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Did you struggle with nostalgic feelings (toward eating SAD)?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 23, 2012 at 9:49 PM

The past years I had these nostalgic feelings towards eating SAD: enjoying it, without having to worry about my sufferings afterwards (which were present, I just didn't know), etc....

And from time to time I fell of the Paleo wagon or whatever you want to call it. Maybe fell off isn't even the right description because sometimes I just stepped off wondering how it would taste after a whole30, etc...

The thing is, everytime I experimented my "binge foods" tasted good. Maybe a little to sugary at first but after a few big bites through the sweet apple I eased into it. But now? I try them and they taste awful. Out of curiosity (because this seriously conflicts with my memories) I try something else and more and more and more until I'm left with my huge nostalgic feeling of what they used to be and how I so enjoyed them.

This has also repeated itself a few times:

The first time eating pancakes ??? doesn't taste good at all ??? must be because I tried a chocolate bar first. Second time eating pancakes ??? doesn't taste good at all ??? must be because I actually wasn't hungry at all. Third time eating pancakes ??? doesn't taste good at all ??? must be because they were baked softer in the past

SERIOUSLY, who am I kidding?! It somehow doesn't get into my head. There is no room left because of that "It tasted good so it still tastes good, you're the issue"-feeling, nostalgia and my latest issue with cooking 3 times/day and doing the dishes + my studies + shopping + lousy neighbors +....

Anyhow, I've had enough of it (been there already a few times but now it's for real [clich??]) and will have to accept crap tastes like crap and the past is and will stay the past. Also these face breakouts are definitely not worth the "cheats", stand alone the other health issues. Good night.

5583b82f29a6b24264ca4b9836abd925

(261)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I understand 100% on the neighbor deal, nothing is worse than something that keeps you awake because we as humans neeeeeed that rest for every function in our body. How are you feeling now, hopefully the roller-coaster is almost over with? When it comes to all that other stuff, I have to just downright force myself to pray and seek some spiritual guidance to get me out of my rut. Getting knocked down and continuing to keep getting back up until you can't be knocked down anymore. And B vitamins lol

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on June 15, 2013
at 05:58 AM

Problem is I had to give up my hobby and sports due to all my healthy problems, moved away from home where stress was almost constantly around and meeting new friends when food is almost always involved makes it quite difficult to reestablish enjoyable things and contacts. At this moment there's actually nothing or no one around that makes me feel happy

5583b82f29a6b24264ca4b9836abd925

(261)

on June 12, 2013
at 01:35 PM

Of course it does, we're human and frustrations are a given. Find something that makes you feel happy and healthy to take your mind off of the negative nostalgic things, maybe a new hobby, sport, anything. You'll thank yourself for it. :)

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on June 12, 2013
at 07:09 AM

Still feel bad but at least the cravings are gone now. I hope I'm doing the right things and it just needs time, that's something I just don't know and frustrates me once in a while...

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on June 05, 2013
at 06:39 PM

Oh, I miss toast the most!

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on June 05, 2013
at 05:12 PM

The only thing that could make me eat crap right now is the wedding party/social contact I'ld otherwise miss. So wether I eat SAD or not, I'll end up SAD anyhow

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on June 05, 2013
at 05:07 PM

I moved in september and have been able to sleep better, which probably helped a lot. Problems I'm still facing are the (aftermath of) chronic stress, bad digestion, posture, chronic inflammation, loneliness + bad childhood memories, etc. Until those things are solved, eating Paleo wil make me feel better, but still like crap. SAD just makes things a lot crappier. Pistachios wouldn't have helped back then, nothing helped due to the insulin and leptin resistance. It was one big fricken rollercoaster back then.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on June 05, 2013
at 05:02 PM

"Now I sit and watch my friends eat all sorts of crap and watch them, listen to them talk about how horrible they feel and wish they could lose weight and just pray they can get some willpower and motivation." instantly made me think of the song People And Their Problems by Billy Joe Shaver. Anyhow, it's been a (rough) year after posting this and cravings are out of the picture. "Keep your mind focused on how great you feel" doesn't work because a lot of other variables are at play. When I asked this question for example, I had 3-4 hours of sleep per night because of my lousy neighbours.

