The past years I had these nostalgic feelings towards eating SAD: enjoying it, without having to worry about my sufferings afterwards (which were present, I just didn't know), etc....
And from time to time I fell of the Paleo wagon or whatever you want to call it. Maybe fell off isn't even the right description because sometimes I just stepped off wondering how it would taste after a whole30, etc...
The thing is, everytime I experimented my "binge foods" tasted good. Maybe a little to sugary at first but after a few big bites through the sweet apple I eased into it. But now? I try them and they taste awful. Out of curiosity (because this seriously conflicts with my memories) I try something else and more and more and more until I'm left with my huge nostalgic feeling of what they used to be and how I so enjoyed them.
This has also repeated itself a few times:
The first time eating pancakes → doesn't taste good at all → must be because I tried a chocolate bar first. Second time eating pancakes → doesn't taste good at all → must be because I actually wasn't hungry at all. Third time eating pancakes → doesn't taste good at all → must be because they were baked softer in the past
SERIOUSLY, who am I kidding?! It somehow doesn't get into my head. There is no room left because of that "It tasted good so it still tastes good, you're the issue"-feeling, nostalgia and my latest issue with cooking 3 times/day and doing the dishes + my studies + shopping + lousy neighbors +....
Anyhow, I've had enough of it (been there already a few times but now it's for real [cliché]) and will have to accept crap tastes like crap and the past is and will stay the past. Also these face breakouts are definitely not worth the "cheats", stand alone the other health issues. Good night.
I don't get nostalgic for the food itself, but I do recall fondly on the days when I didn't worry about what I ate, and my idea of the person I was when I didn't.
Maybe because I've had lots of problems pop up post-paleo. I think this idea of just "going back" somehow is more attractive to those whose stories' don't fit into the paleo-cured-all-my-ailments narrative.
I get nostalgic for all kinds of SAD food - bannock (family Christmas tradition; it's basically a flatbread with nuts and fruit), chocolate chip cookies (I remember baking them for my family and then having a ball eating them still warm from the oven dipped in a big glass of milk), sourdough bread (again, a family event to go to the bakery and come home and enjoy delicious fresh bread with our veggie soup for lunch), hot chocolate (cozy evenings around the fire)...somehow doing these things without the foods isn't the same at all and I'd rather not do them at all than do them wrong.
Honestly, I'd say you're lucky. When I fall off the wagon, the SAD food tastes really, really good. After all, a lot of it is designed to. That makes it harder to climb back on the wagon.
Most of the foods I have nostalgia for are not gluten-containing foods, so I tend to have less issues with testing the waters on them (grits, cornbread, french fries, ice cream).
That being said, those foods KILL my progress. I notice that I sleep like crap too when I eat them.
EVERY DAY I'M AT WORK.
Thankfully, I don't get cravings often, but it's pretty damn hard. Have you ever been on an Amtr@k train and visited the cafe car? If yes, then you know what I have to sell, because that's my job. If no -- basically a sampling of the standard American diet: candy, pop, chips, muffins, bagels, sandwiches with lottsa bread, and so on.
Ugh...I have been doing paleo for almost a month strictly. I snuck a Hershey kiss at work the other day because I couldn't stand not having one, and I was very disappointed that it tasted different than I remembered. Certainly not what I was going for.
No I don't really miss much at all, ok if I walk past a bakery and smell fresh bread baking, I might recall how that with a large slab of butter tastes.
In general if I binge, I pay for it, so I've replaced alot of those memories with PAIN and Payback!!
If I'm craving something, I go on line and google the heck out of it until I find a way to replicate the taste or close to it with pure ingredients.
I've also adopted a new motto, 'eat to live, not live to eat' helps to remind myself that its a necessary evil but should be done to fuel myself, while still enjoying it, but not to over do it.
Usually I do not miss much, except for when I pass one house. They always have nice food smells. It reminds me of my mother's cooking. I feel nostalgic, but I do not get hungry. The craving disappears fast.
There is one thing I really really really really really miss. Not enough "reallys" there, but I think people will stop reading after the fifth "really".
It is chocolate ice-cream by Sammontana. If I knew that tomorrow is the end of the world, I would buy three trays and I would eat and eat and eat. At least I would die with a smile on my chocolate covered face from overindulgence.
If I had a genie, I would only have one wish: to make all my wishes come true. My next wish would be - I could eat anything I want as much as I want and not get sick.
And then I would eat three chocolate ice cream trays by Sammontana. I know they have traces of gluten but I would not care.
Here the song I dedicate to my favorite chocolate ice-cream. Listen only if you really miss something or somebody:
I've been paleo for 5 months. Went to a farmers market this week and they had all kinds of SAD fare - lots of carnival/fair type foods. The crazy thing is that those smells overwhelmed me and made me feel nauseous. To think that I used to be able to polish off a loaf of bread a day pre-paleo.
I know that there are people who have not experienced this level of aversion so my question is what causes the change in taste and smell perception? Is it different if you have been super strict or done a whole 30 or Atkins type of plan for awhile? Different with LC vs VLC?
I'm pretty strict with my diet but I do eat dark chocolate and small amounts of dairy (mainly heavy cream in my coffee and some grass fed butter). I eat around 100 grams of carbs a day (less when I am not active and more when I am moving a lot).
I miss toast. I have a T-shirt with "I (red heart) toast" on the front. I have a toaster calendar showing a toaster of the month. I bought some gluten free bread from a local baker. "This will be good; I can has toast!" Bleech. Not tasty, like swallowing paste balls. Yesterday I had a bite of a beautiful crusty bakery baguette. No good either. Oh well, I am loving homemade ice cream made with organic ingredients. deliciious!