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Please hack my recent food aversion

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 24, 2011 at 5:15 PM

So. I 've been a strict (100 percent) Paleo dieter for exactly one week. In the past two days, I've noticed a growing food aversion to what I'm eating. It's not for all foods, but it's still hard for me to figure out why.

This morning I woke up and made my three eggs in coconut oil as usual. I went to cut a piece with my fork, and as soon as I brought it to my mouth I got instantly nauseous, and I had to force feed myself the entire 3 eggs. (No, I'm not pregnant). I eat at the same time every morning. Is this my body telling me to take it easy on the eggs; that I'm not hungry; or that I'm getting too much protein?

Then today for lunch I had canned tuna mixed with pepper, chili powder and olive oil. I couldn't even bring myself to eat it. Same feeling as the eggs. I then mixed it with 1/2 avocado and sliced tomato, and I was able to force it down (I was very hungry) and I got full really quickly. I couldn't finish the whole meal.

Today I also ate a plum and some pork rinds and I felt fine eating those.

I am a female and I am due for my period today. Not sure if my hormones have anything to do with this.

I've never had such a strong food aversion before. I feel in good health and am not sick.

Please hack this for me!

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on June 24, 2011
at 09:11 PM

Jennifer -There has been a few posts on the forum about coconut oil and nausea, so do a search on that. I abhor coconut oil now and can only use it as a minor ingredient. Coconut milk alot-but but I can overdose.Leading to nausea & even dizziness.

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

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on June 24, 2011
at 06:29 PM

I agree that her reactions are a product of detox. The body is in a mode where its flushing out all toxins and debris. The recipes here sound delicious!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 24, 2011
at 06:11 PM

Great answer. +1 for admitting your gung-ho'ness and taking a break. Sometimes being strict is counter-productive.

8be7a492e2844e2ad5595a6c73974f99

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on June 24, 2011
at 06:02 PM

+1 on adding more veggies/friuts/starch

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 24, 2011
at 05:53 PM

by the way, what's with the torso's?

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 24, 2011
at 05:53 PM

She mentioned that in her description.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 24, 2011
at 05:52 PM

I'm investing in some coconut flour for this reason. I see myself getting sick of all this beef in the future. Gotta stay in ketosis, though. Too much weight to lose.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 24, 2011
at 05:49 PM

I'm there, too, but not quite as serious, likely because I've been mostly paleo for a while now. It's weird- I'm hungry for my meals, but feel like after the first few bites I'm force-feeding myself. I've been following Dr. K's leptin resistence plan, but I think it's just too much protein for me. I think my body is more into about 40grams than 50. I'm letting myself adjust to to my portions more. Putting things away when there's only a few bites left. For lunch today I'm gonna eat 3 different small bowl of leftovers. If that doesn't fill me, gonna hit up that can of Tuna...

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on June 24, 2011
at 05:48 PM

At first, after having absolutely no sugar or processed foods for about 2-3 weeks, I had a bite of hot dog bun and almost choked on it, it tasted like fluffy cardboard. A while later, I had a gummy-style piece of candy in a weak moment, and it tasted like plastic mixed with paint. Now, I won't even lick my fingers if I'm making something sweet or with bread for the kids, I'm totally averse to it.

On the flip side, after about 4-5 weeks of possibly overdoing it with meat and eggs, I sat down in front of a big fat ribeye steak and just couldn't take a bite. I think I OD'ed on the meat and eggs. I was gung-ho for the diet and was eating large portions of meat and eggs every meal. I just hit the wall.

I took a break and ate fairly Paleo-friendly fruits and vegetables for a day or so and started to feel better. This made me realize that I can't eat like a predator caveman every day.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 24, 2011
at 06:11 PM

Great answer. +1 for admitting your gung-ho'ness and taking a break. Sometimes being strict is counter-productive.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 24, 2011
at 05:52 PM

I'm investing in some coconut flour for this reason. I see myself getting sick of all this beef in the future. Gotta stay in ketosis, though. Too much weight to lose.

