AHHH I have been losing weight by eating mostly anything... I don't eat many sweets. But I'll eat chips and what not. I don't eat much a day... I have lost 10 pounds so far, but I think I have hit a plateau because for the past week not much has been changing weight wise. I just can't seem to get used to just eating paleo... I feel like there is ZERO flavor! I love my ranch and my bbq sauce. Help a brotha out!
You should probably learn to cook.
Also, if your palate is used to junk food that has been specifically engineered to make you want to eat as much as possible through unnatural flavour and texture combinations (think stuff like potato chips) then you might find eating actual, real, whole food boring at first in comparison. Stick with it, stop eating "chips and whatnot" and you'll likely find that processed food starts to lose its appeal and actual FOOD starts to taste good. It won't have that same "can't eat just one" factor that junk food has, but real food shouldn't taste like that. If that means paleo food is "boring" then so be it.
tl;dr: you need to retrain your palate.
I liken this to what happens when you go to a concert. The music is loud, REALLY loud, and when you get in the car to drive home, you don't even realize your friend is talking to you because your hearing is shot. Your ears have become desensitized to "normal" decibel ranges because of the exposure to volume kicked up to "11".
After a lifetime of eating foods that are deliberately designed to manipulate your sense of taste, you can't "hear" the flavors in regular food.
Cut out all processed foods, artificial flavors, fast food, etc. and let your sense of taste resensitize.
You also mentioned that you are having a hard time getting past a weight loss plateau. Eating foods that lack flavor ("low reward") is actually a weight loss strategy that is gaining some traction these days (vs simply counting calories, manipulating macronutrients, etc.)
Let's nip this on in the bud:
"81,000 DIFFERENT meals"
I feel like I should start this with a chiding I got from my 5th grade teacher when I was complaining about being bored one day, "Only boring people get bored!" If corporal punishment were allowed at that school I'm sure it would have come with quick swat from a ruler too.
So, before blaming "paleo food" for your boredom, take some initiative and try to liven things up. It isn't the food per se, it is what you are bringing to it. Since you are hooked on strong flavors try these things (you can work on resensitizing your palate after you get the nutrition dialed in):
Add kim chi as a side dish and you'll wake up the whole plate, spicy pickled goodness, mmm. It is a kick in the pants in a jar, if you like to sweat while you eat, go ahead and down a big bowl of the stuff. Pickled jalepenos and garlic cloves are good too.
Paleo chili is a good option if you want something with intense flavors. You can spice it up as much as you want with tomato paste, salt, garlic, onions, chilis (chipotle chili powder has an amazing smokey heat), cumin, and even chocolate powder.
Coconut milk curry with a red curry paste has more punch than Cool Ranch Doritos could ever dream of. If you want a base for what it should taste like when you make it at home try Tom Kha Gai soup at a Thai restaurant with 3-4 stars.
If you are short on time, Trader Joe's has precooked carnitas (I'm sure not pastured, but oh well it is tasty enough meat for me to make an exception) that takes 2-3 minutes to heat in the microwave. Shred it and add a bunch of salsa or Tapatio hot sauce, a blob of guacamole and/or sour cream, and you have an amazing spicy meal.
If you need barbeque sauce, just make your own with Mark Sisson's recipe in the Primal Blueprint Cookbook.
Add these to your spice cabinet: cinnamon, cloves, cumin, sage, rosemary, dill, poultry seasoning, chili powder, cayenne chili powder, chipotle chili powder, Chinese hot mustard, a jar of horseradish, powdered ginger, a jar of crushed garlic, wasabi, pickled ginger, red curry paste, a pepper grinder, unrefined sea salt, coconut liquid aminos, liquid smoke, and sesame oil. Boring will be a thing of the past. Unlike processed snack foods, real food requires participation in the seasoning process.
The only TV show I make a point to watch is Hell's Kitchen. I look at what they make, and it's basically paleo. Maybe there's some cheese here or there and then there are pasta dishes, but essentially it's somebody with talent making meat, seafood veggies, sauce, fat, spices, fruit, nuts, etc. Emphasis on talent.
It sounds like there is a more fundamental diet issue. Eating "chips and whatnot" means our friend here is not eating paleo, or real food. Sounds like he's also got a lingering sweet tooth and possibly that his tastebuds are overstimulated by the junk in his diet
Maybe if you give an idea of what you're eating, someone here can counsel you on how to get your tastebuds back on track, in addition to all the nifty paleo tips on seasoning and sauces.
Paleo condiments: http://paleodietlifestyle.com/homemade-paleo-condiments/
There's plenty of flavor in paleo cooking if you are a little creative and keep looking for new recipes.
For me, I couldn't eat "mostly anything" beyond the basics. If I wanted flavor, I needed to be willing to experiment, and I needed to plan a bit more it for the pantry. Herbs and Spices, etc. You can't do anything without the ingredients, and you'll pretty much have to make your own and not buy from the stores (as you saw with BBQ sauce). Search here for Paleo Ranch and Paleo BBQ Sauce recipes and give them a try.
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