Items you just can't have in the house=BINGE!

by 589 · March 04, 2013 at 5:05 AM

Are there items that you just can't buy or have in your house because leads to a binging episode? I am starting to think I just can't have nuts (and any type of nut butter) and any type of primal sugar(honey coconut sugar etc). Just knowing it is here I just keep eating and eating them until they are GONE! I start out good -- and just take a serving but then a few days later I eat until it is gone.

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5115 · February 09, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I can now have anything in the house without a problem...unless I start eating it. I think though that's partly because I tend to go to those foods when I'm feeling sub-par anyway. The nut butters, chocolate, honey - if I'm feeling good and have already eaten proper meals then I can have some then leave it. However if I'm feeling tired, or hungry, or inactive or with indigestion then it's a mistake to have them in the first place, and I won't stop until after it's making me sicker than whatever I was feeling before. I do have a tendency to need to finish things though - if there's not much left I won't leave it.

Oh, ice cream. I've tested this most extensively and count it a good day if I can leave a pint pot for two sittings. On the same day. If the pot lasts more than a day it's bad ice cream.

2485 · February 09, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Macadamia nuts. Other nuts and nut butters, I'm fine. Dried fruit, I'm fine. Macadamia's may have a great fat profile, but for me, the're just plain crack.

11113 · February 09, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Croissants. Flaky, buttery, delicious croissants. Must....Resist....

10878 · February 09, 2012 at 3:30 PM

I can't have raw milk in the house unless I culture it within the first day or those 2 half gallons are gone in 2 days... if I turn them in to kefir or yogurt I am a lot slower with them.

Canned coconut milk is an issue for me too... It's like ice cream!

I also can only buy canned cod livers once a month or so. It's like 3000 calories for a can and I just can't help myself; I finish a can in a day.

and I DEFINETELY cannot have any "paleofied" baked goods in the house. My body sees absolutely no difference between them and wheat garbage... actually I eat them even faster because I think my brain justifies that it's somehow healthier.

255 · February 10, 2012 at 1:35 PM

85% dark chocolate. However, it's not so much that I can't have it INSIDE the house. It's just that, if I opened up a bar of it (one bar weighs 100g), I have to keep eating it until the whole bar is gone. And not just little piece by little piece over the next few days, or even that one day - I eat it all IN ONE SITTING, within an hour at the most.

They were on discount a while back and I stocked up on a whole heap of them. Now they're just sitting in the pantry because I'm making quite good process and don't want to disrupt my focus. Maybe I'll crack open a bar when my pants fit less snugly ;D

10149 · February 09, 2012 at 3:16 PM

i can binge on nearly anything, but the biggy is nuts.

4039 · February 10, 2012 at 6:40 AM

Cabbage. Seriously.

4703 · February 09, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Greek Yogurt is probably my biggest issue. I just end up with a big bowl of it filled with berries and topped with a bunch of honey. So delicious.

Also dark chocolate. No further explanation required.

281 · February 09, 2012 at 2:59 PM

I can't really have nuts, nut butters, or cheese in the house or I will finish them off within a few days.

4247 · May 14, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Nuts or nut butters, chocolate, honey, maple syrup, Larbars. Also any kind of non-Paleo sugary or salty treats, but I live alone so none of that ever comes in the house and it's not an issue.

Although I can binge on anything - the foods above will trigger me into it just by existing but if I'm already triggered I'll binge on whatever's in the fridge (steak, soup...once it was chicken feet lol).

And what the hell is it about nuts: they're like the Paleo danger food that nobody can control themselves around?

37013 · February 09, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Six months ago, anything neolithic was a binge trigger as was lots of ripe fruit.

Now, the grandkid has soda, cookies, chips, cereal, etc. and it doesn't mean anything to me. As a safety precaution, I don't buy such things for myself but at the holidays I ate ice cream and it didn't trigger bingeing. I did hit fruit too hard last week for bg testing, but that was planned and controlled.