8be7a492e2844e2ad5595a6c73974f99

(891)

on June 24, 2011
at 06:02 PM

+1 on adding more veggies/friuts/starch

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on June 24, 2011
at 05:39 PM

Might be a case of same-old same-old. Perception of food reward stimutes a dopamine release when you eat tasty food, in proportion to how tasty it is. Dopamine hits the reward/pleasure receptors and makes you feel good. If you're bored with your food, then no pleasure - the thought of eating them turns you off. Mix it up, spice it up, switch it up to avoid boredom. Poach those eggs and make hollandaise or do a quiche. Or lay off the eggs for a bit. Lots of egg alternatives for breakfast such as leftovers or fruit and pork rinds.

(I used "lay" and "eggs" in a sentence - but its not funny when you point it out.)

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(2047)

on June 24, 2011
at 05:24 PM

I had the same issues the first couple of weeks. I think it was from my body adjusting to the amount of fat I was consuming and maybe some detox.

I found 2 things that worked: 1. if I included some really fresh, crispy lettuce with the meal and a little less meat, it was easier to get down. 2. not eating until about 11 am. I would just have coffee with cream and wouldn't be hungry til then. Then the eggs were easier to stomach.

Good luck pushing through it. It's worth it!

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8be7a492e2844e2ad5595a6c73974f99

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on June 24, 2011
at 05:22 PM

Yep. That sounds familiar. A week in is when things start getting real. The bod is going through so much adjustment and detox. I am certain it will shift. Keep going, take care and go easy. Give yourself time to rest as carb flu may be hitting soon. (you may be one of the lucky that don't have to slog through it) Also, in my experience, coconut oil can really bring on the sick. It is an anti-fungal that can bring a few more symptoms up in an already stimulating situation. Good luck Jennifer! Your gut compass will settle down and then you will start to KNOW what you THRIVE on!!

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on June 24, 2011
at 06:29 PM

I agree that her reactions are a product of detox. The body is in a mode where its flushing out all toxins and debris. The recipes here sound delicious!

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on June 24, 2011
at 06:05 PM

For me, foods very rich in fats really took some getting used to. Coconut oil made me gag too. I'm pretty sure it's because a friend told me to take 2 tablespoons a day cause it was good for my skin (breaking out after going off the birth control pill) so I did, on an empty stomach and I damn near died. I also felt really bloated after eating avocado for the longest time and noticed it was worse if I ate tomato with it. I just decreased my doses (of avo and coco oil) and continued to consume and it's gotten better.

Also, it's probably a case of overdoing it. You can have too much of a good thing. Eggs and meat especially. It's your bodies way of saying "Enough already, give me something different!"

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on June 24, 2011
at 05:47 PM

it could be the coconut oil, for some reason I still can't smell it without gagging....

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on June 24, 2011
at 09:11 PM

Jennifer -There has been a few posts on the forum about coconut oil and nausea, so do a search on that. I abhor coconut oil now and can only use it as a minor ingredient. Coconut milk alot-but but I can overdose.Leading to nausea & even dizziness.

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on June 24, 2011
at 05:23 PM

If only you could recognize the oncoming aversion before you start cooking/preparing the food. If so - great! Then don't eat whatever you're about to prepare. If something else (healthy, of course) appeals, then try that instead.

If the thought of eggs sunny side up or over easy in coconut oil doesn't appeal to me, (and sometimes it doesn't) then I just don't eat them. I'll either find another sure-fire way to make them (omelette, scrambled, whatever), or skip breakfast altogether.

A can of tuna can sound similarly unappealing at times - this is often a lunch for me as well. If I'm not feeling it, I find something else that fits the bill, or skip it.

It's possible that your body is telling you something - "I don't want/need that right now".

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on June 25, 2011
at 02:44 AM

Finally someone else who has the same issues as I do!! I thought I was insane but you have described my issues to a T. It is most definitely hormonal. It's the worst "PMS" side effect I have ever experienced because it makes it so hard to stick to eating properly as I know I should and would prefer to do. I would absolutely love to know the science behind this phenomenon but after asking around on various low carb boards I felt like I must be crazy. The only thing that helps is increasing my carb intake during that time. Fortunately after a week or so it does go away but it makes it very very hard not to completely derail eating properly.

