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February 15, 2012

8 Reasons Why You Act Against Your Own Better Judgment

By Mark Sisson
232 Comments

We all make poor choices against our better judgment. It’s kind of what makes us human – the tendency to actively and willfully make decisions that will result in unfavorable outcomes. Sure, the candy bar tastes good, but you know you’ll feel awful after eating it. Yeah, that blog is fun to read, but you know you’d be much happier if you finished that essay for class first. And yet five minutes later, a candy bar wrapper sits, emptied of its contents; your molars house fragments of nougat and sport a caramel sheen; light nausea approaches; and you find yourself wading knee deep through comment sections, MS Word window minimized. What just happened? Why did you do those things that you told yourself you wouldn’t, that you warned yourself against, and whose negative ramifications are already coming to fruition – just as you predicted?

Last week, we began the dialog with my introductory post on akrasia – the act of knowingly working against one’s own interests – but we didn’t get into any details. Today, I’m going to try to provide a few answers. I’m going to delve into the reasons for akrasia, particularly as it pertains to making bad eating choices. I won’t discuss psychological issues, per se, instead focusing on physiological explanations, but keep in mind that the two are often one and the same. You can’t really separate the mind from the body (well, without killing the person, that is).

Whether we pick up the phone to order takeout, open the candy wrapper, shove the spoon into the jar of Nutella, or accept the offered slice of cake, we are making a decision. Most health experts say making the healthy decision is a matter of willpower. So that if you make an unhealthy decision you simply don’t want it badly enough. Like Bob Newhart in that old Mad TV sketch, they seem to think all you have to do is just “STOP IT!”

Well, it’s not that easy. Otherwise, folks wouldn’t be making these decisions that go against their better judgment. Otherwise, they’d indeed be “stopping it.”

So why do we do it?

Many – perhaps most – poor dietary choices stem from an inability to resist cravings. And who can blame you, really? Whether they’re for chips, sweets, or something specific like wheat, cravings are difficult to ignore by design. Their very purpose is to get you to give in to them, to override your rational side and promote decisive, single-minded pursuit of whatever it is you crave. Something, then, is at the heart of these cravings. Something physiological. But what?

1. You’re missing something from your diet and your ancient genes are misinterpreting the modern cravings.

There’s often a disconnect between what our animal bodies need or desire and what our human minds know is best. When the animal body perceives a deficiency, some nutrient lacking in the diet, like salt, it often develops a craving for that nutrient. 20,000 years ago, if you were salt-deficient you would have gone looking for shellfish or rock salt, because those are the salt sources you knew. Your food memory bank was rather limited in scope. Today, that same salt deficiency might manifest as a craving for Pringles or Cheezits, because those foods are listed under “salt” in your food memory bank.

Let’s look at some research on the subject. In one study (PDF), human volunteers were put on a strict low-sodium diet and treated with diuretics for ten days, rendering “substantial sodium depletion.” The effects were pretty telling. Salt thresholds – the minimum detectable level of sodium chloride dissolved in water – lowered dramatically; the subjects could detect lower levels of salt during sodium-depletion than they could during sodium-repletion. Furthermore, salt depletion made salty foods taste better than they had before the study, and salt-depleted subjects rated the saltiest foods as the most attractive and desirable.

It’s quite possible that your “Pringles cravings” are actually salt cravings, and that the former is simply what your animal body associates with “salty.”

2. You’re missing something from your diet and your modern self is misinterpreting the ancient cravings.

What about sweet cravings? Paul Jaminet thinks that sugar cravings might actually be fatty meat cravings. It sounds crazy on the face of it, but he makes some salient points. First, certain amino acids are actually slightly sweet. These sweeter amino acids are also hydrophobic, which means they are found inside cells with fats, and they repel water (fat doesn’t mix with water). Hydrophilic amino acids, which are water-soluble, do not associate with fat, and trigger the umami tastebuds, are not sweet. A leading theory of sweetness even suggests that in order for a compound to be sweet (to interact with sweetness receptors), it must be hydrophobic. Paul suggests that in a Paleolithic environment with ample prey, bland (rather than sweet) tubers and less abundant/seasonal fruits, cravings for sweets drove us to eat calorie-dense, nutrient-rich fatty meat.

It’s possible, yet again, that our animal bodies are confused by the modern (and totally understandable) conflation of sweet with sugar and misinterpret what is actually a need for fat. Perhaps those sweet cravings turn into sugar binges because sugar isn’t actually what your body wants.

3. You’re addicted to wheat.

Wheat contains opioid peptides that may be able to activate opioid receptors in our bodies. You know what else activates opioid receptors? Opium, morphine, and heroin. (I’ve never tried any of them, but I hear they can inspire some real devotion from their users. See: Trainspotters, Requiem for a Dream.) I know that may sound glib, and I’ll be the first to admit that research into this is still very preliminary. You won’t find any ironclad evidence on PubMed that wheat is addictive. But the thinking goes that rather than hitting you like a ton of bricks and rendering you speechless from the sublime triggering of your opioid receptors, wheat addiction manifests as a stubborn lingering thing.

Evidence does exist, however limited. One older paper (PDF) that identifies multiple opioid peptides in wheat gluten, suggests that they are capable of binding to brain opioid receptors via a “plausible biomechanical mechanism,” and deems them of “physiological significance.” Dr. Emily Deans, of Evolutionary Psychiatry, has actually used naltrexone – a drug that blocks opiate receptors – to curb wheat cravings in celiac patients who are trying to kick the “habit.”

Wheat plays a huge role in the diets of industrialized nations. If you’re reading this, you probably grew up eating it. You may still be eating it from time to time – and that may be at least partly responsible for your urge to eat that slice of bread.

4. You’re addicted to sugar.

Similarly to wheat, sugar has addictive properties. A review of the rat studies shows that rodents will become quite addicted to sugar rather quickly, at times even choosing it over pharmaceutical-grade cocaine. There’s evidence that the addictive properties affect humans, too. As with wheat, naltrexone has been shown to reduce the rewarding properties of sugar in people. When you block the opiate receptors in the brain, sugar simply isn’t as rewarding and you’re not driven to consume as much of it. 

Sugar appears to be addictive in both rats and humans. You, being a human, could very well be drawn to make bad decisions about sweets because you are addicted to them.

