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Do cravings for non paleo food ever go away? Does junk food stop tasting good?

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Created August 05, 2013 at 9:54 PM

How long would this take

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on August 07, 2013
at 01:27 AM

Agreed, junk food tastes either like sugar or salt. Real food tastes better.

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on August 06, 2013
at 06:22 PM

You can make a bonafide, paleo friendly, phở pretty easily. Just use *anything else* in place of the rice noodles. And for those PHD's that eat rice, well ... it's already PHD-happy for them. If you already eat non-paleo 25% of your meals, phở is pretty much the awesomest non-paleo food there is.

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on August 06, 2013
at 03:37 PM

If you don't crave it someone isn't doing their job.

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on August 05, 2013
at 10:11 PM

junk food inherently tastes good. thats' why so many people eat junk food

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on August 06, 2013
at 03:30 AM

Junk food doe not really attract me any more. I know roasted potatoes in chicken fat are far more delicious than Ruffles or kettle chips, almond butter cacao power and a little honey blows pudding paks away. Soda tasty like liquid sugar (cause it is i guess). I'm not temped.

Sitting a a pizza place with friends i am tempted but not to the degree of anxiety. i just acknowledge that it lots delicious and order a steak or chicken salad or something.

This took time, I was vegan then i was a good vegan then i was a raw vegan, slowly junk food left my life. Then i went paleo b/c my health plummeted. By the time i got to paleo, i had already forgone pizza and beer for years so it was a glorious transition.

There is so much i can eat right now, if i see something tempting (a fat cinnabun, or a big cheesy burrito, i just remeber all the amazing food i can and do eat back in my kitchen. This helps quite a bit.

So no i guess they have not ever left me. But temptation is a dull ripple in a sea of delicious paleo options.

Paleo is not alway convenient, but for me it is always delicious, i am grateful for discovering it

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 07, 2013
at 01:27 AM

Agreed, junk food tastes either like sugar or salt. Real food tastes better.

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on August 05, 2013
at 11:39 PM

NO. People who claim such things are as bad as people who deny the holocaust. mmmm sugar glazed circle soft warm holocaust.

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on August 06, 2013
at 03:37 PM

If you don't crave it someone isn't doing their job.

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on August 06, 2013
at 09:28 AM

Many Paleo eaters find that their taste buds become more refined and attuned to the degree to which a food is "processed". They then comment that processed foods begin to taste, smell, or look unappealing.

It seems to take, on average, anywhere from a week to 3-4 months.

Awareness that a food is unhealthy, or of why said foods are unhealthy and why healthy foods are healthy also seems to impact taste buds/desires some.

Strict Paleo for 30 days also seems to help most if not all [in a relatively small sample size, < 150, however] I've seen (those who claimed cravings that I saw admitted to cheating semi-regularly), but it's not necessarily always that effective with all people.

Some who eat SADs (Standard American Diet - i.e. High fructose corn syrup, processed carbs and meats and hydrogenated oils, etc.) do also mention this being a more gradual rewiring.

It is quite possible that a longtime SAD-eater or SAD-food-enjoyer would need to internally/mentally/energetically rewire to fully remove cravings if they are "emotional" or "energetic" (e.g. "Candy/doughnut makes me happy!" or "I have good memories of going over to grab a douhhnut in the evening as a treat!" or "Having Pad Thai is what I do on these rainy days.")

But, as cravings have to do with deficiencies in the body as well as what the body is geared towards digesting/using, the chemical aspect should change over time eating Paleo.


Personally:

Junk food actually tastes not-so-good inherently. Or, it always has to me.

I never ate really any processed foods at any point in my life, though. Paleo working (having enough energy on low-carb) has been very recent (3-4 months or so). But, I'd never really liked breads or pastas, often prefering meats, vegetables, eggs, or fruits anyway. Prior to Paleo, I did eat significantly more pasta/rice/quinoa, believing it to be both fine/healthy and cheaper for sustained energy.

That being said, many very bitter foods are pleasurable whereas gluten and restaurant food are generally noticeably lower quality or unpleasant as compared to before, when they were sometimes only mildly so.