Good luck and know that you are not alone with this!

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D54290f91bd8c2ff9fdf2f519933bf3e

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on June 24, 2011
at 10:24 PM

this happened to me with eggs, then chicken, then beef. i took a big step away from primal/paleo eating until these foods began to look appetizing again.

i think there is a lot of talk about fats and meat and steak and eggs, but my body feels best when i eat lots of veggies, some fruit, and get a lot of my protein from fish, some dairy and lastly red meat. i was unable to choke down an egg for almost 3 months it was tragic. i ate 3 for breakfast today for the first time in 3 months and they still are nowhere near as delicious as they used to be.

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on June 24, 2011
at 06:43 PM

Sometimes you have to give the body time to produce the enzymes necessary to deal with certain foods. When I tried supplementing with Omega-3s, I found both fish oil & flax oil gave me a hayfever style headache. Later, after reading something Seth Roberts said, I took a teaspoon of flax oil and slowly built up to two tablespoons over a few weeks. I did not get any headaches at all.

You may need to reduce your coconut oil intake a bit until your body gets used to it, but depending upon how different your current paleo diet is from what you used to eat, your body could be unused to your protein sources as well. It just takes time and smaller portions, though you could explore supplementation as well, if you wanted to hurry the process. I've tried the wobenzyme brand. These are interesting supplements, because they also help with inflammation and body repair, but they can get rather expensive. Still, I think I've managed to avoid what would have been a nasty scar for twenty-something dollars- a bargain, in my opinion.

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on February 20, 2014
at 09:28 PM

I just found this discussion via google because I recently switched to a paleo diet and the same thing is happening to me! I think as we heal our bodies with the paleo diet, we are able to absorb more nutrients and thus don't need to compensate with the amount of protein we have needed to consume in the past. Last night I had chicken and it came right up 2 hours later! Ugh.

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83e6a93c4b0f4a459e182055c3309705

on February 20, 2014
at 09:28 PM

I just found this discussion via google because I recently switched to a paleo diet and the same thing is happening to me! I think as we heal our bodies with the paleo diet, we are able to absorb more nutrients and thus don't need to compensate with the amount of protein we have needed to consume in the past. Last night I had chicken and it came right up 2 hours later! Ugh.

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F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on June 24, 2011
at 09:17 PM

My tastebuds have gone completely haywire on Paleo. Oranges taste fake and sickly candy sweet. Grapefruit, lemon, and lime taste like heaven. I cannot eat pork unless its in bacon form because the smell makes me feel super sick (even bacon sometimes...like the walmart kinds that my husband buys for himself). I mentioned coconut oil causing nausea in a response to someone else's post. I can't eat canned tuna, and all fish taste much fisher (I used to be the queen of sashimi!). Cheese smells bad. I can eat 100% dark chocolate, or even cocoa nibs without any sweetener and it tastes like dessert. Weirdly enough, honey doesn't taste oversweet). Alas, donuts still smell like a million dollars! Maybe if I just ate one, I'd find that it tasted awful! Tempting... My advice: think of your new taste buds as quirks or move on to different foods or learn to deal with them (hiding them behind stronger tastes, times of day, etc.)

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226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

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on June 24, 2011
at 06:41 PM

Have you considered cooking your scrambled eggs in beef tallow or lard? You can get a week's supply for $3.99 from a grass-fed local farm online. It's cheaper than coconut oil and maybe better for you.

https://www.kolfoods.com/shopexd.asp?id=73

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on June 24, 2011
at 05:58 PM

Oh to hate my food... any food,,,..lol I would be the master over myself

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on June 24, 2011
at 05:51 PM

Or maybe you need to take a pregnancy test? Everyone else covered all the other bases, that's the only one left hanging.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 24, 2011
at 05:53 PM

She mentioned that in her description.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 24, 2011
at 05:53 PM

by the way, what's with the torso's?

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