9

votes

Do you ever wish you didn't know about paleo?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 02, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Today I was sitting having a coffee on the street watching the world go by. It struck me how unwell or unhealthy some people looked. You know just not vibrant. Next to where I was sitting there was a bakery with people trundling in and out. I used to be one of those people, just buying whatever in the supermarket or bakery and scoffing it. But now since I have discovered paleo I cant go back - ever! What I have learned I can't unlearn. But I guess for a little moment today I hankered back to those days where I ate without any thought to what went in my body and how I really felt.

So do you miss the "good old day"?? Btw I do feel much better since going paleo but sometimes you realise how out of sync you are with the vast majority.

132966e25fc0fea184ed0895f6d28ad4

(131)

on August 04, 2011
at 09:21 PM

I loved your answer so much i tried to rank it more than once but it didnt let me :( lol

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on August 04, 2011
at 03:11 PM

Yep. Having binged on junk food all my life, I have at least one moment every day when I wish I could chuck Paleo and mow down a bag of chips. So far, though, my better health has overruled my lust for junk.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on August 04, 2011
at 04:06 AM

It's quite related for me......

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

(383)

on August 04, 2011
at 01:49 AM

Best answer unrelated to the question

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on August 03, 2011
at 01:24 PM

plus one.......

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on August 03, 2011
at 01:22 PM

Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also......when you have a thought like this do something to help someone.

9adbf19e76ac38da796f29302c4be90a

(209)

on August 03, 2011
at 01:08 PM

I agree being unique is cool and it is fun to be a contrarian. Also fun to be in shape when most others are not, keep it up Mari!. +1

669790861549f3c6d54d88a65296ed19

(452)

on August 03, 2011
at 12:31 PM

Hagelslag!....never been a fan of it though,the only sweet thing I'd sometimes would eat on my bread was strawberry jam/jelly or Nutella with lotsa margarine.

Medium avatar

(3029)

on August 03, 2011
at 12:12 PM

Amen to that!!!

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 03, 2011
at 12:00 PM

As for the cupcake, it's not the one year old child who has never eaten a cupcake who is craving the cupcake. Why not give the kid what HE craves?

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 03, 2011
at 11:50 AM

IMO though, if you constantly repeat to yourself that you crave a food and try to resist it simply be brute force, rather than substitution and learning to love other things, that is torture. No need to make this torture when there are so many good, healthy, delicious real foods out there. Just like the ability to climb a mountain trail and breathe some really fresh air beats a cigarette any day.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 03, 2011
at 11:46 AM

My point is basically that we're not all alike, and we shouldn't make assumptions about what other people want or crave. I've come to crave a rare steak far more than a pizza. Raspberries with cream more than pastry. Now, ice cream, that's pretty darn tempting, but it's gradually become resistible. For me a good bit of this process started with repeating "not food, not food" and consciously visualizing how disgusting the processing of manufactured food is while grocery shopping, meanwhile learning to love the colors, scents, flavor of real food.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 03, 2011
at 11:36 AM

I can see how it may seem fake to you if you still crave pizza. (and nothing wrong with that - it must be one of the most tempting foods out there. It is possible to have attitudes and desires change though. Ex-smokers like me will still have desires for cigarettes periodically, but we learn to deal with it and gradually those desires become less frequent and easier to manage, until they are mostly momentary thoughts. For me at least, changing my desires for particular foods has been easier, simply because there are substitutes that are equally or more appealing (to me, YMMV).

446d2dddaeeccb2cc31a09cf20e40d46

(676)

on August 03, 2011
at 10:11 AM

No, from The Netherlands! Chocolate sprinkles, yum! :D You have them in Norway too?!

Efc27460255d03e72392883ca8a7b0d2

(134)

on August 03, 2011
at 05:21 AM

You could put a parade of cupcake flavored pizza topped with chocolate ice cream and McDonalds burgers and 100% of the time I will choose my grassfed rare steak, that"s what I can't deny! I feel that Paleo makes my choices easier and healthier. I don't miss eating like crap and if 40 years of eating 'porqueria' has me wishing for the good 'ole days, I easily remind myself that nothing tastes as good as healthy and strong feels!

560821f3e7352455c3ebc2283d424f2e

on August 03, 2011
at 12:37 AM

Agreed but it's so hard!

