 01, 2012
at 11:29 PM

Eh.. I agree with Michael. But I don't think my appreciation of food has left me even though I eat a predominantly plain and simple routine of foods.. Plain potatoes with mustard on them.. Meat with hot sauace on them.. Plain raw fruits.. Plain hard boiled eggs.. Brocolli or brussel sprouts with butter on them.. Spinach with balsalmic vinegar on it.. I eat this stuff endlessly and never seem to get tired of it. I don't even bother trying to chef up some recipes anymore. I barely season anything at all.. And yet every day I enjoy every bit of it all the same..

Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

(4464)

on September 01, 2012
at 10:34 PM

Why would we have such refined taste buds if food is only fuel? Food can be both fuel and enjoyed.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on September 01, 2012
at 10:11 PM

So we shouldn't enjoy what we eat? Fail.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on September 01, 2012
at 09:29 PM

How is it only this generation? Food has been fetish-ized since the dawn of time. Humans can derive an enormous amount of pleasure out of food, hence the strong desire a variety of sensations.

C326acd0ae246a39c5685f2ba72e3136

(1631)

on September 01, 2012
at 08:48 PM

Raw milk is great when you feel like variety is needed to keep sane, and you want a bit of extra carbs.

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

(1784)

on September 01, 2012
at 08:45 PM

it happens, meh

45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

(3661)

on September 01, 2012
at 07:15 PM

I do make all sorts of zucchini noodles, and you are right about them, CD. It's the thick, gooey cheese I miss. I can't eat dairy products at all. It's been years, and while I miss the tastes and textures, I don't miss the pain one little bit.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 01, 2012
at 07:09 PM

Make homemade chips -- Kale Chips are awesome! Ice Cream -- Use Stevia instead of sugar. Homemade Dark with Sea Salt and Poblano Peppers.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 01, 2012
at 07:08 PM

Buy a mandolin and make yourself some zucchini lasagna. You will never want the noodle version again

077ab7e5875f87f159cfc256c2a76d82

(65)

on September 01, 2012
at 06:44 PM

rara = rare* my bad

077ab7e5875f87f159cfc256c2a76d82

(65)

on September 01, 2012
at 06:43 PM

HB - in my experience, exhaustion with the diet/lifestyle tend to happen when you're newer to Paleo/Primal, or just not ready to fully commit to it for life. Not attempting to poke fun, just speaking from experience; as I was back-and-forth Paleo for over a year (including a Whole30) before settling nicely into a 90/10 compliance ratio with minimal effort. Nowadays, I can't even will myself to cheat (with the exception of rara, small amounts of "healthier" sugars) when I'm by myself, it has to be a worthwhile cheat and typically involves an outing with friends.

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on September 01, 2012
at 06:41 PM

If you do it right, berries are way better than I've cream

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on September 01, 2012
at 06:34 PM

How long have you been Paleo?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 01, 2012
at 06:16 PM

I did too :( In fact, as I am typing this, I am eating rich and creamy all-natural vanilla ice-cream. And I am happy. Oh well, tomorrow is another day.

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707342e3cb97e0fc088917919a154b8a

on September 01, 2012
at 06:44 PM

Paleo is not about deprivation, just Paleo-fy ALL of the items you listed as follows:

Make homemade chips-- just fry up some potatoes (or sweet potatoes) in some lard, suet, or coconut oil

Ice cream: If you do dairy, make your own with some grassfed cream, eggs, vanilla and add some sugar, if you must-- if you don't do dairy, make it with coconut milk instead or blend frozen bananas with some berries.

Chocolate: Dark chocolate-- or, even milk chocolate (again, if you do dairy), is totally fine

Milk: Just opt for high quality-- or fermented or goat milk or coconut/almond/rice milk :)

That said, a cheat here and there is fine-- it's not about perfection, it's about doing better, that's all.

C326acd0ae246a39c5685f2ba72e3136

(1631)

on September 01, 2012
at 08:48 PM

Raw milk is great when you feel like variety is needed to keep sane, and you want a bit of extra carbs.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 01, 2012
at 07:09 PM

Make homemade chips -- Kale Chips are awesome! Ice Cream -- Use Stevia instead of sugar. Homemade Dark with Sea Salt and Poblano Peppers.

Aa748fb43334ffd2db3934aa00874bbe

(458)

on September 24, 2012
at 04:43 PM

+ one for kale chips as potato chip substitute (just toss chip-sized pieces of kale with olive oil and salt, then bake until crispy; see internet for many recipes)

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 01, 2012
at 06:02 PM

I drink milk, so when I get like this I saut?? some berries in brown butter and serve with whipped cream.

But the rest I can do without. I am so much healthier and happier than I was. What's the point of a few seconds of enjoyment if it means living that way...

D8c04730b5d016a839b3c5b932bf59dd

(823)

on September 02, 2012
at 11:59 PM

HolyGrassFeed, Grok! I'm so drooling. It never occurred to me to saute berries in butter. O.My.FSM. I'm SO doing that.

