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Cringeworthy foods, adapting to new drives.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 08, 2010 at 1:15 PM

I'm just in my third month of going paleo/primal, and I've started to notice that some foods that were staples for years now make me cringe and my internal voice shouts 'poison! DO NOT WANT!!!'

I've been finding it an interesting Way to track my brains adaptation to new habits, And have been trying to keep an ear tuned to the internal reactions to what foods I see.

Sugary cake, pure poison. Dark chocolate, sorta tempting. White bread, why bother/poison. Eggplant, pass it to me now. Etc etc etc. Beef tripe, once reviled, now desired. ........

What foods have shifted around in your intuition as to desirability?

Is this pleasing or disturbing to you?


Update, March 2011

It's been almost a year since I went Paleo, and I've continued to drift to the Meatier side of the Force. Trips to the farmer's market are amazing. I either LOVE or HATE almost any food that I see, and it is all tied to my Paleo eating experience. Where has my middle ground gone?

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on June 10, 2010
at 01:05 PM

Yep, i decided that this needed to be it's own question.

C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

(2269)

on June 09, 2010
at 11:53 PM

The only offal I can stomach is beef heart, and even then that's just another type of steak for the most part, only much, much more tough. Not really worth the effort of eating it. I can deal with US Wellness braunschweiger, though. It's nice grilled or pan-fried after the bacon is done, but it doesn't keep well and it's hard to go through a 1lb log of it before it goes bad. Next time I'll cut it in quarters and freeze them.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on June 09, 2010
at 10:00 PM

Trying new things Is fun, unless my herkreflex stops me from even getting close. I'm still considering trying somethings like organ meats, I'm not yet there either.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on June 09, 2010
at 04:44 PM

I like this thought: The benefits are already showing, and my new habit can be a new way of life with a bit more practice.

70d9359a2086e890a4c3bccb2ba8a8cb

(2254)

on June 09, 2010
at 07:17 AM

I've been paleo for about a year and a half, although the first six month were more paleo-ish rather than full paleo, as I eased into it very slowly and gradually as I learned more. After a few months I saw clear improvements and realised this was something I'd probably stick with indefinitely. My end goal from the outset was always to get healthier. Nowadays this way of eating is second nature to me and the really difficult thing would actually be trying to go back to a standard diet (not that I can see why I'd want to)!!

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on June 09, 2010
at 06:58 AM

Absolutely, hate that artificial smelling candle store. My sense of smell is so much stronger now

D738a5b2a67f3c36518a2ac9f32d27af

(821)

on June 09, 2010
at 03:01 AM

Artisan bread still smells good to me, but the bakery aisle in the supermarket just smells like stale, rotting grain to me.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on June 09, 2010
at 01:52 AM

I find I am VERY judgemental as well

8347d512bca9b034d53da40dab8cd21c

(2517)

on June 08, 2010
at 03:32 PM

Hell, walking by the Yankee Candle gives me a headache. :)

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on June 08, 2010
at 03:15 PM

I like how you are focussing on the end goal here, and that the change just happens as change does. How long have you been paleo?

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on June 08, 2010
at 03:14 PM

I used to enjoy an occasion coke with hershey's syrup... The thought alone now makes me quease.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on June 08, 2010
at 03:13 PM

As to the mall, the last time i was in my local one, the food court was trying to break my head with all the smells. I think my sense of smell is possibly tooooo sensitive now to walk through there.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on June 08, 2010
at 03:11 PM

Mmm, spicy sashimi !

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on June 08, 2010
at 03:06 PM

@Thor: thanks, it was my first shot at making a tag... It reflects how i think about Neolithic foods... I don't care if it is new to humanity, i care if it will harm me. Thus, neolethal!

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on June 08, 2010
at 01:46 PM

Neolethal, I like that

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8347d512bca9b034d53da40dab8cd21c

on June 08, 2010
at 02:52 PM

It's funny you should mention this, because I had a "cringeworthy" experience the other night.

I used to be a huge fan of Big Macs, even though I knew how bad they were for me.

Watching "Super Size Me" the other night, I couldn't get past Morgan Spurlock hitting Day 10. I was just so turned off by watching him eat fast food from McDonald's that it was having a discomforting effect on me. Not even the amount he was eating, just what it was.

I can't say I'm turned off by a whole lot else (at least, nothing I wasn't already turned off by). I gave up drinking in April after I just felt bored by it, and that beer was "losing its flavor" for me.

FOLLOW-UP THOUGHT: One of the local malls here has a Maggie Moo's Ice Cream directly across from an Auntie Anne's pretzel joint. If you stand between them, directly in the middle of the two stores, it is quite possibly the most sweetly sickening smell you will ever encounter.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on June 09, 2010
at 06:58 AM

Absolutely, hate that artificial smelling candle store. My sense of smell is so much stronger now

8347d512bca9b034d53da40dab8cd21c

(2517)

on June 08, 2010
at 03:32 PM

Hell, walking by the Yankee Candle gives me a headache. :)

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on June 08, 2010
at 03:13 PM

As to the mall, the last time i was in my local one, the food court was trying to break my head with all the smells. I think my sense of smell is possibly tooooo sensitive now to walk through there.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on June 10, 2010
at 01:05 PM

Yep, i decided that this needed to be it's own question.

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A6e2b231f69366ce825476c5a6dcfff6

(1967)

on June 08, 2010
at 06:22 PM

Before going paleo I was a Pepsi drinker. I'd drink 2 to 4 20oz bottles a day. I know. Cut out the soda completely when i started. I was offered a pepsi the other day and had some. OMG!! It was sooooo sweet, I only had about a quarter of it. 20 min later my stomach started complaining about the sugar load. It's easy to avoid now.

