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How many things has paleo ruined for you?

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Created March 25, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Hey guys my health has improved since paleo, I've also lost weight and been more energetic BUT:

1) I now get headaches most times when I eat at restaurants.

2) I am now more lactose intolerant than ever.

3) I carry my own coconut flour muffins when meeting people at cafes for coffee.

4) I have become obsessed with cooking.

5) My family and friends think I'm orthorectic when I shun legumes, grains etc

How many things has paleo ruined for you? Are you now a social pariah?

5759bd89db5f73cabe0a6e8f8e6e1cb9

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on April 20, 2012
at 01:41 PM

Yes. This was when I was still dependent on sad replacements.. Now I'm quite happy to drink my cofee and go!

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on April 20, 2012
at 11:32 AM

I'm going through the same thing. I love a good beer. However, when I think about how I feel the next day after drinking beer, it reminds me that it's probably not the best thing for me anyway.

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on April 20, 2012
at 10:22 AM

I can definitely relate. I have always being "lean", eating whatever but always felt bloating or digestive problems. These are mmuch better on paleo but paleo does add stress sometimes. Whenever I realize it I try to refocus and kind of force it stop being such a deal. At the end of the day it's just food and you are just eating one thing instead of the other.

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on April 20, 2012
at 10:17 AM

If you're there to socialize, then enjoy your time with other people, skip the baked goods, or anything that causes a reaction. I find that at most places (except maybe Pizza/pasta joints) there's always something I can eat that won't cause a problem.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on April 20, 2012
at 10:09 AM

Well put. Internalizing the many ways things have gone wrong with modern life isn't going to help anyone. It's the difference between being aware of reality, or choosing to be comfortably numb to what hurts us.

Bdc6244bdbd664d2168a8e326018ffbe

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on April 20, 2012
at 09:55 AM

Not to be obnoxious, but can you not just not get a muffin and stick with the coffee? Most of my friends would not get a muffin at a coffee shop necessarily, so I wouldn't stick out anyways. I WOULD, though, were I to bring one with me!

C471216c9fb4fcf886b7ac84a4046b49

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on March 26, 2012
at 01:54 AM

yes, seeing my moms heart break b/c i wont touch her cooking is incredibly depressing, my work is the same way too

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on March 25, 2012
at 11:52 PM

I can relate, but there's no going back! p.s. eat your mama's damned homecooked meals once in a while ;-D

5759bd89db5f73cabe0a6e8f8e6e1cb9

(1467)

on March 25, 2012
at 11:34 PM

This is so sad :-(

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on March 25, 2012
at 11:03 PM

i think we are the same person.. i'm also 22 and i know what you mean about the social settings, you get a lot of weird looks (you're really not hungry?) but luckily converted my best pal over to paleo recently so thats been cool... and to top it all off liquor is also how i remedy this strange problem

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on March 25, 2012
at 10:36 PM

If you don't get ill effects from gluten/dairy/whatever, treat such cases as cheats and go with it. And pick your battles.

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Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

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on March 25, 2012
at 10:10 PM

What it really ruined for me was the relaxed attitude I had towards food. I used to eat what I wanted, when I wanted it - and I ate a basically healthy diet of mostly unprocessed/home-cooked foods because my that's how my parents raised me. I wasn't overweight and I felt fine. I didn't freak out if I ate a bag of Skittles or a cookie or something. Now everything is a Huge Damn Deal All the Time. At work, I'm the one with the FOOD ISSUES and it's fine to laugh it off once or twice when people make faces at my chicken liver/beef heart/whatever I brought for lunch, but it's not so much fun when I'm automatically excluded from all communal food events. My coworker brought my Christmas cookies and I threw them away; my grandparents send me homemade fruitcake and I give it to my neighbors; when I come home, my mother cooks for me and I can see how rejected she feels when I don't eat it and it's driving me crazy. My body might be healthier but my mental health has taken a drastic drop off a cliff, to the point where if it doesn't get better pretty soon I'm throwing in the damn towel and going back to the way I used to eat.

Sorry this turned into such a rant haha. But tl;dr: paleo ruined my healthy relationship with food?

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on March 25, 2012
at 10:36 PM

If you don't get ill effects from gluten/dairy/whatever, treat such cases as cheats and go with it. And pick your battles.

C471216c9fb4fcf886b7ac84a4046b49

(1371)

on March 26, 2012
at 01:54 AM

yes, seeing my moms heart break b/c i wont touch her cooking is incredibly depressing, my work is the same way too

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

(2873)

on March 25, 2012
at 11:52 PM

I can relate, but there's no going back! p.s. eat your mama's damned homecooked meals once in a while ;-D

5759bd89db5f73cabe0a6e8f8e6e1cb9

(1467)

on March 25, 2012
at 11:34 PM

This is so sad :-(

22fd82abf435768244f8d074430cd1e6

(590)

on April 20, 2012
at 10:22 AM

I can definitely relate. I have always being "lean", eating whatever but always felt bloating or digestive problems. These are mmuch better on paleo but paleo does add stress sometimes. Whenever I realize it I try to refocus and kind of force it stop being such a deal. At the end of the day it's just food and you are just eating one thing instead of the other.

