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Paleo breakthrough moment?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 10, 2011 at 2:27 PM

So. I love California Pizza Kitchen. I do. There is a reason I was obese before. ;)

Friday, my daughter and I went shopping and went to CPK. It's her favorite. I was aware of it before hand and checked the menu and decided on the GRILLED VEGETABLE SALAD W/ SALMON. That was the best choice I could come up with, I planned on subbing the corn, for more asparagus.

I was still a little worried though, that when I sat down, I would order my usual Hawaiian pizza without even thinking. I DIDN'T. I ordered the Grilled Vegetable Salad an I LOVED IT.

I was honestly, totally proud of myself.

I know a lot of you made this switch easily for logical reasons or even for health reasons. I am not one of those people.

Anyone else care to share a PALEO BREAKTHOUGH MOMENT?

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 14, 2011
at 11:02 PM

That is so great, Todd. It's pretty much how I feel, except I really started Paleo just to indulge my trainer. I couldn't believe the difference! He was pretty much half assing it, still is really. So I jumped into the books and blogs to learn for myself. I still feel guilty that it's this easy after all my years of workin so hard!

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on January 12, 2011
at 04:09 PM

I'm still fighting my diet pepsi habit. I love the fizz and the ease of just popping open a can. Plus sometimes the water at restaurants tastes funny, but the sodas are fine. Go figure.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on January 12, 2011
at 04:06 PM

I'm with you about the potato chips. They were my all-time favorite food. A bag of chips, once opened, wouldn't survive an hour in my house. Had a handful of chips on Monday and kept thinking, "Why did I use to eat these?" They're good...but not to die for. 8)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 12, 2011
at 01:59 AM

Yep Kaz. Never thought I would either. Learning to get over that perfection thing of letting one screw up mess up a day/week/month whatever was HUGE. I like the almond butter a lot, I am doing pretty good with 2 tbsp per day and not even every day.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 12, 2011
at 01:56 AM

You know, wjones. You really are making me want to come over to eat. All the awesome chicken you just got, your love for red wine and now bacon fried pate? AWESOME.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on January 12, 2011
at 12:55 AM

For a while after I finally quit, I would mix seltzer and a splash of cherry juice or orange juice. It helped with the fizzy drink cravings.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on January 11, 2011
at 06:54 PM

Even just seltzer with fresh-squeezed lemon or lime is pretty darn good.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on January 11, 2011
at 06:52 PM

Wjones, that sounds delicious.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on January 11, 2011
at 06:44 PM

Kinetic, I commend you for overcoming peanut butter! I admit, I'm not quite ready to test and see if I like it anymore. I'm content knowing that I'm not actively craving it right now, but I'm not going to tempt fate and try it and taste it. ;) Also, congrats on giving up the almond butter! I still find happiness in almond butter, so I still eat it daily, but I'm slowly starting to wean myself off it. I used to eat 1/4 -1/2 c daily, but I'm down to ~ 1-2 tbs, and I don't always want to eat it every day, so that's progress. :D

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 11, 2011
at 06:39 PM

Congrats on beating the binge-monster, Melissa! That's epic. I agree, it used to be such a daily struggle for me, and if I 'messed up' then it was all over. Eating paleo, there's nothing to mess up, so all the anxiety surrounding food is virtually vanished. Another thing, as a former binger, I used to be a volume eater -- eating "air" (ie, popcorn, etc) just to chew. Last night, I had a tiny hunk of calorie-dense smoked salmon and was totally content. Yes, peanut butter is <3, but it's now a forbidden love. No bread = 2x the amount of almond butter you can eat off your spoon, though! :D

65660697ed243c7980725fd014eb00e0

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on January 11, 2011
at 03:23 PM

Over the holidays, I had store-bought peanut butter for the first time in five months. I was surprised to find I didn't like it at all. Peanut butter and then almond butter (and then homemade almond butter) were the hardest things for me to give up.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 11, 2011
at 02:48 PM

More bacon is always a good thing, Kaz! I remember the first time I realized I hadn't binged in MONTHS or even thought about it and it was amazing. There had been a point in time where I thought it would always be a daily battle. Now it saves itself for extremely stressful moments and I can usually fight it off mentally. Nice going! (Peanut butter is love. I have made the switch to almond butter, but it will never be the same.)

