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Do grain and junk food cravings ever go away?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 27, 2013 at 12:59 AM

So I've just started paleo, and although I'm coming up with my varied declicious meals ,I still find myself wishing I could enjoy the taste of hotdogs, cake,pancakes,even a piece of bread.

Do these cravings ever go away? If you're on paleo long enough, will your taste completely change?

I actually think this have already happened for me with soda... I don't want it at all now.

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on March 27, 2013
at 11:42 PM

Are you fasting for Lent or for some esoteric optimal health goal?

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on March 27, 2013
at 11:41 PM

Every once in a while you want food that tastes good, unless you're a perfect pietist Puritan.

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on March 27, 2013
at 11:39 PM

After recently reading accounts of macronutrient deprivations in explorers (meat) and Amerinds (carbs), I'm leaning towards "no it doesn't go away". The food you don't have is the food you want, until you completely forget what the food tasted like.

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on March 27, 2013
at 07:23 PM

vomit reflux reaction - this is so so true!! i can't stand having fast food around me, but i love fresh veggies and a good steak.

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on March 27, 2013
at 07:15 PM

I really like your short answer-yes, the intense "must-have-now" ones dissipate but the smell of fresh Otis Spunkmeyer chocolate chip cookies will always make me want one. I just can ignore those wants now.

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on March 27, 2013
at 02:21 AM

I crave delicious southern cooking more than any junk food.

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on March 27, 2013
at 01:04 AM

Try eating a lot more fat as in lard, tallow and coconut oil. My experience is that this will take away sugar and all its related cravings.

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on March 27, 2013
at 04:24 AM

Yes and no.

My life is no longer consumed by an overwhelming urge to eat macaroni and cheese and doughnuts 3x a day.

As another commenter mentioned: the smell of fresh baked bread NEVER STOPS SMELLING AMAZING.

So I pick and choose my battles. If I'm out to eat, I choose the most paleo-friendly option available, but don't go out of my way to modify what's on the menu. If my food comes with fries, no substitution available, yeah I'll eat some fries because they still taste good. I don't crave them on a day to day basis, but you have to live a little.

I started paleo from an Atkins background and was super strict about any carbs that went into my mouth. Yeah, I lost a $#!+ ton of weight very quickly, but life is to be lived, that means "cheating" occasionally. (GASP!)

/Tangent. Short answer: Yes, the intense "I NEED IT NOW" cravings go away, but every once in a while you'll just want things that aren't healthy.

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on March 27, 2013
at 07:15 PM

I really like your short answer-yes, the intense "must-have-now" ones dissipate but the smell of fresh Otis Spunkmeyer chocolate chip cookies will always make me want one. I just can ignore those wants now.

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on March 27, 2013
at 11:41 PM

Every once in a while you want food that tastes good, unless you're a perfect pietist Puritan.

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on March 27, 2013
at 03:42 PM

I'm going to buck the trend and say no, not for me. They haven't even gotten much easier to fight :/ I think I'll always crave sugar and bread. Then again I also have binge eating issues so if your brain is working properly, YMMV.

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on March 27, 2013
at 03:28 AM

In my experience, cravings go away when I cut out even "safe" sweeteners like honey. It's like when my brain gets it, it instantly craves more and not necessarily Paleo friendly sweet things... Breads and such are not as tempting to me. Though I have had a similar experience where foods I used to enjoy now taste fake and gross. Stay consistent, get plenty of sleep, and nourish your body... Cravings will pass.

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on March 27, 2013
at 01:46 AM

They go away...sorta (this is just me I'm speaking for FYI)

I've tried to eat some of the same things that I would have considered a part of my regular diet, from time to time, and what I found was that they no longer tasted how I remembered, they were just....mush? It's kind of the only way I can explain it, like they had no real textures, the flavors were nothing compared to how I spice my food now, and after it was all over, the feeling I was left with made me long for berries and cream...

With that being said, my cravings do go away, but only because, I don't find the foods I use to eat appealing...does it mean when I smell fresh baked bread I don't want to slather on butter and a homemade jam...YES...yes I do, and will I without regret of ANY kind, every once and a while do just that, yes...YES I would...

It???s unfortunate though that some will never get to that place, and all of the old foods that they once loved, still haunt them to this day???.calling to them???

Truthy???please eat that Everything Bagel with herb and garlic cream cheese???.just do ittt???we loveee youuuu???.

..no...NO.???fight it Truth???fight it!

Truth.

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on March 27, 2013
at 01:15 AM

Yes, especially if you fast. Cakes and donuts will start to look fake. Pizza will look like plastic. The thought of fast foods becomes repulsive, inducing a vomit reflux reaction.

I really noticed it about 6 months in.

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on March 27, 2013
at 07:23 PM

vomit reflux reaction - this is so so true!! i can't stand having fast food around me, but i love fresh veggies and a good steak.

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on March 27, 2013
at 11:42 PM

Are you fasting for Lent or for some esoteric optimal health goal?

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on March 27, 2013
at 10:27 PM

I think part of what makes me stop craving things like pizza and pastries is that aftermath. I don't get cramping or nausea but my IBS comes back the next day and boy do I regret it. That kind of negative feedback really helps stop the cravings.

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on March 27, 2013
at 04:00 PM

Yes and no.

Pizza and donuts are delicious. It's not a coincidence that they taste that way, and it's not a coincidence that we have an obesity epidemic. Of course some people develop an aversion to certain foods. Some people never like these flavors at all!

I'm just saying, don't count on it. Slowly I'm developing stronger and stronger associations to the belly aches I walk away with. This has helped to discourage. My mouth is the same, though.

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on March 27, 2013
at 06:55 AM

Yes. The longer you go with zero slips or cheats, eating natural meat, fat, greens, and tubers, the less you remember the tastes of those other foods, and the less you crave them. Also, the more natural foods you eat and the less others, the better your health and energy gets and the more you are inclined to keep it that way. Lastly, the less spices and flavoring you add, the more simply you eat, the less you use food as a stimulation for the senses and an entertainment, the less you'll crave other things that do those things.

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on March 27, 2013
at 03:34 AM

I don't doubt that if I went off the wagon and ate something extremely processed, like Cheez Whiz, I would think it tasted awful. I can't even chew gum anymore. It leaves a horrible chemical taste in my mouth. So that helps me not crave quite a few foods! In other words, I'm so accustomed to simple whole foods and homecooked meals that my taste buds are permanently altered.

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on March 27, 2013
at 01:58 AM

The cravings should go away. And the addictions to that which is addictive. But then you're presumably left with whatever your original, natural tastes for the foods.

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on March 27, 2013
at 06:41 PM

I have lost my cravings for non-paleo things. I still find myself craving sweet things, but there are a lot of sweet things that are paleo. The last time I had cake it didn't taste good at all, even though it was something I had previously enjoyed immensely.

Getting rid of Splenda in my coffee was the thing that did the trick. I was low carb at the time and had migrated to mostly paleo choices. After two weeks of no sweeteners, pizza stopped looking like food. It was a breakthrough in terms of being able to lose weight and keep it off.

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