What was the hardest previous bit of food 'wisdom' for you to overcome in switching to a Paleo way of eating? I think mine involves absorbing the idea that whole grains and oatmeal are not good for me.
That saturated fat is good for us!
I think we (society) have become indoctrinated into thinking that we should take the skin off chicken breast and that lard is wicked and butter bad. This one was really hard for me to overcome. I am asked regularly by my mother if I am still eating 'too much' lard, when I remember distinctly when I was little, she used to have dripping on toast for breakfast, now she would never dream of doing this because nowadays it is just not politically correct.
I still get shocked reactions from friends when they hear what I eat for breakfast everyday and that does make me sometimes think twice about the levels of fat I am eating, but then thoughts of the health benefits I am experiencing whilst eating this fat (and from coming to places like this) outweighs the social pressure I feel.
Corn was the hard one. I still have a hard time grokking (so to speak) that even fresh local corn on the cob isn't good for me. I may still succumb and eat some anyway come summer, but given that the season where I live is only 6-10 weeks, I don't think it'll be too big a deal healthwise. And for sure it will be slathered in plenty of good pastured butter...
I've always loved eating the fatty parts of meat, so eating fat has never been a problem.
For me, it wasn't the role of grains, it was the role of legumes. I love beans, and have always thought they were healthy for you. And to learn that peas and nuts fall in the legume category was a bit of a shock. Sounds silly, but you don't think about those things until they start to become important.
Well, I not only tilt PaNu, but also WAPF :). So while I'm with you on the grains issue conceptually, I guess I haven't sworn off them for life yet. For now, I'm definitely grain-free, but not sure where I'll be down the road. TBD!
No, for me, I'm with Suzan and Louisa. I'm old enough to have been around when fat became bad, and feel about as indoctrinated as if it were a religion! Eating olive oil is one thing, but butter? Coconut oil?! Fat in meat?
Love how I feel eating this way, but my brain still sometimes pushes back!
Dairy. I'm hard-pressed to give it up.
UPDATE (my comment wouldn't fit in the comment box):
Rick, some paleos don't agree that dairy is part of a paleo diet; because evidence suggests that man didn't start consuming dairy until animals were domesticated, which I think is around the beginning of the neolithic period. However, as Kurt Harris M.D. reminds us, "Metabolism first, history second." So perhaps dairy is okay. But some people have found that too much dairy does not help a recovering metabolism. For example, I think I've discovered that I've all but broken my insulin resistance and therefore, I should limit my dairy intake, since dairy is full of carbs. Those who are doing paleo to lose weight, should likely give up or limit dairy for the weight loss period. Those who are doing paleo for simple metabolic or health reasons aside from weight loss, should feel free to continue consuming dairy, provided that their bodies are capable of digesting it. Thoughts?
I was never indoctrinated with 'conventional wisdom'. Nothing there for me to overcome. Probably because I was only 18 when I switched to paleo, had never dieted, a mom who only used real butter and I don't live in the states.
It's the social aspects of food that I still struggle with.
That artificial sweeteners in zero calorie drinks cause an insulin response just as drinking a real "Coke" (as we say in the South) does. Probably should have been drinking the real thing all those years.