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What 'harmful' foods/drinks are you still refusing to give up?

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Created May 29, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Recently all the evidence has been pointing to coffee as bad for my stomach and increasing my cold sore recurrence but I cannot (will not) give it up.

One of my greatest joys in life has been bulletproof coffee for breakfast most days but I wonder at what point I will have to accept that the pain simply isn't worth it and have to start drinking chickory or some other depressing psedo-coffee drink.

What is your no-give up food/drink?

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827 · December 24, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Can I join your family? My family drinks 2 buck chuck and Coors light.

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215 · December 19, 2013 at 7:56 PM

So you think that Paleolithic people NEVER accedentaly fermented some type of root or fruit too long (thus creating alcohol) and used the soaking liquid?

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58 · December 19, 2013 at 6:16 PM

must be nice

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17329 · December 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM

With a Yo Ho Ho, and a bottle of coffee in the morning ;)

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17329 · December 19, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Robb Wolf mentioned on a recent podcast how the cream inside of there triggers more addictive pleasure neurons than heroin or coke or something... get off that stuff fast!

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17329 · December 18, 2013 at 11:53 AM

There are clean gums out there. Take a look at glee gum. You can even order them online.

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17329 · December 18, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Coffee, used, to make me go #2, but that's when I used milk. No more, no more urgent #2. It's not necessarily the coffee. :)

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15 · December 16, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Coffee is the one thing I haven't given up. I did, however, start making cold brew coffee, which has significantly less acid. I also only drink 1 cup a day instead of the 3 cups of regular I was drinking before.

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357 · September 22, 2012 at 6:32 AM

This literally made me laugh out loud.

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1867 · June 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

You need to read 48 Days to the Work You Love. My kind of job lends itself to occasional periods of intense dislike also.

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1467 · June 06, 2012 at 6:54 PM

update: I have finally decided to have coffee as a once in week treat as opposed to a daily item.

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596 · June 05, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Yeah, that's the plan. It's the elimination that is (still) excruciating for me :)

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4625 · June 03, 2012 at 2:35 PM

what does getting laid have to do with Paleo, Im married, I get more sex now than ever before. I do NOT claim to ne Paleo while sucking down soda or refusing to stop eating bread or cakes. I do have cheat days, far fewer all the time. The definition on this site of Paleo is do whatever you want, bullshit to friends that you are Grok!

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6229 · June 03, 2012 at 3:47 AM

I like Glee Gum and they a sugar-free version using xylitol

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6229 · June 03, 2012 at 3:45 AM

what % are you eating? I can't overdo 85% and higher - it's so fatty and fibrous!

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6229 · June 03, 2012 at 3:44 AM

I would eliminate dairy and once your symptoms/health improve you could reintroduce small amounts of raw dairy and see how you do.

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531 · June 02, 2012 at 1:59 PM

So you have 100 percent compliance? Does it get you laid? What is the correct definition of paleo again?

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1191 · June 01, 2012 at 3:23 PM

If you really want to throw it out, you can. In the past I was always whining why these delicious foods were unhealthy, why others could eat them without discomfort, etc... And eventually every now and then I would end up binging on them. But at some point enough is enough. I'm in control of my life, not food.

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1467 · June 01, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Well done you. Coffee isn't junk though so much harder to throw out.

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21405 · June 01, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Tacos. Not a beverage. :-)

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21405 · June 01, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Are tacos a beverage?

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1029 · May 31, 2012 at 5:17 PM

It's an excellent cherry flavored soft drink, bottled in Salisbury nc. It's been around since 1917; hence their new advertising motto: "Legend."

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231 · May 31, 2012 at 2:06 PM

@ Jenny J, have you tried making them at home with almond milk and honey? It's actually much tastier than the 2 percent milk + overly sweet vanilla syrup combo. I didn't believe it until I tried it but it's true!

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11683 · May 31, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Alcohol is not Paleo. Or even if it is, it's still a no-no for people with IBS. It is a gut irritant and I definitely notice it the next day.

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4625 · May 31, 2012 at 1:48 PM

GOD????? I guess Im a vegetarian that eats beef, is the same as being a coca cola paleo, DUDE

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234 · May 31, 2012 at 1:33 PM

juju, I believe it did. I never bought ketostiks but was active enough and eating less than 50g carbs a day. However, I am not a ketosis fan after trying it out for over a month, I need moderate carbs to function but I am also quite active.

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531 · May 31, 2012 at 5:16 AM

It's not a religion, dude. God's not going to send you to hell for eating pizza.

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531 · May 31, 2012 at 5:13 AM

I guess you're just too pure for us.

