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Losing the Simple Pleasure of Enjoying Eating!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 15, 2013 at 6:15 PM

I have been eating mostly strict paleo since January 1st. I am very thin; the reason I initially switched over was for skin health. It has been great for that, and I have stayed at the same weight (gaining would be great, though at least I haven't lost weight). I have good energy levels almost all the time. What I'm saying is paleo has been nothing but positive for me. EXCEPT. One of the great pleasures of my life was eating slowly and for a long time, really savoring and enjoying the time it takes. These days, especially for lunch/dinner, I kind of just feel like a machine, open the hatch, dump in some meatballs, and carry on with my day. In some ways it's nice and feels low maintenance, but generally I just don't like the idea that eating has seemingly become a fueling function rather than a pleasure. Anyone experience something similar and figure out a solution???

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on July 18, 2013
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Thanks for all these comments! I have never posted on paleohacks before and this was very helpful. What I am hearing is a resounding "don't get lazy with your staple foods, you will get bored, keep trying new things!" These comments have reminded me not to get so resigned and stagnant in a cooking/eating rut. Thanks for the inspiration!

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on July 16, 2013
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I can overeat on anything, too! The satisfaction of having another helping of whatever is difficult to control. I have learned to ask myself if I am really hungry or force myself to wait 10 minutes or so, but sometimes my willpower is stomped down by those "needs" and, before I know it, I've eaten an entire pan of something that would have been at least one more meal for the family.

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on July 15, 2013
at 06:47 PM

What are you eating now compared to what you ate before?

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on July 15, 2013
at 07:45 PM

I had the same issue when I was trying the Atkins diet. Food started to be a chore and boring. Eating is one of the great joys in my life and only eating a few items every week was making me sad.

Years later, after going paleo, I've now got the opposite situation. Instead of focusing on a small group of foods, I try to see how many new things I can introduce to my diet. I go to local butcher shops and try artisinal sausages and exotic meats. I go to fish markets to try new types of fish I've never seen before and try new recipes. I go to the health food store and try new vegetable recipes and see what I haven't tried yet. I've gotten to love foods I hated once I had fresh versions that were lightly sauteed in good fats! My wife and I now try all sorts of things to determine if A: We've just never had it made properly, or B: We really don't like it!

A diet is nothing but a bunch of closed doors, but a lifestyle change is an opportunity to learn what your new favorites are.

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on July 15, 2013
at 06:39 PM

Try changing your food selections from time to time. There are so many food items out there that are strictly Paleo. Switch up your meats, try different veggies and make yourself some Paleo-Treats. Maybe Im reading your question at face value, but if all your eating are meatballs theres no wonder you are bored. Try www.thepaleomom.com or www.marksdailyapple.com for some exciting recipes. I can see absolutely no reason for getting bored while eating Paleo. If its breads and cookies you want try www.freecoconutrecipes.com. You may have to read the ingredients carefully to make sure its totally paleo but there are many paleo friendly options to choose from there. Just mix it up a bit and you should have no problem enjoying eating....

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on July 15, 2013
at 07:55 PM

I wish that I had a little bit of that. I've said a million times, I'm the only person I know who'll overeat ANYTHING.

I have an emotional deal with food. I eat too often (let's be honest, most of my caloric intake) when I'm not physically hungry. Stressing that tends to cause the emotional eating to rear up worse, when it does.

If you enjoyed eating slowly and savouring food before -- way to go! You had it!

It sounds to me like you need to simply try some new things. What spices to you use? Do you eat organ meats or the more 'normal' steak, turkey and salmon? Branch out as much as you can!

You didn't mention that you are limited in choice by illness. I have autoimmune and underwent a couple of years of elimination testing before stumbling across Paleo (which is super-handy for me to FIND NEW IDEAS as I am limited).

I can't eat nightshades (all peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, etc.), citrus, garlic, and several other veg and fruit. You'd think that I'd get bored and not overeat. Again, my issue is emotional, so I simply can't get 'bored' of eating -- which may be a blessing since my choices ARE limited!

If you can tolerate other veg, fruit, meats, nuts, fats, experiment. Be happy you have those options! Enjoy that :)

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on July 16, 2013
at 05:26 PM

I can overeat on anything, too! The satisfaction of having another helping of whatever is difficult to control. I have learned to ask myself if I am really hungry or force myself to wait 10 minutes or so, but sometimes my willpower is stomped down by those "needs" and, before I know it, I've eaten an entire pan of something that would have been at least one more meal for the family.

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on July 15, 2013
at 06:54 PM

In addition to trying to mix things up more, you could reintroduce some of the foods that you had really enjoyed before to see if your skin reacts poorly. If you don't react poorly then you may be able to give yourself a cheat meal every friday night or something which could help.

I personally keep paleo about 80% of the time but let myself have fun eating when I go out with friends or friends cook for me. This works for me and allows me to be a healthy person at a healthy weight while still fully enjoying myself at times. You may just need to find a compromise that lets you balance a healthy lifestyle with quality of life.

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