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on January 11, 2011
at 02:47 PM

I'm still working on the pate thing. Lately I'll eat it alongside meat like I used to eat refried beans. In fact, I prepare the stuff like refried beans. After boiling the liver and pulsing it with onions, chardonnay and butter in the food processor, I put the pate in the fridge. Then for a side dish I'll fry up some bacon and use the grease to "re-fry" the pate. It looks like refried beans and serves the same function--I mix it in with my meat (chicken, beef, whatever).

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 11, 2011
at 02:45 PM

Totally Ruby, just because it smells good, doesn't mean I have to eat it! I have learned to *mostly* just enjoy it too.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 11, 2011
at 06:02 AM

That's an excellent analogy! I love how the air smells after a storm, but it doesn't mean that I should try to eat it. I love to sniff flowers, but you won't catch me with one in my mouth. I enjoy my boyfriend's musky body odor, but I'm not going to gnaw on his armpit. (Heh. Maybe.) This is definitely something to muse upon. :)

03281912f1cb9e4e771a8a83af302e3a

(1204)

on January 11, 2011
at 04:02 AM

I finally kicked my Diet Coke habit by using Perrier and Apple Cider mixed together. I used that as a crutch to get over the fizzy cravings. It was the last thing to go, but it feels so good when you shake the habit.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 11, 2011
at 01:42 AM

I can't eat spoonfuls of butter yet, but I do take tastes of it while I'm cooking and I've been know to clean off the spoon or knife with my mouth when I'm done using it. :)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 11, 2011
at 01:41 AM

Totally get that one! It still sounds good to me, but I can definitely avoid it.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 11, 2011
at 01:40 AM

I can fast pretty well now too, but I don't do it that often. I save it as kind of a resetting mechanism. I do workout fasted, though. My husband hated the grass-fed beef, sadly, so I don't get much of it in the house.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 11, 2011
at 01:38 AM

Man. I can't imagine the bakery or pizza smelling like death. But then, I couldn't imagine not wanting McDonald's or not having a binge 2 years ago, so I will believe it can happen!

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 10, 2011
at 10:43 PM

I probably have the same "Why won't you just DIE?" affection for the Asian parallel - dumplings in soup, fried, steamed, etc. Having two Vietnamese sisters in law (on either side of the family) who cook very well is not going to help me on that item, either.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 10, 2011
at 10:32 PM

Yea, I actually pushed through the bakery section the other day as a test HOPING it would smell abhorrent, or at least not enticing. I was so, so wrong. :) Would that the smell of bread was repulsive to me - that would also mean pizza would likely smell bad, too.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on January 10, 2011
at 10:18 PM

Great answer, it gets easier once the bakery smells like death ;)

0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

(1354)

on January 10, 2011
at 09:25 PM

It is so great once you have kicked the soda habit and don't crave it. I actually find it to be disgusting now. I bought a soda stream and I fill it up with 3/4 water and the rest kombuchua. Yum!

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on January 10, 2011
at 09:04 PM

I finally got over the soda thing through a weaning schedule. I took 3 different attempts before I quit for good. HFCS should be in the same category as heroin. I tasted a Coke recently and it tasted terrible to me. Now I don't even think about sodas.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on January 10, 2011
at 09:00 PM

Great answer and honest depiction of the reality of being surrounded by so much food that one can't eat. I also think about the future for my daughters and I want to set a good example.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 10, 2011
at 08:59 PM

LOL. You are better than me Travis! My NYE treat was Giordano's stuffed pizza. The last batch of gluten before starting the New Year!

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on January 10, 2011
at 08:57 PM

My recent breakthrough moment also involved pizza. My in-laws from Michigan were craving some deep dish Chicago pizza the day after Christmas. So I ordered one for them from my former all-time favorite neighborhood pizza place. I didn't have one slice of it. I ate leftover prime rib instead. It smelled great of course, but I know what gluten will do to me and that was enough to kill the temptation.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 10, 2011
at 06:46 PM

Yeah, most of them are gone now, but some of them I expect to deal with forever.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on January 10, 2011
at 05:49 PM

The parallels to an AA meeting here are striking. Or quitting smoking. At first, there's the longing that's constant. Then there's the "trigger" moments and relapses. Eventually you get to the point where it's still a memory, maybe a nostalgia, but you know you can't indulge.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 10, 2011
at 05:46 PM

Well, mine is an hour away. So it's not tempting too often. Good call on the BBQ Chicken Pizza, it's my #2 pre-Paleo choice. They do make that one in a salad too!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 10, 2011
at 05:45 PM