In other foods, I used to like my steak medium-well. Now, rare. I like my meat bloody. I haven't gotten into organ meats yet, but I''m getting there.

I was also a picky eater when it came to vegetables. I didn't eat onions, mushrooms, squash, zucchini, ect. That's changing quickly. I still don't like onions on their own, they're kind of slimy. But mixed with anything else, i love onions. And fresh mushrooms taste and smell so much better than caned (which is all my mom bought growing up)

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C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

(2269)

on June 09, 2010
at 12:55 AM

It helped in conditioning myself as a newbie primal to think "POISON!" whenever I saw e.g. the breakfast bar at the company cafeteria or the bakery counter at the market. Now, not so much. I don't even really notice them anymore, though on occasion I have to suppress the urge to rip the donut or bagel or cup of non-fat sugared-up industrial yogurt from the hand of someone I like at work, throw it to the floor and stomp on it while yelling "AAA! POISON!" at them :)

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on June 09, 2010
at 01:52 AM

I find I am VERY judgemental as well

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on June 08, 2010
at 01:45 PM

I walk by the bakery section, which used to smell heavenly... Now it smells sickly. I move away as quickly as possible no desire

I enjoy fruits but dried fruit is Too sweet, honey by itself is too sweet and dark chocolate less than 80% tastes bad, I prefer the 99% bars now by far, whereas before I'd spit it out bitter nasty

spicy isn't spicy... It's not overwhelming anymore, I can enjoy it and other flavors simultaneously

My love for meat has only intensified...

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on June 08, 2010
at 03:11 PM

Mmm, spicy sashimi !

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F82f7d4dafb6d0ffc4c2ee2a85420786

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on June 09, 2010
at 05:21 AM

I used to walk past the shop that makes toast on my way to work, and CRAVE it. Now, I seriously don't see it. Bread holds no desire for me. Same as all the grainy carbs like pasta and rice - they look poisonous to me too. Funny how you can change your view.

Am trying to make myself eat organ meat, but haven't made it past pate :-( I wish I could, but it still grosses me out.

C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

(2269)

on June 09, 2010
at 11:53 PM

The only offal I can stomach is beef heart, and even then that's just another type of steak for the most part, only much, much more tough. Not really worth the effort of eating it. I can deal with US Wellness braunschweiger, though. It's nice grilled or pan-fried after the bacon is done, but it doesn't keep well and it's hard to go through a 1lb log of it before it goes bad. Next time I'll cut it in quarters and freeze them.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on June 09, 2010
at 10:00 PM

Trying new things Is fun, unless my herkreflex stops me from even getting close. I'm still considering trying somethings like organ meats, I'm not yet there either.

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A68f24168bc0de414a038037e287b581

on June 09, 2010
at 02:36 AM

cookies and cakes were my end before I switched ;-) On Sunday I was on a meeting where there were huge plates with all kinds of cookies and mini-cakes... and I just looked at them and really didn't feel any wish to pick one up! Quite astonishing... I picked up some oranges, though :)

Same as Thor, I used to love the smell of bakery and bread aisle... now the smell is sickening and kind of... fake? artificial? I don't know what exactly puts me off.

Now if I feel like eating something nice, I reach for cream or cheese, or check for leftover meet. and I love fat like never before... it's great :)

D738a5b2a67f3c36518a2ac9f32d27af

(821)

on June 09, 2010
at 03:01 AM

Artisan bread still smells good to me, but the bakery aisle in the supermarket just smells like stale, rotting grain to me.

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89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on June 08, 2010
at 02:09 PM

I've never drank a lot of soda, but now and then I could really enjoy a cold coke. Not so long ago I was offered one (couldn't really refuse). It tasted bad. It tasted like a warm coke used to do: sticky sugar water.

I was rather happy with this discovery. It is easy to avoid something you don't like...

Similar, a lot of things that used to be to sour or bitter, now taste sweet. Again, easy...

Only new crave: butter, just with the spoon. Oh mmm!

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on June 08, 2010
at 03:14 PM

I used to enjoy an occasion coke with hershey's syrup... The thought alone now makes me quease.

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70d9359a2086e890a4c3bccb2ba8a8cb

(2254)

on June 08, 2010
at 01:25 PM

Beef/lamb cartilage, bones, gristle - make my mouth water.

Beef heart - want it NOW!

Cream, butter, cheese - moremoremore (not much change there).

Coconut cream - gives me shivers (in a good way!)

Grains, sugar, processed stuff - not so much a rejection reaction as just a very cold, neutral attitude, like "meh..... not for me".

Neither pleasing nor disturbing, just something that's happened. The pleasing thing is how much better I feel on this diet, on the whole.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on June 09, 2010
at 04:44 PM

I like this thought: The benefits are already showing, and my new habit can be a new way of life with a bit more practice.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on June 08, 2010
at 03:15 PM

I like how you are focussing on the end goal here, and that the change just happens as change does. How long have you been paleo?

70d9359a2086e890a4c3bccb2ba8a8cb

(2254)

on June 09, 2010
at 07:17 AM

I've been paleo for about a year and a half, although the first six month were more paleo-ish rather than full paleo, as I eased into it very slowly and gradually as I learned more. After a few months I saw clear improvements and realised this was something I'd probably stick with indefinitely. My end goal from the outset was always to get healthier. Nowadays this way of eating is second nature to me and the really difficult thing would actually be trying to go back to a standard diet (not that I can see why I'd want to)!!

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