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Any non-paleo foods still lingering around your kitchen?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 31, 2013 at 8:48 PM

I guess this question is mostly for those relatively new to paleo, but does anyone else have any non-paleo food still lingering around since making the switch?

My wife and I still have about 5 cans of black beans and a box of sour patch kids in the pantry.

Oh, and we have the top of our wedding cake frozen for our 1 year anniversary. I'm curious to see how that's going to play out...

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on January 31, 2013
at 10:21 PM

Roast some hazelnuts, grab some 86%+ chocolate, a little coconut milk, start the food processor and feed the addiction! :)

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on January 31, 2013
at 10:19 PM

No kidding, and many us spend the first 21 years "breaking in" our bodies :)

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on January 31, 2013
at 10:12 PM

oh nutella. that stuff is so bad yet so good. you can never just have one bite.

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on January 31, 2013
at 10:07 PM

Hahaha! "Have spoon; will eat!"

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on January 31, 2013
at 09:45 PM

@Nemesis: I could not have a jar of Nutella in the house. I would dive right into it!!!!

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on January 31, 2013
at 09:34 PM

We have a bunch of hurricane/emergency foods stocked in our pantry like beans, pasta, canned chicken, dehydrated potatoes, etc. But on the counter, there's a jar of Nutella calling my name.

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on January 31, 2013
at 09:04 PM

We could definitely donate the canned beans to a food bank. I'm not sure why we haven't yet. I like that you pointed out how amazing the human body is. A 20 year old car is considered junk, while a 20 year old human is just getting started!

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on January 31, 2013
at 09:28 PM

I'm living in my parents house right now and am the only one who is primal/paleo. My father follows the Ornish diet and my mother, I think, would like to lose some weight. I have my food items on a few shelves in the pantry, fridge, and freezer. I have gotten to the point where I just don't see their food as "food" anymore.

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on February 01, 2013
at 02:31 PM

There's tons of non-paleo food in my house. I'm new (one week in, go me!) and as the rest of the family finishes up the crap food, I will slowly replace it with more paleo options. I have to be sneaky because the kids are old enough to notice what I'm doing.

I think I'm going to start with 'we're trying another brand', or 'we can make this ourselves cheaper'.

The biggest sticking point will be my husband. I'm going to have to be a good example and hope he notices. He kind of freaks out about change of any kind and so slow and steady is the only way to win this race.

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on February 01, 2013
at 12:53 PM

None of my family is paleo with me, so I do have a lot of things in the house that are non-paleo. My two youngest kids eat some of what I make, but my husband often turns his nose up at it. And keeps saying how eating steaks and all those meats high with fat are what's killing people. He is stuck with the old ways of thinking.

I wish I could convert them all, but like someone above said, it is their choice.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on January 31, 2013
at 09:43 PM

my family eats SAD and i'm the only paleo follower in the house, so there is TONS of bad stuff around at all times. lots of pasta, cereal, cheezits, oreos, ice cream drumsticks. i haven't eaten any of it in years though (i was vegan) so it doesn't tempt me at all. i'm just used to it and it's not worth convincing them to eat paleo. they will eat how they want and that's fine.

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on January 31, 2013
at 09:11 PM

I'm the only one who is primal in my family/house. I still have everything..flour, oats, sugar, peanut butter and beans. No "junk" food or industrial oil at least. I can only set an example. I think its a choice they have to make...

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06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on January 31, 2013
at 09:00 PM

We actually "purged" the pantry when we made the switch. It was insane the shear amount of "non-food" that we had in there. We actually donated it to a family member as my wife couldn't stand the thought of just throwing it out. I wrestled with the moral dilemma of "we are giving them things that we won't eat because it's killing us." I guess it just goes to show how amazing the human body really is to survive on the shear amount of garbage that the majority of society throw at it.

Matt
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Fcf39d668ea77dea39efbe15f8ad74aa

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on January 31, 2013
at 09:04 PM

We could definitely donate the canned beans to a food bank. I'm not sure why we haven't yet. I like that you pointed out how amazing the human body is. A 20 year old car is considered junk, while a 20 year old human is just getting started!

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on January 31, 2013
at 10:19 PM

No kidding, and many us spend the first 21 years "breaking in" our bodies :)

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on January 31, 2013
at 11:17 PM

I eat paleo and my 2 kids are about 60% paleo so there is alot of non-paleo food in the house. I confine it to the pantry, in which I rarely open, and to the high shelves so I don't look at it often! It doesn't really tempt me anymore - only 3 months paleo.

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on January 31, 2013
at 09:10 PM

The only non-Paleo (we follow a Primal diet, so we always have raw dairy in the house) items we have in the house are corn chips I make for my hubby and son out of organic, sprouted corn tortillas. During the summer we had organic corn on the cob once in a while. My household is pretty strict with regards to food. We did the initial purge and gave everything that didn't fit into our lifestyle change to friends. I, too, was amazed at the pure crap that filled the cupboards!

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on February 01, 2013
at 05:45 PM

I very occasionally eat some mung bean fettucini, but the most offensive non-paleo ingredient in the kitchen is Wondra flour. I've tried other thickeners for gravy, but Wondra is what my mom used, it's what I'm used to, and it's convenient.

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on February 01, 2013
at 03:38 PM

Kids and husband aren't Paleo (husband claims a lowish carb Medeterranian diet)so there's lots of non-Paleo stuff around.

I even bake bread for the family.

I don't eat the non-Paleo stuff. No big deal.

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on February 01, 2013
at 02:59 PM

Tons of it. The rest of my family doesn't eat Paleo or Primal. They agree that Primal is a lot healthier and they've seen what it's done for my digestion, but they aren't interested. We manage to eat some meals together, where I just pass on their cornbread and stuff cooked in canola oil, and they pass on my non-kosher animal foods and vegetables cooked in butter/cream/bacon fat.

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on January 31, 2013
at 09:47 PM

It's tough because my roommates aren't paleo. When I go to my girlfriend's apartment it's a lot easier because she eats paleo and we both hold each other accountable. When I come home my roommates have either made some sort of gluten-free treat like banana bread that looks so tempting.

The night time is hard for me because our fridge is full of SAD foods like milk, cheese, bread, and hummus and our pantry has things like chips and crackers. These foods used to make up a lot of my old diet and they are always calling out my name when I get hungry. When I have a place of my own I'm only going to surround myself with paleo foods to get rid of the temptation.

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