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Dreams/nightmares about breaking or cheating on the diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 29, 2010 at 1:21 PM

I'm in the midst of a 30 day Paleo challenge, and while sleeping I've been dreaming that I'm breaking my diet, either intentionally or by accident, e.g. I find some cake and I start eating it and realize halfway through that I shouldn't be eating it. Or I have dreams where I'm walking through a grocery store and can't find anything Paleo to eat or buy.

I'm pretty sure this is normal, but I'd be interested to hear if anyone else has these kinds of dreams.

4d10a09dadeb266681418f5fe06c3f00

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on March 31, 2011
at 01:11 PM

mmmmm, pancakes

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on January 06, 2011
at 04:02 PM

I had a dream like this once where it was a big gorgeous chocolate cake.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on September 30, 2010
at 04:06 AM

Yeah, I still dream about being in school and having forgotten to study for a test! And that is something that I almost never think about when awake. Probably, much of this is an allegory for other aspects of life as well.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on September 30, 2010
at 04:05 AM

I used to dream about cake even before low carb and paleo. But back then, there was also pizza and other things. Now it's just pastries and cake.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on September 30, 2010
at 04:03 AM

Shilpa, LMAO! Forgot about the dang insulin! But then again, mine probably goes up a tad just by walking past the cake in the grocery store, so can't do much about that kind of thing..

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on September 29, 2010
at 09:43 PM

Also, I didn't mean to sound like I was scolding. I just find it genuinely interesting that different people have such different attitudes about this. In my case when I ditched the sugar and the high level of carbs I never looked back. It was like thirty years of dead weight -- see you later. Quitting cigarettes, on the other hand, was one of the hardest things I ever did in my life. And I dreamed about smoking for quite a while afterwards.

5cc9908801b79ff820bbc1eb7ac01b8f

on September 29, 2010
at 09:26 PM

You're very right, Matthew. I'm only a week and a half in to a 30 day challenge, so my conscious mind is constantly crunching on what's okay/what's not. It's no wonder I'm dreaming about it. Just wanted to see if other people had the dreams too.

5cc9908801b79ff820bbc1eb7ac01b8f

on September 29, 2010
at 09:24 PM

Which raises an interesting question: If I were awake and hallucinated that I was eating a pastry, would my insulin levels increase? Probably. (My nemesis is also cake).

5cc9908801b79ff820bbc1eb7ac01b8f

on September 29, 2010
at 09:22 PM

hahahha! My husband's had that dream! It's always ice cream with him.

5cc9908801b79ff820bbc1eb7ac01b8f

on September 29, 2010
at 09:21 PM

Exactly! "The other 10% I spend the rest of my dream explaining to people why I can't eat the damn cupcake and wake up frustrated and pissed off." LOL! Been there.

5cc9908801b79ff820bbc1eb7ac01b8f

on September 29, 2010
at 09:19 PM

Sweet! I like it.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on September 29, 2010
at 09:05 PM

I edited as reading it again it sounded too critical, which I didn't intend.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on September 29, 2010
at 07:57 PM

Well I find the answers weird in that I've never had dreams like this about paleo. But we've all had dreams like this about something or other: showing up to school unprepared, or naked, etc. If anything I think this shows that different people have difficulties with different parts of their lives. (Even if there are structural similarities in the way these difficulties "manifest" themselves.)

8564091e3cf82ea53843c0dbcf57857a

(990)

on September 29, 2010
at 03:23 PM

LOL funny to see so many having these dreams.

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on September 29, 2010
at 02:21 PM

i have woken up panicked about being gluttened in my sleep too!

8564091e3cf82ea53843c0dbcf57857a

(990)

on September 29, 2010
at 02:16 PM

I should add that I've had these dreams during both low-carb and moderate-carb times.

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65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

on September 29, 2010
at 01:38 PM

You should try supplementing with ZMA while this is going on. The dreams will become so vivid it will be like the movie Inception.

5cc9908801b79ff820bbc1eb7ac01b8f

on September 29, 2010
at 09:19 PM

Sweet! I like it.

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9722850c9a1c47b79edf7c4233040248

(1276)

on January 06, 2011
at 04:20 PM

I used to dream of pizza! I don't know why I haven't for several months.

Once I dreamed I was eating the most delicious piece of buttered toast. I woke up gnawing on my blanket!

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on September 29, 2010
at 02:03 PM

I have had these dreams and I have acted out on these dreams. Not so much lately, though. Perhaps my mental change came when I realized how luxurious (lacto-)Paleo eating is. Cream, butter, cheese, steak, salmon, sashimi, veggies in butter, berries in cream, macademia nuts, BACON, srsly! I could go on and on just about cheese, the varieties, how good raw milk cheese makes me feel, blah blah blah.

Now I just feel like crap when I eat neolithic crap and I no longer dream about it.

