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Does Anyone Else Cringe When They Hear the Word 'Cereal'?

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It's been about six months since I switched to a animal products diet and now I find myself cringing in disgust when I see or hear the word 'cereal'. There's an older lady work works in a nearby cube and when I walk by seeing her munch on cheerios I just feel so bad for her. She's poor, is losing her house, can't afford a car, and she has to eat cheerios. I also feel completely embarrassed to be seen walking through the cereal/snack isle, even though I'm just taking the quickest route to get to the other side of the store, not actually buying anything there. Anyone else notice a similar change in their perception of cereal?

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1600 · February 07, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I will admit to occasionally having a handful of cocoa pebbles.But I eat them as a dessert,in small amounts,not every day.It confuses me that parents won't allow pie or cake for breakfast,but pop tarts or sugar frosted Disney Character Lumps are ok.

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10044 · February 03, 2012 at 11:43 PM

I don't think it is proper to judge others based on what they eat. It's none of my business if others choose to eat grains or fast food. Last time I checked there is nothing illegal about either activity. Eating a paleo diet is not about having an elitist attitude toward others who choose to eat differently than we do.

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10044 · February 03, 2012 at 11:42 PM

I don't it is proper to judge others based on what they eat. It's none of my business if others choose to eat grains or fast food. Last time I checked there is nothing illegal about either activity. Eating a paleo diet is not about having an elitist attitude toward others who don't.

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65 · February 03, 2012 at 10:05 PM

We Germans tend to concatenate nouns to form new ones, just being efficient (cultural thing). By the way, I cringe when seeing bakery stores, which you'll find plenty over here. They sell glutenized goods, just an official toxic drug.

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4258 · February 03, 2012 at 9:51 PM

You all make good points. It's a matter of where we choose to put the money we have. I agree with Primal Toad though -- as expensive as paleo eating can get, I'm sometimes tempted to eat rice or oatmeal. Finances cause a lot of people mental stress, but they rarely think of changing their habits, only of getting cheaper food, cheaper cigarettes, etc. In any case it isn't a simple issue.

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11683 · February 03, 2012 at 9:34 PM

If it's any consolation, Kurt Harris eats rice cereal for breakfast: http://www.archevore.com/panu-weblog/2011/2/28/proof-that-orthorexia-exists.html

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1363 · February 03, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Yes. So don't feel too bad about all the people who don't feel like you. Now I think about it though, I probably feel most uncomfortable because I like it and want to eat it and all my life thought it was healthy as long as I didn't eat sugary stuff.

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3280 · February 03, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Mmmm Life cereal! My other weakness was Golden Graham's. Oh, those Golden Graham's! I could eat them all day. Literally.

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39841 · February 03, 2012 at 6:41 PM

'Fraid not...cereal's tasty and not really unhealthy if it doesn't contain gluten etc.

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11683 · February 03, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Yep, even with Raisin Bran. Totally.

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795 · February 03, 2012 at 6:04 PM

I'm with you on this, too. It's like a nostalgic longing for cereal... it was fun, simple, convenient, tasty... but insanely addictive and awful. Even with something like Raisin Bran, I could house BOWLS full. I won't do it again, that's for sure, but I do long for it, as well!

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795 · February 03, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Not gonna lie either... cereal was fun. Killing me slowly, but fun. I miss it sometimes, too, but not going back there ever!

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605 · February 03, 2012 at 6:01 PM

It's not about making ends meet, its about her spending too much money on overpriced fast food at lunch and a pack of cigarettes. I didn't mention those details because it didn't even cross my mind that someone would try to take what I said out of context as a finances issue. Her smoking makes me cringe just as much as her cheerios do.

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78422 · February 03, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Cow doots! haha

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10234 · February 03, 2012 at 3:44 AM

I don't miss something that gave me diabetes.

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10234 · February 03, 2012 at 3:42 AM

I've made boxboard and believe me, bad as the cereal is for you, don't even think about eating the box. There were times when I could see the glitter of broken glass bits in the paper.

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10234 · February 03, 2012 at 3:22 AM

I didn't think about what I ate until it mattered.

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10234 · February 03, 2012 at 3:19 AM

German is great. Need a word for a special purpose? Make it up.

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1626 · February 03, 2012 at 2:15 AM

So true and am glad someone said this. Think about oatmeal... 100 calories cost you 10 cents if you buy the store brand. It may be a lot of carbs but 2 servings plus a banana and some almonds is a meal for less than $1. Just sayin'.

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6418 · February 03, 2012 at 12:10 AM

LOL, say whut? .

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10044 · February 03, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Ratiocinative,

There is a difference between eating for survival and eating for optimal health. Some people need to eat grains in order to make ends meet. Everyone's financial situation is different, so I don't see any need to judge others based on what they eat.

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1626 · February 03, 2012 at 2:15 AM

So true and am glad someone said this. Think about oatmeal... 100 calories cost you 10 cents if you buy the store brand. It may be a lot of carbs but 2 servings plus a banana and some almonds is a meal for less than $1. Just sayin'.

