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

by (1498) Updated December 24, 2013 at 10:12 PM 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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1803 · May 29, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Vodka. Usually plus soda and a lime :)

11664 · 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.

4247 · 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.

40 · May 29, 2012 at 12:17 PM

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!

1883 · 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.

7362 · 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

30 · May 29, 2012 at 6:18 PM

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

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.

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.

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.

21258 · 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).

823 · May 31, 2012 at 5:03 AM

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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

3774 · 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

600 · 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!

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.

12405 · 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.

8753 · 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.

9796 · 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.

1193 · 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.

1179 · 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!

4620 · 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

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.

1437 · 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 :)

715 · May 30, 2012 at 7:41 PM

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

13 · 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.

11476 · 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!

232 · 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!

14507 · May 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

alcohol and casein protein powder.

1383 · 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.

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.

4039 · 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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1012 · May 29, 2012 at 1:48 PM

diet cheerwine I refuse to give it up!

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

11157 · 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.

495 · May 29, 2012 at 11:51 AM

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

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!

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.

0 · December 15, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Oreos I have a mysterious addiction to oreos

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.

543 · May 30, 2012 at 11:30 PM

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

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.

4145 · May 29, 2012 at 3:04 PM

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

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