Food reward shift experiences

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 06, 2013 at 10:38 PM

I've been paleo and lately primal for one and a half years. I shifted from pure takeaway and fast food to strict paleo. After a few months of that, I went back to drinking a half liter bottle of Coke or Dr Pepper once a week - used to consume much more. I had a Burger King meal two, three times a year. I don't have any reaction to them, other than mild constipation.

Only recently my sodas have started tasting bad. Burger King meals don't give the same reward anymore. It has taken over 1.5 years for this to happen; I enjoyed both just a few months ago. Now I get a similar rewarding feeling when eating liver pate.

Has anyone else experienced major shifts in food reward feelings after months on paleo? Is this a sign of shifting of food reward, or my body getting used to new foods, or finally adjusting to demanding I eat "right" foods?

I'm not complaining, but I'm going to be royally pissed if my gin&tonics start tasting bad...

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on March 07, 2013
at 10:29 AM

I buy meat for my dog at Walmart. They have a lot of processed food. I still buy myself "treats" when I go there, but the number of items I can bear the thought of eating, most days, has steadily shrunk over the years.


on March 07, 2013
at 03:56 AM

I used to eat tons of gluten free cookies, chips, etc. Every afternoon. I loved them! After almost a month of including safe starches in my meals I no longer crave the junk food. When I tasted them again recently, they tasted bad. Guess I will be throwing away tons of gluten free junk food from the pantry. I've also been wondering if regular cookies and ice cream would taste bad but I'm still gluten intolerant so can't test.



on March 06, 2013
at 11:45 PM

i had this happen at xmas. it was the first time i cheated on paleo (and the only time) since i started 8 months ago. i had my "favorite" foods- eggplant parm and artichoke dip. i was excited and thought they would be awesome. they were just okay. i think once your body is so used to high quality, nutritious food, the SAD stuff just tastes second rate.

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