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10044 · February 03, 2012 at 11:42 PM

I don't it is proper to judge others based on what they eat. It's none of my business if others choose to eat grains or fast food. Last time I checked there is nothing illegal about either activity. Eating a paleo diet is not about having an elitist attitude toward others who don't.

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605 · February 03, 2012 at 6:01 PM

It's not about making ends meet, its about her spending too much money on overpriced fast food at lunch and a pack of cigarettes. I didn't mention those details because it didn't even cross my mind that someone would try to take what I said out of context as a finances issue. Her smoking makes me cringe just as much as her cheerios do.

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4258 · February 03, 2012 at 9:51 PM

You all make good points. It's a matter of where we choose to put the money we have. I agree with Primal Toad though -- as expensive as paleo eating can get, I'm sometimes tempted to eat rice or oatmeal. Finances cause a lot of people mental stress, but they rarely think of changing their habits, only of getting cheaper food, cheaper cigarettes, etc. In any case it isn't a simple issue.

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10044 · February 03, 2012 at 11:43 PM

I don't think it is proper to judge others based on what they eat. It's none of my business if others choose to eat grains or fast food. Last time I checked there is nothing illegal about either activity. Eating a paleo diet is not about having an elitist attitude toward others who choose to eat differently than we do.

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10663 · February 03, 2012 at 12:17 AM

I grew up on Reese's Puffs and Lucky Charms. I ate bowls and bowls of them in one sitting. Not ashamed to admit how much I miss them.

.......And the nostalgia's kicking in.

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10234 · February 03, 2012 at 3:44 AM

I don't miss something that gave me diabetes.

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795 · February 03, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Not gonna lie either... cereal was fun. Killing me slowly, but fun. I miss it sometimes, too, but not going back there ever!

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11683 · February 03, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Hate to say it, but I have the opposite reaction - pangs of longing. Life cereal (20 years ago, before they changed the recipe) soggy with milk. Team. Shreddies with brown sugar and banana. Mini wheats. Honey Bunches of Oats. I could go on and on.

That being said, cereal was also a huge binge food for me during my bulimic years and it was never possible for me to just have one bowl. That shit is inherently addictive. So I'm glad it's out of my life. It would give me stress just to have it in the house, like it was literally yelling at me from the pantry.

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11683 · February 03, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Yep, even with Raisin Bran. Totally.

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3280 · February 03, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Mmmm Life cereal! My other weakness was Golden Graham's. Oh, those Golden Graham's! I could eat them all day. Literally.

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795 · February 03, 2012 at 6:04 PM

I'm with you on this, too. It's like a nostalgic longing for cereal... it was fun, simple, convenient, tasty... but insanely addictive and awful. Even with something like Raisin Bran, I could house BOWLS full. I won't do it again, that's for sure, but I do long for it, as well!

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3162 · February 03, 2012 at 3:46 AM

"Do you have any idea what breakfast cereal is made of? It's those little curly wooden shavings you find in pencil sharpeners."

-Willy Wonka (not that he was Paleo!)

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799 · February 03, 2012 at 12:52 AM

No. I cringe when I hear the word, "Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaftskapit??n"

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10234 · February 03, 2012 at 3:19 AM

German is great. Need a word for a special purpose? Make it up.

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65 · February 03, 2012 at 10:05 PM

We Germans tend to concatenate nouns to form new ones, just being efficient (cultural thing). By the way, I cringe when seeing bakery stores, which you'll find plenty over here. They sell glutenized goods, just an official toxic drug.

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3914 · February 03, 2012 at 1:22 PM

I wouldn't say I cringe, but sometimes in moments like that I'm struck by how little the mainstream thinking on food has changed. When you spend time with people who tend to question the status quo on things, do your shopping around the edges of the store, read "alternative" magazines about the evils of Big Food, and hang out on paleo sites like this one, you can start to feel like people are catching on. They aren't. Most people (and by most I probably mean 95%, if not 99% or more) still think the person eating Cheerios is being healthy -- hey, it says so right on the box! -- and the person eating beef jerky is suicidal. Every now and then, I'm out in the regular world and see or hear something that reminds me of just how deeply ingrained that belief system is.

On the issue of being too poor to eat well: I don't want to pick on this lady or anything, but sometimes people are too quick to assume that you can't eat properly unless you have extra money to spend. That's just not true, or at least not that clear-cut. Eating well is at least as much about planning ahead and learning to cook as it is about budget. If you're eating cereal, you're not pinching your last penny.

Checking the prices at a local Sam's Club (both in bulk, nothing on sale):

Russet Potatoes: 10 pounds for $3.98. $0.398/pound. 350 calories/pound. $1.13 per thousand calories.

Cheerios: 37 oz for $5.28. $2.283/pound. 1666 calories/pound. $1.37 per thousand calories.

So potatoes are a cheaper energy source. That's actually closer than I expected it to be, but potatoes do have a lot of water weight, while Cheerios are concentrated carbs. A generic brand might even be a bit cheaper than potatoes, calorie for calorie. But clearly, if she can afford cereal, potatoes are not out of her budget, and they would be far better for her. No, they aren't organic grass-fed beef topped with organic pastured butter, but they aren't refined grains with a dozen additives either.

