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What Do You Miss The Most About Eating SAD? A food? Convenience? Fitting in?

Answered on April 22, 2014
Created April 16, 2014 at 3:43 AM

I'm assuming that we are all here to eat better, to follow the principles of the various "diets" under the paleo umbrella, and that eating SAD is behind us. But for all of us, even the most hardcore paleo advocate who is shining with fervor and health, must miss some aspect of SAD eating. For me, it isn't bread, or pasta, or even my beloved udon soup. It's cereal. Breakfast cereal. Kid cereal! Corn Pops, Sugar Smacks, Cookie Crisp, Captain Crunch - stoner heaven. I didn't even eat it all that much past my 20's, preferring "healthy" cereals like granolas and Raisin Bran, but right now if I was inclined to cheat it would be with a big bowl of Corn Pops, followed by a small bowl Frosted Flakes. Thank you, I just HAD to get that out!!!!

I admitted MY secret SAD crush - so what's yours?

I wonder if it ends up that we miss sugar most, or the wheat, or if the results are more idiosyncratic - I have an ex-veg paleo friend who really really misses TOFU!

Also, even though I love cooking, the convenience of just going out to a great restaurant and not having to scan the menu like The Terminator looking for John Conner. But mostly, for me, it's the cereal.

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on April 17, 2014
at 09:13 PM

I have a few paleo substitutes. For instance some brands of plantain chips are pretty paleo and go well with guacamole or salsa. Macadamia nuts are a convenient and guilt-free snack food (amazing combined with raisins). Sushi was always my favorite thing to eat out and I can still do that... Oh, and there's always dark chocolate... So there are ways to take that edge off and the longer I'm at it the more outlets I find. Overall though there's just no escaping the need to manually prepare/cook 90% of what I eat...

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on April 17, 2014
at 06:49 PM

This is such a good point Desmond - I think about everything I eat and drink now, even when it isn't strictly paleo, it is thought about, considered, then re-considered. No more carefree choices for me! Yes, that is something I miss too.

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on April 17, 2014
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Omigod BURRITOS. I live in Los Angeles, and some of the best food in the universe are the burritos from the many taco trucks in East LA. I MISS THEM! And the convenience is such a big deal! I don't think people realize when they start engaging with paleo and eating whole, unprocessed foods is that we basically have to COOK EVERYTHING. That is a lot of time spent in the kitchen, prepping meals that others quickly purchase. Not to mention sourcing and shopping! I actually really love cooking and shopping for food, but not being able to just grab a quick bite is very vexing at times

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on April 17, 2014
at 04:11 PM

How long have you been eating Paleo? I second the cereal crush (used to eat like 2-4 bowls every morning) but I find it less and less appealing as I go on, especially since I occasionally do cheat and the after effects remind me why I don't eat that way any more. As time passes, I just don't think about it as much...

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on April 17, 2014
at 04:07 PM

I haven't gotten around to trying it but Ive been curious about 'Mochi' Pizza. Not exactly nutrient dense... and does have lots of carbs, but meh.

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on April 17, 2014
at 12:17 AM

I think missing pizza is a universal. How can a human being not miss PIZZA? I've tried the gluten free ones and they are so inferior I want to cry

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on April 16, 2014
at 06:15 AM

I LOVE RAMEN! We have tons of amazing ramen in Los Angeles. I order it WITHOUT NOODLES and everybody laughs - I don't care! Pork, broth, kimchee, sprouts ... amazing! BUT I have news for you - there is a delicious potato chip that is made with Avocado Oil - it is sold at Whole Foods. Try them!

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I know that if I were to indulge in the sugary cereals, I'd totally regret it, but my BRAIN has a longing, a nostalgia that is almost painful!!! How about the one bite principle? Just one little bite, then stop? Will the pain happen then? Would one even be able to stop, or are these foods so high reward that we'd turn into Langoliers?

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on April 22, 2014
at 03:12 PM

I miss the mindless eating, and ease of choosing what to eat. I miss being able to eat whatever I wanted without really caring about what I was ingesting. Now that I'm LC paleo, though, I wouldn't ever go back to that style of eating. I'm healthier, my weight is more stable, my skin is flawless, I'm stronger, nutritious food makes me feel great, etc. I definitely miss those frequent summer-time ice cream runs and pizza nights, but that's what the 80/20 ratio is for!

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on April 18, 2014
at 03:16 PM

Wait, I want to change my answer...Dark Chocolate Pretzel Thins from Trader Joe's. Got some last night and almost finished the bag. So effing good.