I do wonder what would happen if I stopped drinking water kefir, since my true recovery started when I noticed that cravings went away if I drank some. Now they never start.

In my case, I think my metabolism has to be deranged in order for me to display bingeing behavior. Now that it's pretty normal, so am I--or as close as I'm likely to get. :-))

2357 · February 09, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Nut butters (especially with honey around too) and to a lesser extent nuts. Dried fruit, especially dates. Go Take A Hike raw trail mix...

Edited to add: what is it about nut butters and nuts?? In my non-paleo days, peanut butter and jam was like crack to me and sustained my binge eating disorder for years...

5476 · May 14, 2012 at 2:01 AM

If I cook anything that's more than one serving size, chances are that I'll binge on leftovers. That means eggs scrambled with vegetables, ground beef cooked with vegetables and butter, rotisserie chickens, and salmon burgers are all fair game. I'll eat my intended serving of say, 5 oz of beef and vegetables cooked with butter...but if I made extras for later, you can be sure that the rest will all will be gone soon, and it'll start a binge of various other foods in the house.

I read all time on here that you "can't" binge on steak and butter...and to just eat "MORE FAT, silly" to curb binges. yeah, well, I guess I'm a freak of nature.

Other than cooked leftovers, it's dangerous to have cheese, heavy cream, avocado with tamari, nuts, pork rinds, and certain fruits.

Basically, any food can be a binge food if it's lurking around and I'm in the wrong mindset.

669 · February 09, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Oh goodness, so many things. Almond butter, fruit of all kinds, dates, raisins (which I find myself mixing with coconut oil and cocoa powder, making myself very sick). In the right mood I love tubers smothered in butter. It looks like I am craving carbohydrates, but I know this is a matter of needing to eat less rather than more. If I lay off these foods, I feel less anxious and the cravings go away.

It seems that ever since I started dieting I just can't handle myself around easy calories like when I was a kid. I get that feeling like I have to hoard this delicious food inside my belly, even though I've had a reliable supply of nutritious food for about three months. I hope that impulse will go away so I can start to enjoy these foods without the tummy aches and mood swings!

4911 · February 09, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Nuts, Nutella. Any kind of chocolate except 90% Lindt, which I can manage to stop after a few pieces. Cookies. Basically, I have to keep sugar and anything containing it out of the house or I will hunt it down and devour it.

2027 · February 09, 2012 at 5:44 PM

I'm with all of you on the nuts and nut butters. Just too good to leave alone.

I also can't handle having coconut cream available. I finished off a 32-ounce jar of Tropical Traditions coconut cream concentrate in under 72 hours.

I learned the hard way that buying Larabars by the box (24 in a box, I think) to save money doesn't work. No more Larabars for me.

I ate dates for the first time last Sunday - 12 of them. No more dates for me either.

Another thing I binge on is sirloin steak cooked in Kerrygold. I usually cook extra to have leftovers for lunch the next day. It never works.

Ah, yes. I forgot about the time I polished off a jar of sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil.

Sheesh. I really need to work on the ol' self-control.

2368 · February 09, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I know it sounds odd, but for me it's olives. When they're in the fridge I can't help emptying jar after jar.

375 · February 09, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Nuts and dried fruit. Together or separate I binge on them if they are around. Macadamia, walnuts, and almonds are hardest to resist.

Heavy cream/fatty dairy is hard to resist too. I dropped dairy because I think it affected me a lot more than I realized. Plus there is something disturbing about being able to drink an entire pint of organic cream. I can not put it down.

Lara bars were a mistake as well. I bought a box of the mini snack size ones to try. After consuming all 12 within 48 hours I knew that I couldn't ever buy them again.

Anything you have an "addiction" to is likely something you shouldn't be consuming too much off. Luckily my love of chocolate is under control since switching to 90% +. It is much more enjoyable anyways without the side affects of eating half a bag of m&ms.