5. You’re stressed out.

Everyone knows about “stress eating.” Chronic stress is repeatedly linked to obesity and overeating, and there’s strong evidence that it even elicits cravings for specific foods or nutrients. Like sugar. Remember our old friend cortisol? It’s one of the premier stress hormones, and in high cortisol responders – people that secrete lots of cortisol in response to stress – cravings for and intake of sweets increase dramatically. Stress also appears to increase the desire for “comfort foods,” those deadly high-sugar, high-fat concoctions, via an increase in ghrelin, a hunger hormone.

Stress can also lead to salt cravings, probably because the adrenal glands which produce stress hormones also produce hormones which monitor electrolyte balance. And indeed, stress can also increase salt requirements, which, as we know from earlier, can often manifest as “chips cravings” or “cracker cravings.”

6. You’re training too much without adequate fueling.

My general rule is that starchy vegetables like tubers and potatoes, as well as sweet fruits, are elective foods. You don’t need ’em, and most people, especially those who are trying to lose weight, will be better off limiting them. They can be tasty, though, and if your activity levels warrant a higher intake of carbs, you could eat them. I have no problem with that and I don’t see them as problematic in that situation. In fact, if you’re doing daily Crossfit WODs or pounding the pavement to the tune of 100+ miles each week, you had better eat some tubers and some fruit. If you don’t, if you go very low carb while trying to maintain that breakneck pace, you will suffer. You will probably also crave easily-digestible, refined, processed junk carbs. Think chips, bread, pizza, pasta, or – my own personal favorite/nemesis from my Chronic Cardio days – tubs of ice cream.

Your body needs to replenish the glycogen, and it needs carbohydrates to do it. Gluconeogenesis can only get you so far if you’re pushing your body to its limits. In the face of heavy, glycogen-depleting training, a lack of Primal starch sources will have you craving sweets and grains in no time.

7. You’re not getting enough sleep.

Lack of sleep has long been associated with overeating and obesity. For one thing, poor or disrupted sleep schedules promote disrupted cortisol secretion, which – as I’ve shown above – can affect our food choices. Bad sleep also increases insulin resistance, which changes how we process macronutrients (especially carbohydrates) and renders us more prone to fat gain. And now, a recent study has shown that a single bout of acute sleep deprivation (just one night) causes people to find food more rewarding. Patients on no sleep derived more pleasure from food, desired more food, and reported more hunger than patients who had slept. And that was just a single night. Just imagine the effects of days, weeks, or even years of chronic poor sleep.

If you’re running on no sleep, you may very well be more susceptible to the wiles of junk food.

8. You fear being socially isolated due to your food choices.

Peer pressure doesn’t just occur in groups of teens smoking joints behind a 7/11. It can happen at birthday parties, at office events, or during the holidays. Wherever treats are being served, and the vast majority of those in attendance partakes, those who would otherwise refuse the offered treats often feel pressured to give in. You hem and haw, try to say “No, thanks,” but you start thinking you see shared glances between judgmental partiers, sense hurt feelings from amateur bakers, and you worry about looking like a “health nut” (as if that’s a terrible thing or something), so you take the slice of cake or square of brownie and partake. You know what happened last time you gave in. You remember quite vividly the downward spiral of junk indulgence that transpired then, and probably will again. But still you eat it.

Why?

One explanation may be that social rejection – even if it’s only imagined – can manifest as physical pain. To figure this out, researchers ran brain scans on study participants as they played a virtual ball-tossing game and then began excluding them from play (PDF). Ultimately, all participants were excluded from the game. During both explicit social exclusion (in which players were prevented from participating by other players) and implicit social exclusion (in which extenuating circumstances prevented participants from joining the game), the brain scans registered significant activity in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), a region of the brain that acts as a “neural alarm system” or a “conflict monitor.” Whenever “something is wrong,” the ACC lights up. Physical pain famously triggers the ACC, but the ACC is not involved in the physical sensation of pain. It’s involved in mental distress.

Distress is a negative sensation. It is unpleasant by its very definition. If you’ve resisted the treats in the past and felt socially isolated or rejected because of it, you may be conditioned to take the treat next time in order to avoid the isolation and avoid the activation of your neural distress center. 

Do any of these sound familiar? When it comes to making poor dietary decisions, keep in mind that we are complex animals and the causes of our actions are multifactorial. Some or all of these factors may play into your particular misstep. Maybe you gorged on cake at the party both because your ACC was buzzing in trepidation at the prospect of social isolation and because you’d been putting in way too many road miles, you were overtrained, your cortisol was spiked, your blood sugar was low, and you were craving sugar. It could be any number of things from this list (and even some that aren’t on it).

So, while the decision ultimately rests on your plate, you might find it helpful to understand that a whole host of factors is actively influencing you. These aren’t excuses, and they don’t remove responsibility, but they do show you what might be going on under the hood. Hopefully by understanding exactly why we often make bad decisions about food against our better judgment, we can tip the scales in our favor before the next one is made.

Well, it was a long one, but I hope you found it helpful. Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comment section. Thanks for reading!

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Paul Alexander
4 years 7 months ago

I just love indulging once in a while. Some cake, a piece of bread, it’s all good if you don’t go overboard,

Dr. Squirrel
Dr. Squirrel
4 years 7 months ago

I just ate a giant piece of chocolate chip brownie. It was delicious.

Alison Golden
4 years 7 months ago

I respectfully disagree, Paul. If you’re addicted, you can go overboard.

One of the key things is to identify whether you can moderate your intake of a certain food or if you have to abstain. Just knowing that can make a huge difference. ‘Everything in moderation’ advice is not for everyone.

Dana
Dana
4 years 7 months ago

It’s impossible, anyway. Not like you can take cyanide in moderation. 😛

John
John
4 years 7 months ago
“Most foods contain traces of cyanides, including cassava, sweet potatoes, yams, maize, millet, bamboo, sugarcane, peas and beans, as well as kernel of almond, lemon, lime, apple, pear, cherry, apricot, prune and plum.” (This is from a Health Canada website. Use your googling device in the quote “Cyanide [Technical document – Chemical/Physical Parameters]”. Also from the same sight. “lethal oral doses of cyanide compounds generally range from 50 to 200 mg CN (0.7 to 2.9 mg/kg bw).” So I guess we can and all have partook in cyanide in moderation. I have to say, I have seen so many really… Read more »
Happycyclegirl
Happycyclegirl
4 years 7 months ago
I am certainly addicted to sugar. As someone with candida, I can tell you when the bacteria starts dying off, the cravings for sugar are brutal! I have read a recent study which showed that gut bacteria can cause us to behave in certain ways (such as becoming anxious). I “fell off the sugar wagon” last night. (OK, more like fell into the wagon. :-)) I’m going to try to keep myself busy over the next few weeks to combat the craving, especially at night when I am tired. I keep telling myself that it’s no different than getting off… Read more »
Susan Alexander
4 years 7 months ago

I completely agree, Alison. Scroll down if you like, to my (very long) comment.