Hahaha, yes. And stopping to pick up ice cream for everyone in the family except myself!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 10, 2011
at 05:44 PM

Excellent answer! Thank you! Oh yeah, I still have my moments. I don't expect that to be my last "breakthrough moment" at all.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 10, 2011
at 05:27 PM

Oh, man, their Thai steak salad with cilantro and peanuts? And the BBQ chicken pizza? Good thing there's not a CPK near me.. . :-D

65660697ed243c7980725fd014eb00e0

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on January 10, 2011
at 04:50 PM

Great job, Melissa! Being prepared for non-paleo environments has been invaluable for me too.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 10, 2011
at 04:19 PM

OMG! You wrote me a poem! AWESOME. \o/ Besides POP (Midwesterner here), I used to love low-carb MONSTER. Coffee to the rescue indeed!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 10, 2011
at 04:10 PM

You are hardcore, Ed! I still eat too often for most Paleo folks, but I am sure eating much better choices when I do.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 10, 2011
at 03:39 PM

I am still working on not needing bread. I don't eat it anymore, but sandwiches are SO EASY and portable. Plus, you just can't beat an old fashioned PB&J. Of course, I haven't had one in AGES, but mentally it still sounds good.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 10, 2011
at 03:38 PM

Totally know that feeling except it is cookies for me. I baked up a ton of Christmas cookies and was able to only sample one or two! Very cool!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 10, 2011
at 03:24 PM

YES! I conquered that one on my initial weight loss journey. I used to explain to people that my mouth would salivate as I drove past them. It was crazy. Now I can't even MAKE myself eat at those places. I never thought it would happen! Great job!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 10, 2011
at 03:13 PM

So that was your "buy in" to Paleo, no looking back? Nice!

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D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 10, 2011
at 05:21 PM

Being totally honest here: I need a breakthrough moment nearly every single day. Sometimes it's profound, other times just a small token of encouragement. Not that I don't logically, broadly accept paleo day in, day out, but I've never had a clear moment of "the victory is mine; no turning back" except my daily decision to do it.

7 months without grains, and the Whole Foods bakery still smells good (OK, intoxicating) to me, and some days the effort to go against society's current doesn't seem worthwhile, so it really is the ever-changing minibouts of motivation/inspiration that propel me along.

Some things I commonly do when I need a breakthrough moment:

  • I watch Veronica Garza's story: http://vimeo.com/13441566
  • I listen to Remedy Drive "Hope" (same song as in Veronica Garza's story)
  • I read paleo before/after stories
  • I think about my daughters' futures and their relationship with food, and how my example is central
  • I see what's new in the primal / paleo blogosphere and on PaleoHacks, for fresh insights

That said, a breakthrough motivational concept I've had lately, when I read a quote from Gandhi:

"The future depends on what we do in the present."

I've boiled this down to "Future Me is depending on Present Me", so I can have my own Marty McFly moment of reflection several days each week. Except, you know, minus the Chuck Berry cover, because I can't play guitar.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 10, 2011
at 10:32 PM

Yea, I actually pushed through the bakery section the other day as a test HOPING it would smell abhorrent, or at least not enticing. I was so, so wrong. :) Would that the smell of bread was repulsive to me - that would also mean pizza would likely smell bad, too.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on January 10, 2011
at 10:18 PM

Great answer, it gets easier once the bakery smells like death ;)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 10, 2011
at 05:44 PM

Excellent answer! Thank you! Oh yeah, I still have my moments. I don't expect that to be my last "breakthrough moment" at all.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on January 10, 2011
at 09:00 PM

Great answer and honest depiction of the reality of being surrounded by so much food that one can't eat. I also think about the future for my daughters and I want to set a good example.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 11, 2011
at 01:38 AM

Man. I can't imagine the bakery or pizza smelling like death. But then, I couldn't imagine not wanting McDonald's or not having a binge 2 years ago, so I will believe it can happen!

4
50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on January 14, 2011
at 09:41 PM

My Paleo breakthrough moment was when I realized just how unhealthy my life had been. I had always thought I was in shape and healthy.. yet I was doing everything I have come to avoid. My diet consisted of basically 0 fat, tons of grains, lentils, and borderline starvation, and massive quantities of beer. My sleep was never more than 6 hrs a night. I was running 40 miles a week minimum, gym 3-5 times a week. I would by any supplement or workout device that was the next magic pill.

