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Regular Paleo-esque cheating?

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Created March 20, 2012 at 3:15 PM

So, I've always been about 99% with the paleo, but I just discovered that fresh fava beans are being sold RIGHT OUTSIDE my doorstep. I just had a big bowl with tons of ghee, and it was the most satisfying meal I can remember having... ever. But now I feel like Rapunzel's mother, you know, with the rampion, and if I needed to in order to eat these every day, I would totally give my first-born golden-haired child away if a witch showed up.

Anyone else "cheat" on a Paleo grey item pretty much every day? Or did you at one point, and then have to stop because of negative effects?

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on March 20, 2012
at 09:26 PM

JJ, have you tried eating a hunk of ginger when you eat beans? I mean, it may or may not be worth it, but it helps digestive issues.

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on March 20, 2012
at 09:23 PM

Maybe that was my issue with the fava beans, why they were so amazing although led me to want tons of ghee- maybe I need to ease up and cheat MORE.

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on March 20, 2012
at 09:21 PM

Bwaaahaha, your "spleen". I feel ya about the coffee. Oooooooh, PBJ smoothie. I don't know why I don't drink those. All of these cheating threads are like Paleo-snack porn for me, reading about everyone's weirdo delicious-sounding fruit/nut/coconut concoctions.

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on March 20, 2012
at 06:55 PM

I like me some rice & beans sometimes, and some wine and occasionally cider. But sadly, no matter how much I like popcorn, it doesn't like me back. :-P I must be the only person who tolerates corn less well than beans.

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on March 20, 2012
at 06:43 PM

ha ha. I cannot help but think of Silence of the Lambs when I read "fava beans."

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on March 20, 2012
at 06:36 PM

I never thought I had digestive issues from beans either, as a long-time vegetarian. After a few months paleo, I had some hummus. It was horrible. Gut problems and discomfort for 3 days!!

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on March 20, 2012
at 04:20 PM

Well, I probably won't, I'll instead kill my enjoyment of them in a short time by eating them every single day! I gotta say, though, despite fava beans being like a big plate of springtime, I then proceeded to have the strongest fat and sugar cravings ever, so maaaaybe the borderline paleo-things aren't the best idea. Ghee and gelatin and sugar melted together is delicious, who knew?

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1586db0f16b2cef51ee4e71ab08ad1a2

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on March 20, 2012
at 04:23 PM

Hard cider.

I mean, you could stretch it and argue that it's fermented apples... but it's hardly nutritious.

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on March 20, 2012
at 03:29 PM

I'm not sure if beans can really be considered a "grey area" - they are pretty much 100% non-Paleo. However, if you find yourself tolerant of them, and really enjoy them, I don't see the harm.

FWIW, I was weary of "beans are bad, mmmmk?" aspect of Paleo when I started, as I was a "good" vegetarian for 7 years before 4 years ago, and ate copious amounts of beans. However, when I finally removed them, I personally felt a lot of digestive relief.

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on March 20, 2012
at 06:36 PM

I never thought I had digestive issues from beans either, as a long-time vegetarian. After a few months paleo, I had some hummus. It was horrible. Gut problems and discomfort for 3 days!!

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on March 20, 2012
at 03:50 PM

This has been the most difficult part of paleo for me. I can do the 100% strict thing but when I try to venture off and reintroduce "forbidden" things I have this guilt that is often followed by a tummy ache. But to answer your question white rice and occasional beans in small quantities about once a week seems to be fine for me. The white rice doesn't bother me at all but I realize it is an empty calorie filler like sugar.

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on March 20, 2012
at 07:31 PM

I have to say, if you're eating at 99% and cheating with fava beans, I could think of a whole lot worse you could do. Honestly, I think if you can tolerate it without gut discomfort, it's probably not the biggest worry. Now if you said you were cheating every day with a Twix bar, that might be another thing.

I personally eat more fruit than I should, since I have weight to lose. I'm still losing weight steadily and feeling great, but I imagine if it starts to hinder my results, I'll have to curtail it. I finally realized yesterday that I can't have frozen berries and almond butter in the house because I will eat a "PBJ smoothie" every day if the ingredients are there. I know that's way too much fruit-and-nut consumption for someone who wants to lose fat.

I don't know if this counts as a cheat, but I start every morning with a cup of French press coffee, and I would give up my spleen without anesthetic before I'd give it up.

Bdc6244bdbd664d2168a8e326018ffbe

(431)

on March 20, 2012
at 09:21 PM

Bwaaahaha, your "spleen". I feel ya about the coffee. Oooooooh, PBJ smoothie. I don't know why I don't drink those. All of these cheating threads are like Paleo-snack porn for me, reading about everyone's weirdo delicious-sounding fruit/nut/coconut concoctions.

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8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on March 20, 2012
at 06:40 PM

I drink plenty of red wine. I have some cream in my coffee daily, and eat Greek yogurt if I want (not that often), and a bit of cheese here and there (small amounts). I don't cheat with grains much ever. Especially wheat. I have eaten a few corn chips here and there over the past several months, and I eat some candy here and there, and chocolate. I do the best I can, without going overboard. Little cheats here and there keep me from going apesh*t later.

Bdc6244bdbd664d2168a8e326018ffbe

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on March 20, 2012
at 09:23 PM

Maybe that was my issue with the fava beans, why they were so amazing although led me to want tons of ghee- maybe I need to ease up and cheat MORE.

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on March 20, 2012
at 05:00 PM

Rice. Beans. Wine. Popcorn.

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

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on March 20, 2012
at 06:55 PM

I like me some rice & beans sometimes, and some wine and occasionally cider. But sadly, no matter how much I like popcorn, it doesn't like me back. :-P I must be the only person who tolerates corn less well than beans.

Bdc6244bdbd664d2168a8e326018ffbe

(431)

on March 20, 2012
at 09:26 PM

JJ, have you tried eating a hunk of ginger when you eat beans? I mean, it may or may not be worth it, but it helps digestive issues.

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on March 20, 2012
at 03:55 PM

I personally can't handle beans (apart from green), so I can't speak to that, but I do eat a fair amount of white rice (about one cup 3 days a week) after my longer runs. I've found I function best on higher carb and the white rice helps keep that at the levels I need it to be. Rice is definitely a no-no to a strict Paleo adherent, but it works for my plan, my health, and my lifestyle, so that's how I made the decision to include it.

However, I don't LOVE white rice as much as you appear to love your beans, so you have to consider the mental aspect of that as well. If you feel all right with them and they bring serious amounts of joy to your life, an occasional treat of them won't be awful, but I'm not sure I'd do it every day. Get some variety in there!

Bdc6244bdbd664d2168a8e326018ffbe

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on March 20, 2012
at 04:20 PM

Well, I probably won't, I'll instead kill my enjoyment of them in a short time by eating them every single day! I gotta say, though, despite fava beans being like a big plate of springtime, I then proceeded to have the strongest fat and sugar cravings ever, so maaaaybe the borderline paleo-things aren't the best idea. Ghee and gelatin and sugar melted together is delicious, who knew?

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