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420 · May 31, 2012 at 1:49 AM

I'm hooked on crystal light too. Just say no to caffeine pills.

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4625 · May 31, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Soda is the worst- please cut that link

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4625 · May 31, 2012 at 12:31 AM

No cut backs - Just stop and drink never again. it is the easiest way

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4625 · May 31, 2012 at 12:30 AM

harmful?????? Red is an old "FOOD" and not a calf pop drink.

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2022 · May 31, 2012 at 12:26 AM

Oooooh, PB&J with potato chips crunched up in the middle. Delicious.

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2022 · May 31, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Haven't you seen the episode of SBTB where Jesse gets addicted to caffeine pills? Stop that stuff! Ps. La Croix sparkling water is pretty delicious. No sweeteners or sugars. That might be a good substitute for Crystal light.

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2043 · May 30, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Did dropping the sweeteners kick start ketosis for you?

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231 · May 30, 2012 at 11:02 PM

There is no actual cream in it (that would be sacrilege). It's Ceylon tea + bergamot + vanilla + caramel + cornflowers to make it pretty :)

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495 · May 30, 2012 at 10:28 PM

I have had their ice cream cone, and it is very good :)

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1489 · May 30, 2012 at 9:53 PM

+1 for Daim ... they are GODLIKE! ever had their ice cream bar? ;)

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5043 · May 30, 2012 at 8:04 PM

what the heck is cheerwine? nevah heard of it

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3690 · May 30, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Careful with the caffeine pills please...I've seen a friend go to the dark side from those.

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1467 · May 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I hear you. I just had a double espresso and had to run to the toilet.

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1467 · May 30, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Cream Earl Grey? I have never heard of that and I live in London!

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1467 · May 30, 2012 at 12:03 PM

hmm. That's interesting. I'll have a look thanks.

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823 · May 30, 2012 at 4:15 AM

Oh how I miss peanut butter. As a kid, folks would ask me how I got so tall, and I'd always say, "peanut butter!" I even ate the really crap stuff with sugar in it. California switched me to the just peanuts and salt stuff. But it no longer loves me (but only a little, so I occasionally indulge).

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823 · May 30, 2012 at 4:13 AM

I gave up dairy at 18 due to allergy. Cheese and ice cream were the hardest. It took getting really sick, multiple times, in order to do it. (I got histamine reaction AND violent intestinal cramping). Since having NAET for it, I can have a bit occasionally and not suffer too much. Tasted the greek yogurt with honey this weekend...instant 8 year old. That's what yogurt WAS when I was a kid.

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4059 · May 30, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Exactly........

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11048 · May 29, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Screw natural peanut butter. Skippy in all of it's sugar-ladened goodness filled my cupboard.

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11048 · May 29, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Peanut butter and I were best friends. It calls my name every time I go grocery shopping.

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11048 · May 29, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Oh, TeaElf, that put such an image in my head. Though I don't consume as much as I used to, I will NOT give up sour cream. I discovered European-style a few weeks ago and a little goes much further than the American versions I used to buy. Yummmmmmm

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11048 · May 29, 2012 at 10:52 PM

I still have the occasional cob of corn. It's fresh and oh-so-tasty. In fact, there is some in my fridge right now that will probably be served with the steak and kale I am fixing for dinner...

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11048 · May 29, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I LOVE my bulletproof coffee, both the brand and the style!

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11152 · May 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Josh, next time you're in St. Pete on a Saturday, stop by Mazzaro's on 22nd Ave (north side, across the street from Home Depot). They have over a dozen roasts of coffee and they roast their beans fresh. Best coffee ever, $10/lb.

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11557 · May 29, 2012 at 10:26 PM

ARg, yeah, I get London Fog's and dairy makes me bloat in about 0.5 minutes, it is torture!! But so gooooood..

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11557 · May 29, 2012 at 10:19 PM

SOOooo agree. Nothing quite like an excellent, crunchy, juicy, spicy taco.

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4875 · May 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Neither do I, but nonetheless those are the words that came out. I'm just saying it may warrant examination. There are a lot of us around here that have or had pretty dysfunctional relationships with food.

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3049 · May 29, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Have you ever tossed some frozen berries in a glass of water? (sparkling water if you want to be extra indulgent!) I recommend sliced strawberries and raspberries especially- that is how I got over my crystal light habit a few years back :)

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3049 · May 29, 2012 at 10:08 PM

See if you can find roasted almond hazelnut butter... I've never looked back :)

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346 · May 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM

That's my favorite flavor, too! So sweet and crunchy. Mmm

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1876 · May 29, 2012 at 10:01 PM

I crave a good old pb & j on Wonder Bread with a tall ice cold glass of raw milk.