Jessica
4 years 7 months ago

I agree Alison. Allowing myself little indulges seems to work fine for me but it doesn’t work for my husband. He really fares better when he abstains completely.

peggy
peggy
4 years 7 months ago

I’m addicted. I went overboard during the holiday season – so many temptations laid out before me. Here it is 3/4 into Feb & I still haven’t got myself back to where I was. I can’t have certain things in front of me ever, others just not at the “wrong time”.
I just take each incident as a learning experience, dust myself off, & move on!

Scott
Scott
1 year 11 months ago

Spot on. I have trouble with addictions before and no matter what I do I cannot have coffee and sweets in moderation. In fact once I have a good coffee from a store I am well likely to eat junk food later that day.

But the problem is total abstinence is very bland and difficult and I am forever trying to find some kind of balance which actually does not exist.

Duncan
Duncan
4 years 7 months ago

I just had my first two pieces of bread I have eaten in about 6 months – had a sudden craving for a Rueben . . . .

laura
laura
4 years 7 months ago

I cannot resist that piece of cake with butter cream frosting when I go visiting every Thursday out of town! I average 85% primal; some days 100%. It takes discipline to be 100% but for most primal folks I assume they’d do the same when visiting/entertaining.

Alexander J Rinehart, MS, DC, CCN

True to an extent, but Hershey’s has a “Moderation Nation” campaign and food companies love the “there is no bad food” mantra, as well as a shifted focus to “calories in, calories out”. Merck and Coca-Cola for instance support a national “Exercise is Medicine” campaign, and the national government program is “Let’s Move”. The whole “I deserve it”, “every once in awhile doesn’t hurt” is true, but is also exactly what the industry promotes.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
4 years 7 months ago
I definitely find that many of the times I’m craving dessert, I’m actually craving something fatty rather than sweet. It’s that ultra-satisfying feeling you get in the back of your throat as you’re swallowing something like a milkshake, muffin, or milk chocolate… Cold, creamy coconut milk can usually help me on that front. If that doesn’t work, my not-so-primal but not-so-terrible go-to is Lindor truffles… literally ONE truffle is enough to satisfy. Their ingredients really aren’t so bad (and the list of them is pretty small)- the fats are from coconut and cocoa butter (and are non-hydrogenated), and there is… Read more »
Elisa Maldonado
4 years 7 months ago

I had this experience recently also. I’m a marine biologist and do field work during the winter. After one of my days out in the field, I decided I was going to ‘treat’ myself to some dark chocolate. But then I found a bag of chicharrones (fried pork skin) in the store that sounded much better. Even though chicharrones aren’t that great because of the oil they’re fried in and excess salt, they didn’t leave me with a sugar buzz afterwards. They were super satisfying and totally killed whatever craving I was having.

Robert
4 years 7 months ago

I tried responding to this a few hours ago, but the site was having problems. Let’s give it another try 🙂

There’s a mall 30 minutes from my house with a Lindor store. It has just about any kind of truffle flavor available, and it’s hard to not go in there without walking out with a little something tasty.

It’s good to know that as far as chocolate goes, Lindor isn’t a bad way to go.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago

Robert, I think that the site troubles have something to do with the sudden appearance of Trolls on many new and old articles. For example, see “Dr. Squirrel’s” comment above.

About the time that the site was slowing down and pages weren’t loading, etc. I noticed in the “recent comments” box several odd looking comments/commenter names.

Makes me wonder given the recent site hacking…

samui_sakana
4 years 7 months ago

Just bought a Lindt Lindor chocolate bar this morning 🙂 90% Cocao. I have a square every now and then to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Dusti
Dusti
4 years 7 months ago

The Lindor truffle is my go-to as well! It curbs the craving for me in no time. My favorite is the Extra Dark. I put them in the freezer (to hide them from myself) and when I need to curb a craving I pop one out and let it warm up a bit in my hands and enjoy it slowly. They make minis now too which make it seem like you are having more.

Suzanne
4 years 7 months ago

Thank you so much for the insights. I recently realized that when I have cravings it just means I am hungry and I eat fat. I would love to eat sugar or something crunchy but what really satisfies me is some fat! A chunk of Kerrygold butter or some cheese and I am right as rain again:)

Katrina
Katrina
4 years 7 months ago

A chunk of butter–really? Kerry gold is delish, but just butter?

RPLong
4 years 7 months ago

This is a really fantastic article. I agree with most of it.

I am a little surprised to read that craving for chips might be our ancient genes speaking to us, whereas cravings for wheat are potential addiction… something doesn’t really add up there.

But aside from that, I thought the article was very good!

John
John
4 years 7 months ago

I think craving for chips/salt was just being used as an example. Looking at the article, I think a chip craving could fit under at least 6 categories (maybe all 8 if the chip uses wheat or sugar in processing). A wheat craving may also be a craving for a quick hit of endorphins.

Dana
Dana
4 years 7 months ago
Unless the chips are made of wheat, potato doesn’t trigger any opioid receptors as far as I know. Mind you, there are times that wanting the potato chips is connected with insulin resistance which means you’re craving carbs like crazy, and you might as well have triggered the opioid receptors because the urge is about as powerful. But there are circumstances where the wanting the chips really is just wanting salt. I think he was trying to say wheat’s got unique attributes that you don’t have to suffer from other starchy foods. By the way, I suspect someone just switching… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago

That’s a good point about sodium dumping. However, I believe that sodium dumping goes on past the induction phase and is sometimes a reason for increasing salt in the diet.

See Volek & Phinney (below) for a good discussion of the natriuretic nature of low carb diet, symptoms of low sodium, and reasons for having sufficient salt intake.

I prefer sea salt or another “whole” salt over table salt, so I buy salt free food whenever possible and add my own salt.

