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9 Nov

Gateway Foods: The Slippery Slope of “Just a Bite”

The holidays are coming and with them the food. Maybe with Halloween come and gone, the season is already upon you in your social/work/family circles. Beyond the actual meals themselves, there are the umpteen parties, open houses, potlucks, lunches, brunches, happy hours, coffee hours, bake sales, soup suppers, and bazaars – as well as the continual conveyer belt of office/shop/home display of every sweet and savory (mostly sweet) treat known to humankind. As fun as it all is, the holidays can be a seasonal equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle – a festively decorated abyss where good intentions get swallowed along with the latest Martha Stewart recipe.

We Primal types bring both common sense and the reasonable 80/20 Principle to the holiday season (as any other occasion). We partake moderately and selectively. We use ingenuity and well cultivated Primal taste to create (or adapt) our own choice holiday delicacies. In short, we have no problem enjoying the party. We’re just rarely the ones with the proverbial lampshade on our heads at the end of the buffet table, so to speak. We can enjoy our favorite dishes without chucking every goal and standard we have for our health. Nonetheless, even those of us with the most stalwart wills and number of years under our Primal belts wisely steer clear of a few foods out of sheer sensibility.

Most of us have at least one. I’m talking about those foods you know in your heart of hearts (and maybe hard experience) can send you down a slippery slope. Maybe it’s the taste, the plain sugar rush, or the emotional association. Whatever the source of temptation, it’s a Pandora’s Box better left undisturbed.

I’ve been Primal so long that I don’t get conventional cravings much. Even when I indulge and have a few bites of really good pie or bread once in a while, I’m no worse for the wear. When I’m done with the piece, I’m done. That was delicious. Case closed. Some foods, however, are more problematic. For me, it’s Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream. (Yes, there it is.) Ice cream was a relic of my extreme training days, and there’s just something about Cherry Garcia. A little too easily turns into a lot. I find it’s just better to stay away.

Is your mind wandering to any particular foods now? It seems the holidays are a common time for their appearance – or maybe omnipresence. They’re the foods that once tasted, beckon you to keep coming back. (You can just hear that apple strudel calling you….) More than just good, more than just run of the mill tempting, they’re downright precipitous.

True gateway foods can wreak havoc with more than just your intended portion size, however. Suddenly, other things start looking good that you’ve had no taste for in a long time. This particular surrender to temptation can become a catalyst for a broader descent like a gateway drug leading you to something bigger and badder. You’re one brownie away from inhaling half the dessert buffet. (Or half those leftover Halloween candies taking up space in the cupboard still?)

Histrionics aside, these are foods I suggest leaving out of the 80/20 picture because they’re just too complicated to be worth it. As much sentimental value as they might have or as good as they might be, if they can’t be a moderate end in themselves, it’s just better to bench ‘em.

All this said, it’s illuminating to see how much power we often assign to food. It’s an inanimate object. It’s one among a bazillion choices we have for things to eat. Yet, we can feel certain foods have a hold on us. We consider them a nemesis, their presence on this earth a continual threat to our well-being like some kind of personal kryptonite. It’s a power relationship, of course, entirely constructed in our heads. By all means, avoid a specific food if it imposes more complication than it’s worth. If it’s a presence in itself even when you don’t eat it, that one likely calls for some deeper examination.

With the holidays coming, I always suggest folks think about how they’re going to enjoy it Primally – especially if this is your first holiday season since going Primal. Think about each event and how you’ll handle it – what you’ll eat and what you won’t. Being honest about any gateway – or otherwise thorny – food items is a big part of this. It’s usually easier to control our environments at less social times of the year. What will it mean to stay Primal within a fully conscious 80/20 framework this holiday season – in the midst, for example, of a big family Thanksgiving dinner and the other upcoming celebrations? Sometimes the best strategy is knowing where, when and how you’ll graciously say “no thanks.”

Now I’ll turn it over to you. Do you have a “gateway” food that you steer clear of for the greater good of your Primal self? Share you tips and stories, and thanks for reading today.

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  1. So well put Mark… Also I hear you on the Ben and Jerry’s thing.

    Good ice cream is the only craving I still get. The good news is I can have a nice “bowl” two or three times a year and be done and get right back on the waggon as soon as I lick my spoon.


    Glockin Grok wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Ice cream is dangerous stuff. You can make your own *somewhat* primal ice-cream if you substitute a bit of stevia or xylitol for sugar. Alyson and I made some coconut ice cream a few weeks ago and it was amazing.

      When it’s made with real whipping cream, it’s tough to eat more than a few bites…

      Abel James wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • Hi I feel so great without grains legumes sugar and I don’t crave them since I have eliminated them for 1yr this month . So not one bite for me thanks. I have also lost 13 lbs so why cheat. And I am not even hungry. So much is legal during the holidays anyway like cranberry sweet potato butter meat veggies. So with all this what is the point of falling off the wagon when it is easy for me to stay on it?