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3280 · May 29, 2012 at 9:26 PM

I find that dairy talks to me. If it's in the fridge, it calls my name til I eat it. Sometimes it sings. ;)

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3280 · May 29, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Awesome! Good for you!! My husband did the same, also with DDP. :)

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3280 · May 29, 2012 at 9:04 PM

I doubt she was being literal.

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752 · May 29, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Agreed, Adreanne... I wistfully remember the days of crunchy natural peanut butter spread on an english muffin. *sigh* :)

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752 · May 29, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I gave up gum, but I can't give up my original Altoids no matter how much I try.

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752 · May 29, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I had to give up coffee - even decaf coffee - and caffeine in general - serious adrenal issues, unfortunately. The issues seem to be gone from daily life, but caffeine derails me at every turn. I drink pseudo coffee now - organic roasted chicory - and it's delicious. I won't lie - just as mashed cauliflower doesn't taste like mashed potatoes, chicory doesn't taste exactly like coffee, either. But I'll take it - hell, it's better than passing out in my boss's office. :)

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1467 · May 29, 2012 at 6:40 PM

I make it in a caffettiera. Maybe I'll try another method.

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596 · May 29, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I LOVE CHEERWINE. The worst thing that happened to me after a week in Chattanooga was coming back to Phoenix and not having any! Luckily there are a few sources kind of nearby where I can get it from time to time :)

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363 · May 29, 2012 at 6:07 PM

This. Dream for months. Walk into doughnut shop. Lose appetite. Tell myself I'll get some later. I'm procrastinating doughnuts...

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540 · May 29, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Screw that! I have given up a lot and coffee is where I draw the line.

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540 · May 29, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I used to be a Crystal Light Junkie as I couldn't stand to drink water... I did get over it but damn it was hard.

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1239 · May 29, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Thanks for the tip! I'll definitely look for those next time I get to Whole Foods. It might be the perfect transition to help kick the habit altogether.

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8014 · May 29, 2012 at 5:09 PM

There are a lot of gum brands on the market that aren't filled with aspartame, BHT, waxes, and other cr@p. If you're near a Whole Foods or mom & pop health food store, they usually carry them. (Then again, this might depend on your definition of "crap." Some have stevia, xylitol, etc. But definitely no aspartame or sucralose.) Not as many interesting flavors as the fake stuff, though. ;-)

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8014 · May 29, 2012 at 5:07 PM

I *wish* coffee made me go poo! If only it were that easy...

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956 · May 29, 2012 at 3:30 PM

im right there with ya...can't give it up no matter what i try!

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4875 · May 29, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Not to be rude, but maybe you need to examine your emotional connections with food.

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629 · May 29, 2012 at 2:19 PM

You poor thing - I can't imagine giving up my morning coffee. How do you make yours? Drip coffee doesn't bother me (freshly ground beans), but French press and that little stove-top espresso maker thingy really killed my stomach.

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704 · May 29, 2012 at 1:48 PM

I have a bit of a weakness for Crystal Lite as well. I've mostly kicked the habit, but still quaff a glass now and again as a dessert.

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1467 · May 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Yes. VERY bad :-)

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1467 · May 29, 2012 at 12:42 PM

damn. It's so hard. I wake up with my husband making coffee most mornings! It's tasty.

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495 · May 29, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I love the Kettle flavor...but it makes my stomach unhappy :(

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346 · May 29, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Popcorners chips are my weakness, too! Ahhhh I want one now.

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1804 · May 29, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Vodka. Usually plus soda and a lime :)

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11683 · May 29, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Wine. About a glass or two a week. It's not great for my IBS and disrupts my sleep, but finding it hard to cut it out completely.

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4625 · May 31, 2012 at 12:30 AM

harmful?????? Red is an old "FOOD" and not a calf pop drink.

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11683 · May 31, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Alcohol is not Paleo. Or even if it is, it's still a no-no for people with IBS. It is a gut irritant and I definitely notice it the next day.

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4292 · May 29, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Crystal lite.

It's 1,000% non-Paleo and going to kill me, but I have a job I hate with a passion, and need to distract myself from my work with some other kind of stimulation - between Crystal Lite and candy, I'll go for the least bad option.

Also artificial sweeteners of all kinds and caffeine pills. You will pry my caffeine pills from my cold, dead hands.

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704 · May 29, 2012 at 1:48 PM

I have a bit of a weakness for Crystal Lite as well. I've mostly kicked the habit, but still quaff a glass now and again as a dessert.

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540 · May 29, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I used to be a Crystal Light Junkie as I couldn't stand to drink water... I did get over it but damn it was hard.

