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Is quantity the problem?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 27, 2011 at 2:30 AM

The other day my friends were having this delicious, totally crap icecream, my mouth watering but I held on to paleo, did not try it, and I thought whether the problem is always in the quantity. I mean icecream is crap bc we have a rather large serving but if we only had a couple of teaspoons it would be OK, not good but tolerable once in a while. I wonder whether the same applies to everything: is there anything in terms of food that is bad independently of whether you have it on a small or large quantity?

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on March 27, 2011
at 12:46 PM

I think this is spot on. I would compare it to alcohol. If you're not an alcoholic, an occasional drink isn't a problem. If you are, it is.

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on March 27, 2011
at 03:41 AM

Do you have true celiac's disease or some other serious food allergy? If yes, then yes, even a small amount of some food can cause serious harm. Are you seriously overweight or in any other way metabolically disordered? If yes, then yes, you should probably avoid even a little ice cream.

Are you at a healthy weight and otherwise without any serious health problems? Do you get enough exercise and/or are you some kind of crossfitting maniac? If yes to those questions, stop being orthorexic and just eat a damn ice cream cone, it will not kill you. Should you go eat the ice cream cone the next day? Probably not. The next week? Again, probably not. The week after that? Probably fine (again, assuming you're still working out like a fiend, weight is stable, and 95% of your meals are Paleo compliant).

Humans, in addition to evolving to not be purely grain fed, did evolve to make use of a ridiculously wide variety of food resources, including slightly toxic ones. It does take years of eating SAD to effectively wreck your metabolism. Your body is that good at adapting. So don't freak out over two teaspoons of ice cream. That is ridiculous. Would a Paleolithic human have turned down a random ice cream cone laying there in front of him or her? No. They'd gobble it up happily. They just wouldn't have found a delicious score like that again for another year (think of that ice cream as your annual hitting the honey comb jackpot that Paleo era folks got).

I don't even think quantity is the issue so much as frequency. You can probably sit down and put away a whole pizza in one sitting. You might feel like crap afterwards, but if your metabolism is working ok, chances are slim you're going to gain any significant weight from it or have anything else bad happen to you. And there are pizza places that if I had the opportunity to visit, I'd put down a whole pizza without even thinking about it. It are the habits that kill you. Do you make it a habit to eat pizza all the time? If so, stop. There's your problem. Do you make it a rare and special occasion to eat a horrible, yet delicious gluten filled, cheese covered slice of pizza? Fine. I'm sure some folks disagree and will argue that spending the rest of your life suffering from orthorexia and never touching anything delicious that might be less than Paleo is essential. Maybe. I also think living like that is miserable. But if you feel better by being scared of a teaspoon or three of ice cream once in a blue moon, great. Don't eat it.

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on March 27, 2011
at 12:46 PM

I think this is spot on. I would compare it to alcohol. If you're not an alcoholic, an occasional drink isn't a problem. If you are, it is.

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on March 27, 2011
at 03:26 AM

Sometimes you just need to find out the hard way and discover what makes you feel bad after eating. BTW I think ice cream is less carp than say a philly pretzel or bagel. I work in a newsroom that is loaded with crap food all the time. I learned the hard way early on, worked better than all the responses to posts ever did. Don't beat yourself for being human, just learn from your weaknesses. You are so far ahead of the game than most people. Congrats.

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on March 27, 2011
at 02:51 AM

Never tried any poison, but no, in my personal case there is nothing bad independently of quantity. I would add that frequency is another important variable, in the sense that a little quantity every day of some foods (gluten grains, milk and cheese, legumes, brassica veggies, onions, etc.) does bother me after a while.

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