Have you always had food preferences that leaned towards paleo? Or had food preferences that you later find out were good for you?
I remember 15 years ago seeing an article about paleo and thinking "wow, that looks like how I want to eat!" Being a teenager, though, I didn't have enough control over food choices to get things like elk and venison, which seemed an important staple of the diet from the article I read at the time (if only I had known better!). I've never really cared much for bread or pasta, and found that if I ate too much wheat stuff, and not enough veggies, I'd get irritable/angry. And pasta would sit in my tummy like a brick, blegh. For a while I went vegetarian because I thought that would be a way to get more veggies in my diet, but of course that didn't work out as expected: I just got more bread. :(
So the paleo way of eating really just gives me the freedom to eat how I'd really like to (my current elimination diet notwithstanding).
My husband, on the other hand, has always loved bread and cheese. He switched over to lacto-paleo to be supportive of me, and he has been really happy with it. I'm surprised that there wasn't more resistance, given how much he loved bread. So his food preferences didn't really direct him to a healthful diet. (Though I should add, he grew up on fresh veggies from his mom's garden, plus plenty of animal protein and fat, so his body had a healthy foundation.)
Do you think people who grow up without a good foundation of nutrition have more of a craving for meat and veggies? What was your own experience: is the paleo way of eating how you've been wanting to eat all along, or was it a shift from your previous food preferences? Can we know what is healthy to eat just by listening to our bodies?