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2022 · May 31, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Haven't you seen the episode of SBTB where Jesse gets addicted to caffeine pills? Stop that stuff! Ps. La Croix sparkling water is pretty delicious. No sweeteners or sugars. That might be a good substitute for Crystal light.

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3049 · May 29, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Have you ever tossed some frozen berries in a glass of water? (sparkling water if you want to be extra indulgent!) I recommend sliced strawberries and raspberries especially- that is how I got over my crystal light habit a few years back :)

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420 · May 31, 2012 at 1:49 AM

I'm hooked on crystal light too. Just say no to caffeine pills.

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3690 · May 30, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Careful with the caffeine pills please...I've seen a friend go to the dark side from those.

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1867 · June 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

You need to read 48 Days to the Work You Love. My kind of job lends itself to occasional periods of intense dislike also.

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357 · September 22, 2012 at 6:32 AM

This literally made me laugh out loud.

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Diet mt dew. I gave up beer, bread, pasta, sweets, Starbucks vanilla lattes, etc. I cannot give up the last thing on Earth that makes me happy!

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3280 · May 29, 2012 at 9:04 PM

I doubt she was being literal.

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4875 · May 29, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Not to be rude, but maybe you need to examine your emotional connections with food.

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4875 · May 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Neither do I, but nonetheless those are the words that came out. I'm just saying it may warrant examination. There are a lot of us around here that have or had pretty dysfunctional relationships with food.

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1876 · May 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM

There is a farm right up the street from me that makes their own wacky flavors of ice cream with the milk right from their own cows. Their purple cow ice cream (black raspberry with dark chocolate chips) gives me food-gasms.

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7380 · May 29, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Coffee and tea. I keep thinking I'll give them up, but every day I wake up and it's all I want. I know that I'm consuming too much heavy cream with them, too. I really wish I was a half measures kind of person.

I wonder if you cold brewed the coffee, if it would be better on your stomach? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold-brew_coffee

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1467 · May 30, 2012 at 12:03 PM

hmm. That's interesting. I'll have a look thanks.

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30 · May 29, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Peanut butter. Almond/sunflower/macadamia nut butter just isn't the same.

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752 · May 29, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Agreed, Adreanne... I wistfully remember the days of crunchy natural peanut butter spread on an english muffin. *sigh* :)

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11048 · May 29, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Screw natural peanut butter. Skippy in all of it's sugar-ladened goodness filled my cupboard.

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1876 · May 29, 2012 at 10:01 PM

I crave a good old pb & j on Wonder Bread with a tall ice cold glass of raw milk.

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3049 · May 29, 2012 at 10:08 PM

See if you can find roasted almond hazelnut butter... I've never looked back :)

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2022 · May 31, 2012 at 12:26 AM

Oooooh, PB&J with potato chips crunched up in the middle. Delicious.

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865 · May 29, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Alcohol, along with whatever artificially sweetened chaser goes with it (unless I'm drinking wine, of course, but I usually prefer vodka).

Coffee. I've finally gotten used to drinking it black, though.

Sugarless gum.

Dark chocolate and nuts. I only include these because I don't know how well they work for my body - not saying they're harmful for everyone. I also have portion control problems, so that probably has something to do with it.

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1239 · May 29, 2012 at 3:13 PM

My biggest "vice" is sugarless, chemical-laden chewing gum. One look at the ingredient list makes me want to hurl, but then I pop a piece in my mouth anyway. I've tried to ween myself by chewing on mint leaves, but I'm not there yet.

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8014 · May 29, 2012 at 5:09 PM

There are a lot of gum brands on the market that aren't filled with aspartame, BHT, waxes, and other cr@p. If you're near a Whole Foods or mom & pop health food store, they usually carry them. (Then again, this might depend on your definition of "crap." Some have stevia, xylitol, etc. But definitely no aspartame or sucralose.) Not as many interesting flavors as the fake stuff, though. ;-)

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1239 · May 29, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Thanks for the tip! I'll definitely look for those next time I get to Whole Foods. It might be the perfect transition to help kick the habit altogether.

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956 · May 29, 2012 at 3:30 PM

im right there with ya...can't give it up no matter what i try!

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752 · May 29, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I gave up gum, but I can't give up my original Altoids no matter how much I try.

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17329 · December 18, 2013 at 11:53 AM

There are clean gums out there. Take a look at glee gum. You can even order them online.