One day I will have control. For newbies or those who still get to exposed to carbs(good or bad) its hard to put down paleo/primal treats.

2903 · February 09, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Fresh grated coconut. I will literally take a handful and stuff my face with it. Log forbid anyone should walk into the room and see this.

1513 · May 13, 2012 at 10:48 PM

butter coconut oil, cream, dried coconut cottage cheese honey seeds and seed butters (thank god i am totally allergic to nuts) fruit, which i dont buy anyway but when i am on a farm or working in an orchard and its around i have to not even start eating it and make sure i dont dehyrdate any for "later"

i can have a how totally full of SAD snacks and they gross me out, i would never eat that shit, ever. but honestly i could eat the fuck out of a few sticks of butter and have pretty obliterated my pancreas with overeating fats:(

3 weeks binge free for me for now though :)

259 · February 10, 2012 at 11:57 PM

As long as I'm not in binge mode, I can pretty much control myself around any kind of food. As soon as I get into a bingey mood though, I feel like cookies and chocolates are my biggest weakness. Unfortunately, I'm the only paleo eater in my home so there's always junk food in abundance. As far as paleo foods go, I can get bingey on fruit and nuts. I really have to portion them out.

494 · February 09, 2012 at 10:14 PM

I used to have an addiction to nut butters. One day I decided to each 1/2 the jar and enjoy it without regret. However, it made me so sick, inflamed I never want to do it again. Therefore I don't binge on it anymore.

8185 · February 09, 2012 at 8:33 PM

A bit different than the rest of the posters, but mine is beef jerky. Scarf scarf scarf. I've been thinking strongly of getting a dehydrator to help feed my habit.

21258 · February 09, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Tortilla Chips, in the presence of cheese... the one-two punch of my annihilation.

However, I've resisted for quite a while, whereas my 2lb bag of pistachios were gone in 1.5 days, so maybe I've moved on and now binge on pistachios.

7559 · February 09, 2012 at 4:26 PM

For paleo-friendly binges I cannot buy plantains very often. I slice and fry one up in coconut oil with sea-salt. I intend to eat a small amount and they are gone right away.

265 · February 09, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Where do I start... I binge on anything containing sugar, so I just don't buy that kind of stuff anymore. I've also come to the conclusion that I shouldn't eat yams anymore, as I polished off about 3 servings to myself last night, and would have eaten more if there was any left.

Dates are also a no no, they call to me from the cupboard, and for that reason only last about 3 days until they are gone.

Coconut milk, after it's been in the fridge, has the texture of pudding, mix in a little honey.....can't stop that one either!

9796 · February 09, 2012 at 3:31 PM

I don't really have paleo foods I overeat (if I make a big batch of bacon though, I do polish it off within a few days), but if I have ice cream, or my sister and BIL (whom I rent from) have potato chips around, I will get my binge-on!

11555 · February 10, 2012 at 6:10 PM

All the usual non-paleo suspects. Maple syrup is the absolute worst to have anywhere nearby.

  • Chocolate under 85%
  • Macadamias
  • Almonds if slivered
  • Dried cherries, even with no sugar-

Paleo items that used to be a big problem and seem to be currently under control.

  • Many other nuts
  • Nut butters
  • Coconut butter
  • Sweet potato chips

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19355 · February 09, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Planters honey roasted peanuts. I'm pretty sure the white specks are really crack cocaine.


5763 · February 09, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Cheese and coffee.

4232 · February 09, 2012 at 4:45 PM

I don't eat non-paleo foods so I don't mind when they're in the house, but I cannot keep any kind of fruit in my immediate area, no matter how paleo-kosher. One or two dried figs lead me into serious sugar binges.

114 · February 09, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Nuts and cheese are killer. Find that individually wrapped jerkey helps the portion control mindset. but an open jar of nuts is too much for me to handle.

2192 · March 04, 2013 at 5:05 AM

Cocaine and hookers.