        Gayle wrote on November 10th, 2011
    • I’ve been basically “primal”, as far as I can tell from the loose definitions here, since Barry Sears “The Zone” originally came out [10 years ago?]. After that I remember the Eades book and others, so the “primal solution” etc. is nothing new to me personally.

      My solution to the “ice cream problem” [my weakness is Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie or similar], has always been to eat a whole can of tuna, preferably with olive oil, or sardines, before consuming the ice cream. Seems to work just fine. Regards, onebornfree

      onebornfree wrote on November 16th, 2011
  2. These foods you direct your post to are “gateway” but I prefer “trigger foods” since it is like pulling the trigger to a gun. For me it’s donuts. I can’t eat just one. Stick a donut gun to my head and I’m dead meat.

    Jeff wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • I’m the same way. Before going primal I would eat a donut for breakfeast every day on the way to work. I’ve had to change the route to work just to avoid the thought of those tasty sugar bombs.

      Nick wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • I prefer ‘trigger foods’ too because of the cascade of crumbling boundaries that is set off by pulling it.

      Alison Golden wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • I have my fair share of foods that once I take a bite or 2 of it… well… may not turn out so good but I’ve never been a huge fan of donuts or bagels. Not sure what it is especially since I worked at a bagel and coffee shop for 3 years pre primal!

      As an assistant manager for a year, I could enjoy all the food I wanted without any risk of being in “trouble” by doing so.

      Bagels all around me but I never indulged. I just never ate them or donuts.

      But, those dark chocolate chips (60% cacao) that my dear mother buys at Costco… watch out!! She places them in a candy dish and so they are sitting out on the counter… ah… headed to Chicago in just a few hours!

      Primal Toad wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • Chocolate, yesss! Wayy too addicting, and way too easy to keep putting handful after handful of delicious chips into my mouth!! I find that eating chocolate opens up the floodgates for other cravings too, so I steer clear. I have to mix it with other things (like almond butter) for it to not become an issue. I prefer 70% cocoa though :)

        Alyssa wrote on November 10th, 2011
    • Jeff: I use the word “trigger” too. Scroll down to see my comment. :-) Susan

      Susan Alexander wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • I’m like a chips and salsa fiend. Literally cannot stop eating them until they get taken away from in front of me. I can’t really go to Mexican restaurants w/ big groups anymore b/c that means longer wait for entre = way too much chips and salsa

      Mr Gift Professor wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • Chips for me, too. Tortilla chips though, not potato. I’m in trouble at the restaurants, too. It’s the corn, I guess, cause I use to consume entire bags of Fritos. :(

        Katydid wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • I made that mistake last week, had a margherita with salt which caused a big chips and salsa cascade. Felt like crud for days.

        Here’s a solution, as Mexican restaurants tend to have it: Ask for Jicama sticks. Dip those in Salsa or Guac.

        Kamal wrote on November 10th, 2011
      • I seriously think it’s the incomplete protein. I’ve never overeaten corn+peas (complete protein, also: bland). I really just want the guacamole or the salsa, but yeah, if there are no refried beans I will eat corn chips until I have acid reflux. And that is crazy. I think it’s those amino acids… feel hungry yet never satisfied.

        correcty fairy wrote on November 14th, 2011
  3. I noticed B&J’s ice cream in a teeny tiny container the other day which is a good thing because my only portion size happens to be the whole container. As for the other stuff, I hold out for homemade which limits the opportunities right there.

    IvyBlue wrote on November 9th, 2011
  4. Man, Cherry Garcia was like crack. I used to finish off a pint at a time a few times a week back in the college days.

    Doug wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • A pint is child’s play…I have spoons
      that hold a pint…we’re talking a gallon in one sitting…

      Gman wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • I used to do a gallon of Blue Bell Moolinium Crunch. A gallon a day or more. At one sitting. It got so bad I would throw-up (not my choice, but my bodys reaction) after eating so much at one time.

        Now I do a pint of B&J Peanut Brittle, one of the few flavors that do not have wheat in it. I usually share with my dog, so I need one that doesn’t have chocolate.

        W.J. Purifoy wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Ditto here. Cherry Garcia pint-at-a-time was one of my mainstays in college. All the more dangerous because the damage wasn’t showing in my early 20’s. Another hit was the Haagen Daaz Coffee flavor.

      Joe Brancaleone wrote on November 9th, 2011
  5. My gateway item is Coca Cola.

    I still crave coke with certain meals, especially when being lazy and eating out once a month. I used to gulp down a 8 pack of coke cans in a day sometimes.

    Now if it wouldn’t stain my teeth like mad, and knowing the HFCS kills my pancreas, I’d still make an excuse once in awhile to have a coke, but I know it would lead to a binge…and more coke the following day so I steer clear of it.