4b61b13ed39e5c5d01fe234900cadcf8

(1138)

on August 03, 2011
at 12:16 AM

totally agree. people tend to sound rather dogmatic and arrogant on here... as much as I love reading many of their tips, it gets a little irritating. When they start talking about alternatives to cake and cupcakes for their kids birthdays I just loose it. Really? Let the child have a damn cupcake.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on August 02, 2011
at 09:57 PM

+1 This is pretty much how I feel too. It would be so much simpler not to know what we know right?

Medium avatar

(4878)

on August 02, 2011
at 09:50 PM

I THINK, therefore I am.

Medium avatar

(4878)

on August 02, 2011
at 09:48 PM

DJ are you from Norway, by chance? The sprinkles on bread...shudder...

Medium avatar

(4878)

on August 02, 2011
at 09:47 PM

Nope, from my worldly travels I've seen the connection between nutrition and HAPPINESS. I'll take lifetime happiness over momentary sugar BUZZ anytime!

Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

29 Answers

12
Medium avatar

on August 02, 2011
at 09:14 PM

I suppose those who've had a lobotomy are similarly blissful, but I don't envy them all that much. I want to constantly learn about new toxins so that I can modify my avoidance strategy. It has the challenge and reward of a good video game.

8
33907fee54e98865a1988e5eef59147e

(480)

on August 02, 2011
at 10:08 PM

OF COURSE. pizza, deserts, sandwiches all look absolutely delicious and it is brutal to watch people scarf them down at group lunches or just in daily life, etc. Of course I am in better shape and feel great physically on paleo, but that doesnt change what you said - its absolutely true. and i agree about the knowledge part - you cant deny it

in regards to the other answers - i cant stand how arrogant people TRY to sound on hear. TRY being the key word because it is so obvious. DONT DENY it - you miss eating pizza. it sounds so fake in some of the answers above

great question by the way

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 03, 2011
at 11:36 AM

I can see how it may seem fake to you if you still crave pizza. (and nothing wrong with that - it must be one of the most tempting foods out there. It is possible to have attitudes and desires change though. Ex-smokers like me will still have desires for cigarettes periodically, but we learn to deal with it and gradually those desires become less frequent and easier to manage, until they are mostly momentary thoughts. For me at least, changing my desires for particular foods has been easier, simply because there are substitutes that are equally or more appealing (to me, YMMV).

4b61b13ed39e5c5d01fe234900cadcf8

(1138)

on August 03, 2011
at 12:16 AM

totally agree. people tend to sound rather dogmatic and arrogant on here... as much as I love reading many of their tips, it gets a little irritating. When they start talking about alternatives to cake and cupcakes for their kids birthdays I just loose it. Really? Let the child have a damn cupcake.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 03, 2011
at 11:50 AM

IMO though, if you constantly repeat to yourself that you crave a food and try to resist it simply be brute force, rather than substitution and learning to love other things, that is torture. No need to make this torture when there are so many good, healthy, delicious real foods out there. Just like the ability to climb a mountain trail and breathe some really fresh air beats a cigarette any day.

Efc27460255d03e72392883ca8a7b0d2

(134)

on August 03, 2011
at 05:21 AM

You could put a parade of cupcake flavored pizza topped with chocolate ice cream and McDonalds burgers and 100% of the time I will choose my grassfed rare steak, that"s what I can't deny! I feel that Paleo makes my choices easier and healthier. I don't miss eating like crap and if 40 years of eating 'porqueria' has me wishing for the good 'ole days, I easily remind myself that nothing tastes as good as healthy and strong feels!

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 03, 2011
at 12:00 PM

As for the cupcake, it's not the one year old child who has never eaten a cupcake who is craving the cupcake. Why not give the kid what HE craves?

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 03, 2011
at 11:46 AM

My point is basically that we're not all alike, and we shouldn't make assumptions about what other people want or crave. I've come to crave a rare steak far more than a pizza. Raspberries with cream more than pastry. Now, ice cream, that's pretty darn tempting, but it's gradually become resistible. For me a good bit of this process started with repeating "not food, not food" and consciously visualizing how disgusting the processing of manufactured food is while grocery shopping, meanwhile learning to love the colors, scents, flavor of real food.

