When I was a small child, I found a bulk-size container of Nestle Quick powder in my basement. Struck speechless at my good fortune, I silently and methodically popped the top, peeled back the foil, cupped my hand inside, and repeatedly scooped handfuls of chocolate powder into my mouth. My tolerance to sugar had not been tested in the preceding five years. So I continued, a small pajama-clad automoton, eating progressively stickier scoops of powder.
Just before I felt the sickness coming on, my grandmother came downstairs and caught me, my head shrowded in a cloud of brown powder. She asked me a question that I couldn't answer (literally--she had just moved to America and didn't know any English). I just stood there heaving, as we stared in mutual confusion. I tried desperately to think of any lie that a 70 year old Indian grandmother would possibly believe, and that could be expressed by gestures only. Unfortunately, the resulting gestures made me look like a dancing Teletubby, which confused her even more.
So here's the questions...
Certain foods and food additives trigger me to overeat and sugar in ANY form is definitely the worst among them. I generally won't binge out on a bowl of fruit, but I know with certainty that if I eat a banana, I will be plagued by food cravings that are more difficult to control for the rest of the day. I've been known to binge on dried fruit, especially if I can get fat involved too; dates dipped in full fat greek yogurt, dried apples dipped in almond butter, chicharones and dried figs, etc.
The hard truth that I've learned about myself recently: I absolutely cannot have any paleo gray areas. Like a junkie -- dried fruit, dairy, miniscule (homeopathic amounts!) of flavor additives -- are the gateway drugs that will have me sitting in the Safeway parking lot at 2am with a pint of Ben & Jerry's and a whole cake. I'm surprised I haven't found myself scraping spilled sugar off the cupboard floor and heating it up on a spoon.
Morbid, but rather telling, my sister and I (when we were wee little children probably no older than 7-8) used to make "suicide pacts" that involved elaborate schemes in which we would break into the corner store down the street and eat candy until we died in a blissed-out sugar coma.
Six months ago, I was eating hot cocoa mix straight from the package at work and got caught by my boss. The coughing fit that ensued is office legend.
My words should be taken with a grain of salt, as I have had an eating disorder for most of my life. However, if I eat a lot of fruit, I get ravenously hungry-and then I eat anything and everything in site--and a lot of that "everything" will end up being very non-Paleo food.
My mother had the intuition to not allow sugar in the house (except for the occasional white Italian bakery bread) but I am very sugar sensitive despite it. I remember stealing a bunch of the chocolate bars I was supposed to be selling for my school and getting in big trouble because I "hid" the evidence (the wrappers) by flushing it down the drain and we had a giant clog. SOOOOOOO embarassing. I still blush when I think about my chubby 10 year old self watching in horror as the plumber fished out a bunch of movie sized candy wrappers in front of my mother. She also paid us 5 cents a piece for our Halloween candy. We made bank a few years. She also gave us the option of a big basket of crap candy or one small dark Godiva bunny and a small packet of jelly bellies for Easter. We totally went for the quality over the quantity. That woman is such a riot.
For the most part I avoid all paleo "junk food" My tastes buds can't tell the difference so it's just as bingeworthy. Obviously it doesn't give me a stomach ache like vegetable oil laden white flour cake but it's just a no no. Admittedly, I do indulge in some ice cream and dark chocolate once a month but it doesn't seem to set me off the way candy and pastries do.
Any time I eat too many carbs I make sure I have a large dose of butter or coconut oil/milk. It seems to settle the beast.
I actually have tested this on myself and I think that I don't binge as much on fruit if it's not restricted. If I restrict carbs I tend to freak out on sugar at least once a week.
Steak and sweet potatoes is my favorite food of all time so that gets me pretty amped up!
Personally, I've never binged on a bowl full of peaches and bananas and haven't yet wanted to but I used to be able to put away a package of oreos in one sitting. Yes, a package.
I could "binge" on salad topped with steak or chicken and I think it would probably make me crave sugar and other non-paleo foods even less because I feel AMAZING after I eat a couple pounds of salad and meat.
A good fatty ribeye amps me up in the best way possible, muffins/pancakes/cake literally put me into a sleepy depression these days and now I know I'm much more likely to crave crap foods after eating crap foods.
I did the same thing - with Pez. I ate all the Pez that came with the dispenser (i believe 3 packages) and then the refill package (somewhere around 10 more packages of Pez). I have never eaten them since - and have never looked at Daffy the Duck in the same way since.
It summah time and I'm eating fruit salad! There, I said it!
I feel energized by it. It makes me very happy. I don't at all lose control eating it. Fruit's Paleo, right?
If I was left alone at the tender age of five with an unlimited amount of Nestle Quick, powdered Tang or hot cocoa mix, I would have displayed some horrendous animal-like behavior, for sure! I wonder, though, if I would have done the same with a simple bowl of sugar - purest of the purest form of sucrose. I really don't think I would. Without all that other exciting flavors added in, sugar is just like fat or salt to me, irresistible when mixed with other goodies, meh on it's own.
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