46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

(1876)

on May 30, 2012
at 04:45 PM

No, I will not go back for a second kiss

Bf2291448a06d573f0fdc87cd514e512

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on May 27, 2012
at 01:02 AM

Pillsbury cookies at night was me and my bro's JAMMMMM.

B04787f664abf9bebc28f71bf7825a3c

(877)

on May 26, 2012
at 05:04 PM

Yeah it is kinda rough, especially when the parents push the food on the kids (when they really don't want anything).

0e395acc856e3353f3f5892e6b09b0e7

(1227)

on May 26, 2012
at 02:50 PM

There are recipes in Joy of Cooking. I've seen others somewhere in the paleosphere. The one we use use is from the manufacturer of our ice cream machine. Ingredients are 1 c milk, 1/2 c. sugar (can be less) 2 eggs, 2 c cream 2 tsp. vanilla extract. No stablizers or additives.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 26, 2012
at 02:26 PM

Could you post the ingredients/recipe. I miss ice-cream.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 26, 2012
at 07:36 AM

You can have your bannock and eat it

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 26, 2012
at 07:26 AM

I always wanted to go on Amtrak. I LOVE TRAINS!!! I wish I could work there - but not in the cafe car. I would only serve Paleo food and hide chocolates from customers or give them a dirty look.

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

(2830)

on May 24, 2012
at 11:48 PM

New things will taste awesome. For awhile my special treat was a raisin sandwiched between two walnuts. That might sound pathetic to some people, but it was a perfect little sweet for me.

59d367d77f4082717bade07508624db8

(1198)

on May 24, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Well "going back" is this unrealistic nostalgia for when food didn't cause me problems, I want that. It's like quitting smoking. Your brain plays movie-music over images of you smoking with no consequence at 19 years old, so you give in and smoke, and you're immediately back at "oh this is disgusting" point that made you quit in the first place.

B04787f664abf9bebc28f71bf7825a3c

(877)

on May 24, 2012
at 02:56 PM

I wish I could quit here! But the $, benefits and RailRoad Retirement is where it's at. I am looking for different opportunities for advancement at the moment though in the company. Or I'd just love to go up to being an Engineer XD

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on May 24, 2012
at 09:37 AM

And then you go back and hit another wall, right?

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on May 24, 2012
at 09:29 AM

And it seems surrealistic

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on May 24, 2012
at 09:28 AM

As long as you maintain a social life, I second this

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on May 24, 2012
at 09:26 AM

And will you go for a "second opinion"?

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on May 24, 2012
at 09:25 AM

Haha, I've worked in a fastfood restaurant for almost a month. I quit because I just couldn't say "Enjoy your meal" anymore, stand alone being enthusiastic while saying it. Felt like poisoning people. "Enjoy your meal" + big fake smile

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on May 24, 2012
at 09:22 AM

The "I sleep like crap" part sounds very familiar. Not so pleasant waking up this morning...

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on May 24, 2012
at 09:21 AM

I don't think "ick", it's more like "mèh"

Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

(4292)

on May 23, 2012
at 10:27 PM

THIS. I long for the day when Nutella and Reeses cups will taste lousy to me. If I could smell pizza and think "ick," I'd be so happy.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on May 23, 2012
at 10:23 PM

And did for me too. But now it doesn't anymore and I can't wrap my head around it. Maybe you'll experience it one day too and hopefully will be able to deal with it better.