757 · March 04, 2013 at 4:45 AM

1) Dark chocolate 2) Rice 3) Bananas 4) Nut butters 5) Cheese

feel like these are the most common binge foods for many paleo peeps

118 · February 23, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Almond butter, grilled meat, grilled/roasted veggies, butternut squash Literally I've eaten the whole squash many times, especially if it's made into baked fries. Roasted veg? Ill eat the whole pan no matter how much there is! Freshly grilled chicken or fish? Let me at it! lol

95 · December 02, 2012 at 6:37 PM

As others have mentioned, defintely roasted/salted nuts and cheese

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148 · March 19, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Girl Scout Cookies! We buy them from the nieces and they are in the garage still... I should probably take them into the office and let everyone else at them.

313 · February 11, 2012 at 3:39 AM

I of course have a problem with almond butter, but I believe any decent tasting nut butter, that I know is good for me, would be a problem. I have stopped eating almond butter for three days now, and before that I have only begun eating less than half a jar a day. I did feel sick the first time, and have gotten some stomach aches of course from eating half jars and whole jars during my recent binges. But I never felt a significant amount of inflammation, though I did feel some. And I feel slight inflammation in my hands and face from something as very light as summer squash, so I believe I have a good detection ability.

536 · February 10, 2012 at 10:23 PM

I love my homemade paleo granola. I cant make it very often, because I have tendency to get a big bowl, paleo granola and coconut milk. I lick the bowl. NOT. GOOD.

1212 · February 10, 2012 at 3:00 PM

White corn popcorn slathered popped in ghee slathered with Kerrygold melted butter. So tasty that I had reserved it for my 70th birthday in May after consuming way too much. I can eat a huge bowlful. I feel lumpy the next day. I bought some organic kernals yesterday. I wonder how long I can hold out. May is months away. I feel secure having the popcorn on hand. Stay tuned.

956 · February 10, 2012 at 5:09 AM

nuts, nut butters, pork rinds! anything with sugar...thats why i buy the 100% baker's chocolate squares because im not tempted to eat more than one square at a time. but the big one is definitely nut butters. so dangerous!

20 · February 10, 2012 at 3:05 AM

This might sound really weird. But I can easily finish off half a 500ml jar of tomato paste( no salt ). I dont know why but I love it so much

427 · February 09, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Cashews, beer, potato chips of any kind, etc. The list is endless.

20 · February 09, 2012 at 8:12 PM

organic corn torilla chips and fresh made guacamole is my downfall also, dark chocolate bars and granola bars.... better off just not having any of that stuff around, because, while healthy in moderation, they never get eating in 'moderation'.

4067 · February 09, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips. I don't even get to make anything with them because they go so fast. (I am not trying to lose weight, but I sure am not trying to gain either)

1098 · February 09, 2012 at 7:01 PM

I can have anything non-paleo in the house and I don't touch it. But, when I make homemade chocolate wafers or homemade larabars, I'm in trouble. I can eat up to four a day, and that's using some restraint! It can get ugly...

1806 · February 09, 2012 at 6:57 PM

If I let myself have Hot Tamales or Jelly Beans in the house, they would be gone within the day! So if I rarely get them, and when I do, I only buy a tiny bag.

I'd say goat cheese, Greek Yogurt and rice crackers are my other weaknesses. Or when my dad comes to visit after a business trip to Holland and brings Dutch cheese with him ---- holy moly that stuff is amazing!

4232 · February 09, 2012 at 4:44 PM

I don't eat non-paleo foods so I don't mind when they're in the house, but I can't keep any kind of fruit in the house. One or two dried figs lead to serious sugar binges.

428 · February 09, 2012 at 4:17 PM

The things I have the biggest problem with are the ones that aren't paleo, actually. Wheat in the form of bread, cookies, cake, pie...you get the picture. Dark chocolate can cause a problem one week of the month. Ugh, I sound so virtuous.

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