I did have a brief period of "sweet-cravings" in March 2012 through Novemberish 2012 when sweet (organic, fair-trade chocolate with only cane sugar/cocoa butter when healthies, sometimes with soy lecithin & frozen berries - nothing really processed) was useful for energy-stabilizing purposes. I felt unpleasant "wanting" sweet items, though - like my adrenals were unhappy - so, I went mostly cold turkey off of them. I rarely ate sweet things after November/Decemberish and stopped completely around April. Any "wanting" had mostly disappeared by then with the help of some high-quality grass-fed, unhomogenized, very bitter yogurt.

I have to maintain low-carb at least because of my teeth at the moment, else fruits would maybe be acceptable.

But, apart from that, I have never been able to stand the smells or tastes of very processed foods, and they have always been unpleasant.

They are just noticeably more so now that my eating is much cleaner.

And, apart from the brief sweet-cravings in March - November, and the occasional sweet item (very well made cake or ice cream or frozen yogurt; I'd quite honestly not had these more than a handful of times in my life prior so can't really attest to "cravings"/"liking SAD processed foods") until April, I haven't had any sweet cravings at all, and very much not since starting Paleo.

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on August 06, 2013
at 06:28 AM

First off, I follow a paleo template at about a 75/25 split. Meaning, I cheat about 25% of the time. Food and drinks are a really big part of my work and sometimes, going off and eating paleo or staying away from what the group is eating creates a type of barrier that I don't wish to create. With friends or family, no problem, but with business, yes, I cheat.

But with regards to your question, I truly lost the craving for the really gritty junk foods like candy bars, potato chips, soda, ice-cream and fried foods. After learning how empty the calories are, something clicked in my brain where I have a really strong aversion to these foods intellectually and for some reason, this caused the cravings to stop 100%.

But other non-Paleo foods that aren't THAT HORRIBLE like say Pizza compared to potato chips or soda, that stuff I do crave, along with Pho soup. Certain food combinations like these are hard to satisfy with a Paleo substitute (at least for me) and so my body really craves them. I love melted cheese on bread and noodles in soup. But again, I cheat 25% of the time, if that.

For the most part, there is enough good tasting Paleo food that I'm not in any real serious danger of "Falling of the wagon" completely and ruining the health benefits I've already achieved.

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(19150)

on August 06, 2013
at 06:22 PM

You can make a bonafide, paleo friendly, phở pretty easily. Just use *anything else* in place of the rice noodles. And for those PHD's that eat rice, well ... it's already PHD-happy for them. If you already eat non-paleo 25% of your meals, phở is pretty much the awesomest non-paleo food there is.

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on August 06, 2013
at 08:55 PM

In my case the cravings went away within months. I've been gluten-free for 4 years and Paleo for 2. Honestly, when I look at a slice of pizza, sandwich, or granola bar I don't even think of it as something edible.

I finally made the decision to cut out all dairy from my diet (I was eating raw, grass-fed dairy products occasionally) about a week ago. Anytime I see a frozen yogurt place I have to remind myself how dairy messes up my skin. I prefer to have clear skin over 5 minutes of bliss any day.

Hang in there!

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on August 06, 2013
at 06:17 PM

The fact is that in a paleo diet you can have all the fat you want, just use healthy fats, and do not burn them. Concur that potatoes soaked in fat from the chicken roasting on top of them will cure any craving, for fat, salt, or carbs. Same if you eat a stew of short ribs and parsnips.

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on August 06, 2013
at 02:24 PM

It took me a long time because I wasn't strictly Paleo. I skipped entire weeks and was only 90% for a long time. When I became more strict my food cravings almost disappeared (especially when I ate high-fat). Now highly processed food doesn't appeal to me, but some slow churned, full-fat ice cream is still my kryptonite :) Worth it.

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on August 05, 2013
at 11:51 PM

actually, for some foods (since going 'paleo') I have stopped craving and eating all together, because they don't taste as good as they used to. others, I have not.

usually, when I eat enough fat or carb, I don't really.... 'crave' or feel like snacking. If you eat dairy, it's convenient to have coffee or hot chocolate with half and half or a bit of cheese on your chilli. It helps to feel satiated. (it helps with the craving for me, and I have no serious side effects from eating it).

All in all, I still like to have certain breakfast pastries with coffee in the morning or some other non-paleo stuff like... noodles or pizzafrom a restaurant or somethen.

So... I guess 'cravings' don't really go away. (even though I don't consider my 'cheats' junk foods.)

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on August 05, 2013
at 11:36 PM

For me its not that I don't crave or desire that food anymore (1.5yrs paleo) its that I value my health more than I crave x. Knowing that eating x will do my body more harm than good.

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