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Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

(4292)

on May 23, 2012
at 11:36 PM

I get nostalgic for all kinds of SAD food - bannock (family Christmas tradition; it's basically a flatbread with nuts and fruit), chocolate chip cookies (I remember baking them for my family and then having a ball eating them still warm from the oven dipped in a big glass of milk), sourdough bread (again, a family event to go to the bakery and come home and enjoy delicious fresh bread with our veggie soup for lunch), hot chocolate (cozy evenings around the fire)...somehow doing these things without the foods isn't the same at all and I'd rather not do them at all than do them wrong.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on May 24, 2012
at 09:28 AM

As long as you maintain a social life, I second this

Bf2291448a06d573f0fdc87cd514e512

(519)

on May 27, 2012
at 01:02 AM

Pillsbury cookies at night was me and my bro's JAMMMMM.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 26, 2012
at 07:36 AM

You can have your bannock and eat it

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Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on May 23, 2012
at 10:03 PM

Honestly, I'd say you're lucky. When I fall off the wagon, the SAD food tastes really, really good. After all, a lot of it is designed to. That makes it harder to climb back on the wagon.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on May 23, 2012
at 10:23 PM

And did for me too. But now it doesn't anymore and I can't wrap my head around it. Maybe you'll experience it one day too and hopefully will be able to deal with it better.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on May 24, 2012
at 09:29 AM

And it seems surrealistic

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on May 24, 2012
at 09:21 AM

I don't think "ick", it's more like "mèh"

Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

(4292)

on May 23, 2012
at 10:27 PM

THIS. I long for the day when Nutella and Reeses cups will taste lousy to me. If I could smell pizza and think "ick," I'd be so happy.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21430)

on May 23, 2012
at 11:56 PM

Most of the foods I have nostalgia for are not gluten-containing foods, so I tend to have less issues with testing the waters on them (grits, cornbread, french fries, ice cream).

That being said, those foods KILL my progress. I notice that I sleep like crap too when I eat them.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on May 24, 2012
at 09:22 AM

The "I sleep like crap" part sounds very familiar. Not so pleasant waking up this morning...

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on May 24, 2012
at 12:12 PM

No I don't really miss much at all, ok if I walk past a bakery and smell fresh bread baking, I might recall how that with a large slab of butter tastes.

In general if I binge, I pay for it, so I've replaced alot of those memories with PAIN and Payback!!

If I'm craving something, I go on line and google the heck out of it until I find a way to replicate the taste or close to it with pure ingredients.

I've also adopted a new motto, 'eat to live, not live to eat' helps to remind myself that its a necessary evil but should be done to fuel myself, while still enjoying it, but not to over do it.

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46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

on May 23, 2012
at 11:32 PM

Ugh...I have been doing paleo for almost a month strictly. I snuck a Hershey kiss at work the other day because I couldn't stand not having one, and I was very disappointed that it tasted different than I remembered. Certainly not what I was going for.

46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

(1876)

on May 30, 2012
at 04:45 PM

No, I will not go back for a second kiss

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on May 24, 2012
at 09:26 AM

And will you go for a "second opinion"?

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

(2830)

on May 24, 2012
at 11:48 PM

New things will taste awesome. For awhile my special treat was a raisin sandwiched between two walnuts. That might sound pathetic to some people, but it was a perfect little sweet for me.

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B04787f664abf9bebc28f71bf7825a3c

on May 23, 2012
at 10:06 PM

EVERY DAY I'M AT WORK.

Thankfully, I don't get cravings often, but it's pretty damn hard. Have you ever been on an Amtr@k train and visited the cafe car? If yes, then you know what I have to sell, because that's my job. If no -- basically a sampling of the standard American diet: candy, pop, chips, muffins, bagels, sandwiches with lottsa bread, and so on.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on May 24, 2012
at 09:25 AM

Haha, I've worked in a fastfood restaurant for almost a month. I quit because I just couldn't say "Enjoy your meal" anymore, stand alone being enthusiastic while saying it. Felt like poisoning people. "Enjoy your meal" + big fake smile

B04787f664abf9bebc28f71bf7825a3c

(877)

on May 24, 2012
at 02:56 PM

I wish I could quit here! But the $, benefits and RailRoad Retirement is where it's at. I am looking for different opportunities for advancement at the moment though in the company. Or I'd just love to go up to being an Engineer XD

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 26, 2012
at 07:26 AM

I always wanted to go on Amtrak. I LOVE TRAINS!!! I wish I could work there - but not in the cafe car. I would only serve Paleo food and hide chocolates from customers or give them a dirty look.