Enter the Paleo lifestyle. I now eat great food whenever I want, I probably freed up 20 hrs a week, I don't get injured anymore, I sleep 8 hrs a night minimum, and I effortlessly walk around 20lbs lighter. I'm still shocked, knowing what I do now, how I didn't keel over. I'm happier. My skin is more clear.

I will never go back.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 14, 2011
at 11:02 PM

That is so great, Todd. It's pretty much how I feel, except I really started Paleo just to indulge my trainer. I couldn't believe the difference! He was pretty much half assing it, still is really. So I jumped into the books and blogs to learn for myself. I still feel guilty that it's this easy after all my years of workin so hard!

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on January 10, 2011
at 04:16 PM

Sodas, vile carbonated temptresses.

Gleaming from behind their aluminum containers, with fancy lights.

It's only $0.60! The Caffeine will perk me up.

The workday is so long.

Ahh look, Cinnamon Coffee with Heavy Cream to the rescue!

03281912f1cb9e4e771a8a83af302e3a

(1204)

on January 11, 2011
at 04:02 AM

I finally kicked my Diet Coke habit by using Perrier and Apple Cider mixed together. I used that as a crutch to get over the fizzy cravings. It was the last thing to go, but it feels so good when you shake the habit.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on January 10, 2011
at 09:04 PM

I finally got over the soda thing through a weaning schedule. I took 3 different attempts before I quit for good. HFCS should be in the same category as heroin. I tasted a Coke recently and it tasted terrible to me. Now I don't even think about sodas.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on January 11, 2011
at 06:54 PM

Even just seltzer with fresh-squeezed lemon or lime is pretty darn good.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 10, 2011
at 04:19 PM

OMG! You wrote me a poem! AWESOME. \o/ Besides POP (Midwesterner here), I used to love low-carb MONSTER. Coffee to the rescue indeed!

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on January 12, 2011
at 04:09 PM

I'm still fighting my diet pepsi habit. I love the fizz and the ease of just popping open a can. Plus sometimes the water at restaurants tastes funny, but the sodas are fine. Go figure.

0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

(1354)

on January 10, 2011
at 09:25 PM

It is so great once you have kicked the soda habit and don't crave it. I actually find it to be disgusting now. I bought a soda stream and I fill it up with 3/4 water and the rest kombuchua. Yum!

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on January 12, 2011
at 12:55 AM

For a while after I finally quit, I would mix seltzer and a splash of cherry juice or orange juice. It helped with the fizzy drink cravings.

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531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

on January 10, 2011
at 03:31 PM

My breakthrough came when I realized I didn't have to put curries and stews on top of rice. Just make them thicker and eat with a spoon.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 10, 2011
at 03:39 PM

I am still working on not needing bread. I don't eat it anymore, but sandwiches are SO EASY and portable. Plus, you just can't beat an old fashioned PB&J. Of course, I haven't had one in AGES, but mentally it still sounds good.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on January 10, 2011
at 05:49 PM

The parallels to an AA meeting here are striking. Or quitting smoking. At first, there's the longing that's constant. Then there's the "trigger" moments and relapses. Eventually you get to the point where it's still a memory, maybe a nostalgia, but you know you can't indulge.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 10, 2011
at 06:46 PM

Yeah, most of them are gone now, but some of them I expect to deal with forever.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 12, 2011
at 01:56 AM

You know, wjones. You really are making me want to come over to eat. All the awesome chicken you just got, your love for red wine and now bacon fried pate? AWESOME.

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3b5cbb3006f7567b87dd3998ad76ebf8

on January 12, 2011
at 07:21 AM

Mine has been gradual as one day piles on the next. As I went out to dinner but had seafood, veggies and no bread, rice or pasta. As Halloween passed and I ate no candy. Only slight remorse over a Reeses peanutbutter cup. Thanksgiving, Christmas come and gone...all Paleo meals served. I've discovered that with some careful plotting and planning, I can eat out and restaurants are happy to oblidge. The realization that I can do this. It isn't hard. Perhaps my biggest ah ha moment was the realization that if, for some reason there isn't anything suitable to eat, then I simply don't eat. I don't have to eat garbage. I won't die. I won't even suffer. Maybe a little mentally but not physically. That was probably it.