“The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living”, (2011), Volek, J.S. & Phinney, S.D. ISBN 978-0-9834907-0-8.

RPLong
4 years 7 months ago
I understand the argument, I’m just pointing out that it is a little bit of selective reasoning if we say that one thing is an addiction and the other thing is our ancient genetic code trying to tell us something. I think fresh meat, vegetables, fruits, and low glycemic-index carbohydrates are all great things to keep to the diet. But I am a type 1 diabetic, and a lot of the stuff I read on here is incredibly dangerous if done over a long period of time. A lot of the articles are spot-on, but it’s important to be able… Read more »
oly
oly
4 years 7 months ago

PICA: people may associate it with “bizarre” customs like eating dirt, but dirt is probably more nutritious then a lot of the garbage sitting on grocery shelves.
There are hundreds of minerals. Who knows all of what you could be depleted on? If you can’t stop hunting and picking and pecking your body is trying to tell you something.

Joy Beer
Joy Beer
4 years 7 months ago

“you find yourself wading knee deep through comment sections” — Guilty as charged!

Ian
Ian
4 years 7 months ago

Just before I was diagnosed as Coeliac I made a concerted effort to – for want of a better word – poison myself with wheat, I was eating about 8 to 10 slices of bread per day to ensure that the ttga test and the subsequent biopsy would produce a high enough reading to be detected. I was quite ill at the time, pallor, bloating, exhaustion.

Once I gave up the wheat – immediately after the endoscopic biopsy – I immediatly started getting headaches and dizzyness which lasted for about a month. Definite signs of a withdrawal from something!

Grokitmus Primal
4 years 7 months ago

Hello addiction my old friend. I’ve come to talk to you again… Can I borrow a cup of sugar?

Lisa
Lisa
4 years 7 months ago

Because a wheat loaf softly creeping, left its lectins while I was eating…

Casey
Casey
4 years 7 months ago
This is a tremendously helpful post, thank you! I can attest to several of these points as being true for me. I know sugar addiction has to be real because I’m certain I was truly addicted to sugar. It was a hard battle to overcome, but I’m finally on the other side. I actually don’t crave it anymore, and I think it is because I took the advice to “fight” sugar cravings with fat. It works and I seem to recognize any feelings of wanting sugar as actually a want for a good piece of fatty meat. And, it works… Read more »
Yvette
Yvette
4 years 7 months ago

I relate! I have a friend, vegetarian since birth, for whom I go out of my way to create delicious meals working within the plethora of limitations of her vegetable dislikes (loathes raw tomato, mushrooms in any form, etc). Yet, when I visit her house she offers me pizza for dinner. My primal choices are simply not respected as ‘serious’ choices.

Amy
Amy
3 years 7 months ago
Again, a year late. I hope she’s a good friend otherwise. 🙂 As far as I can tell, many vegetarians are into the moral/health aspect big time for their WOE. Everyone needs to respect their choices as it’s healthy, hard and more “moral”. (I confess I don’t understand why killing plants is a-okay, but that’s a whole nother discussion. 😉 ) Anyway, accepting that meat is vital foodstuff and that grains will not substitute does work with the vegetarian world view. It in fact disturbs it to the core. In many ways it is easier for Paleos,who can eat anything… Read more »
Amy
Amy
3 years 7 months ago

I think they do understand what a deeply personal choice it is. That’s why they pressure.

I hope this has gotten better with your family. You probably won’t see this as I’m a year late, 🙂 but I can say that if, you never give into the pressure, at some point they give up, too and move onto something more interesting. Giving in occasionally reinforces their behavior of “success”.

Kate
Kate
3 years 5 months ago
I sympathize with you. Going Primal has been a challenge for me. I’m either on the wagon or off in the ditch eating doughnuts. (MY Achilles heel…) and what makes me so bloody mad is I’m not the one who has to loose weight, it’s my hubby and what does he bring me (cause he works at the grocery store…) doughnuts from breakroom, cookies from the vendors cause the bag broke. I get furious “Are you trying to sabotage me by bringing me my trouble foods? Are you trying to make me go off into the ditch so you can… Read more »
John
John
4 years 7 months ago
Awesome article. There is certainly something kinda addictive going on with wheat. The one thing that’s been tough to give up is beer. I have no cravings for bread, and avoiding it is now second nature. If I drink wine or spirits, I don’t get the same “buzz” as a beer. I certainly feel the effects of alcohol, but the alcohol and wheat combo has a bigger effect. I also notice that I just don’t get the same “buzz” from a gluten free beer. Still, if I have a beer now, I notice an unpleasant gut effect within the hour.… Read more »
Erok
Erok
4 years 7 months ago

I have also noticed the beer/booze buzz difference. And, beer gives me the headachey hangover, while vodka or whiskey seems to ‘burn clean’.

FoCo
FoCo
4 years 7 months ago

Ditto for us! Beer and even wine makes us feel icky. Hard cider has been our answer.

TJ
TJ
4 years 7 months ago

Be excited. BE, BE EXCITED!!

liberty1776
liberty1776
4 years 7 months ago

My weakness is drinking in a social environment. I cut back on drinking and my tolerance has fallen greatly. Being single and out and about, or at a BBQ, a family function, days that end in “y” (kidding on that last one) alcohol is invovled. I feel awkward with out a drink in my hand. The issue is after a drink my willpower fades and my momemtum kicks in and boom, off to the debauchery races! I know I am better off avoiding all drinks because I will feel my best! Alas… akrasia

Michelle
Michelle
4 years 7 months ago

Why does the drink in hand have to be alcohol or soda? If you look about there are lots of other things – just a BYO alternative

Ben
Ben
4 years 7 months ago
This was me. I would binge on anything with sugar or grains – like really badly, like going out to get some fast food, then coming home, and then going out later to get some more. Or going to the supermarket to buy (and then eat) two pints of Ben and Jerry’s. It was a sickness. I could easily consume 5000+ calores in a night – this after having already eaten that day. It’s hard to describe – driving home or sitting on the couch, I would get a craving and I would battle with it for a while. But… Read more »
Happycyclegirl
Happycyclegirl
4 years 7 months ago

Ben,
Oh this is me spot on! If you look at my picture in the “In the Making” section, I am holding a container of Haagen Daas over the garbage can with a sad look on my face. What isn’t told in the picture is that the other container that I just polished off a few hours earlier is sitting in the trash! lol

Oh, old habits die hard . . .

