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What was the hardest thing for you to give up?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 19, 2012 at 6:19 PM

For me, it was cheese and pizza (which of course has cheese). I honestly don't miss the rest much (unless I'm sitting next to someone who has a steaming, decadent looking bread roll) Otherwise, I am happy with the food we eat.

What was the most difficult for you to rid from your lifestyle (not to say you don't indulge in an "open" meal for it sometimes)

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on May 03, 2013
at 12:41 AM

haha yeah me too even though I had given up dairy years before going paleo I sometimes get legendary cheesecake cravings (and I mean real cheesecake, not soy or cashew cheesecake) I have, however, made a recipe for red velvet paleo cupcakes

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on May 03, 2013
at 12:38 AM

I'm with you. Sugar is so...sugary and delicious. Why I'm trying to cut it (all forms). I can stay off sugar for about a week or two, but one taste and BAM! I've fallen off the wagon :/

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on July 22, 2012
at 03:16 AM

that's actually worse for me, cause I end up eating the whole batch instead of one piece.

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

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on July 20, 2012
at 08:15 PM

just make your own treats. way better than eating candy and supporting those nasty, nasty corporations.

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on July 20, 2012
at 04:31 PM

Mine was cheese and pizza. I'm so happy that after six months of fighting those cravings they went away on their own.

43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on July 20, 2012
at 02:38 AM

Cold turkey is paleo, no?

9710b5ef322f1753ac6b6bf8d89a248f

(58)

on July 20, 2012
at 02:02 AM

this was my addiction for many years... no more!

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on July 19, 2012
at 10:38 PM

I heart peanut butter. :: longing sigh ::

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on July 19, 2012
at 07:27 PM

Norcal margaritas (a la Rob Wolf) are pretty good, too. Not sweet, but a nice sub for my beloved gin & tonics. I was devastated to learn that tonic had sweeteners in it!

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on July 19, 2012
at 06:53 PM

Sugar free stuff by far! Sugar/SF chemicals have got to be the most addictive drugs on the planet. Good thing is I no longer crave cheese or bread..at all.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on July 19, 2012
at 06:42 PM

I do too, just once every two weeks or so instead of every night. I planted some this year, but am now grateful that my oldest son killed the plants. =) There is nothing better than a hot ear of corn dripping in Kerrygold butter on a summer night!

9beda76f4e91faedc8fa70ecdc01251e

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on July 19, 2012
at 06:36 PM

I will still eat fresh ears of corn on the cob with butter. But it's less often than before, and it has to be fresh. It doesn't bother me in small amounts...

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9beda76f4e91faedc8fa70ecdc01251e

(298)

on July 19, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Beer...

But really, I can have any of these things, as long as I keep them small and infrequent, so there are no noticeable side effects. I don't mind some cheats. I guess I'm kind of working on the 80/20 method, or 90/10. I still feel really good. Could lose 10 more lbs, but I don't care enough about it, apparently.

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A3a4696c919e916ec971691559e9c942

(2043)

on July 19, 2012
at 06:22 PM

PEANUT BUTTER! And oddly, sugar free gum.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on July 19, 2012
at 10:38 PM

I heart peanut butter. :: longing sigh ::

014e7a87621b34bead8645fde586f6cd

(100)

on July 19, 2012
at 06:53 PM

Sugar free stuff by far! Sugar/SF chemicals have got to be the most addictive drugs on the planet. Good thing is I no longer crave cheese or bread..at all.

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1bc98471e58675661ebde4de4507f4f3

on July 20, 2012
at 05:45 PM

I never had any problems giving up "food", but it's way too easy to stay up late on my computer.

I guess the trick is making sure I'm tired enough by the time it's dark that I just wanna sleep anyway.

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7fb4e9fb1162999cdd5099fee49dd0a7

on July 20, 2012
at 04:27 PM

Dairy... so I didn't.

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98d897c716fab334d015b8004ed0537f

(639)

on July 20, 2012
at 03:05 AM

The Chinese Buffet...