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234 · May 29, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I used to drink 2-6 cans of Diet Dr Pepper everyday. I HAD to have one when I woke up in the morning. Felt wrong and would go to great lengths to not run out-late night grocery store runs for the next AM, family & friends would have it for me in their fridge's, etc. I had been doing this for over 20years. I would bring stash cans with me everywhere I went. I NEEDED my DDP to function, despite my boyfriend's 6year nagging to quit.

Then during a lowcarb stint a couple of months ago, I read that fake sweeteners can stall ketosis for some people. I was quite miserable doing VLC and decided to ditch the DDP since I was already limiting myself so much in other food choices, plus I knew the DDP was bad.

I cut back a can a day, and then just quit. I did however buy some sparkling mineral water in cans to help replace that carbonated-cold-can-feeling. I haven't even missed it. I can't believe how easy it was. I also started drinking tea for the caffeine boost that I thought I would miss but now only do that randomly. I think most people wouldn't miss caffeine at all if they are doing paleo and sleeping well. It is more like a mental habit/addiction. I would know because everyone I know is DUMBFOUNDED that I quit my DDP addiction.

Just offering this up for encouragement for everyone that quitting the caffeine probably won't be so hard like you think it will be. BTW, I feel much better not drinking diet soda.

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2043 · May 30, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Did dropping the sweeteners kick start ketosis for you?

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3280 · May 29, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Awesome! Good for you!! My husband did the same, also with DDP. :)

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234 · May 31, 2012 at 1:33 PM

juju, I believe it did. I never bought ketostiks but was active enough and eating less than 50g carbs a day. However, I am not a ketosis fan after trying it out for over a month, I need moderate carbs to function but I am also quite active.

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4625 · May 31, 2012 at 12:31 AM

No cut backs - Just stop and drink never again. it is the easiest way

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21405 · May 29, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Just coffee. The intestinal duress for me is just a more "urgent" onset of my morning latrine-break anyway... Step 1 - Drink Coffee, Step 2 - Go Poo. Occasionally I'll also drink Yerba Mate or green tea, and sometimes I drink Yogi Bedtime tea if I'm particularly troubled or anticipate a sleepness night.

Coffee hasn't affected me in a way I would describe as negative.

And for what it's worth - I don't drink Bulletproof coffee, the brand or the style. I drink black coffee, and I pick the best beans that are on sale (anything between Starbucks, Peets, or 8-o-clock columbian). I make all my coffee in a French Press and I drink about 20oz a day or so (two large cups).

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8014 · May 29, 2012 at 5:07 PM

I *wish* coffee made me go poo! If only it were that easy...

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11152 · May 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Josh, next time you're in St. Pete on a Saturday, stop by Mazzaro's on 22nd Ave (north side, across the street from Home Depot). They have over a dozen roasts of coffee and they roast their beans fresh. Best coffee ever, $10/lb.

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11048 · May 29, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I LOVE my bulletproof coffee, both the brand and the style!

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823 · May 31, 2012 at 5:03 AM

Hey hackers. I noticed a lot of comments/answers mentioning alternative refreshing drinks. As synchronicity would have it, one of my friends linked this today, and I thought of this thread and wanted to share: http://www.theyummylife.com/Flavored_Water Recipes and tips on fruit and herb infused waters :9

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20 · May 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

CHEESE! I absolutely cannot bring myself to skip the cheese on my morning egg omelets. I have a friend who is from Scotland and he says it's just me being a typical American (which I disagree with on certain levels) shrugs

Anywho.. about the whole coffee thing. I think I just drank (drink) it more for the placebo effect, then again, I usually drink it after I've been up for about 20 hours, with about 5 more to go in a 12 hour work shift. Not so much for pleasure. again shrugs

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3772 · May 29, 2012 at 6:15 PM

The only way I'll ever give up coffee is after climate change destroys every coffee-growing region on earth. It's just not happening. Ditto, dark chocolate.

I'm not giving up cheese, either. It doesn't give me any trouble, so I see no reason to. I do eat a lot less of it than I used to, and I now eat much better cheeses, so I don't see cheese as something I need to give up entirely.

I did finally toss out the peanut butter, however, which I didn't think I could do. But any time I ate it in any satisfying quantity, I'd get painful, ulcer-like sores on my nose. After several trials, I confirmed that PB was doing it. So yeah, I can ditch stuff I love if it's doing me real harm

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11048 · May 29, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Peanut butter and I were best friends. It calls my name every time I go grocery shopping.

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823 · May 30, 2012 at 4:15 AM

Oh how I miss peanut butter. As a kid, folks would ask me how I got so tall, and I'd always say, "peanut butter!" I even ate the really crap stuff with sugar in it. California switched me to the just peanuts and salt stuff. But it no longer loves me (but only a little, so I occasionally indulge).