Deanna
Deanna
4 years 7 months ago

Wow, I’ve been there, too!

I have been finding that I need some more carbs in my diet (Navy cardio, I suppose), and then I don’t have cravings. There are other times when something good and fatty takes care of it. Between the two, it’s been smooth sailing so far.

Brittany
Brittany
4 years 6 months ago
Ben, you just described my life and binge eating problems for the last 5 years to a T. Going primal has helped, I’ll admit, but every once and a while I’ll slip into that mode.. I’ll literally fall of the wagon giving in to binges for 5 days until I’m so physically I’ll and disgusted with myself that I pull it back together. My brother tells me that I’m too restrictive with what I eat and how much, and that it will always ultimately lead to binging. I’m so frustrated and feel so hopeless from this roller coaster. I thought… Read more »
Nigel
Nigel
4 years 7 months ago

Hi Mark,

This isn’t a direct comment on the post, but more about the style of your writing, which I think is outstanding. I’m a popular science writer and broadcasting by training, although I haven’t worked directly in that field for a while, and have spent many years focussing on expressing complex scientific ideas in lay terms. You have a way of getting fundamentally complex information to your audience in a way that is a model of clarity. It’s a real pleasure to read. Thank you.

Tara
Tara
4 years 7 months ago

Hear hear!! Always accessible and informative 🙂

Tom
4 years 7 months ago

And withuot spleling mistaks, well grammar and good punction; to!! 😉

(I love reading your blog – you’ve either got great editors or you majored in English. It’s stylistically smooth, grammatically good, and I don’t notice spelling errors. If your blog weren’t so easy on my “internal proofreading” I might not be Primal now. Maybe there’s something wrong with me…! LOL)

The Way We Were
The Way We Were
3 years 3 days ago

Fist post ever…I just wanted to echo this post on Mark’s writing skills/style. He actually reminds me a lot of Anthony Bourdain (“No Reservation” Host), same way of sarcasm yet full of wits.

deb
4 years 7 months ago

Wow, more insights! Having a better idea what’s at the root of my cravings makes it easier for me to either give in to the right craving or override them till they subside. Thanks!

primalpal
primalpal
4 years 7 months ago
Excellent post. I find I have the most success by spending 30 minutes roughing out my schedule/meal plan for the week on Sunday afternoon. I go to the grocery store after that either Sunday night or Monday right after work, which prevents me from letting good food (and dollars)go to waste…(when I was just getting into the primal blueprint, I would buy 10 different vegetables, and only make it through half..I’d feel so disappointed in myself!). It also gives me peace of mind during the week, since I don’t have to frantically figure out what I’m going to prepare each… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
I agree wholeheartedly with the basic premise that often a natural physiological phenomenon is to “blame” for human behavior – rather than “lack of willpower” or intentional, willful disregard. All that blaming doesn’t help, anyway. In a sense, all the points made here could be summed up as “maladaptive coping strategies”, if a “psychological” term is really called for. Think about it. And, yes, ALL the points above seem familiar to me. While I have not experienced athletic overtraining, I have experienced repeatedly pushing to the limit in the context of several physical activities such as gardening and construction work.… Read more »
Erok
Erok
4 years 7 months ago

Walnuts in butter is not strange at all; it’s delicious! Glad to know I’m not alone.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago

:-)))))

Dana
Dana
4 years 7 months ago
Low carb causes salt excretion because insulin signals the kidneys to hold on to sodium. It’s the reason salt is now associated with high blood pressure. As it turns out, this is also true for African-Americans who have been noted to be more prone to hypertension and hypertension-related kidney damage. Why? Because black folks in the U.S. are more likely to have insulin resistance and they get it earlier, on average, than white people do. And of course this is something most doctors are overlooking. I think when MDs start making it routine to check new patients for hyperinsulinism, we… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago

Hi Dana –

Yep, I get what you’re saying about salt. I just replied to your comment about sodium dumping above – before reading this comment.

I think you are right about the need for MDs to make hyperinsulinism part of the routine. I also wish that it wasn’t so hard to get them to test the adrenals. I realize that those tests are expensive, time consuming, and in some regards controversial. But, still…

Anyway, I’m done waiting on finding an agreeable MD and getting these tests done myself.

matt
matt
4 years 7 months ago

so true, I’m in college and I have been having difficulty eating right but this post brings it into a lot of light

Ava
Ava
4 years 7 months ago
It’s odd, when I first started Primal Blueprint I did SO WELL with avoiding everything that I knew was bad — and I felt great. But a year into it, I began to slip. I started craving french fries like crazy, and I would find myself giving in almost eery time. This was right around the pre-holiday madness last year, and my stress levels have risen considerably with work and life in general. I can’t imagine that has played a small part in my fall, but getting back up again has been a real struggle. What do you do when… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
I know what Mark said about just “stopping” not being effective, and in some contexts I agree. However, in the context where a lapse has occurred, and a rut is in the works, just stopping is ~part~ of works for me. The first thing I stop is any tendency to cry over spilt milk, as the saying goes. What’s done is done. Time to move on. You can “boot strap” yourself into the lifestyle you choose. You may find that even briefly returning to the starting point with the PB, where you had success before, will be helpful – both… Read more »
jake3_14
jake3_14
4 years 7 months ago
As Molly Ivins said, “The first rule of holes: when you’re in one, stop digging.” Rule 2: Ask for help getting out. In person or online, ask a friendly crowd to support you in getting back on track. Asking publicly invests you in changing far more than just committing to yourself. Rule 3: Give yourself pats on the back as you climb out of the hole. Commit to your health and your way of eating before every meal. Congratulate yourself without negative overtones after each time you make a decision to eat well. Tell yourself at random times that you’re… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago

Oh, excellent!

Good ol’ Molly Ivins, bless her heart :-). She is so right!

Thanks for sharing these rules.

Melissa
Melissa
4 years 7 months ago

STOP IT!