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on April 18, 2014
at 02:06 PM

I don't really miss a lot of the old food I used to eat as I'm not used to them anymore. Having said that, hummus, falafel and beer are sometimes missed.

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on April 18, 2014
at 12:20 PM

My tastes have changed so much, I don't really miss anything...except iced tea (which I dearly love, but which doesn't agree with me). I never thought I'd say this, but nowadays a good apple tastes better to me than any dessert I can think of. Veggies (which I used to hate) I now think are amazing!

What I DO miss is the convenience of being able to grab something on the run. That has been the biggest challenge for me.

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on April 17, 2014
at 09:18 PM

Honestly, nothing is as good as what I eat now. If I truly craved those past indulgences like pizza/beer, etc. I'd just give in and eat them.

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on April 17, 2014
at 06:07 PM

I think I honestly just miss not caring. While I enjoy making sure what I eat is good, healthy, etc (and yes, I follow 80/20), it was nice before just doing/eating/drinking whatever without a care in the world.

Even when I do indulge in the 20%, I would be lying if I wasn't at least slightly judging the health factor of what I eat.

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on April 17, 2014
at 06:49 PM

This is such a good point Desmond - I think about everything I eat and drink now, even when it isn't strictly paleo, it is thought about, considered, then re-considered. No more carefree choices for me! Yes, that is something I miss too.

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on April 17, 2014
at 04:30 PM

Pizza and Pierogies

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on April 17, 2014
at 04:17 PM

I think it all boils down to convenience for me.

Two big things are: crunchy stuff from a bag & fast food...

The thing I miss most about the SAD is the unthinking convenience of reaching for food (or what we used to consider food but is now recognized as "edible food-like substances")... Oh, to snack on a Wal-Mart granola bar or fill a growling tummy with a big fat grilled-stuffed burrito from Taco Bell!

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on April 17, 2014
at 06:47 PM

Omigod BURRITOS. I live in Los Angeles, and some of the best food in the universe are the burritos from the many taco trucks in East LA. I MISS THEM! And the convenience is such a big deal! I don't think people realize when they start engaging with paleo and eating whole, unprocessed foods is that we basically have to COOK EVERYTHING. That is a lot of time spent in the kitchen, prepping meals that others quickly purchase. Not to mention sourcing and shopping! I actually really love cooking and shopping for food, but not being able to just grab a quick bite is very vexing at times

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on April 17, 2014
at 04:00 PM

The freedom of eating/drinking whatever when out with friends.

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on April 17, 2014
at 03:39 PM

Following tge 80-20 rule i dont really deprive myself of eating a food i want occasonally. I do miss the option of having something to drink besides coffee or water. I don't care for tea :-(

A big Jethro sized bowl of Count Chocula in ice cold milk does sound good right now :-)

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on April 16, 2014
at 06:58 AM

Going to go with:

Pizza, cake icing and those little coconut girl scout cookies.

If anyone does not agree with my answer, you are an inhuman monster.

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on April 17, 2014
at 12:17 AM

I think missing pizza is a universal. How can a human being not miss PIZZA? I've tried the gluten free ones and they are so inferior I want to cry

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on April 16, 2014
at 04:31 AM

I think it's helpful to divide foods into two groups: the ones you have an addiction for, and everything else.

If you miss a SAD food, and you've never had a problem over-eating it, then I don't see a problem of occasionally "cheating".

I go to ramen restaurants sometimes, and I really enjoy it. But I never feel like I'm seriously hurting my health, or stirring addictive behaviors.

Oh, how I wish I could say the same for rippled kettle potato chips!!

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on April 16, 2014
at 06:15 AM

I LOVE RAMEN! We have tons of amazing ramen in Los Angeles. I order it WITHOUT NOODLES and everybody laughs - I don't care! Pork, broth, kimchee, sprouts ... amazing! BUT I have news for you - there is a delicious potato chip that is made with Avocado Oil - it is sold at Whole Foods. Try them!

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on April 16, 2014
at 04:23 AM

I do miss some SAD items that you mention BUT whenever I very occasionally indulge in them.... I have negatives outcomes which just reinforce my habit of not eating them. As time passes, I try them less & less. Sugary stuff is just too sweet now and not at all enjoyable.

chocolatety desserts, lemon tarts or lemon meringue pie but they make me suffer :(

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on April 16, 2014
at 06:12 AM

I know that if I were to indulge in the sugary cereals, I'd totally regret it, but my BRAIN has a longing, a nostalgia that is almost painful!!! How about the one bite principle? Just one little bite, then stop? Will the pain happen then? Would one even be able to stop, or are these foods so high reward that we'd turn into Langoliers?

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