"Or I have dreams where I'm walking through a grocery store and can't find anything Paleo to eat or buy." I'm pretty sure that's not a dream, lol.

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on September 29, 2010
at 02:31 PM

carbs are like heroin (literally attaching to some of the same receptor sites), hang in there...youll be better off after 30 days!

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8564091e3cf82ea53843c0dbcf57857a

(990)

on September 29, 2010
at 01:41 PM

I have these dreams a lot even after being paleo for almost 3 years. It always seems so real because it could technically happen in real life too, being stuck somewhere without paleo food or being in a bakery or candy shop.

The worst part is, I can't taste anything in my dreams and have no idea I'm dreaming. So I can't even enjoy it! Probably 90% of the dreams I end up eating a cupcake then wake up in a panic because I would get extremely sick from eating something with gluten. The other 10% I spend the rest of my dream explaining to people why I can't eat the damn cupcake and wake up frustrated and pissed off.

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on September 29, 2010
at 02:21 PM

i have woken up panicked about being gluttened in my sleep too!

5cc9908801b79ff820bbc1eb7ac01b8f

on September 29, 2010
at 09:21 PM

Exactly! "The other 10% I spend the rest of my dream explaining to people why I can't eat the damn cupcake and wake up frustrated and pissed off." LOL! Been there.

8564091e3cf82ea53843c0dbcf57857a

(990)

on September 29, 2010
at 03:23 PM

LOL funny to see so many having these dreams.

8564091e3cf82ea53843c0dbcf57857a

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on September 29, 2010
at 02:16 PM

I should add that I've had these dreams during both low-carb and moderate-carb times.

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0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on September 29, 2010
at 04:46 PM

Maybe if your having dreams about food you are thinking too about what you do or don't eat.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on September 30, 2010
at 04:05 AM

I used to dream about cake even before low carb and paleo. But back then, there was also pizza and other things. Now it's just pastries and cake.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on September 29, 2010
at 09:05 PM

I edited as reading it again it sounded too critical, which I didn't intend.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on September 29, 2010
at 07:57 PM

Well I find the answers weird in that I've never had dreams like this about paleo. But we've all had dreams like this about something or other: showing up to school unprepared, or naked, etc. If anything I think this shows that different people have difficulties with different parts of their lives. (Even if there are structural similarities in the way these difficulties "manifest" themselves.)

5cc9908801b79ff820bbc1eb7ac01b8f

on September 29, 2010
at 09:26 PM

You're very right, Matthew. I'm only a week and a half in to a 30 day challenge, so my conscious mind is constantly crunching on what's okay/what's not. It's no wonder I'm dreaming about it. Just wanted to see if other people had the dreams too.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on September 29, 2010
at 09:43 PM

Also, I didn't mean to sound like I was scolding. I just find it genuinely interesting that different people have such different attitudes about this. In my case when I ditched the sugar and the high level of carbs I never looked back. It was like thirty years of dead weight -- see you later. Quitting cigarettes, on the other hand, was one of the hardest things I ever did in my life. And I dreamed about smoking for quite a while afterwards.

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E91fd339d760ed76cc72570a679ebf5a

(2369)

on September 29, 2010
at 02:28 PM

I have these dreams regularly. It's funny that it's usually cake. Sometimes ice cream. And always, in the middle of the binge, I suddenly realize what I'm doing and am like "noooooo!". As I understand it, this is a pretty common psychological phenomenon. The best part about it is you can wake up and realize you are "safe" from the cake!

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on January 06, 2011
at 04:02 PM

I had a dream like this once where it was a big gorgeous chocolate cake.

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A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on September 29, 2010
at 01:37 PM

Yikes! I can't say I have! I have had dreams about wods; last night I had a dream I was at a magic show and Chris Spealler was the magician....bizarre. Are you stressed about your diet? Or maybe it's just on your mind-grapes (30 Rock anyone?).

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on March 31, 2011
at 01:46 AM

During my 6-week Paleo Challenge, I had a dream that I was eating white rice, then suddenly dropped my fork in horror and thought, "What the hell am I doing?!?!" hehe.

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F3176aa8463fe7f416f4da0d04974c1d

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on March 31, 2011
at 12:55 AM

I've been Paleo for 14 months (and have never cheated) and had a dream a few nights ago about eating a Bavarian Cream donut from Dunkin Donuts.
It was pretty terrifying. (Also kind of strange, because those weren't even my favorite kind during my SAD days...)