Oly
Oly
4 years 7 months ago
Mantra: “I deserve to eat real wholesome delicious food. And I deserve to eat it until I’m not hungry anymore” …concentrate on detoxing and removing the poisons from your life. Gorge on real food, favoring densely nutritious items. Fats and fatty meats, vegetables and fruits. All you want. If you want fries, fry them yourself at home in tallow or lard and sprinkle with unrefined sea salt. Want blueberries and bananas? Fine, eat a pound of them. Shellfish, roasted marrow, medium rare filet, oxtail stew, pot roast, bone broths. Whatever satisfies you as long as it doesn’t poison you as… Read more »
FoCo
FoCo
4 years 7 months ago

I hear you! I started PB last March. It was easy and delicious for about 8 months. Then winter and the holidays arrived. I hate winter but love sugar. *sigh* I am doing better at ignoring the sugar cravings but my office is full of sweets at all times. Very frustrating.
(and shame on Mark for posting a pic of a donut!)

Gayle
Gayle
4 years 7 months ago
Before going from low carb to low carb Primal in late 2010 I was sooo addicted to wheat (and sugar). At Whole Foods, samples of breads like challah, cinnamon challah and other breads as well as tea cakes are out for customers to nibble on. I used to eat enough of those samples to make a whole piece, and then leave and come back for more 🙂 It is so wonderful to be free of those cravings, and now when i go to WF i have no desire for those samples. Same thing when I made potato pies for my… Read more »
Johnny Palmer
4 years 7 months ago

The fair of being socially excluded is very real due to food choices, especially in blue collar places. You shouldn’t have to defend your own choices but often others who have poor health choices are jealous about your discipline and know they should be doing the same so they try to embarrass you

Dana
Dana
4 years 7 months ago

Or they don’t know what healthy choices actually look like, think you’re stupid for doing the exact opposite of what the experts are saying to do, and want to mock you for not following the rules. That crap starts early in public school and some folks never drop the habit. It’s institutionalization mentality. Got to curry favor with the Boss Man.

captain mike
captain mike
4 years 7 months ago
The physiology of social isolation is interesting, but it doesn’t add much to the reality – I don’t eat diary products and you should try explaining that to people sometime. Adding grains to that has made me seem like a total weirdo – even to my wife. I try to explain that it’s really only a few things I don’t eat – I eat alot of things others wouldn’t touch. Some people HATE fish, but nobody gives them grief about that, as long as they suck down a few cheeseburgers on white buns. I ususlly get the sympathy thing “oh… Read more »
Molly
4 years 7 months ago
I’ve been reading a book by a British hypnotherapist, Marissa Peer, called “You Can Be Thin”. She takes a psychological approach to weight loss, but promotes a Paleo approach, which is refreshing. One of the things she tackles specifically is peer group pressure. She has some wonderful suggestions as to what to say in these situations, and also a couple of good approaches to get your head in the right space to refuse wheat and dairy. One is “That looks delicious, but I’m afraid wheat/dairy makes me really unwell, would it be ok if I just had a couple of… Read more »
Gayle
Gayle
4 years 7 months ago

Yes these are good replies to peer food pressure. Sometimes we make too many excuses. Also if someone is vegan no one generally pressures them to eat meat. but if you are paleo people still like to push wheat and other grains anyway.

Karen
Karen
4 years 3 months ago

I was just looking into this book, and one review says while she’s anti-wheat and dairy (yay), she’s also pro-soy (boo). I take it you think it’s worth it and that part is easy to ignore? I haven’t read it, just trying to decide if it’s worth it.

Julie
Julie
4 years 7 months ago

I get the eye rolls and frustration from my spouse as well. He really doesn’t understand that it matters, and I am going to be doing GAPS with my kids as well since they are special needs. It’s so important, but I just look like I’m looney tunes. And then I start to question myself if I am overdoing it or something. Not “normal” or “allowing myself or the girls” or not “treating them” every now and then. Ugh!

PrimalGrandma
PrimalGrandma
4 years 7 months ago
I’ve found that a lot of it is a power play — some folks just can’t wrap their heads around the idea that what they think is right for them is also right for everyone else – sorta “my way or the highway” mentality. whether it’s right for you or not. And to this day, when some folks hear about my PB lifestyle, they just laugh, roll their eyes, or call me crazy. Know what? If wanting to be healthy and feel good and look good is important to me, then so be it. Stick with it and don’t give… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago

Btw, whenever the thought that something “crunchy” would be tasty crosses my mind, I reach for the chia seeds. Doesn’t happen everyday – but often enough that I’m glad to have the chia seeds around as a “crunchy snack” .

Diane
Diane
4 years 7 months ago

Fascinating article — Bread as the opiate of the masses.

An old Atkins trick for sugar cravings — 500 mg of glutamine and a shot of heavy cream. It works and now I know why.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago

Another candidate for “comment of the week”:

“Bread as the opiate of the masses.”

🙂

LuLu
LuLu
4 years 7 months ago

This reminds me of “Bread & Circuses.” The ancient Roman rulers knew how to keep the masses appeased with cheap (opioid peptide filled) food and entertainment. I’ve wondered if that’s what’s happening in our culture – lots of readily available cheap food that keeps the people slightly drugged and addicted, plus tv = who cares what the politicians do?

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago

Doesn’t seem like a stretch to me. Plus, don’t overlook all the psychoactive drugs being prescribed – sometimes to treat symptoms brought on by the crappy diet and sedentary lifestyle in the first place.

Mark Cruden
Mark Cruden
4 years 7 months ago

Great point! I mix a tablespoon on L-Glutamine powder in my protein shake. Takes away (for the most part) sugar AND alcohol cravings.

Ashley North
Ashley North
4 years 7 months ago

“Go ahead, enjoy your poison. I could beat you in a wet t-shirt contest any day.”
That’s what I say when someone tries to make me feel bad about not eating the latest culinary confection. (Okay, not REALLY, but I’m THINKING it.) 🙂

Ruth
Ruth
4 years 7 months ago

When I crave salt, I’ve conditioned myself to reach for dried seaweed sheets instead of chips. I have eaten chips since I’ve gone primal and I can taste how rancid chips are because of the oil used, now…

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago

Dried seaweed sheets are now on the grocery list. They sound yummy.

And, boy! I know what you mean about smelling that rancid oil. Its everywhere. My dogs were on a premium grain free kibble before I went primal -but OMG I began smelling how rancid it was after going primal. It wasn’t anywhere near the expiration date, either.

So, I changed to a brand that I hoped was going to be fresher and had NO plant oils in addition to no grain. WOW the first time I opened a bag! It smelled so fresh!

Sarah
Sarah
4 years 7 months ago

What brand/flavor of dog food is that?