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on March 25, 2012
at 06:16 PM

This is a good, yet sad question. I really hate eating at restaurants now because I'm so sensitive to cross-contamination (of gluten, probably), bad oils, and hidden sugar. Even if I order a dry salad, I'll leave extremely bloated and uncomfortable. Not really sure how that happens, but it does. I'm 22, so this makes having a social life very difficult. Most of my friends don't cook all of their meals and eat a SAD diet, making me very "different."

These days, I get together with friends over drinks rather than dinner. Vodka, fortunately, gives me none of the above problems.

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(2338)

on March 25, 2012
at 11:03 PM

i think we are the same person.. i'm also 22 and i know what you mean about the social settings, you get a lot of weird looks (you're really not hungry?) but luckily converted my best pal over to paleo recently so thats been cool... and to top it all off liquor is also how i remedy this strange problem

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C116f7e54620c6003b67cd4450a298cd

on March 25, 2012
at 07:57 PM

Sounds to me you're finding the truth of what's wrong with our damn SOCIETY. I don't think there's anything wrong with the affects you're experiencing. (a little giggle there).

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on April 20, 2012
at 10:09 AM

Well put. Internalizing the many ways things have gone wrong with modern life isn't going to help anyone. It's the difference between being aware of reality, or choosing to be comfortably numb to what hurts us.

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on March 25, 2012
at 06:49 PM

There are far more positives for me than negatives, but one thing paleo has ruined for me is craft beer...

I used to make my own beer, and when I was in college thought about opening my own brewery some day. Now I live in Portland, a totally beer-obsessed town, with beer festivals throughout the year, and all of my friends are really into it. I used to be, but now I'm the one guy who doesn't drink beer anymore.

I don't miss it nearly enough for me to drink it more than very occasionally. But if you had told me two years ago that I would give up beer because it has gluten in it I would've thought you were crazy.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on April 20, 2012
at 11:32 AM

I'm going through the same thing. I love a good beer. However, when I think about how I feel the next day after drinking beer, it reminds me that it's probably not the best thing for me anyway.

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D7cc4049bef85d1979efbd853dc07c8e

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on March 25, 2012
at 10:52 PM

I feel really guilty indulging in the 20% of my paleoish 80/20. That 20% otherwise doesn't hit my health noticeably like other more sensitive people.

I feel really horrible standing out as "that guy" when I don't participate in the eating at communal eating gatherings where there is lots of cake, pies, pastries, bars, etc.

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Bec9f1560dc7d0050b0dbfdaef33a9ce

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on March 25, 2012
at 07:09 PM

Well, I now like to buy, cook, and eat LOTS of weird foods, including exotic meats and offal. And because I live in a very conservative/white trash area half the time (home) and a college campus the other half, I have found that people find it less "neat" and "fascinating" and more "disgusting" and weird. I don't care. They don't have to eat it. I'll just sit in the corner with my beef tongue and enjoy life. In fact, shameless plug for my blog: http://dehartsgizzards.blogspot.com/ :)

Also my family eats a terrible terrible terrible diet, the shittiest compared to even a typical SAD healthy diet, so my way of eating gets lots of eye rolls and "eww...what's that?" So, I usually am eating a completely different plate at the dinner table from my family.

I make due when I eat out, just get a stake or bunless burger. And I drink alcohol at college, so that's not a big deal to me.

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on March 25, 2012
at 06:43 PM

1) I now get headaches most times when I eat at restaurants.

Me: I'm not eating out much any more but haven't noticed headaches when I do.

2) I am now more lactose intolerant than ever.

Me: My lifelong dislike/intolerance was actually resolved by drinking water kefir; yogurt now tastes good and causes no problems.

3) I carry my own coconut flour muffins when meeting people at cafes for coffee.

Me: I carry heavy cream and honey and butter (or butter and EVOO for lunch/dinner.)

4) I have become obsessed with cooking.

Me: Still erratic! Some days I enjoy cooking and others I eat second-choice foods to avoid it.

5) My family and friends think I'm orthorectic when I shun legumes, grains etc

Me: My family was uncomfortable at first, but I've lost so much weight and look/feel so much better they now support my "weird" eating. My grandson has partially changed his eating behaviors but my son hasn't because he assumes his needs/tolerances are different.

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on April 20, 2012
at 05:31 PM

The time to read and mess around on the intarwebz. I had to cut back once getting more, and more consistent, sleep became a priority.

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on April 20, 2012
at 09:53 AM

1) Time- so much time. Mainly that is because I live in a Whole-Foods-less place, though/have Hashimoto's, so I have to be insanely careful.

2) Nice-smelling lotions. I've cut back on the personal care products and just use almond or coconut oil or something.

3) Going over to new people's houses for dinner. If I didn't have legit allergies, I'd just eat the stuff, but NOPE. I instead have to warn them ahead of time.

The requisite caveat: really, to be fair, Hashimoto's ruined all of these things for me, not Paleo!

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on March 25, 2012
at 06:34 PM

6). I carry my own wheat-free tamari soy sauce at Japanese restaurants for sashimi.

7). I have to spend time to do my own bone broth, but because of my IBS, I also need to do my own lactose-free probiotic goat yogurt and kefir (I can tolerate goat/sheep dairy fine).

8). I now look to buy weird vegetables, like kohlrabi, sorrel, amaranth greens etc.

9). Lots of offal, which makes my friends look at me weirdly, even my own butcher does!

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