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6ddb22a034e1a4e3a96d9f1907bb37e2

(302)

on July 20, 2012
at 02:11 AM

dairy, for sheezy...

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43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on July 20, 2012
at 01:59 AM

Diet soda. :'-(

43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on July 20, 2012
at 02:38 AM

Cold turkey is paleo, no?

9710b5ef322f1753ac6b6bf8d89a248f

(58)

on July 20, 2012
at 02:02 AM

this was my addiction for many years... no more!

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on July 19, 2012
at 07:48 PM

Ice cream. I scream for ice cream!

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(3661)

on July 19, 2012
at 06:49 PM

I don't miss anything on a daily basis, but cheesy casserole types dishes, like eggplant Florentine or lasagne, I really miss when I think about them. I don't do open meals ever and am mostly quite happy with my food choices, but when I want comfort food, I think (only think) affectionately of those dishes.

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1407bd6152d9fdbc239250385159fea1

on July 19, 2012
at 06:46 PM

My mother's homemade 3-cheese mac n' cheese topped with paprika.

I still get her unbelievable NY-style cheesecake though. And after discovering the 'Talenti' gelato/ice cream brand, I've found a reasonable means by which to sate my gnawing desire for ice cream.

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Bdc6244bdbd664d2168a8e326018ffbe

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on July 20, 2012
at 11:32 AM

Sugar. And so, I ultimately didn't! I gave it up for a few months, but honestly it just made me eat more- I can't tolerate much fruit/starches, any dairy, or still too many nuts and any chocolate, so it just made me insane. I'd end up eating like 3 pounds of meat just out of post-meal dissatisfaction. So I recently started adding a couple daily tablespoons of sugar in my coffee and after-dinner tea, and honestly it makes it way easier for me to maintain mild calorie restriction and satiation.

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6473dcb4b0e9b839615d650c168d2747

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on July 20, 2012
at 08:33 AM

WAFFLES! I've already got a waffle cheat planned over Christmas when I'm home with my (paleo) brother.

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F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

on July 20, 2012
at 02:48 AM

Candy. I've got no problem giving up grains but man I have a weakness for sugar. 2+ years and I'm still struggling.

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

(2227)

on July 20, 2012
at 08:15 PM

just make your own treats. way better than eating candy and supporting those nasty, nasty corporations.

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

(2036)

on July 22, 2012
at 03:16 AM

that's actually worse for me, cause I end up eating the whole batch instead of one piece.

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on May 03, 2013
at 12:38 AM

I'm with you. Sugar is so...sugary and delicious. Why I'm trying to cut it (all forms). I can stay off sugar for about a week or two, but one taste and BAM! I've fallen off the wagon :/

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C4fa226c86c0ac5d2f49b48069c1c1a8

(120)

on July 19, 2012
at 10:08 PM

chocolate. Cupcakes. Cheesecake. Spaghetti.

I thought rice at first before I switched, but for the most part I'm ok without it. but cupcakes and cheesecake? sigh.

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on May 03, 2013
at 12:41 AM

haha yeah me too even though I had given up dairy years before going paleo I sometimes get legendary cheesecake cravings (and I mean real cheesecake, not soy or cashew cheesecake) I have, however, made a recipe for red velvet paleo cupcakes

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03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

on July 19, 2012
at 06:37 PM

Cake and....cake.

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C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 19, 2012
at 06:31 PM

Bread for my almond butter. Really though, all the things I have gained, such as bacon, kale and paprika, or ribeye steaks, far make up for giving up some filler items like breads and pasta. It was easy to give up 18 lbs of fat.

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on July 19, 2012
at 06:26 PM

Peanut butter was the most difficult; BBQ sauce and fresh ears of corn on the cob with dinner most nights during the summer was also hard. I had pretty much given up pasta and most breads already, so that wasn't too hard.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on July 19, 2012
at 06:42 PM

I do too, just once every two weeks or so instead of every night. I planted some this year, but am now grateful that my oldest son killed the plants. =) There is nothing better than a hot ear of corn dripping in Kerrygold butter on a summer night!

