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Are you looking at food differently?

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Created June 20, 2012 at 4:26 AM

I used to approach food with the attitude that "this looks and tastes delicious and I am hungry, I will devour this delicious pizza/nachos/pizza (yeah I said pizza twice)". But now, two years into Paleo, and recovering from alcoholism, I approach food with more of a "I must eat you for nutrients and to live, and such". I sort of just eat because I have to. I still make great, delicious dishes, but I'm just not orgasmically thrilled by eating anymore. Anyone else who's been paleo for a bit approach food like this?

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on June 21, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Recreational eating...I never thought of calling it that, but that is absolutely what it is. :-)

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on June 21, 2012
at 02:00 AM

"orgasmically thrilling?" There is one thing I like eating that fits that bill, but it's not food. wink wink nudge nudge.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on June 20, 2012
at 08:27 PM

To use your vernacular, I can only think of one thing that I am "orgasmically thrilled" to eat

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on June 20, 2012
at 08:25 PM

I can only think of one thing I'm orgasmically thrilled to eat.

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on June 20, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Good question. I think my response to a different question is relevant here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/126469/what-are-valid-criticisms-of-the-paleo-diet/126484#126484

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on June 20, 2012
at 05:15 PM

You never, ever want to see how I react to eating scallops or avocado. It's like that Meg Ryan scene.

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on June 20, 2012
at 05:06 PM

This comments illustrates how strongly the message works when it comes from the USDA and your doctor, too, if you think about it. How many of us looked at red meat and thought the exact same things?

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on June 20, 2012
at 10:48 AM

Yeah i completely understand...sometimes I wish I could unlearn it all and just be told and only know of one way to eat that was best for me ... like on the one hand yes food is fuel, but food is also fun, and I like it that way. I like to enjoy food that tastes sweet sometimes too, and it might not necessarily be greatly nourishing for my body, but it's certainly nourishing for my soul and isn't that important too?

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on June 20, 2012
at 07:26 AM

I have been incorporating paleo for a few years now but I still struggle with sweets...mentally I still want the crap that I know is shitty...at the same time I'm trying to eat what I know is good for me. Some days it doesn't bother me...some days I want to just scream and go back to my blissful (albeit constipated and bloated) days of ignorance when every bite of food wasn't an exercise in thinking or fighting temptation.

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

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on June 20, 2012
at 05:17 AM

It certainly is hard to go back! I even eye my every two months or so , gluten-free corn chips and local cheddar nachos, with Frontera salsa a bit closer, but damn, I take the full-brunt of dairy-gut punch and have a plate with hubby on game nights!

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

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on June 20, 2012
at 04:54 AM

Today, I blew my co-worker's mind, when, she saw me eating my big-ass protein topped salad (which I eat everyday), and told me there were root-beer floats for the staff (because our air-conditioning was out). I declined. She was incredulous. She said, "You don't eat a lot of sugar, do you?" I responded, with a mouthful of greens and avocado, "Well, no, why should I?". She looked at me like an alien. Also, seriously? The air-conditioning was out, but it was only about 82 degrees in there. It felt nice, for once.

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03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

on June 20, 2012
at 05:12 AM

OMG, definitely! I used to think Fiber1 bars and things like that were healthy. Now I look at them and I see tons of artificial processed sugar blood vessel hardening ingredients.

Once you get educated and come out of the cave it is hard to go back.

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

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on June 20, 2012
at 05:17 AM

It certainly is hard to go back! I even eye my every two months or so , gluten-free corn chips and local cheddar nachos, with Frontera salsa a bit closer, but damn, I take the full-brunt of dairy-gut punch and have a plate with hubby on game nights!

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on June 20, 2012
at 05:06 PM

This comments illustrates how strongly the message works when it comes from the USDA and your doctor, too, if you think about it. How many of us looked at red meat and thought the exact same things?

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6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on June 20, 2012
at 04:46 AM

Yes, I view food differently. I use to eat all that junk (processed foods) that isn't really food. I try to eat real food now, mainly meat, vegetables and fruit.

I spend a lot more time browsing the produce and meat sections of the store now. I'm still not a good cook but I am getting better. The stuff I cook doesn't taste like restaurant food but I know it is nutritious.

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on June 20, 2012
at 07:15 AM

Yep. I feel like there is a constant tug of war inside me. One part wants to eat just whatever, without having to think for a nano-second about it. The other part is all focussed on ensuring I am putting enough this or that on my plate (have I eaten enough colourful veggies today??). Food has become something other than what it was and I'm not sure how I feel about that.

A65499f2f8c65602881550fe309cd48c

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on June 20, 2012
at 07:26 AM

I have been incorporating paleo for a few years now but I still struggle with sweets...mentally I still want the crap that I know is shitty...at the same time I'm trying to eat what I know is good for me. Some days it doesn't bother me...some days I want to just scream and go back to my blissful (albeit constipated and bloated) days of ignorance when every bite of food wasn't an exercise in thinking or fighting temptation.

