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Adapting to Paleo

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Created August 17, 2011 at 7:36 AM

How long did it take you to adjust to paleo? And what was the most difficult thing to give up in regards to food?

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 18, 2011
at 01:54 PM

I'm game for just eating butter! Whoo hoo!

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(4090)

on August 17, 2011
at 05:13 PM

It takes a while for those cravings to subside. I literally almost cried the first time my husband made sourdough toast in our kitchen. But now much further down the road (3+ years gluten free), I can sit at a cafe with fresh made bread steaming right in front of me and I just eat the butter!!

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 17, 2011
at 01:08 PM

Thanks Glither! I definitely will.

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(3024)

on August 17, 2011
at 12:57 PM

I never liked the taste of cheetos, so not an issue for me, but read my post on gray cheetos and maybe it'll stop your cravings. http://ruthsrealfood.blogspot.com/2011/08/would-you-eat-gray-cheetos.html

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(3024)

on August 17, 2011
at 12:52 PM

Agreed, Katherine. If it works for you then go with it!

B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

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on August 17, 2011
at 11:59 AM

There are several different options for breadless pizza out there. Usually they involve some sort of alternative crust like meat or cauliflower. Or just put all the toppings on a sheet of parchment paper and bake. It's the toppings that make it good anyway. Sometimes I'll just take cut up peppers, onions and sausage and smother them with spaghetti sauce.

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on August 17, 2011
at 11:17 AM

Individual variation means some do better with cold turkey (me) and some do better with baby steps.

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on August 17, 2011
at 09:48 AM

I think it sticks more if you ease into it. If you change overnight, it's more like going on a diet than a lifestyle change.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 17, 2011
at 09:16 AM

I wish i could give up some of my vices over night too Glither. Lol.

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B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

on August 17, 2011
at 11:52 AM

The hardest thing for me to give up is just the convenience of being able to eat whatever. It takes more work to cook something from scratch instead of dumping it out of a can or box. And, when you are out and about you can't just grab some fast food. It would be so much easier if everybody in the world ate the same way I do.

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on August 17, 2011
at 11:26 AM

Before I decided to eat Paleo, I had started to cook dinner more for my wife. When I started cooking, I wanted to start branching out and started using about 80% fresh ingredients. Since a friend of mine has been Paleo for the last 5 years and had talked to me about it a few times, I finally decided to just go full Paleo since the meals I was cooking were about 80% Paleo anyways. I knew that I needed to cut the junk out of my diet and my wife's diet.

So, it took about a month of cooking before I went 90% Paleo. It took about 3 weeks before I decided to do the Whole30. I'm currently on Day 6 of the Whole30 and I'm feeling great!

I definitely don't miss most breads, but I do miss pizza and chips. However, I'm looking into alternatives.

Like Glither said, if you're eating something delicious, you don't think too much about what you're not eating. Very true. I enjoy most of the food that I cook and so does my wife.

B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

(3909)

on August 17, 2011
at 11:59 AM

There are several different options for breadless pizza out there. Usually they involve some sort of alternative crust like meat or cauliflower. Or just put all the toppings on a sheet of parchment paper and bake. It's the toppings that make it good anyway. Sometimes I'll just take cut up peppers, onions and sausage and smother them with spaghetti sauce.

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(3024)

on August 17, 2011
at 08:37 AM

I'm sure some people made an overnight change, but I think of it as a process.

Before I ever heard about paleo or Weston Price, I dropped one processed food after another over the years and I gave up vegetable oils.

Then when I saw the light (Hallelujah!) it took me a while to source paleo-happy products and fit them into my cooking.

I'm still always looking to improve.

I really like meat together with a crust, and my son makes a killer meatpie. Sigh. I also love pizza, so I have good quality pizza once in a blue moon. I miss the convenience of pasta.

But the important thing is that if I'm eating something delicious, I don't think too much about what I'm not eating.

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(3024)

on August 17, 2011
at 09:48 AM

I think it sticks more if you ease into it. If you change overnight, it's more like going on a diet than a lifestyle change.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 17, 2011
at 09:16 AM

I wish i could give up some of my vices over night too Glither. Lol.

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(3024)

on August 17, 2011
at 12:52 PM

Agreed, Katherine. If it works for you then go with it!

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

(4764)

on August 17, 2011
at 11:17 AM

Individual variation means some do better with cold turkey (me) and some do better with baby steps.

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on August 17, 2011
at 04:35 PM

I'll second turkeytyme about the convenience issue since I have never been a big fan of cooking anyway. Sometimes it would be SO easy to just open a box of mac and cheese (grin). And as for the ease of fast food, I did love me some Taco Bell and it hurt to give that up too.

Also, no matter HOW long I am gluten-free, seeing or smelling a fresh home-baked peanut butter or chocolate chip cookie will give my willpower a battle EVERY time.

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on August 17, 2011
at 01:21 PM

I eased into it- discovered my (non-celiac) gluten intolerance and half-assedly cut out gluten for about six months while still eating quinoa, rice pasta, etc. After I started researching paleo in earnest, I gradually cut the non-gluten grains & legumes over the course of a couple months. It took awhile to let go of the idea that it was too restrictive; now I don't find it restrictive at all. I still have rice at Indian restaurants, I still eat the chips when I go out for Mexican, I still buy ice cream sometimes; it's just a lot less frequently than before, and other than the odd pint of Haagen-Dazs 5 Vanilla, all my groceries are paleo.

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7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 17, 2011
at 12:36 PM

I've been paleo for 6 months and I would not say I've "adjusted" completely yet but my "cravings" started to subside about half way through. I would get an intense sugar craving with the first bite of food at any meal. It is great to have that gone. I ate coconut chips after each meal and that helped.

Right now I'm doing the Whole 30 and I do miss cheese quite a bit. That was my last item to give up but I've relied on it too much for a convenience/comfort food.

For some reason I crave cheetoes and I don't know why. :) The puffed cheetoe (it is the perfect food and I don't care who knows it.) I did not even eat them much before paleo.

I agree with Glither too about not changing overnight works well for me. I call the start of my paleo 6 months even though I started 10 months ago cutting neo-foods out. All I know is that my "food freak out" moments are farther and farther apart all the time and the paleo food has become more the favorite.

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(3024)

on August 17, 2011
at 12:57 PM

I never liked the taste of cheetos, so not an issue for me, but read my post on gray cheetos and maybe it'll stop your cravings. http://ruthsrealfood.blogspot.com/2011/08/would-you-eat-gray-cheetos.html

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 17, 2011
at 01:08 PM

Thanks Glither! I definitely will.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on August 17, 2011
at 05:13 PM

It takes a while for those cravings to subside. I literally almost cried the first time my husband made sourdough toast in our kitchen. But now much further down the road (3+ years gluten free), I can sit at a cafe with fresh made bread steaming right in front of me and I just eat the butter!!

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 18, 2011
at 01:54 PM

I'm game for just eating butter! Whoo hoo!

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