132966e25fc0fea184ed0895f6d28ad4

(131)

on August 04, 2011
at 09:21 PM

I loved your answer so much i tried to rank it more than once but it didnt let me :( lol

7
A65499f2f8c65602881550fe309cd48c

(3501)

on August 02, 2011
at 10:25 PM

honestly, yes. Same thing with politics and religion...I became a citizen of the USA in 2007 and started paying attention to politics, listening to political radio, reading all kinds of news, etc. I now find myself having to step away from the news sources because I get angry, stressed out, etc. Before, when I knew I couldn't vote, I honestly didn't give a crap and I was never stressed out about "news"... Same thing with food...although the food issue is a bit different because when I do eat something sugary (and yes, I do occasionally) I FEEL it...i'm a label nazi now, I have to "think" about what i'm going to eat if i'm away from home, I have to keep myself from falling back into bad habits. For some it's easy, they never want to go back and feel great about where they're at. For me it's a daily struggle...i'm lazy by nature, i'm rebellious with or without cause and I am very attracted to the "easy way out". So for me, yes, sometimes I wish I didn't know what I know now..but then again...going back to eating SAD makes me a cranky, constipated bitch that's ignorant...vs. a occasionally cranky (yet gloriously unconstipated) bitch with a crapload of knowledge in my head (no pun intended). Either way, I do feel much better off, Ijust have to work on relaxing and not getting so stressed over the little stuff.

6
577af7eade26b58816323f1bedc95b16

on August 03, 2011
at 12:35 AM

I sometimes miss some of the foods I used to eat - the ones everyone seems to live on these days. But I don't miss how they made me feel and I notice that when I taste those foods now (like the ?? of a cupcake I had a couple weeks ago) they don't taste nearly as exciting as I remembered them. Expecially not when I remember the guilt free bacon/avocado snack I have waiting for me at home. Or the brisket cooking in the crockpot or the grass-fed taco meat with the made-from-scratch seasoning sitting in the fridge.

But more than wishing I could eat those old foods with abandon again, I SO wish I could find coconut flour biscuits at a drive thru when I get up too late to make a great breakfast. I wish I could find coconut flour/almond flour cookies at that bakery everyone is getting their pastries from. I wish I didn't have to bring my own homemade "bread" if I'm meeting someone for lunch at a deli. I wish someone out there were willing to make small batches of macadamia nut mayo for the chicken salad I want to order on occasion.

In short - I want THEM to catch up with ME. Just a bit. I don't really want to back to that unhealthy, inflammatory way of eating. I just want the occasional hassle-free meal away from home. I never really loved cooking for one all that much. Now that I've chosen to be healthier, I have so few choices If I eat out.

6
Fe535c4994ac6176f76e1ff6d29eb08a

on August 02, 2011
at 09:22 PM

I never feel that way, because this is a concious choice that I make everyday. I can grab something from the bakery if I want, I just choose not to.

I look at my life before, and now, and I wish I had heard about it 20 years ago!

Medium avatar

(4878)

on August 02, 2011
at 09:50 PM

I THINK, therefore I am.

5
D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on August 02, 2011
at 10:15 PM

To me, you are really asking, do I wish I had taken the blue pill?

Or is ignorance bliss -

For me, it's too late. I've already taken the red pill. Now given orthorexic tendencies, I continue to see how far the rabbit hole goes. But there is no turning back.

Last quote from geekdom - there is a difference between knowing the path and walking it. At some point, orthorexia needs to yield to living life rather than obsessing about every last f-ing hack that will lead to nutritional Nirvana. Hopefully someday soon for me, but not yet.

5
22212e9ba2a041e6da6c963d4d41615a

(5773)

on August 02, 2011
at 09:16 PM

Sometimes ignorance is bliss and I sometimes wish I could "be like everyone else" mindlessly eating a bagel and cream cheese in the morning, but then I realize that ignorance can also make you sick. I feel great and I know I will have a healthy long life ahead of me to spend with my family!!

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on August 02, 2011
at 09:57 PM

+1 This is pretty much how I feel too. It would be so much simpler not to know what we know right?

4
B1859f696e88d25460a6b8a333412ea3

on August 02, 2011
at 11:06 PM

I don't want to go back, but the really sad part is that this isn't something that everyone can actually choose tomorrow. How much of the food supply is currently tied up in HFCS, Vegetable Oils, Sugar, Corn, Wheat, Grains, Legumes and the animals that have been fed it? What if all of that food and food products vanished tomorrow, and all of the jobs that either produce it, provide it or sell it, vanished with it?

