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For you, what's the hardest thing about eating Paleo?

Answered on November 12, 2013
Created November 05, 2013 at 3:37 PM

I think for me, when I go to a party and there's nothing but chips and processed crap. Or when working and I forget to pack a lunch and there's nothing healthy places in the area.

How about you guys?

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on November 09, 2013
at 04:46 AM

Seriously hear you.

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on November 07, 2013
at 07:43 PM

@Methodician,

You need to do some meal planning. It's possible to go a full week without grocery shopping. Grocery shopping everyday would be a drag.

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on November 07, 2013
at 07:12 PM

Oh yeah and the SHOPPING! Everything I eat has to be bought, prepared, and consumed. Often in just a couple days, rarely more than a week. On top of that, we have to go out of our way to source and procure special things.

My girlfriend has been complaining more and more about my new obsession with shopping. A rare day passes that, after work, I don't say "We need more of X can we go to Y real quick?" and since we commute together, I usually drag her along. She's a real trooper though and she's eating more and more like me and loving it.

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on November 07, 2013
at 02:05 AM

Not to mention all the time it takes to shop for the food.

Crock pots help a bit. I stop kidding my self and started just boiling 8 eggs at a time. But yeh i spend at least an hour a day in the kitchen, often more.

Roasting veggies is as much as a morning ritual as coffee least days.

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on November 07, 2013
at 02:00 AM

Ha, I know, I will sometimes just bring an avocado with me to a restaurant... along with a few hard boiled eggs.

and why does ordering a bunless burger mean i have to talk about gluten. there is little that is more awkward than talking about gluten with someone who is trying to enjoy their gluten

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on November 06, 2013
at 07:23 PM

This is a tough part too. I'll usually just order the least objectionable item from the menu to avoid a totally one-sided meal for two. It feels a little weird though to go to a nice Mexican restaurant and order two sides of guacamole to eat with a spoon.

I actually haven't done that but I can imagine it happening and it was too funny not to claim. Maybe I'd also order a garden salad with dressing on the side - which I'd throw out.

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on November 06, 2013
at 02:55 PM

Right. I feels lame for both people to sit down and watch some one eat. Lately i have been meeting and cooking with more friends, that helps a bit

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on November 06, 2013
at 08:36 AM

I hear you....I go out for lunch once a week with a friend, but its never lunch anymore...its me watching her eat lunch while I sip a soda water.

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on November 06, 2013
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I really wish I had that ability. IF messed me up because I jumped into it too wholeheartedly and now I'm back to eating 3-4 meals/snacks a day while I heal my stomach. I want to be able to go a day without food. It seems only natural. Then again I've always been skinny and eaten small meals so it may not be in the cards for me.

Now the second part I'm great at. People can shove food at me all day and try to make me feel like an ass and I'll just cross my arms and close my mouth like a 4 year old, sneaking macadamia nuts from my pocket when they look away.

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on November 12, 2013
at 07:35 PM

Dealing with non-paleo friends, family, and coworkers. It's not necessarily them asking questions, because I am more than willing to answer them if the asker really wants to listen. It's more along the lines of awkward situations you face. Like receiving food gifts with ingredients you don't eat, not wanting to go out for lunch with coworkers as often, declining dinners out with friends because you don't want to go to the restaurant they choose, holiday dinners at family members houses, etc.

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on November 10, 2013
at 05:05 AM

For me, the hardest part is watching my coworkers. First, they express amazement at the quality of my lunches, and wonder at the expense. Then when I explain how my meal of sous vide'ed steak and steamed asparagus (with grass-fed butter) is costing me less than half what they are paying for their take-out fast-food crap, they are even more amazed.

But then, they keep eating the same old crap, every day. And it's just depressing.

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on November 10, 2013
at 04:14 AM

Definitely eating out ..... I guess i'm a boob and don't want to be the one make a big fuss about everything I order. Or make my fellow diners feel "bad" about their choices. But I just do it!

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on November 08, 2013
at 03:26 AM

All of the cheap, easy, and convenient foods are crap. Good food requires either more money, more time, or more planning.

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on November 07, 2013
at 07:42 PM

my hardest part is being so strict but still being so sick. i figured the more foods i cut out, the better. my ulcerative colitis is still so severe even when all i eat is chicken broth, meat, and gelatin.

another hard thing is my hospital stays. the food there is so bad so i always have to stock my room with cans of fish, protein powder, beef sticks, coconut oil, and coconut water. not anything to eat in there unless i bring my own food.

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on November 07, 2013
at 07:21 AM

Ignorant people that say "aren't wholegrains healthy"? and repeating that when I answer why they aren't. And white rice, I love sushi, I don't know if I can resist that occasionally.

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on November 06, 2013
at 10:19 PM

I really struggle with meals with family, especially when we're not cooking. They often want to eat the worst meals, and are less forgiving/willing to adapt for our food choices. When at home, 90% of the time it's easy to stay on track, but with family it gets more difficult.

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on November 06, 2013
at 10:15 PM

Right now it's the difficulty in eating out. Finding restaurants that offer something I can eat (besides a burger) and truly knowing what the ingredients are is a real pain. Before I go out to eat, I look at menus online and call or email the restaurant if I'm not confident the potential menu item is gluten/soy/whatever free.

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on November 06, 2013
at 05:43 AM

I love rice. I guess that's the one that I have trouble cutting...