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74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 11, 2011
at 06:14 AM

I survived PMS. I had some pretty wicked menstrual moods this cycle, but not once did I crave a cookie, or cake, or a single pastry. I'll admit, I was hankerin' for some chocolate, but it was the extremely dark choccy that I desired and I indulged the craving accordingly. It blows my mind that not once did I have the urge to eat rubbish, though, since I used to be a hard-core binge eater. :D

Plus, I didn't even get PMS bloat. Nothing. I felt slim and svelte the entire week, which is extremely odd for someone like me with a history of body dysmorphia.

I used to eat peanut butter -- those epic jars from Costco -- in a single week, but since pinpointing some stomach distress to the peanut butter I had on vacation, I haven't even craved the stuff (I used to walk past the jar and put my nose up to it an inhale deeply; yes, I know how weird that sounds, but hey, peanut butter addiction is serious stuff). I still enjoy almond butter and cashew butter, but it's losing its hold over me.

This is so exciting to me, this freedom. My favorite thing about it, though, is realizing that when I'm not eating "filler" foods, I can load up more on my favorite stuff. Without a cup of porridge or rice cakes filling up space in my tummy, I can go back for an extra serving of salmon or more bacon. Hurrah!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 12, 2011
at 01:59 AM

Yep Kaz. Never thought I would either. Learning to get over that perfection thing of letting one screw up mess up a day/week/month whatever was HUGE. I like the almond butter a lot, I am doing pretty good with 2 tbsp per day and not even every day.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 11, 2011
at 02:48 PM

More bacon is always a good thing, Kaz! I remember the first time I realized I hadn't binged in MONTHS or even thought about it and it was amazing. There had been a point in time where I thought it would always be a daily battle. Now it saves itself for extremely stressful moments and I can usually fight it off mentally. Nice going! (Peanut butter is love. I have made the switch to almond butter, but it will never be the same.)

65660697ed243c7980725fd014eb00e0

(494)

on January 11, 2011
at 03:23 PM

Over the holidays, I had store-bought peanut butter for the first time in five months. I was surprised to find I didn't like it at all. Peanut butter and then almond butter (and then homemade almond butter) were the hardest things for me to give up.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 11, 2011
at 06:44 PM

Kinetic, I commend you for overcoming peanut butter! I admit, I'm not quite ready to test and see if I like it anymore. I'm content knowing that I'm not actively craving it right now, but I'm not going to tempt fate and try it and taste it. ;) Also, congrats on giving up the almond butter! I still find happiness in almond butter, so I still eat it daily, but I'm slowly starting to wean myself off it. I used to eat 1/4 -1/2 c daily, but I'm down to ~ 1-2 tbs, and I don't always want to eat it every day, so that's progress. :D

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 11, 2011
at 06:39 PM

Congrats on beating the binge-monster, Melissa! That's epic. I agree, it used to be such a daily struggle for me, and if I 'messed up' then it was all over. Eating paleo, there's nothing to mess up, so all the anxiety surrounding food is virtually vanished. Another thing, as a former binger, I used to be a volume eater -- eating "air" (ie, popcorn, etc) just to chew. Last night, I had a tiny hunk of calorie-dense smoked salmon and was totally content. Yes, peanut butter is <3, but it's now a forbidden love. No bread = 2x the amount of almond butter you can eat off your spoon, though! :D

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on January 11, 2011
at 05:55 AM

I work at a market where there are often stalls selling tantalizingly delicious baked goods - almond croissants, nutella brioche and the like. They smell soooo gooood and there are usually long line-ups for the baked treats all day.

Fairly early on after changing my diet I was remarking to someone how good they smelled, and stopped myself before I said anything about wanting to get one.

I realized - why do I have to go eat one, just because they smell so good? Why can't I just enjoy the smell and leave it at that?

This has really helped me avoid the temptations of bakeries. They smell wonderful, and I appreciate the wonderful aromas, but that doesn't mean I have to eat anything from them. I travelled this holiday and passed by several cupcake shops, and didn't have to stop for any treats. Big change for me!

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 11, 2011
at 06:02 AM

That's an excellent analogy! I love how the air smells after a storm, but it doesn't mean that I should try to eat it. I love to sniff flowers, but you won't catch me with one in my mouth. I enjoy my boyfriend's musky body odor, but I'm not going to gnaw on his armpit. (Heh. Maybe.) This is definitely something to muse upon. :)

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(18701)

on January 11, 2011
at 02:45 PM

Totally Ruby, just because it smells good, doesn't mean I have to eat it! I have learned to *mostly* just enjoy it too.