When I cleaned out my pantry, which was very well stocked, I had to make a choice what to do with the food, and I choose to give it to a family member, who might be convinced of the need for Paleo, but who is very low income, and struggles to make ends meet. They gladly accepted it. But I think for Christmas, I might just buy them a chest freezer stuffed with Grass Fed Meat. Ho Ho Ho!

4
7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on August 02, 2011
at 09:36 PM

Nope. I look at how soft, unhealthy and generally unfit most people look/are (and often getting really frustrated because they feel like they're doing the healthy thing, avoiding red meat and butter, drinking juice, eating soy products, etc.) and I'm always thankful for the knowledge I have. And that I will never ever again have to force myself to eat tofu due to a misguided belief that it's good for us.

4
C4ed6ba382aed2eefc18e7877999a5de

(1579)

on August 02, 2011
at 09:21 PM

I don't miss it, because when I was "blissfully ignorant" I was also feeling incredibly lost and clueless as well. I say knowledge is power!

3
74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on August 03, 2011
at 03:52 AM

Gracious me, no.

Call it what you will, but I'm so glad that I found Paleo. It's given me a community of peers who understand me and my weird eating quirks and can empathize and sympathize with me when I lament whatever woes -- emotional, digestive, or otherwise -- that I choose to share.

Even if it wasn't called "Paleo" I'd still be eating like this. My body requires it and in not-too-subtle language, guided me to this diet. I'm incredibly grateful for Paleo and the awesome, brilliant, like-minded people I've met through it. :)

3
6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on August 03, 2011
at 03:43 AM

I don't necessarily miss the food, but I definitely miss the convenience of grabbing a Eggo Waffle in the morning or a bowl of cinnamon toast crunch for dinner when you just didn't feel like cooking.

3
B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

on August 02, 2011
at 11:37 PM

Nope, quite the opposite...

I wonder what my health and life would be like if I had been raised with this information and way of life.

Would go back with the mythical time machine if I could.

Medium avatar

(3029)

on August 03, 2011
at 12:12 PM

Amen to that!!!

3
Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7304)

on August 02, 2011
at 11:35 PM

Never. What I do wish is that we lived in a culture where all food was healthy, so it didn't matter what you knew about nutrition. I sometimes wish my mom would just cook me all traditional foods that she learned from her mom who learned from her mom etc. However given that our culture is so radically different from those with traditional food habits and practices, I'm very glad that I know about paleo, and I feel very fortunate.

I also like being unique. Not gonna lie, it feels good when people are impressed by my knowledge of health and biochemistry. It got me a glowing recommendation from my biology teacher too.

9adbf19e76ac38da796f29302c4be90a

(209)

on August 03, 2011
at 01:08 PM

I agree being unique is cool and it is fun to be a contrarian. Also fun to be in shape when most others are not, keep it up Mari!. +1

3
Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

on August 02, 2011
at 09:46 PM

no, i only wish i could convince more people...

560821f3e7352455c3ebc2283d424f2e

on August 03, 2011
at 12:37 AM

Agreed but it's so hard!

2
0a46a71bd3dca60276717f099b350132

on August 03, 2011
at 01:13 PM

All. The. Time. I'm happy for people who do this and never want to look back and are perfectly happy gnawing on meat all day every day. But I miss my donuts. I miss my cookies. I miss my sandwiches. I miss my pasta. I miss my ice cream. But what I don't miss is the way those things make me feel--depressed, bloated, and downright ill. I slip up and sneak a cheat, and I ALWAYS pay the price with how I feel later in the day or the next day. It's so hard sometimes I wish I could give it up and go back, but I simply cannot bring myself to do it. It's a terrible feeling sometimes, but I slog it out and try to ignore it. You do the best you can, I guess.

2
89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on August 03, 2011
at 11:04 AM

I don't miss the food of the past. And although a paleo lifestyle is rather simple, before life was easier: you just lived and ate as everybody did. Now, it is something that is on my mind quite a lot, not bothersome, but just something I think about a lot.

So I guess my 'problem' is more or less social. If everyone was paleo (imagine that!), that would disappear.