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 31, 2011
at 12:07 AM

[mmm] che-e-eating...

in any 'dieting' there is a point of diminishing results; if cheating is something that is beginning to get featured in dreams, then IMO some form of if would be rather beneficial (one can always justify it in terms of restoration of leptin levels / sensitivity, or sanity for that matter)

for me the guru of cheating is definitely Martin Berkhan with his cheesecake mastery and hacks for hedonists

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on March 30, 2011
at 11:44 PM

I've been paleo for a couple months so I haven't yet fully broken the addiction to gluten-based carbs. I do agree with most people on here saying it's like heroin, whereas it does attach itself to similar receptors.. But I'm sure nowhere as intense a withdraw as someone actually addicted to real heroin, lol. I do have dreams where I crave a donut or a slice of stuffed crust pizza and I just lose control. Even intentionally, where I know I shouldn't, but I do anyway. For the rest of the dream I feel guilt and remorse for what I did, but then wake up relieved and sort of happy, because I know it was all in my head, and that my dreams are the only place where I can still enjoy carbs, lol. I still do cheat every now and then but it's only a small amount (nowhere near the amount I used to be eating) and then I feel like crap afterwards. The more I learn from these experiences the less I crave them. So it's a win-win.

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461312f31b933638202e0308ab4011b4

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on January 06, 2011
at 04:00 PM

I dream of pizza! I've been Paleo for 14 months and the dreams are commonplace. Particularly after I resisted a temptation or... the day before a big party. Then I wake up relieved, Phew! I didn't cheat :)

there should be a Paleo dream book... Cara http://primroseandpaleo.wordpress.com

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Da4688a27b47c5ffc844e9a009369240

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on September 29, 2010
at 09:26 PM

I don't think that dreams like this are weird at all. You have removed something which used to be a part of your life (sugar/processed foods/grains/dairy/etc). Furthermore, you may still have occasional cravings for your food of choice, which you generally deny yourself because you have chosen a new way of life. Thus, your brain conjures these images at night as a way of processing the changes which you have adopted in your lifestyle!

I would have dreams of getting drunk for a while after I quit drinking alcohol. Over time they diminished, as I got used to being sober. Now they don't seem to occur any more, or perhaps I don't notice them if they do.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on September 30, 2010
at 04:06 AM

Yeah, I still dream about being in school and having forgotten to study for a test! And that is something that I almost never think about when awake. Probably, much of this is an allegory for other aspects of life as well.

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on September 29, 2010
at 04:33 PM

This is too funny and timely - I just had a pizza-eating dream last night and I got so panicked about halfway through the slice when it dawned on me what I was doing and how sick I could have made myself! I recall the dough being underdone and being quite gluey in my mouth - not warm, fluffy, and yeasty like a cheatworthy slice should be. (shudder)

Quite a relief to wake up and realize I hadn't actually eaten pizza! Though I've had a bit of a dark chocolate / dried fruit bender lately so maybe they are connected (?).

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on September 29, 2010
at 04:14 PM

In my dreams, my nemesis is cake and pastries. SOmetimes I am good and don't eat them and stick to my diet and sometimes I am bad and partake while feeling guilty. When I am good, after I wake up, I think to myself that darn, I should have eaten them because dream sugar is probably the only safe kind of sugar!

5cc9908801b79ff820bbc1eb7ac01b8f

on September 29, 2010
at 09:24 PM

Which raises an interesting question: If I were awake and hallucinated that I was eating a pastry, would my insulin levels increase? Probably. (My nemesis is also cake).

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on September 30, 2010
at 04:03 AM

Shilpa, LMAO! Forgot about the dang insulin! But then again, mine probably goes up a tad just by walking past the cake in the grocery store, so can't do much about that kind of thing..

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on September 29, 2010
at 03:13 PM

There was a while back when I caught myself eating a pancake in my dream. I was like "WTF man, pancakes ?" I'm not sure if I ate it with "What's done is done" or threw it away but in any case, do not worry about it. It's funny though that I don't feel the desire for pancakes in real life but is it possible that I'm just surpressing that desire ? Leo, help :)

4d10a09dadeb266681418f5fe06c3f00

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on March 31, 2011
at 01:11 PM

mmmmm, pancakes

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691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

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on September 29, 2010
at 02:23 PM

I had a dream just the other night about eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This dream seemed to be peaceful and more wish fulfillment.

Usually, I am like Kat in that I end up freaking out in my dream and afterwards about being glutened and feeling sick or having to explain my health problems to everyone in my dream after eating a cake or something. No fun. The worst is waking up stressed that you glutened yourself in a dream.

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on September 29, 2010
at 02:09 PM

I remember my latest one - an ice cream buffet. I ended up eating an entire gallon of cookies and cream. I had one of these dreams maybe once every 2-3 weeks, been happening since I started eating low carbohydrate/no sugar (January 2010) and have diminished since but haven't completely disappeared. But yeah, I'm also in the group that can't tell that I'm dreaming as well, so I get really panicky in the dream.

5cc9908801b79ff820bbc1eb7ac01b8f

on September 29, 2010
at 09:22 PM

hahahha! My husband's had that dream! It's always ice cream with him.

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on September 29, 2010
at 01:55 PM

I've been Paleo since the beginning of the year and have had these kind of dreams, though I can't remember specifics. It's probably a sign that you're breaking the addiction to carbs.

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