Fry the potatoes in lard or tallow -- which anyone can make from fat which many small butcher shops will give away for free -- and you can add a lot of good sat-fat calories. I haven't done the science, but I would guess that frying would double the calories, at least. No contest between potatoes fried in free lard versus Cheerios, in flavor, health, or price.

Unfortunately, because of what I talked about in my first paragraph, if you fried up some potatoes in lard for lunch one day and tried to share them with her, she'd probably refuse -- quite possibly on doctor's orders.

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533 · February 03, 2012 at 1:51 AM

I cringe when I watch my office-mate eat special K for breakfast and lunch in an attempt to lose weight.

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37187 · February 03, 2012 at 12:25 AM

I cringe every time my grandson grabs his box and makes a large bowl of it. He's nearly 18 and I don't feel I can dictate but I do hate to see him eating that stuff. My tiny victory is that he switched from wheat cereal to rice but it's still awful stuff.

I must admit he's eating a healthy base of ancestral foods by choice AND he's very, very healthy with optimal vital signs but I really wish he'd look at me and his dad and assume it would be a good idea to eat whole foods starting now (and give up soda.)

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10234 · February 03, 2012 at 3:22 AM

I didn't think about what I ate until it mattered.

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11683 · February 03, 2012 at 9:34 PM

If it's any consolation, Kurt Harris eats rice cereal for breakfast: http://www.archevore.com/panu-weblog/2011/2/28/proof-that-orthorexia-exists.html

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8239 · February 03, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Great question. I do cringe when I hear that word. I shiver when I look at the cereal section at the grocery store. My IF practice has led me to view breakfast as one of the most overrated phenomena on the planet, at least what passes for breakfast in most of the modern world.

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10 · February 03, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Cereal looks like dog food to me now.

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21405 · February 03, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Not as much as "bagel". Those things are turrible (Cleveland voice).

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1115 · February 03, 2012 at 12:21 AM

I wouldn't say I "cringe" but I do think back to articles I read saying that it's probably healthier to eat the cardboard box rather than the cereal. (http://www.realdose.com/eating-cardboard-is-healthier-than-breakfast-cereal)

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10234 · February 03, 2012 at 3:42 AM

I've made boxboard and believe me, bad as the cereal is for you, don't even think about eating the box. There were times when I could see the glitter of broken glass bits in the paper.

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5232 · February 05, 2012 at 5:23 AM

Actually, I love the word 'cereal' and find it particularly amusing when somebody with a refined, clipped accent refers to them as 'breakfast cereals', with emphasis on the plural. I also get a kick out the word 'lettuces' as well, again with the plural form of the word. If I could listen to somebody pontificate eloquently on the virtues of the terms 'breakfast cereals' and 'lettuces' all day long, I'd probably revel in it with the utmost delight. ;D

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78422 · February 03, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Yes, I cringe when I hear the word, "cereal". I also cringe when my neighbours are on their veranda in the summer and I hear their spoons clanging in their cereal bowls. I feel like telling them to eat proper food. lol

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8979 · February 03, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Not usually, only when I hear "it has as much protein as an egg".

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968 · February 03, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I never really liked cereal anyway, ate too much of it as a kid, along with my vegemite on white bread and bruised apple daily lunchbox fillers.

I must admit I too slink through the cereal isle in a quickstep so as not to be seen there, but I also hide my meat, eggs and butter under everything in my trolley so no one gives me funny looks.

Slimmers are scammed into eating cereal by the food companies and the government advice. It's not their fault they haven't been given the choice of the red or blue pill yet.

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2178 · February 03, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Nope, definitely don't. If anything, I have a moment of longing.....I did love me some Kashi berry stuff and crunchy stuff.

But then I just have another strip of bacon and sigh a sigh of pure content. :)

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1600 · February 03, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Soup:marked down meat(you can find pig's feet,shank steak,assorted bones for dirt cheap).Veggies(1.00 for large bag of frozen store brand).Potatoes(again,look for mark downs.I've seen 5 pounds for 1.50).Throw it in a crock pot and let it cook overnight.You are talking less than .75 cents a good meal.A medium size hen can make 15 servings. Eggs are cheap,sardines are cheap,canned jack mackerel is cheap.Is it ideal?No,but it's better than cheerios.Hell,eat a banana.I assure you that there are far poorer people in other countries that haven't resorted to eating cardboard out of a cardboard box.You have to be creative.Petite marmite,paella,and gumbo were not designed as gourmet dishes,they were ways to feed 13 kids with minimal resources. As far as cringing when I see cereal,it's mainly when people buy boxes of Kashi and a gallon of skim milk,then complain about not being able to lose weight."Made from all natural ingredients" as a tag line is hilarious.Cow doots are all natural too,but I'm not serving them up with coffee.

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78422 · February 03, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Cow doots! haha

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1600 · February 07, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I will admit to occasionally having a handful of cocoa pebbles.But I eat them as a dessert,in small amounts,not every day.It confuses me that parents won't allow pie or cake for breakfast,but pop tarts or sugar frosted Disney Character Lumps are ok.

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