2
Ffc7e0ecad8e8831b528c5d4921377cc

(942)

on August 03, 2011
at 02:51 AM

Not a day goes by without me muttering #@%& Paleo (technically Primal). Not a day goes by with me giving thanks for it. Most of my frustration comes from having to keep my carbs down. (I shoot for under 75 grams/day.)

2
77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 02, 2011
at 11:02 PM

Not me. Paleo="I am special";

I used to go to the Supermarket to get Beanie-Weenies. Now I go just to jeer at the ignorant, misled masses. Makes me feel good about myself.

2
24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on August 02, 2011
at 10:41 PM

Not me- I used to feel miserable every day because of my gluten intolerance, and I struggled with my weight. As an added bonus, I finally have an interest I'm truly passionate about; kinda sad maybe, but I don't think I had really had that before.

1
A994080d499afca98cdc9de896701ebd

on August 03, 2011
at 09:59 AM

well, I sometimes wish I wasn't that arrogant. I've become a food snob while I'm only 20 years old. true story but all in all? NEVER.

1
D54290f91bd8c2ff9fdf2f519933bf3e

(1231)

on August 03, 2011
at 03:03 AM

no. (adding to 15 char)

1
Af9537cfa50562b67979624e9007e12a

(1334)

on August 02, 2011
at 11:03 PM

hell no, I feel 10 years younger than I did 3 years ago, and I don't even get worried about grass-fed beef, or any of that stuff, AND I drink too much. just killing off grains and sugar and processed crap changed my life/energy levels, all of it.

I've never been in sync with the majority anyway, this is nothing new to me.

1
Ac7edffeaea00e2076762ea16d19c239

(192)

on August 02, 2011
at 10:46 PM

I wish I would have known about it sooner! I much rather chow down on a nice big juicy steak covered in butter, then bread covered in butter, but that is just me.

1
6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on August 02, 2011
at 10:46 PM

I don't regret knowing what I know now. In addition to feeling better myself, I think the search for wellness can be contagious. When people look unwell they often feel unwell, and as a result do a lot of complaining. If they happen to do that complaining in my general direction I can either share some paleo-geek tidbit that I think might help, dispel a nutrition myth that might be working against them, or point them in the direction of a good resource or two.

1
77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 02, 2011
at 09:35 PM

There's no reason to "miss the past", so I can't.

And I can't go back to the old ways of eating because I feel healthier now.

Gotta learn to accept the now and not identify with the past. The past is an illusion, life happens now and there was never a time that life didn't happen now!

1
3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on August 02, 2011
at 09:18 PM

Its all about freedom to choose. But, before you have choice you should at least have the knowledge required to make that choice. I only feel bad for those who don't have the knowledge to choose. And no, I would never wish to know less. My freedom of choice is too important to me.

1
446d2dddaeeccb2cc31a09cf20e40d46

on August 02, 2011
at 09:15 PM

Oh yeah, I do. Exactly what you say: I just can't go back eating 10 slices of bread with chocolate sprinkles on top of them each day...

The knowledge is hard to just ignore. And yeah, that sucks sometimes :( Too with other people just stuffing away all the rubbish they can find. Life can be hard :D

Medium avatar

(4878)

on August 02, 2011
at 09:48 PM

DJ are you from Norway, by chance? The sprinkles on bread...shudder...

446d2dddaeeccb2cc31a09cf20e40d46

(676)

on August 03, 2011
at 10:11 AM

No, from The Netherlands! Chocolate sprinkles, yum! :D You have them in Norway too?!

669790861549f3c6d54d88a65296ed19

(452)

on August 03, 2011
at 12:31 PM

Hagelslag!....never been a fan of it though,the only sweet thing I'd sometimes would eat on my bread was strawberry jam/jelly or Nutella with lotsa margarine.

0
Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on August 03, 2011
at 01:30 PM

Knowledge is the source of all wealth. When we apply it to tasks we already know, it becomes our new productivity, our new method of living. We then can apply the new knowledge to tasks and behaviors that are new, it becomes innovation and personal change. We can become something new from just a thought.......that is what knowledge can do for anyone person.

We can have any life and any health we choose if we just think before we act.

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

(383)

on August 04, 2011
at 01:49 AM

Best answer unrelated to the question

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on August 04, 2011
at 04:06 AM

It's quite related for me......

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!