One junk food item I cannot give up

Answered on December 14, 2015
Created October 14, 2014 at 4:04 PM

I am fully Paleo and I avoid processed and junk food as much as I can. I don't particularly miss any junk/processed food... except Tang that is. I feel nostalgic about it. Don't you think the rare Tang (say, once or twice a year) treat is that bad for your health? I know it's an unhealthy junk food, but I've never been addicted to it the way I got addicted to grains which led to my Celiac. The reason why I miss it is because it reminds me of my childhood when my grandma would buy it for me. She used to cook a lot whole foods but we had the quite rare junk food treats. I don't have any fond memories of bread, pasta or pizza. I don't even miss cookies and cakes. And if I get the craving I can always make them from Paleo coconut or sunflower seeds flour.

But I'd love to buy a Tang once in a while for nostalgic reasons. Oh and I've noticed that real sugar (even brown) and lactose are worse for my body than the artificial sweeteners in Tang and the likes. I love it's taste more than Coke, Fanta, Pepsi, etc. and drinking it reminds me of the good ol' days in the 90's when I was a kid. I don't have any emotional attachement to any other non-homemade food. I wish there was a way to make soft drink powder at home, but I don't know if it's possible at all. Anyone with similar stories? What would you do?

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on October 15, 2014
at 05:13 PM

Stressing out about drinking Tang a few time a year is likely worse for you then just enjoying it a few time a year.

Just my two cents.



on October 15, 2014
at 05:25 PM

assuming one can enjoy tang. 

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on December 14, 2015
at 08:05 PM

Seriously, don't beat yourself up over it man - there are better things to do than be one of those anal retentive people.  I'm a sucker for warm, fresh, chewy chocolate chip cookies.  Mmmmm....


on December 14, 2015
at 06:10 AM

Sugar-Free Gum. Cannot. Will Not... Give it up! HA HA! I just can't. 


on October 21, 2014
at 10:01 AM

If you feel fine drinking it just a few times a year, it's fine I guess. But if feel sorry about it after every time you drank it, than I think you should cold turkey stop drinking it.


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on October 16, 2014
at 09:53 AM

Yeah I know junk food is not good for our health but still I love to eat burgers and pizzas. They are yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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