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596 · May 29, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Dairy. Oh I do love it so, but I think it's giving me issues :( Really struggling with giving it up.

My journey giving up gluten was long and arduous--I imagine this will be, too!

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3280 · May 29, 2012 at 9:26 PM

I find that dairy talks to me. If it's in the fridge, it calls my name til I eat it. Sometimes it sings. ;)

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823 · May 30, 2012 at 4:13 AM

I gave up dairy at 18 due to allergy. Cheese and ice cream were the hardest. It took getting really sick, multiple times, in order to do it. (I got histamine reaction AND violent intestinal cramping). Since having NAET for it, I can have a bit occasionally and not suffer too much. Tasted the greek yogurt with honey this weekend...instant 8 year old. That's what yogurt WAS when I was a kid.

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11048 · May 29, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Oh, TeaElf, that put such an image in my head. Though I don't consume as much as I used to, I will NOT give up sour cream. I discovered European-style a few weeks ago and a little goes much further than the American versions I used to buy. Yummmmmmm

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6229 · June 03, 2012 at 3:44 AM

I would eliminate dairy and once your symptoms/health improve you could reintroduce small amounts of raw dairy and see how you do.

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596 · June 05, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Yeah, that's the plan. It's the elimination that is (still) excruciating for me :)

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2417 · May 29, 2012 at 3:01 PM

The amazing tacos from my local taco truck. It's a twice monthly treat, maybe, and I actually enjoy every bite. Vegetable oil and tortillas and all. Those things are magic and the dudes that cook them are a joy to buy from.

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21405 · June 01, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Tacos. Not a beverage. :-)

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8757 · May 29, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Yea, I'm the same with my coffee (I drink one of those international blends with lots flavoring powders that is very very non paleo). I have refused to give it up over the years.

BUT, when I'm not feeling well, I will cut it back. Some days I will skip it, just because I know thats what I need to do.

In general I allow myself the pleasure of my coffee, it makes me happy, so if I'm sick, I'll just take a few sips and thats it, still happy.

Decided what you want to do and how you can adjust to make yourself feel better, if this is your one guilty pleasure, I say be reasonable but don't deny yourself it you don't want to.

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9812 · May 29, 2012 at 12:23 PM

I'm having a hard time with coffee also- I read a couple months ago that gluten-intolerant folks should give up coffee as well, and since I'm still having some lingering intestinal distress, it should be a no-brainer! I avoided it pretty well for a couple weeks, but am back on it. I don't feel like it helps me function better and I only have a cup a day; I just love the taste.

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540 · May 29, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Screw that! I have given up a lot and coffee is where I draw the line.

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1467 · May 29, 2012 at 12:42 PM

damn. It's so hard. I wake up with my husband making coffee most mornings! It's tasty.

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1191 · June 01, 2012 at 10:14 AM

None. I used to love ice cream, pancakes, eclairs, muffins and chocolate. But I'm completely done with them. Too low carb intake + lots of stress + my extremely bad relationship with foods are now taken care of. Even in stressful times I don't really crave them anymore and after a long struggle I'm not eating foods again to give me a happy feeling. There are way better ways. Whenever I think about it now, I can't stand to chuckle and think "You silly thing" or something like that.

And to top it off, I've some tablets (400g) of my used-to-be-favorite milk chocolate in my fridge that makes me happy like in the old days, without the suffering afterwards, just by looking at it and realising "I don't need you anymore". Even thinking about it now makes me smile big time.

Screw it keeping your house clean of junk to make sure you won't eat it.

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1467 · June 01, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Well done you. Coffee isn't junk though so much harder to throw out.

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1191 · June 01, 2012 at 3:23 PM

If you really want to throw it out, you can. In the past I was always whining why these delicious foods were unhealthy, why others could eat them without discomfort, etc... And eventually every now and then I would end up binging on them. But at some point enough is enough. I'm in control of my life, not food.

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1467 · June 06, 2012 at 6:54 PM

update: I have finally decided to have coffee as a once in week treat as opposed to a daily item.

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1178 · May 31, 2012 at 1:18 AM

wine & hard cider. I'm okay with giving up glutenous and glutenfree beer, it took a while to get there but I'm okay with it, now. I also work with wine, ordering the whole bit.

Why is coffee considered bad by so many people? Haven't you folks ever had good coffee? I've given up drinking bad coffee, I'll stick with good coffee and stuff from my french press. And, I won't call it harmful, I'll call it awesome!

