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Whining about wine!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 06, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Potted history - I went Paleo for health reasons but got sidetracked on the "lean meat" road and was "falio" for quite a while until low blood sugar bouts sent me to further research and the discovery of the wonders of saturated fats!

Everything has improved since the application of saturated fats .... except I now have a wine problem!!

I have always loved red wine. Glass or two with dinner on the weekends has been my treat for years. Until the saturated fat. Now I can hardly even bear the smell, and if I manage to choose a wine I can get close to, I rarely can manage more than a glass. I'm more than a bit devastated (Lovely-Husband not so much since he gets to polish off the glass I can't handle!!)

Has anyone noticed anything similar at all? Or could hazard a guess at what might have caused the change? I'm wondering if it might be a ph issue maybe?

535633b57c4a4940d1e913e7a12ee791

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on April 15, 2011
at 12:11 PM

like shoe leather, those old livers.

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on February 21, 2011
at 11:27 PM

i've noticed that i'm def a lightweight now also. two glasses of cognac puts me on my ass. efficient liver makes for half the bar tab. good stuff.

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on February 21, 2011
at 09:37 PM

Wow, I never would have expected this. Perhaps we become more toxin-averse in general.

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on February 21, 2011
at 06:11 PM

Is it worse with the drier, more tannic reds or with the lighter-bodied, fruitier kinds, or is it all reds? I love red wine, too, so I really feel for you!

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on November 20, 2010
at 09:48 PM

Very similar. I definitely dont crave booze like I used to (since dramatically upping my fat intake)

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(5005)

on November 20, 2010
at 08:44 AM

Mine says "yes" too! Red or white wine - I've gone off gin and tonic - mainly because I don't like the idea of what is in the tonic.

E44e81ddcd5bc07c09d58c295691a15e

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on May 08, 2010
at 06:32 AM

Ditto. Those old livers, they're the best.

F652b96a3bcf646d8dad56cb1d035101

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on May 06, 2010
at 09:17 PM

Bah! I haz the envy...

F652b96a3bcf646d8dad56cb1d035101

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on May 06, 2010
at 09:16 PM

You're exactly right - it's like the bod's yelling "toxic!!" at me. I think I am in mourning.....lol

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on May 06, 2010
at 08:15 PM

Fascinating! Great question!

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2e47fde921accd6c6b2aa71902f9de86

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on May 06, 2010
at 07:49 PM

I have also noticed that alcohol (especially wine) seems extra revolting now. I didn't mind it much before I went hardcore paleo, and would drink occasionally, but now it just turns my stomach. I held out with hard apple cider for a while, but now I can barely bring myself to drink that either. I have no idea what caused it...maybe switching over to fat burning has made us totally unprepared to burn alcohol somehow. When I smell or taste it I feel like my body is yelling "toxic!!", just like with sugar. :( Social gatherings just aren't the same anymore...

F652b96a3bcf646d8dad56cb1d035101

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on May 06, 2010
at 09:16 PM

You're exactly right - it's like the bod's yelling "toxic!!" at me. I think I am in mourning.....lol

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on February 21, 2011
at 05:59 PM

I have noticed that my palate has changed since I went paleo. I am now much more sensitive to the fruit and alcohol flavor components... wines that I used to find pretty balanced now seem kind of overpowering. It's actually become much harder to find wines that I like. Maybe it's good in that it's less tempting to drink wine... but like you I considered wine a major treat (much less harmful than many other "treats" e.g. desserts) so it's a bit of a bummer.

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on May 07, 2010
at 04:23 AM

I have definitely noticed this in my life.

I went from having the occasional glass of wine (maybe once a week, two glasses tops) to even more sporadic (a drink every couple of weeks). Finally it got to the point where a couple of sips from my wife's glass was enough -- to appreciate the taste but not bother with it.

Frankly, I'm much happier with a club soda, double lemon. And my wife is fine with me being the designated driver. :)

This is not to say that I don't appreciate good wine or beer -- it's been part of my life for quite some time, especially when I'm doing pairings with dessert. I just don't choose to drink it anymore. I've had my fun with it, which I think might contribute a little bit to my abstaining.

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on May 06, 2010
at 08:00 PM

I have had a very similar experience since going paleo. I have always been rather insulin sensitive, and became even more so with the diet change, and I have attributed that to the "cheap date syndrome" I seem to have aquired. It has taken some getting used to, but there are worse things to have to let go of!

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on February 21, 2011
at 09:26 PM

Still love my Cabernet , but I'm a total lightweight now. A bottle before would leave me buzzed... Now it leaves me sitting. However next morning I still feel great, no hangover or even tiredness.

So I'm a much cheaper drunk now...and with a more efficient liver, a much faster recoverin one too.

I will say being a no sweetener guy, the rich fruity reds are far too sweet. Granny smith Hard cider is like sucking on sugar cubes... Not appealing anymore.

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on February 21, 2011
at 11:27 PM

i've noticed that i'm def a lightweight now also. two glasses of cognac puts me on my ass. efficient liver makes for half the bar tab. good stuff.

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on November 20, 2010
at 09:24 AM

I still love the wine and booze! No hangovers though. Paleo is great!

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on November 20, 2010
at 03:35 AM

noticed initially very sensitive to alcohol, but now can tolerate a few glasses daily (and not just tolerate, i love it and it makes me feel good).

listen to your body.

thank god mine says YES

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

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on November 20, 2010
at 08:44 AM

Mine says "yes" too! Red or white wine - I've gone off gin and tonic - mainly because I don't like the idea of what is in the tonic.

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on May 06, 2010
at 10:54 PM

Hmm. I have noticed no difference at all.

I went Paleo cold turkey and saw no change in my ability to cope with my beloved Jack. I also drink the occasional (*ahem*bottle of*ahem*) red wine.

No change.

Is it because I'm older (45) and my liver is inured to drinking?

E44e81ddcd5bc07c09d58c295691a15e

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on May 08, 2010
at 06:32 AM

Ditto. Those old livers, they're the best.

535633b57c4a4940d1e913e7a12ee791

(1013)

on April 15, 2011
at 12:11 PM

like shoe leather, those old livers.

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on May 06, 2010
at 09:03 PM

I've had no problem either in drinking wine or Scotch. However, I have noticed I can take it or leave it!

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on May 06, 2010
at 08:08 PM

I haven't noticed anything similar. I still enjoy wine or even harder liquors like scotch or vodka without any change. I have noticed that "the morning after" seems to be much easier now if I accidentally have a couple more drinks than I should have. :) I seem to recover more quickly.

F652b96a3bcf646d8dad56cb1d035101

(205)

on May 06, 2010
at 09:17 PM

Bah! I haz the envy...

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