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
Hi Sarah – Its a Canadian brand called Orijen. They have several varieties for both cats and dogs. They use a “biologically appropriate” approach. You won’t find the words primal or paleo in their information – but that’s exactly what it is. The meat ingredients are range/grass fed, pastured, fresh/wild caught, and certified fit for human consumption. The meat is boned to control the mineral content to prevent over- mineralization issues, like uroliths. The plant ingredients are selected as ones that animals would eat in the wild. It smells so good that we joke about stocking up for our own… Read more »
newgrokcanadensis
newgrokcanadensis
4 years 7 months ago
Although I find all the info here to be awesome, inspiring and helpful….it never ceases to amaze me how almost every sigle post provides so many gems in the comments as well! I have an older cat that has been having health and diet issues for several years. Recognizing that it came from what he was eating even though I did not feed him supermarket brand garbage was part of the lightbulb moment that brought me to the primal world for myself. My issues were also a result of diet and it made sense that if I ate as I… Read more »
newgrokcanadensis
newgrokcanadensis
4 years 7 months ago

Now if I could only find grass fed butter that easily!

Luke
Luke
4 years 7 months ago

Paul Jaminet’s theorie, as strange as it sounds, could indeed be true. I used to eat only lean meats as I have only access to grain-fed options. I then read the Paleo 2.0 article by Kurt Harris and transitioned to fatty cuts. One the one hand, I can’t eat lean cuts any more as I find them too dry and satiating. But on the other hand, while sweet stuff like fruit still tastes good, I lost my cravings entirely.

Reiko
Reiko
4 years 7 months ago

Great post, Mark! Very informative as well as entertaining. And I was eating a bit of a chocolate bar while reading it 😛

NicoleK
NicoleK
4 years 7 months ago

“or shove the spoon into the jar of Nutella”

Ahhh….my biggest nemesis. How did you know?? Ha!

Allison
4 years 7 months ago
I really needed this post. I “went Paleo” over the summer and was “hardcore” for about 5 months. Lost lots of weight, never felt better, all that good stuff. Then the holidays happened and I have really, really, struggled to get back into it since then. I have my good days (weeks, even!) but something always triggers my old habits. Old habits do indeed die hard. But this was great, and I am going to really try to get back on track and think about, like you said oddly enough!, adding more fatty meats when I’m craving those sweets, or… Read more »
Corey
4 years 7 months ago

For many years I have had success prescribing that clients increase their fat intake in order to reduce sweet cravings.

Andrea
Andrea
4 years 7 months ago

Any suggestions on how to deal with number 8? That’s my biggest issue, as someone who has always had problems dealing with societal rejection and peer pressure, not being accepted, ect.

jake3_14
jake3_14
4 years 7 months ago

The next time a group hassles you (e.g., doesn’t accept two polite “no thank yous) about your food, tell them you’re on a medically-supervised diet. Works like a charm for me, and nobody has to know that my doctor is Michael Eades.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago

Yep! Works like a charm for me, too :-)!

Kelekona
Kelekona
4 years 7 months ago

I’m a bit antisocial so I’m not interpreting how people react well, but they at least don’t say anything when I smile and say, “Thank you but that will make me sick.”

It seems like the honest truth for many people here.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago

Yes, it IS the honest truth!

JMc
JMc
4 years 7 months ago

Say you have an allergy or don’t say anything and order what works for you.

Ellie
4 years 7 months ago

I’ve used a technique called EFT (the Emotional Freedom Technique) VERY effectively for the psychological/emotional roots behind food cravings and self-sabotage for years now. I first heard of it in Dr. Mercola’s book The No-Grain Diet about 10 years ago. Since then I’ve become an EFT practitioner (I’m also a holistic nutritionist and personal trainer) and I use EFT and my other skills to help people overcome those blocks to healthy living. Just do a google search on it, you can learn the technique in five minutes!

Tara
Tara
4 years 7 months ago

AH yes Ellie. I am so good at recommending EFT to others and not doing it myself. Thanks for the reminder!

mmmpork
mmmpork
4 years 6 months ago

I made a comment below with some suggestions. Either just have a small amount, like half or quarter of a cookie or just a bite OR tell them you can’t partake because of a preventative health regimen prescribed by your doctor (like you have discovered you are predisposed to diabetes or something). People don’t usually argue with health issues and won’t judge you.

Wafaa
Wafaa
4 years 7 months ago

This just perfectly explained the withdrawal I went through when I stopped eating wheat! I really felt like I was getting off an addiction and I was literally craving tasteless whole wheat fiber thingies when I’d never even liked or eaten them much before.
Very informative post!

Mel
Mel
4 years 7 months ago
Did you write this article for me? It certainly seems like it!! I discovered Cross Fit in August 2011 and Paleo/Primal in January 2012. It has only been 1 1/2 months but for the first time in my life I feel like I am in control of what I eat and not the other way around. Since going Primal I have lost 20 pounds, my skin is so much clearer, my hair and nails are stronger/shiny, my muscles are defined, my stomach is flat, I sleep great and wake up ready to go, and I no longer have daily headaches.… Read more »
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Justin
Justin
4 years 7 months ago

Regular fasting REALLY helps because it is practice of mind over body, Spirit over flesh, term it the way you like. And, yep, I agree it is a great idea to answer those craving now and then. I sometimes cave to three fingers of Bushmill’s -nector of the gods as Spyder Robinson put it.

Erok
Erok
4 years 7 months ago

+1 on the fasting. +1 also on the scotch.

Dana
Dana
4 years 7 months ago
Well, it’s understandable that you would feel that way, but I don’t see mind and body as separate (we have different metaphysical beliefs), and I would rather my mind and body worked in *harmony.* I believe that when my mind’s wanting to work against me it’s because something’s amiss in my body. And so far my experiences bear that out. For example, I am a completely different person when my blood sugar is out of control! I’m not diabetic, but I’m at that stage of probable metabolic syndrome where I get reactive hypoglycemia on a high-carb diet. If I just… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago

Totally relate.

Dana
Dana
4 years 7 months ago

(Mind you, I still get into arguments with people, but I have gotten a LOT better about picking my battles and about knowing when to back away and go do something else and let the debate do whatever it will in my absence. And I don’t NEED to argue with people anymore, where once upon a time I did.)