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4625 · May 31, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Im shocked at the wording of so many responses- I REFUSE. And some with a ton of points. And so much soda??? I'm Paleo man but I still like to drink a lot of soda on Pizza night but Im Paleo...... sad

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4625 · May 31, 2012 at 1:48 PM

GOD????? I guess Im a vegetarian that eats beef, is the same as being a coca cola paleo, DUDE

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531 · May 31, 2012 at 5:13 AM

I guess you're just too pure for us.

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531 · May 31, 2012 at 5:16 AM

It's not a religion, dude. God's not going to send you to hell for eating pizza.

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531 · June 02, 2012 at 1:59 PM

So you have 100 percent compliance? Does it get you laid? What is the correct definition of paleo again?

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4625 · June 03, 2012 at 2:35 PM

what does getting laid have to do with Paleo, Im married, I get more sex now than ever before. I do NOT claim to ne Paleo while sucking down soda or refusing to stop eating bread or cakes. I do have cheat days, far fewer all the time. The definition on this site of Paleo is do whatever you want, bullshit to friends that you are Grok!

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58 · December 19, 2013 at 6:16 PM

must be nice

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184 · May 30, 2012 at 10:39 PM

The occasional beer. About a packet or two of splenda a day (berries + cream + splenda).

I don't have problems with dairy, so I'm good with cheese. I also don't considercoffee that bad.

I miss ice cream.

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1489 · May 30, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Protein shakes. I know they're full of chemicals and that I shouldn't drink my calories, and I should eat whole protein...but they really do cure all sugar cravings PLUS keep me full for ages after!! and it's basically just protein :)

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715 · May 30, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Coffee, wine, an occasional gluten free beer or Mikes Hard Lemonade Lite.

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16 · May 29, 2012 at 10:30 PM

"lo carb" Monster. I used to drink 3 a day. I have cut down but still drink them from time to time. I drink a pre workout drink everyday too, mesomorph. It has really helped improve my CF times etc.

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11557 · May 29, 2012 at 10:25 PM

I did a wine/spirits/beer/cider tour of my province back when I was 5 for almost 2 months. My family is big into high quality artisan booze. Our gin collection alone could bring tears to the eyes of many a booze fan. I can't live at home and not be sampling all this awesome alcohol. Getting drunk with my parents/cousins/aunts/uncles/grandparents and rating bottles in the big book of reviews (yup, we bring a binder to parties to keep track) pretty much describes my family reunions. Such a good time though...

Also, even the best, highest quality dairy- just can't do it. Some old funky cheeses are totally fine, but even yogurt brings out the bloat in me. No matter how awesome, no matter how delicious...I need to cut it out. But I am so reluctant!

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1467 · May 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I hear you. I just had a double espresso and had to run to the toilet.

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827 · December 24, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Can I join your family? My family drinks 2 buck chuck and Coors light.

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231 · May 29, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Cream Earl Grey tea. It's so delicious that it must have some form of sugar/flavouring/crack in it but will never, ever give it up, CONSEQUENCES BE DAMNED!

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1467 · May 30, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Cream Earl Grey? I have never heard of that and I live in London!

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11557 · May 29, 2012 at 10:26 PM

ARg, yeah, I get London Fog's and dairy makes me bloat in about 0.5 minutes, it is torture!! But so gooooood..

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231 · May 31, 2012 at 2:06 PM

@ Jenny J, have you tried making them at home with almond milk and honey? It's actually much tastier than the 2 percent milk + overly sweet vanilla syrup combo. I didn't believe it until I tried it but it's true!

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231 · May 30, 2012 at 11:02 PM

There is no actual cream in it (that would be sacrilege). It's Ceylon tea + bergamot + vanilla + caramel + cornflowers to make it pretty :)

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14877 · May 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

alcohol and casein protein powder.

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1453 · May 29, 2012 at 5:38 PM

About a packet of Splenda once a day (on Greek yogurt, or over berries and cream). Diet soda once or twice a week.

Tortilla chips in Mexican restaurants -- but I don't feel great afterwards so last night, in fact, I told the server not to put them down.

I don't consider coffee or dairy harmful for me and have no intention of giving either up.

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1607 · May 29, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Sugar Free Gum

Coffee <- I don't consider this bad OR harmful, but everyone else mentioned it so whatevs.

Crystal Light <- shut up. the lemonade flavor is the bomb.

Dutch licorice

raw milk cheese

Wine and Liquor<- pry them from my cold and dead hand.

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6229 · June 03, 2012 at 3:47 AM

I like Glee Gum and they a sugar-free version using xylitol

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4059 · May 29, 2012 at 2:10 PM

"Harmful" food I won't give up: dreaming about doughnuts. Won't give that up ever ever ever.