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(9647)

on January 10, 2011
at 11:13 PM

Agree with wjones. A similar moment for me was when I realized you could just eat cheese straight without putting it on anything. All those extras came to seem like just that, extras, and so unnecessary.

I think there's some sort of progression from easiest to most difficult foods to eat without accompaniment. Maybe: cheese without bread or crackers -> curries without rice -> guacamole without chips -> pate or liver without bread (or whatever else) -> butter. (Additions anyone?)

Pate is definitely tough for some people, because of the texture, but I think that when you can just eat spoonfuls of butter you have reached some kind of denial-of-SAD higher consciousness.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 11, 2011
at 01:42 AM

I can't eat spoonfuls of butter yet, but I do take tastes of it while I'm cooking and I've been know to clean off the spoon or knife with my mouth when I'm done using it. :)

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on January 11, 2011
at 02:47 PM

I'm still working on the pate thing. Lately I'll eat it alongside meat like I used to eat refried beans. In fact, I prepare the stuff like refried beans. After boiling the liver and pulsing it with onions, chardonnay and butter in the food processor, I put the pate in the fridge. Then for a side dish I'll fry up some bacon and use the grease to "re-fry" the pate. It looks like refried beans and serves the same function--I mix it in with my meat (chicken, beef, whatever).

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on January 11, 2011
at 06:52 PM

Wjones, that sounds delicious.

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on January 10, 2011
at 04:06 PM

My breakthrough was when I could not only skip breakfast, but then not even think about food once all morning at work.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 10, 2011
at 04:10 PM

You are hardcore, Ed! I still eat too often for most Paleo folks, but I am sure eating much better choices when I do.

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on January 10, 2011
at 03:15 PM

One major breakthrough for me was being able to drive pass multiple fast food joints without being tempted to stop. Previously it was like driving through a gauntlet while coming home from work roaring hungry at 5 pm.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 10, 2011
at 03:24 PM

YES! I conquered that one on my initial weight loss journey. I used to explain to people that my mouth would salivate as I drove past them. It was crazy. Now I can't even MAKE myself eat at those places. I never thought it would happen! Great job!

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on January 10, 2011
at 09:34 PM

When ravioli and totellini lost the ability to override my brain.

The day i lost the taste for cheese-filled pasta was a breakthrough.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 11, 2011
at 01:41 AM

Totally get that one! It still sounds good to me, but I can definitely avoid it.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 10, 2011
at 10:43 PM

I probably have the same "Why won't you just DIE?" affection for the Asian parallel - dumplings in soup, fried, steamed, etc. Having two Vietnamese sisters in law (on either side of the family) who cook very well is not going to help me on that item, either.

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on January 10, 2011
at 09:11 PM

The first time I had grass-fed beef was a huge turning point for me. I realized I'd always miss clean meat far more than I'd miss bread.

Last week I had another breakthrough moment when I fasted for an entire day and never even got hungry. That was such a great feeling.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 11, 2011
at 01:40 AM

I can fast pretty well now too, but I don't do it that often. I save it as kind of a resetting mechanism. I do workout fasted, though. My husband hated the grass-fed beef, sadly, so I don't get much of it in the house.

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on January 10, 2011
at 05:38 PM

when my husband eats cheese & crackers, and I just pass it up!

might dream about it later though :)

Cara http://primroseandpaleo.wordpress.com

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 10, 2011
at 05:45 PM

Hahaha, yes. And stopping to pick up ice cream for everyone in the family except myself!

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(279)

on January 10, 2011
at 03:29 PM

I was totally addicted to potato chips - if I had a bag at home I had to open it. Now somebody can eat it right beside me it and it does not bother me at all!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 10, 2011
at 03:38 PM

Totally know that feeling except it is cookies for me. I baked up a ton of Christmas cookies and was able to only sample one or two! Very cool!

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on January 12, 2011
at 04:06 PM

I'm with you about the potato chips. They were my all-time favorite food. A bag of chips, once opened, wouldn't survive an hour in my house. Had a handful of chips on Monday and kept thinking, "Why did I use to eat these?" They're good...but not to die for. 8)

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on January 10, 2011
at 02:56 PM

I'd say that when my fasting blood glucose levels started falling off a cliff a few weeks in was it for me.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 10, 2011
at 03:13 PM

So that was your "buy in" to Paleo, no looking back? Nice!

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