B04787f664abf9bebc28f71bf7825a3c

(877)

on May 26, 2012
at 05:04 PM

Yeah it is kinda rough, especially when the parents push the food on the kids (when they really don't want anything).

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1bbcd2122d9c75b07440f22ef57d6448

(2934)

on May 26, 2012
at 04:46 PM

I'm just getting to the point where I realize all the foods I "crave" really gross me out. It happened a while ago with sugary drinks and fried foods when I cut them out, and it's starting to happen with bread, cookies, etc now.

The other day, I was ridiculously hungry after a workout, and spied some muffins lying around, but the "bad idea, those will be disgusting" impulse trumped the "om nom nom PWO." I'll still have a couple of cookies or something just to be sociable with the team, but I'm not drawn to them on my own any more.

I think getting over the final hump and quitting the binges altogether takes a lot of willpower. There will always be foods that culturally are "good," even if you don't enjoy them, and I think most people will always have that thought somewhere in the back of their head.

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0e395acc856e3353f3f5892e6b09b0e7

(1227)

on May 26, 2012
at 01:56 PM

I miss toast. I have a T-shirt with "I (red heart) toast" on the front. I have a toaster calendar showing a toaster of the month. I bought some gluten free bread from a local baker. "This will be good; I can has toast!" Bleech. Not tasty, like swallowing paste balls. Yesterday I had a bite of a beautiful crusty bakery baguette. No good either. Oh well, I am loving homemade ice cream made with organic ingredients. deliciious!

0e395acc856e3353f3f5892e6b09b0e7

(1227)

on May 26, 2012
at 02:50 PM

There are recipes in Joy of Cooking. I've seen others somewhere in the paleosphere. The one we use use is from the manufacturer of our ice cream machine. Ingredients are 1 c milk, 1/2 c. sugar (can be less) 2 eggs, 2 c cream 2 tsp. vanilla extract. No stablizers or additives.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 26, 2012
at 02:26 PM

Could you post the ingredients/recipe. I miss ice-cream.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on June 05, 2013
at 06:39 PM

Oh, I miss toast the most!

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83e08b3e7029521d4ae290a239b82d57

(250)

on May 26, 2012
at 11:52 AM

I've been paleo for 5 months. Went to a farmers market this week and they had all kinds of SAD fare - lots of carnival/fair type foods. The crazy thing is that those smells overwhelmed me and made me feel nauseous. To think that I used to be able to polish off a loaf of bread a day pre-paleo.

I know that there are people who have not experienced this level of aversion so my question is what causes the change in taste and smell perception? Is it different if you have been super strict or done a whole 30 or Atkins type of plan for awhile? Different with LC vs VLC?

I'm pretty strict with my diet but I do eat dark chocolate and small amounts of dairy (mainly heavy cream in my coffee and some grass fed butter). I eat around 100 grams of carbs a day (less when I am not active and more when I am moving a lot).

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 26, 2012
at 07:24 AM

Usually I do not miss much, except for when I pass one house. They always have nice food smells. It reminds me of my mother's cooking. I feel nostalgic, but I do not get hungry. The craving disappears fast.

There is one thing I really really really really really miss. Not enough "reallys" there, but I think people will stop reading after the fifth "really".

It is chocolate ice-cream by Sammontana. If I knew that tomorrow is the end of the world, I would buy three trays and I would eat and eat and eat. At least I would die with a smile on my chocolate covered face from overindulgence.

If I had a genie, I would only have one wish: to make all my wishes come true. My next wish would be - I could eat anything I want as much as I want and not get sick.

And then I would eat three chocolate ice cream trays by Sammontana. I know they have traces of gluten but I would not care.