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363 · May 29, 2012 at 6:07 PM

This. Dream for months. Walk into doughnut shop. Lose appetite. Tell myself I'll get some later. I'm procrastinating doughnuts...

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4059 · May 30, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Exactly........

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1029 · May 29, 2012 at 1:48 PM

diet cheerwine I refuse to give it up!

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5043 · May 30, 2012 at 8:04 PM

what the heck is cheerwine? nevah heard of it

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596 · May 29, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I LOVE CHEERWINE. The worst thing that happened to me after a week in Chattanooga was coming back to Phoenix and not having any! Luckily there are a few sources kind of nearby where I can get it from time to time :)

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1029 · May 31, 2012 at 5:17 PM

It's an excellent cherry flavored soft drink, bottled in Salisbury nc. It's been around since 1917; hence their new advertising motto: "Legend."

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383 · May 29, 2012 at 1:46 PM

dark chocolate, i know its not all bad, but i do tend to over indulge, its my naughty treat

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6229 · June 03, 2012 at 3:45 AM

what % are you eating? I can't overdo 85% and higher - it's so fatty and fibrous!

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11478 · May 29, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Litres of Diet Coke (although I have gone caffine free) and the occaisional glug of milk when I walk past the fridge. That makes me a bad man, I guess.

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1467 · May 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Yes. VERY bad :-)

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4625 · May 31, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Soda is the worst- please cut that link

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495 · May 29, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Goddamn Daim chocolate candy bars and Popcorners chips to dip in my salsa/melted cheddar mix.

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346 · May 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM

That's my favorite flavor, too! So sweet and crunchy. Mmm

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346 · May 29, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Popcorners chips are my weakness, too! Ahhhh I want one now.

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495 · May 29, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I love the Kettle flavor...but it makes my stomach unhappy :(

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495 · May 30, 2012 at 10:28 PM

I have had their ice cream cone, and it is very good :)

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1489 · May 30, 2012 at 9:53 PM

+1 for Daim ... they are GODLIKE! ever had their ice cream bar? ;)

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0 · December 19, 2013 at 11:31 PM

I will never give up dairy! I think it is quite frankly amazing that I was able to give up cereal...I literally grew up on that; every single morning before school I had a bowl at least!

Last year(2012) I remember I would go w/my mom to costco and buy the huge peanut butter jars; I actually prefer almond/other nut butters and can even live w/o those :)

But the longest I spent w/o dairy/cheese was during the While30; luckily, It doesn't make me feel bad or break out, so I will always keep having it :) I always try to get grassfed or raw; if I can't I'll have the tegular like tillamook my mom buys.

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0 · December 18, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Coffee in the morning, rum at night!

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17329 · December 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM

With a Yo Ho Ho, and a bottle of coffee in the morning ;)

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482 · December 18, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Tobacco. Rolling and smoking my own Drum tobacco about 2-3x per day takes me to a happy place for about 5 minutes.

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0 · December 15, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Oreos I have a mysterious addiction to oreos

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17329 · December 19, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Robb Wolf mentioned on a recent podcast how the cream inside of there triggers more addictive pleasure neurons than heroin or coke or something... get off that stuff fast!

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405 · May 31, 2012 at 12:24 AM

I have yet to be able to give up my Dr. Pepper completely. I still have two a week. Which is much better than the six I used to drink daily.

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531 · May 30, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Once in a while I order pizza. Mmmm ... pizza.

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923 · May 29, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Sugar-free gum - probably not going to give this up. Coffee - I'm going to try to cut back now that it's summer. Also I occasionally eat ice cream, watermelon and corn on the cob, although not at the same time. I had fresh cut french fries with ketchup & vinegar at an amusement park Sunday. They didn't taste as good as I remembered them though. Actually the ketchup was the best part haha.

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11048 · May 29, 2012 at 10:52 PM

I still have the occasional cob of corn. It's fresh and oh-so-tasty. In fact, there is some in my fridge right now that will probably be served with the steak and kale I am fixing for dinner...

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4176 · May 29, 2012 at 3:04 PM

The occasional beer. The not-so-occasional red wine and coffee.

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12540 · May 29, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Tacos and taquitos. I know the shells aren't good for me, and I always feel crappy the next day after eating them, but every so often I -still- break down and eat them. Most of the time, I'm all good with my homemade spiced meat on greens (which, BTW, even though they're paleo, I still can't eat much of without totally messing up my intestines), but every once in a while, I simply have to have a full-on taco with the crunchy shell.

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11557 · May 29, 2012 at 10:19 PM

SOOooo agree. Nothing quite like an excellent, crunchy, juicy, spicy taco.

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21405 · June 01, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Are tacos a beverage?

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