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All forms of protein suddenly repulsive

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 24, 2013 at 9:50 PM

So I switched from a mostly vegan diet to paleo about eight months ago. I fully embraced eating meat after not touching it for 25 years. All was going well and good but suddenly over the past several weeks I am having to force myself to eat it. All I want is vegetables and fruit. I'm sitting here right now with some tuna and avocado and every bite is painful. Same story with the most likely delicious grass fed steak we had for dinner last night and the roasted chicken (my very favorite) the night before.

I feel totally fine otherwise. In fact, my energy levels have been better than normal. Should I just go with it the flow and attribute it to the warm weather? I'm worried about keep my blood sugars level without enough protein and fat.

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on July 25, 2013
at 03:51 AM

No need to justify. I imagine hunter-gatherers, killing an elk, and then eating elk for several days. They later find an apple tree, and eat apples for several days. If you enjoy fruit, and it isn't affecting your goals, enjoy!

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on July 25, 2013
at 03:03 AM

i am trying to justify my excessive fruit consumption with the fact that it's all just SO GOOD right now. berry season is upon us!

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(55)

on July 25, 2013
at 03:02 AM

that's a very good point. i often find myself craving fruit when i'm actually just thirsty. i will try to be more conscious about drinking enough water.

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on July 24, 2013
at 09:57 PM

No harm in trying. Do what your body wants, but pay careful attention to how you feel mentally and physically.

As for blood sugar regulation, paleo plant protein sources are hard to find, but you should certainly be able to get plenty of fat.

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on July 25, 2013
at 06:06 AM

This is so strange. I was thinking about how I never want to take another bite of meat ever again today and...this has been going on a for about a month or so. It just so happens to correlate with the hot summer months here in Canada.

But yes, I think it does have something to do with the weather. If you think about it, it would be more natural for paleolithic men and women to eat light foods in the summertime. Not only would food probably be much more plentiful, but eating heavy foods just feels like it weighs you down. In the winter it's fine because it warms you up and it's not like you have much to do other than hibernate...but in the summer, I honestly just want to snack on garden salads, drink smoothies, munch on summer berries and spend my time playing out in the sun.

I'm going with it. Clearly my body doesn't want to eat tons of meat right now, so I'll take that as a sign.

Listen to your body. It knows what's up when it comes to craving.

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on July 25, 2013
at 02:33 AM

Not quite a fully-fleshed-out answer, but are you hydrated enough?

You mention warm weather, and hydration can affect many things, including mood and ability to digest & feel good about consuming less hydrating, tougher, or drier foods, like some meats.

Hydration's especially key in warm, hot, or dry climates.


B77077b10dae8aacdd01ac61cb5bcfc3

(55)

on July 25, 2013
at 03:02 AM

that's a very good point. i often find myself craving fruit when i'm actually just thirsty. i will try to be more conscious about drinking enough water.

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C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 24, 2013
at 10:43 PM

Go with how you feel. Another option is to try some different meats that you normally don't eat, such as bison, lamb, deer, duck, elk, etc. Same with mixing up the variety of fish. I go through spells where I eat maybe one piece of fruit a month, and then spells where I eat 4 pieces per day (usually when it is hot outside). A true paleo diet had variety throughout longer periods but did not always have variety daily or even weekly.

B77077b10dae8aacdd01ac61cb5bcfc3

(55)

on July 25, 2013
at 03:03 AM

i am trying to justify my excessive fruit consumption with the fact that it's all just SO GOOD right now. berry season is upon us!

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 25, 2013
at 03:51 AM

No need to justify. I imagine hunter-gatherers, killing an elk, and then eating elk for several days. They later find an apple tree, and eat apples for several days. If you enjoy fruit, and it isn't affecting your goals, enjoy!

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on July 25, 2013
at 03:44 AM

Id say go with what your body says. When the food is grossing you out that much, you probably arent getting that much benefit eating it. I went through this with fruit for MANY months. Even a bite of one banana and id be gagging. This was when i was a fruitarian so i knew the diet was bad for me. It is probably just a phase your body is going through. Like when women are pregnant- they cant even smell certain foods without wanting to throw up.

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