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on November 06, 2013
at 05:25 AM

I hate that companies label their products in tricky ways, so that things that should be Paleo are not, in fact, Paleo (I'm looking at you "natural flavors").

Besides that, sometimes it's hard to have control over what you eat when at a restaurant or on vacation, but salads (with olive oil on the side) have been my saving grace.

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on November 06, 2013
at 05:24 AM

Cravings... don't ever get them. Beer and bread don't temp in the least. Convenience store might as well be stocked with rocks for how temping kit kats and doritos look to me.

What makes me a little sad is having to pack my awesome nutritious paleo lunch to eat when i meet my sister at a Mexican food joint. I don't miss the burrito, i miss sitting down and ordering off the menu, i miss the days when my lunch did not make my sister feel self conscious about her choices, and we could just chat over our factory farmed carne asada fried in veggie oil and wrapped in gluten.

Eating is social, it is hard for strict paleos to get involved

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on November 06, 2013
at 08:36 AM

I hear you....I go out for lunch once a week with a friend, but its never lunch anymore...its me watching her eat lunch while I sip a soda water.

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on November 06, 2013
at 07:23 PM

This is a tough part too. I'll usually just order the least objectionable item from the menu to avoid a totally one-sided meal for two. It feels a little weird though to go to a nice Mexican restaurant and order two sides of guacamole to eat with a spoon.

I actually haven't done that but I can imagine it happening and it was too funny not to claim. Maybe I'd also order a garden salad with dressing on the side - which I'd throw out.

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on November 06, 2013
at 05:07 AM

I'm transitioning from a high-carb / high-calorie just-eat-real-food sort of diet to a Primal paleo one with a goal near the keto zone. The hardest thing for me right now is just eating enough fat in my meals to make it work (175g+.) Food is beginning to look a little bit like a fat delivery medium. I'm almost at the point where my ideal balanced snack is looking like a pure stick of butter.

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on November 09, 2013
at 04:46 AM

Seriously hear you.

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on November 06, 2013
at 03:00 AM

Cravings for "modern" food. Nuff said.

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on November 06, 2013
at 12:44 AM

It's not really Paleo that's hard. It's the non-Celiac gluten sensitivity (my medical condition). I am really sensitive, so I buy GlutenEase as insurance for cross-contamination exposures in restaurants, certified GF nuts, &c. Bob's Red Mill and Nuts.com are my two staples. Having that extra level of safety makes everything much more expensive because I can't use bulk bins at all.

The meat and veggies part is easy. I have had issues with sugar cravings on Paleo (and have gotten sick on dried fruit binges), but ever since I started a two-pronged approach of proper multivitamin intake (I'm taking the Caltons' Nutreince) and decreasing my stress levels, the cravings have subsided.

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on November 05, 2013
at 11:58 PM

Hands down it's food preparation.

Having to prepare almost EVERYTHING myself BY HAND is a pain in the back side... Not being able to open a package or go to a drive through or stop by the deli for my lunch is killing me.

That said, I'm getting way better at cooking and more skilled at quick and painless food preparation. It's come to the point where I really do prepare almost everything myself by had - which is kind of fulfilling even if maddeningly time consuming.

I probably spend 1-3 hours a day preparing food. It doesn't sound like much but it's a big chunk of my discressionary time and I know that a lot of people can make more and better food with less time. I have a lot to learn.

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on November 07, 2013
at 02:05 AM

Not to mention all the time it takes to shop for the food.

Crock pots help a bit. I stop kidding my self and started just boiling 8 eggs at a time. But yeh i spend at least an hour a day in the kitchen, often more.

Roasting veggies is as much as a morning ritual as coffee least days.

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on November 05, 2013
at 10:13 PM

Dealing with the looks on people's faces when I eat pork chops for breakfast and when I say things like "the more fat the better!" But also the lack of 'fast food'...I would kill for easily available fresh food lunch buffets here in the UK like you get on foreign all inclusive holidays (but without the standard chips and cakes!) and sold at a reasonable price.

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on November 05, 2013
at 09:37 PM

I did like having lunch with my colleagues, but lunch food is crap. And I love good restaurant food but there's no all organic restaurants here in Stockholm so if I want to dine out I have to compromise a little. This results in me not eating out as often anymore. Not like Sam that I can go a whole day without food, but at least I don't get so hungry that I'm about to fall in pieces anymore and I still think it's good for me not to go for too long without eating. Worst is when I see people feed children with products containing aspartame and other artificials.

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on November 05, 2013
at 09:20 PM

Not drinking that 8th beer....

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on November 05, 2013
at 03:39 PM

No issues at all. I'm fully adapted and I can easily go a day without eating so if I am somewhere without good food choices I don't eat. I can be pretty stubborn about not eating when people try to shove food at you.

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on November 06, 2013
at 12:01 AM

I really wish I had that ability. IF messed me up because I jumped into it too wholeheartedly and now I'm back to eating 3-4 meals/snacks a day while I heal my stomach. I want to be able to go a day without food. It seems only natural. Then again I've always been skinny and eaten small meals so it may not be in the cards for me.

Now the second part I'm great at. People can shove food at me all day and try to make me feel like an ass and I'll just cross my arms and close my mouth like a 4 year old, sneaking macadamia nuts from my pocket when they look away.

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