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by 20353 · 17 minutes ago

What are your go to Food Reward food items as well as tips and tricks?

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J__Stanton___gnolls_org 0 · January 26, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Realize that "food reward" is not a unitary concept -- it's composed of several distinct drives. If we don't understand this, we're stuck in a land of unclear and circular definitions Further realize that our tastes are the product of millions... (more)

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by 6087 · 24 minutes ago

Someone mentioned that pork rinds are unsatiating despite being high in protein and fat. Any other paleo/pseudo-paleo foods that are surpringly unsatiating?

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Dan_14 0 · October 31, 2011 at 12:40 AM

This probably varies from person to person, but when I first went Paleo I was eating a ton of nuts and they never seemed to fill me up. I could eat cups of those things no problem (2 cups of almonds is 1000 calories). Then I learned about... (more)

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by 20411 · 37 minutes ago

I've been following Stephan Guyenet's Food Reward series with some interest.... (more)

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luckybastard 0 · June 02, 2011 at 1:50 PM

i've been following stephan's posts too. i think the food reward concept in and of itself needs to be hashed out more. i've seen his explanations of it and it still seems abstract to me. as far as bland foods being good for fat loss, i can see... (more)

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by 12174 · 37 minutes ago

I read about dopamine in connection to food/brain reward pathways all the time. My question is about folks trying to break free of SAD patterns/cravings. People in such a position will be trying to eat paleo whole foods that don't provide the... (more)

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Dexter 0 · May 21, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Have copious amounts of sex which will release oxytocins into the bloodsteam which will relieve the stressors associated with processed carb snack withdrawl. So whenever a SAD eater feels the stress of deprivation of carb withdrawl, the sack is... (more)

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by 12174 · 42 minutes ago

There are so many inspiring paleo success stories shared here that I can't resist asking: Did you use a large and/or small reward system? Of course getting fit and healthy is ultimately the largest reward of all, but what I'd like to know is... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · March 01, 2011 at 7:04 PM

In typical male form, rather than rewarding myself when I hit a milestone, I invest in a bunch of clothes so that I stand to lose a lot of money if I regain the fat.

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by 2517 · about 1 hour ago

It's funny that this thread just popped up, because I got to thinking of a question in the same general bucket just last night. On occasion, you may find yourself eating something that doesn't jive with the whole Paleo/Primal thing. I know I've... (more)

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Ed 0 · June 10, 2010 at 1:34 AM

Interesting question. What you're suggesting is analogous to the "maintenance" phase of immunotherapy, where you may be injected with an occasional dose of bee venom or tree pollen to keep your allergic reactions at bay. Since reactions to... (more)

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by 716 · October 20, 2014 at 3:40 AM

I have been experimenting with reducing food reward/palatability for a while now and have been unsuccessful to say the least. Couple days I could go until fatigue would hit me (in many different ways) and I would give in to some junk to make me... (more)

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Sara_S_ 0 · August 01, 2012 at 11:24 PM

There are a few problems I think you could be having. One might be that your digestive system isn't getting a strong enough signal that you're eating, so digestive enzymes and juices aren't being sufficiently elicited. That you get sleepy... (more)

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by 664 · October 20, 2014 at 3:38 AM

So I have been having some great success with Paleo since kicking this thing off. I forgot my lunch this morning...I know...dangerzone, right? So I needed something. I got a mediterranean chicken salad with no dressing and very little feta. ... (more)

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MathGirl72 0 · June 28, 2012 at 11:21 PM

I get a pedicure or a manicure. Unfortunately, my relationship with food is still horrifyingly precarious and if I reward myself with food, I will spiral out of control very easily.

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by 7592 · October 20, 2014 at 3:31 AM

I've been reading and waiting for a personal revelation in the food reward discussions. I continue to read Guyenet, Stanton, Roberts, the blogs/controversies etc. to try and understand my affinity for the cheetoe and peanut butter cup???or any... (more)

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Joni_1 0 · March 20, 2012 at 6:52 PM

I wonder if you are lacking some vitamin or mineral that makes you go off the wagon and crave other things? Can you list your foods for a few days? Maybe someone can find a nutritional void...