3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

(1489)

on June 20, 2012
at 10:48 AM

Yeah i completely understand...sometimes I wish I could unlearn it all and just be told and only know of one way to eat that was best for me ... like on the one hand yes food is fuel, but food is also fun, and I like it that way. I like to enjoy food that tastes sweet sometimes too, and it might not necessarily be greatly nourishing for my body, but it's certainly nourishing for my soul and isn't that important too?

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on June 20, 2012
at 05:10 AM

I still eat recreationally on occasion. The big difference is that my recreational eating, e.g. 100% chocolate and unsweetened coconut flakes, taste fantastic to me, every bit as fantastic as the junk I used to eat.

I enjoy the flavor and quantity of my food just as much as I ever did, but with no guilt over the damage I knew I was doing with all that sugar, and with no guilt over the feeling that I really should be dieting, I end up enjoying my food much more than ever.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

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on June 21, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Recreational eating...I never thought of calling it that, but that is absolutely what it is. :-)

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5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on June 20, 2012
at 06:55 PM

I look at food differently now in a couple of ways:

One, so much food I used to eat is no longer food. It's as if it's moved into a different conceptual category in my head of "Non-food stuff other people still eat."

Bread, for example. I see it in the stores, but I have a really hard time thinking of it as something edible anymore. I'm not even remotely tempted by it. Or when I last satisfied a craving for pizza--I ate the toppings, tossed the crust, and for once didn't give myself any guilt over "wasting food" because for me that crust wasn't food, it was just the convenient, disposable (compostable!) thing my cheesy-meaty-greasy-spicy snack was cooked on.

Second, I no longer look at food as entertainment. I enjoy what I eat, but food is not something I turn to for "fun" anymore (and that's actually a good thing, because I used to binge like mad on "fun" foods, and that was no damned fun at all). Nor do I feel the need to be "orgasmically thrilled" by food. Oh, sure, I've eaten some things recently that were absolutely wonderful and my eyes rolled back in my head and I may have said, "Oh my god" under my breath. But I don't feel that's an experience I need to have all the time, or to pursue.

I'm simply a lot happier and less stressed over food these days. I'm not the greatest cook, but I do it well enough to satisfy myself, and I feel that what I'm eating is nourishing and sustaining me--so I don't have to make any other demands on it.

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on June 20, 2012
at 05:20 PM

It's certainly easier to eat the SAD way but part of that is what we have been conditioned to eat and as such we are basically all recovering addicts. Maybe if we hadn't been raised on high carb/low nutrient/fill-in-the-blank bad stuff we wouldn't be dealing with this question.

If I look at a juicy steak and a colorful tossed salad and a sweet potato it looks more appetizing than, say, a current scone with sugar icing--but why do I desire the scone? Is it the opioid receptors talking? Is it high reward vs low reward?

Don't know the answer to that. I do know how I feel when I eat certain foods from my former diet and I don't want to feel like that anymore. I now am better in a thousand different ways (not 100% but getting there). So, I constantly remind myself of that.

Possibly, in a few years SAD options won't be so prevalent or more paleo options will be common or my sugar addiction will be kicked. Just gotta wait and see. BTW, I can no longer stand the taste of some things I used to think were only mildly sweet. Now they taste way too sweet.

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on June 20, 2012
at 08:51 PM

I was just thinking this same question last night when I walked by a Domino's Pizza that had its door open and a smell that may have made me hungry a few months ago instead actually nauseated me. I also find that I am very sensitive to sweetness, whereas before I would consume a donut almost every day. Even no-sugar-added smoothies I make from time to time for a treat taste too sweet, whereas before I would be reaching for the honey/agave syrup to counteract the tartness of the berries.

I also find that before I was constantly eating, and it was rarely because I was hungry. Now my relationship with food is that I need to eat it to live, not that I need it for something to do, or because I had a stressful day. While I still enjoy food very much, the ways I enjoy it, the types of food I enjoy, and the nature of my dependency on it have changed drastically over the course of the last three months.

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on June 20, 2012
at 05:01 PM

Absolutely, but I think about how it's going to make me feel later - satisfied and energized or bloated and sleepy (or worse!)

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A9def68e5ec27e9218d2e8765ed03b14

on June 20, 2012
at 06:20 AM

For sure! I don't eat feeling guilty all the time like I used to. Now I eat when I'm hungry and really enjoy all the food on my plate. I choose what is on my plate, whereas before I would eat anything served to me. I am way more fussy when I eat out and ask to have my food prepared to my liking or I simply don't eat it. 4 months of strict Paleo and it's the best I have felt in my 45 years.

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on June 20, 2012
at 04:50 AM

I do. I enjoy food, but I think of why it's good for me, what it will do for me, not instant gratification.

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