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on September 01, 2012
at 06:41 PM

If you do it right, berries are way better than I've cream

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 03, 2012
at 11:16 AM

Not just butter, brown butter -- http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_brown_butter/ -- it adds a nutty, autumn taste. So good

4
E5d0722c4b4af387287f9947eb96b800

(160)

on September 01, 2012
at 07:11 PM

you need to visit paleomg.com

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6bce08b072e3cea49b292658b9d5d197

on September 01, 2012
at 06:01 PM

My binges consist mostly of eating too much fruit. I started Paleo on April 23, and haven't had craving for any SAD food since.

How can you be sick of eggs, steak and bacon?!?!?! :)

http://www.jbprimal.com

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 01, 2012
at 04:13 AM

Try averaging 5 a day, most days, for 3 years. I'm, personally, ready for berries and pork chops.

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2c4cdcf918e5b6b8b9973ba30efe1b43

on September 01, 2012
at 11:29 PM

I think you need more recipes then -- if you have delicious recipes that you really enjoy, you won't get tired of it. Go online and explore... that's how I got all my delicious recipes. I've never been tired of my food... other than when I make a large batch of something and have to eat it all myself.

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Da2c728c093488e4f2ea87b81619682f

on September 02, 2012
at 06:43 PM

I get like that a lot. I'm not as bad as I used to be, though. You need to find paleo foods that you really like. when you think about it, there are tons of different kinds of meat, veggies, nuts, etc. Also, I personally have a little dairy, especially really old cheese. Just a sprinkle adds much flavour.

But anyway! I'm also not against paleoified SAD foods. I know some people are. But seriously, what's better? Paleo pizza or SAD pizza? sometimes I do get bad cravings and if I don't have the paleo version, I know I'm just going to have the SAD version (and MUCH MORE of it).

Also, I'm learning what are major trigger foods and what aren't (in regards to SAD foods) and how much or little I can handle of each SAD food. So now, I allow bits of not-so-healthy foods into my diet, and that's usually enough to keep the binges away (granted I still try to stay away from major triggers like wheat).

But knowing that I can have certain unhealthy foods if I really wanted to actually lessens the cravings, because it's not some forbidden thing. Once I tell myself I can have a bit of this or that, then I end up actually wanting to eat healthy food for health's sake. Then it's not something I have to do, but something I want to do.

Of course, I try to stay away from major trigger foods. But in general, I think the 80/20 rule works for paleo.

But yeah most importantly ~ FIND PALEO FOODS YOU LOVE. I think that's my most important advice. Just fool around with recipes and foods until you find those foods you love. :)

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68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

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on September 01, 2012
at 09:31 PM

I can't relate to this. Paleo foods, specifically fat, are simply heaven on earth.

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1e36119906da54831601a7c23674f581

(698)

on September 01, 2012
at 09:27 PM

Can't say I have had this problem.. For a while I was eating nothing other than eggs boiled plain, plain potatoes steamed and with heinz mustard on them, and random fruits throughout the day.. I did this for a good two months and never got sick of it. I still could but at the time I needed to save more money, and right now i'm happily spending on various meats and things..

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 01, 2012
at 04:09 AM

Been there. It's rough. Once you know about all that sweet, awesome, crap food it can get hard to ignore.

I'm proud of myself. I almost bought a container of ice cream and ate the whole damn thing. No idea why. I've been lifting heavy again but have been letting myself eat tons on lift days. This was just out of the blue.

Instead? I sat down, had an extra creamy coffee and an entire 90% dark chocolate bar? Is that ideal? Nah. Was it good? Hell yes. Was it better than eating a whole tub of ice cream (especially since I don't do dairy well?) Ohhh heck yes.

Loosen up on the reigns, Paleo shouldn't be hard.

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D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

on October 01, 2012
at 04:04 AM

"Eat all the junk food you want as long as you make it yourself." - Michael Pollan

Not the most "paleo" of quotes, but generally speaking, letting yourself "cheat" with limitations 1) makes sure what you eat is better than what you might otherwise splurge on, and 2) makes it not a frequent affair. I'm sure not going to pull out my lard and fry up a bunch of potatoes on a whim. I've got to really want it.

Also, I'd encourage getting more adventurous with other real foods. Keeps things fresh.

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6a37e92ef0a6ceb892eb00079314222f

on September 02, 2012
at 07:15 PM

While I wholeheartedly agree that food should have variety and taste good, I do believe that it should be to nourish our bodies, not our minds and spirit. I got myself into this fat mess by using food to feed my emotions, not my body. So I get where Meatymichael is coming from (well except the generational thing...).

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D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

(1010)

on September 02, 2012
at 06:59 PM

You win! Using my senses, I sense the people I want to be like do not follow a Paleo diet.