Here the song I dedicate to my favorite chocolate ice-cream. Listen only if you really miss something or somebody:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eYXFoPzBBY

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on June 05, 2013
at 04:56 PM

The nostalgia of non-paleo food definitely still hits hard, but I know nowadays that the food never ends up tasting as good as I remember and I usually end up paying for eating something with a lot of sugar or gluten in it over the next few days. Still, I'm of the opinion that there's nothing wrong with eating something "not paleo" provided you're prepared to accept the consequences of it (provided you're coming from a sound state of mind in making the decision -- i.e. not drunk/high/impaired or suffering from an eating disorder).

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on June 05, 2013
at 05:12 PM

The only thing that could make me eat crap right now is the wedding party/social contact I'ld otherwise miss. So wether I eat SAD or not, I'll end up SAD anyhow

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5583b82f29a6b24264ca4b9836abd925

(261)

on June 05, 2013
at 04:43 PM

I still have nostalgic days thinking about when I used to not worry about what I ate, what I drank and back then, I even smoked! I don't think it was necessarily the food that I ate, but the sense of being care-free and senseless, honestly. Sitting around a campfire drinking beer, playing guitar and smoking was my life for a while and it fit me well... but I slept a lot, felt TERRIBLE and couldn't run 1/15 of a mile. Now I sit and watch my friends eat all sorts of crap and watch them, listen to them talk about how horrible they feel and wish they could lose weight and just pray they can get some willpower and motivation. It's like wanting your cake and eating it too. Hell, I threw out the cake, grabbed and apple and took off running. Keep your mind focused on how great you feel, what good things you're doing for your body, how you're prolonging your life and chances are, you'll say "pfft, why did I ever feel nostaligic over THAT?" When you get those cravings, change them out for something that won't make you feel like a failure. Chances are, a bit of pistachios will kill that craving for pancakes in a heartbeat. Keep up the good work, Sam!

5583b82f29a6b24264ca4b9836abd925

(261)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I understand 100% on the neighbor deal, nothing is worse than something that keeps you awake because we as humans neeeeeed that rest for every function in our body. How are you feeling now, hopefully the roller-coaster is almost over with? When it comes to all that other stuff, I have to just downright force myself to pray and seek some spiritual guidance to get me out of my rut. Getting knocked down and continuing to keep getting back up until you can't be knocked down anymore. And B vitamins lol

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on June 05, 2013
at 05:07 PM

I moved in september and have been able to sleep better, which probably helped a lot. Problems I'm still facing are the (aftermath of) chronic stress, bad digestion, posture, chronic inflammation, loneliness + bad childhood memories, etc. Until those things are solved, eating Paleo wil make me feel better, but still like crap. SAD just makes things a lot crappier. Pistachios wouldn't have helped back then, nothing helped due to the insulin and leptin resistance. It was one big fricken rollercoaster back then.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on June 05, 2013
at 05:02 PM

"Now I sit and watch my friends eat all sorts of crap and watch them, listen to them talk about how horrible they feel and wish they could lose weight and just pray they can get some willpower and motivation." instantly made me think of the song People And Their Problems by Billy Joe Shaver. Anyhow, it's been a (rough) year after posting this and cravings are out of the picture. "Keep your mind focused on how great you feel" doesn't work because a lot of other variables are at play. When I asked this question for example, I had 3-4 hours of sleep per night because of my lousy neighbours.

5583b82f29a6b24264ca4b9836abd925

(261)

on June 12, 2013
at 01:35 PM

Of course it does, we're human and frustrations are a given. Find something that makes you feel happy and healthy to take your mind off of the negative nostalgic things, maybe a new hobby, sport, anything. You'll thank yourself for it. :)

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on June 12, 2013
at 07:09 AM

Still feel bad but at least the cravings are gone now. I hope I'm doing the right things and it just needs time, that's something I just don't know and frustrates me once in a while...

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on June 15, 2013
at 05:58 AM

Problem is I had to give up my hobby and sports due to all my healthy problems, moved away from home where stress was almost constantly around and meeting new friends when food is almost always involved makes it quite difficult to reestablish enjoyable things and contacts. At this moment there's actually nothing or no one around that makes me feel happy

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on June 05, 2013
at 06:16 PM

Good bread is delicious. Period. Of course I miss it.

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