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by 2226 · October 20, 2014 at 3:25 AM

In this study by Hashim, which I've seen cited on blogs a few times, the obese subjects spontaneously reduced calories and lost substantial bodyfat when restricted to a smoothie of sorts ??? specifically, a liquid formula that was nutritionally... (more)

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January 0 · December 02, 2011 at 3:55 AM

I'd drink it and probably like it, but I have weird tastes. It does look nutritionally broad. The liver powder: I've heard that it's not so hot nutritionally because the processing wrecks the nutrients. The delicate oil-soluble vitamins, which is... (more)

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by 363 · October 20, 2014 at 3:21 AM

Paying attention to the food reward debates as well as some personal experience with addiction and over eating I???m beginning to think food addiction is everywhere! I recently went on a road trip with some friends. We had to stop every 4 hours... (more)

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greyman 0 · October 02, 2011 at 7:03 AM

Many people like to criticize SAD, but recently I was thinking about something. Here in Europe, people are on something similar to SAD - with the exception that maybe instead of cornflakes, we like to eat bread with butter for breakfast. Plus,... (more)

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by 1982 · October 20, 2014 at 3:15 AM

Does it now make sense in light of the recent discussions on food reward, set points, and fat loss? Here is a link

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Todd 0 · June 03, 2011 at 9:59 PM

The Jaminents just posted a great write up on this yesterday. Here is a link link text What I took from it is that Food Reward, as presented by Stephen, does play a role, but it is part of a larger system, and may only impact those whose are... (more)

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by 12174 · October 20, 2014 at 3:15 AM

I am a huge fan of umami foods: sauteed mushrooms and onions, a particularly well cooked piece of steak or bacon, a delightful broth, certain pickled veggies, and yes: cheese! Lately I've been catching up on the latest Chris Kresser podcast with... (more)

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Stabby 0 · May 29, 2011 at 9:30 PM

I don't really think that real food is necessarily hijacking anything. It all appears to depend upon leptin sensivity, which likely predisposes us to becoming slaves to food addiction in the first place.... (more)

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by 1578 · October 19, 2014 at 3:55 AM

The first bite is always the best. Then as you proceed to chomp away it becomes somewhat tasteless. I'm aware of the food reward advantage but why is it short lived? What if it lasted all the way to the last bite?

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Stephen_4 0 · November 03, 2012 at 3:27 AM

Lol, you should look up the opponent process theory of motivation. Basically absolutely everything that is pleasurable is slightly less pleasurable with repeated stimulus. So, think of Cocaine, Meth, Orgasms, Pizza, etc. Anything that stimulates... (more)

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by 4100 · October 18, 2014 at 3:41 AM

I am reading a fascinating book called Zoobiquity right now. In it (specifically chapter five) the author talks about our brains being wired for reward in the form of feeling good, and how hunting and gathering used to trigger these... (more)

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RadiantRachel 0 · July 19, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Are you familiar with the concept of "toxic mimics?" I think that's what you're really pointing to here and might want to google the concept to learn more. Examples of toxic mimics: fruit shaped candies, internet interactions instead of real... (more)

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by 18635 · October 18, 2014 at 3:17 AM

From the standpoint of dopamine and reward and such is it not easier to add a pleasurable activity or item before or even as you take one away? When you make choices as to reducing certain toxic stresses for the long term how much of your focus... (more)

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Primordial 0 · August 16, 2011 at 3:52 PM

From my observations the main reasons why people restrain from just beginning is the reward factor of modern foods. This is especially true for older people with an unsatisfactory life and no pleasure besides eating. Thus eating becomes the most... (more)

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by 716 · October 13, 2014 at 3:48 AM

Was wondering if anyone knew the timeline involved in adapting to a blander diet. Also wondering if anyone knew ways to speed the adaptation

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eakthekat 0 · August 01, 2012 at 5:49 PM

I don't think I could ever adapt to a bland diet; I love food too much. If you are eating bland food, because you think that is what is required, check out some of the Paleo cookbooks available. Also, check out freetheanimal.com. He has a lot of... (more)

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