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Cd717290eb43a6e17061f9920deed977

on September 02, 2012
at 01:03 PM

Yes, I'm going through this right now. I've been pretty strict Paleo for 11 months (100% compliance with everything except some sugar here and there), and I'm fed up. Right now I have some nice beef, bacon, fruit, and veggies in the fridge, and frankly, I'd rather just not bother eating.

The only reason I haven't "cheated" SAD style is because I truly can't without serious health consequences (I'm both gluten and casein intolerant). If you can't have even one speck of wheat or dairy, then most fun SAD things are pretty much out. So, I've been drinking diet coke. It is my rebellion.

Hopefully I will snap out of this soon, but I don't see how that's going to happen.

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45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

(3661)

on September 01, 2012
at 06:14 PM

I occasionally picture a gooey lasagne, but there's no way I'd actually eat it or anything similar.

Sounds like you could use some variety in your meals. Have you tried any of the newer cookbooks? Just looking at the pictures should give you some ideas.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 01, 2012
at 07:08 PM

Buy a mandolin and make yourself some zucchini lasagna. You will never want the noodle version again

45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

(3661)

on September 01, 2012
at 07:15 PM

I do make all sorts of zucchini noodles, and you are right about them, CD. It's the thick, gooey cheese I miss. I can't eat dairy products at all. It's been years, and while I miss the tastes and textures, I don't miss the pain one little bit.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on October 01, 2012
at 04:28 AM

Try day. Not 100 percent paleo, but a damn good vegan cheese option.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on October 01, 2012
at 04:29 AM

Try daiya. Not completely paleo but a damn good option for us 0 dairy-ers.

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22f5eaad0646ed737b95b551aad5187b

on October 01, 2012
at 12:07 AM

I'm with you on this one. I've been paleo since April and I'm sick of sweet potatoes, eggs, coconut milk, and expensive food. Unfortunately, I can't go off this diet or I'll be really sick. I'd love to go out to eat and not special order food or pick up a pizza on the way home from work, drink a margarita, eat at friends and not seem like a pain, and eat a big freaking bowl of popcorn. Just waiting for paleo chefs to figure out how to make paleo caramel.... Thank goodness for paleomg recipes. She saves me from true unhappiness.

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F92ee71d364d9b1c8d3364d121a74623

on September 02, 2012
at 01:26 PM

ICE CREAM!

http://beccasnb.blogspot.ca/2012/09/ice-cream-and-anniversaries.html

the blog I link to also has a lot of 'junk food' (brownies, cake, cupcake)

don't get down on yourself. just start back up another day.

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C326acd0ae246a39c5685f2ba72e3136

on September 01, 2012
at 08:47 PM

Variety is for the mind, not the body. This generation has an obsession with putting food and entertainment into one. They are different things. Food is nothing more than fuel.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on September 01, 2012
at 09:29 PM

How is it only this generation? Food has been fetish-ized since the dawn of time. Humans can derive an enormous amount of pleasure out of food, hence the strong desire a variety of sensations.

1e36119906da54831601a7c23674f581

(698)

on September 01, 2012
at 11:29 PM

Eh.. I agree with Michael. But I don't think my appreciation of food has left me even though I eat a predominantly plain and simple routine of foods.. Plain potatoes with mustard on them.. Meat with hot sauace on them.. Plain raw fruits.. Plain hard boiled eggs.. Brocolli or brussel sprouts with butter on them.. Spinach with balsalmic vinegar on it.. I eat this stuff endlessly and never seem to get tired of it. I don't even bother trying to chef up some recipes anymore. I barely season anything at all.. And yet every day I enjoy every bit of it all the same..

E253f8ac1d139bf4d0bfb44debd1db21

on September 04, 2012
at 12:15 PM

+1 agree too much emphasis on pleasure from food!

76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

(5386)

on September 02, 2012
at 08:31 PM

Smell is a POWERFUL sense and one that applies directly to food, this isn't a learned behavior, it's one that we all share, smells will calm us, excite us..most importatnly, it's something that joins us...ask most people what they think of when they smell freshly baked bread from the oven, with butter melting into it and real homemade jam smeared on it and watch how they recess back to a time of happiness...I mean sure that also makes them a bunch of dirty gluten eaters who can't be trusted...but you get the idea :-P Truth.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on September 02, 2012
at 01:01 AM

Zach, if you choose to eat the plain foods you do, that's fine. It sounds like you enjoy it. I find it absurd to say food is nothing more than fuel and it should be separate from "entertainment." If I don't enjoy my food I am certainly not going to eat it.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on September 01, 2012
at 10:11 PM

So we shouldn't enjoy what we eat? Fail.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on September 01, 2012
at 11:56 PM

Of which generation that posts here do you speak?

Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

(4464)

on September 01, 2012
at 10:34 PM

Why would we have such refined taste buds if food is only fuel? Food can be both fuel and enjoyed.

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