PrimalGrandma
PrimalGrandma
4 years 7 months ago

+1

Wendy
Wendy
4 years 7 months ago

Well for me there is ONE more to add to this list – pure boredom. I have a desk job, and it can be brutally slow, so…. I eat. It is fun, I love eating, and something to do… I keep healthy snacks around, nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, but soon half the bar is gone…… Gotta work on cutting out boredom eating big time.

Erok
Erok
4 years 7 months ago

Yep. I’m at my desk right now, munching on some dried squid, stinking up the whole office. (Co-worker: “Is that pesto I smell?” Me: “not exactly.”) Problem is, I know there’s MSG in it. Dang boredom.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
4 years 7 months ago

Wow, I can’t imagine EVER thinking that dried squid smells like pesto!

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago

Oh, yeah…me, too.

Lana
Lana
4 years 7 months ago

Do you have an opinion on Vitamin D UI 50000?
Thank you.

Dana
Dana
4 years 7 months ago
One thing about fear of social isolation: This goes WAY back, and once upon a time social isolation meant death. Our population wasn’t as dense across the earth even two thousand years ago, and being kicked out of your tribe could (and often did) mean that there weren’t any more human beings for hundreds of miles around. Humans are soft and squishy and don’t have claws. One accident or predator attack (yes, we occasionally had them) with no one around to help you and you’d be done for. It’s another example of ancient genes not having come to terms with… Read more »
Jen
Jen
4 years 7 months ago
I have actually gotten to a point where I CAN’T eat much of gluten or sugar without getting sick. For Pete’s sake, I caved to one of my few remaining weaknesses (ice cream) just last week and within fifteen minutes of indulging, I was in the bathroom throwing up. There is nothing quite like the realization that for almost my entire life, I’ve been poisoning my body, that all this time my systems have just built a heavy tolerance for it all. Anyone else experience this severe allergy, for lack of better explanation? And the peer pressure seriously gets to… Read more »
Donna
Donna
4 years 7 months ago
This is for Jen….Be very, very aware that you are exhibiting every sign of a severe eating disorder…Anorexia Nervosa and or Bulimia…I say this to you with compassion and empathy, not judgement. There are many MDA readers here who are in the same boat..and we look to the primal/paleo stances to give our bodies and minds the nutrition they need without resorting to the addictive, poisonous foods you mention…but do not head down that slippery slope to feeling “dirtied” or “spoiled” if you “cave in” to an indulgence or a “forbidden food” once in a while…The 80/20 principal so important… Read more »
Sarah
Sarah
4 years 7 months ago

Did you misread Jen’s post? She’s not vomiting intentionally; she’s saying the junk food is making her sick. This is a very common reaction for someone who hasn’t been eating grains or dairy or sugar and suddenly indulges. Based on her post, she’s not exhibiting any signs of an eating disorder, unless you’re one of those dumbasses who wants to pathologize healthy eating by calling it “orthorexia.”

Donna
Donna
4 years 7 months ago
I resent being called “a dumbass” for your information, and I was making no accusations…simply observations..this from a long and profound personal experience with eating disorders. Vomiting after eating items that make one feel sick or uncomfortable is very akin to eating disordered behavior. I feel sick as well when eating foods that I know to be unbenificial to my body, but I wonder ..and hope for Jen and others out there that eating “clean” or primal is not the excuse to “get rid of” those foods that would spike our insulin levels and cause us to gain fat. I… Read more »
Kelekona
Kelekona
4 years 7 months ago

I learned how to suppress the puking mechanism enough to keep it down, but it does hurt. I got my reaction by eating almost nothing but the most empty-calorie garbage available and my stomach finally tried to crawl away from the abuse.

No-one screams eating disorder when an 8-year-old vegan is suddenly fed theme-park food and ralfs all over the car, it’s “why the hell did you feed him that garbage.”

Actually, I wonder if a vegetarian would get so much grief from your group.

Miel
4 years 7 months ago

Mark, you just cracked why my ‘hormone sickness’ (to quote The Clothes Make the Girl) has been such a b*tch the past couple weeks! **reaches for the avocados and backs slowly away from the tortilla chips**

Tara
Tara
4 years 7 months ago

Just looked up this blog. Nice one. Totally relate to ‘hormone poisoning’ time. (I say I’m allergic to my hormones but this is more poetic!) MARK – do a post on PMS!!! What we should eat to help us with mad moods and mad cravings ..Ya might need some female help on this one. 🙂

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66
4 years 7 months ago

My #1 reason isn’t even in the Top 8!. (Which is, I’m drunk.)

Digger
4 years 7 months ago

Set aside 1 day/week, or 1 day/2 weeks for getting loaded and eating junk.Eat cleanly the rest of the time. JMO.

Robert
Robert
4 years 7 months ago

I would say most people feel pretty darn good after eating a candy bar.

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Harriet
Harriet
4 years 7 months ago
I’d like to add another possibility – serotonin deficiency. I had been taking 5HTP to reduce depressive symptoms and thought I should be fine now that I’ve a lot of things sorted. So I went off them and then one day found myself starting to snack on grapes, a few here, a handful there, a bit of chocolate, grazing on what was in the fridge, more grapes. That evening I realised I felt as though I had PMT and it came to me – serotonin. I couldn’t do without my 5HTP amino acid yet. Two days later after taking a… Read more »
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Jacqui
Jacqui
4 years 7 months ago

I can definately relate to the awkward feeling of being ‘the health nut’, especially at work. Being ridiculed and teased for my containers of nuts or ‘birdseed’, and my huge salad with a variety of different proteins or ‘rabbit food’. Why do I feel guilty about caring for myself?
I now accept the cake being offered, politely take a few bites and leave it. Better still, I now take in my own, home baked, healthier choices to share at work! It’s fun to watch those screwed up faces as they take the first bite change to suprise.

Tara
Tara
4 years 7 months ago

Oh the constant remarks about how healthy your lunch is, is tiresome. I used to explain/justify/appologise for it…well I can’t eat wheat, I was getting really sick…now I just say ‘yeah it is/yeah I am’. It’s their own guilt for not doing the same surfacing. 🙂

JimPurdy.blogspot.com
4 years 7 months ago

I found the wheat and fat comments interesting.

A few hours before I read this blog post, I bought a lot of guacamole and a lot of wheat tortilla, with the intention of eating a bunch of guacamole wraps, which I’ve never tried before.

I’ll probably still do that, but with more guacamole and less tortilla.

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