9beda76f4e91faedc8fa70ecdc01251e

(298)

on July 19, 2012
at 06:36 PM

I will still eat fresh ears of corn on the cob with butter. But it's less often than before, and it has to be fresh. It doesn't bother me in small amounts...

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C5d5cfab77a26fa17a56f2c62b99b879

on May 03, 2013
at 02:03 AM

Good bread. Beyond that, nothing so much.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on May 03, 2013
at 01:42 AM

I was a raw vegan before paleo so i felt like i was adding a huge array of foods, not taking anything away. But a long time ago, i did love icing! That will always be my favorite junk food.

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8bf17cdd5e9ce249d9c119012c496f86

on May 03, 2013
at 01:37 AM

Oatmeal, i still miss it.

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A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on May 03, 2013
at 12:35 AM

Yogurt (so I allow myself now and then when I need the calcium), peanuts, hummus, soymilk

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53043e392a5209948eb9f66b04fb7e54

on July 20, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Fruit juice was the hardest thing for me to give up. Damn stuff is addictive.

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(456)

on July 20, 2012
at 04:01 AM

I'm impressed with everyone's short, specific lists. For me, the list is endless. Eggplant parmesan, pb&j, waffles, bagels with cream cheese, pizza, nachos. And oddly, most of all, oatmeal. I'm doing a whole 30 right now and at no point do I stop thinking about these foods. I already planned my post Whole 30 day of eating and will then integrate cheat meals (both meals will be in moderation, no 5 desserts just because it's a cheat meal) twice a week (one cheat dinner and one cheat brunch).

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F59d04be1acdc85dd1e6da34f43dc447

on July 20, 2012
at 03:03 AM

I just started, and I could really use some homemade ramen right about now...

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92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

on July 20, 2012
at 01:58 AM

chocolate/coffee stout...........

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39d290f0fc2ca0d12006a9147b3584aa

(144)

on July 19, 2012
at 07:00 PM

Mmmmmmmmmmmm cheese.

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47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on July 19, 2012
at 06:36 PM

Tortilla chips! I found I would get busy and end up eating a bag of chips (family size) with salsa and sour cream in lieu of dinner and that was really making me fat and bloated and messing with the digestion. I just got laid up with a medical problem and in the grips of oxycodone was all what the hell, I'm sick, and got a bag of Dorito's as comfort food. It actually took me 3 days to finish the bag so I'm aware of my behaviour modification. My favorite restaurant is Mexican, and I can still eat there, I just forego the chips, tortillas, rice, cream based salsas and there is still plenty to eat and the chef will indulge my substitutions, ie jicama salad for rice and beans. I do indulge in the margaritas they serve knowing that the mix is 100% lime juice and agave nectar knowing that the agave is problematic, but I'm definitely an 80/20 guy and I'm getting results.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on July 19, 2012
at 07:27 PM

Norcal margaritas (a la Rob Wolf) are pretty good, too. Not sweet, but a nice sub for my beloved gin & tonics. I was devastated to learn that tonic had sweeteners in it!

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91f5be33a7ec9f59a5c528af3c75175d

on July 19, 2012
at 06:36 PM

If I could never train again I would go mad but food wise Fromage frais with granola :( I still shed a tear for it every now and then

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(26217)

on July 19, 2012
at 06:31 PM

Originally it was pasta. That was my go to.

But oddly after the first week I didn't have pasta cravings (perhaps because zucchini is more delicious and has a better texture in pasta dishes). I had cravings for Sushi, Pho, Corned Beef Hash... Things that were more "treats" for me previously. I know many along the whole foods angle think that white rice is ok, I have not experimented with putting rice back in yet.

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(10490)

on July 19, 2012
at 06:28 PM

Rye and pumpernickel bread for gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and Reubens. I don't miss any other kind of bread or sandwiches, really, and I still eat Reubens breadless or as a lettuce wrap. Unfortunately, a smoked gouda, gruyere, and sharp cheddar grilled cheese with a pimiento or saffron aioli without bread is just melted cheese with a little sauce. (BTW I am lucky enough to be lactose tolerant, so I'm Primal, not Paleo).

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