    My grassfed beef supplier is also a baker and makes THE best breads I’ve ever tasted, being the bread hater that I am that means a lot. I do at times try a piece of his new breads, even though he knows I’m a carnivorous primal being.
    I just don’t want to be that freak that has an ‘eating disorder’ in their opinion, like many of the vegans *cough*.

    Arty wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • The only thing I use Coca Cola for(someone’s leftover)is to clean the toilet at the office where I am the cleaning lady.

      Maybe that visual will keep you away from the stuff.

      Sharon wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • But that toilet cleaner tastes so good! Seriously, I could probably give up all the others, but the occasional Coke is hard to pass up.

        Bruce wrote on November 9th, 2011
        • Have you tried Fritz-Kola? I don’t know if you can get it in the US, but it’s an organic cola with a sugar-free variety (and lots of caffeine). It’s my cheat item when I’m craving coke every now and then, and it doesn’t seem to be nearly as bad as the normal stuff.

          Anna wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • You can use coke to clean a toilet? Tell me more!

        AlyieCat wrote on November 9th, 2011
        • You can use cola to clean a lot of things – it’s mostly acid.

          W.J. Purifoy wrote on November 9th, 2011
        • As a teenager, I worked at McDonald’s. We used coke and ice cubes to clean the bottom of the coffee pots. Gets them sparkling clean.

          Mandie wrote on November 9th, 2011
        • to that coke and ice cubes thing, soda water works just as well as coke so im guessing its just the bubbles that helps clean.

          sarahemily wrote on November 4th, 2012
  6. Sugar is on my cheat list.
    Too much lately and I don’t like it! Amazing how easy it is to fall on the bad side. Carbs are addicting!

    Paul Alexander wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • I’m all cracked up on sugar right now, and it has to stop. It’s a tough one.

      Turbo Kelly wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • Argh… same here, not primal at ALL right now. Wife and I tried to do the 21 day challenge, but decided to put it off until January.

        I’m thinking of going back to semi-Primal, though, because I feel like crap, am gaining weight fast, and my stomach frequently hurts.

        Gateways for me? Key lime pie.. can’t resist it. Baklava – greek dessert made with phyllo dough. Hot dogs – on a bun. Probably many others.

        Art wrote on November 9th, 2011
        • Don’t put it off! Just challenge to transition to primal gradually and be 100% by January.
          The 21 day challenge came at a time when I had slipped so far from primal it was ridiculous. Even though I knew I wouldn’t go the whole hog in 21 days, I posted it on my wall at work and on the fridge and took baby steps that I could manage at this time. Starting with getting more sleep and cutting down on the coffee!

          Jac wrote on November 10th, 2011
      • i was seriously addicted for years! but the christmas divinity still gets me every year. i eat it til i am sick and then not again til next year.

        annabelle wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Sugar here too. All of a sudden it hit me when the weather started getting colder. I indulged it for a week or two foolishly thinking it was just a passing thing – now many weeks later it is still an issue that I am having trouble shaking off.

      Sasha wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • Me, too. I had 2.5 months primal, then started a little bread, then slid back into the sugar. It’s been 3 weeks and I’m struggling to start back on my primal journey.

        Stephanie wrote on November 9th, 2011
  7. Candy corn. Its a helluva drug. Ive been dodging brightly colored bullets of it all Halloween and I thought I was clear until coworkers brought in THREE BAGS of it after halloween. I almost cried.

    cTo wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Candy corn!!! Me too! I will literally make myself sick on the stuff, yet I keep going back. The street name for that stuff should be tri-colored heroin. A co-worker brought me a 2 lb bag, so I sent it with my husband to his workplace last week so I couldn’t get to it.

      cheverly wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • Yup. I OD on candy corn once a year. polish off the bag so I can be done with it. I feel so sick and disgusting afterward that it’s easy to go cold turkey til the next year. Same thing with good fruit-flavored pectin jelly beans – don’t waste my time with those 99 cent bags or ‘gourmet’ popcorn and butter flavors. Yuck – OD and done for the next 12 months.

        Jen wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Oh, I hear ya, there! The only candy I allowed myself this Halloween was a single candy corn. (I’m pretty much a 99/1 kinda guy, though.) There was a whole bowl at the party rental place, and eating just one was like a test for myself: I’m going to taste this, and that’s all.

      Eric Ullman wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Me three. Just ate about 20 of them at Mom’s house a little bit ago. Just keep going back and back (and back) to the bowl. Tri colored heroin it is! Ugh.

      Christina Jones wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Amen and amen. Candy corn is tri-colored crack to me.

      Elizabeth wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Candy corn is what pushed me from “pre-diabetic” to a BS level even the doctor raised his eyebrow at. It was this time of year, bowls of it in the office, and FAT FREE! I’ve learned a lot since then.

      Carol wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • I thought I was a nut for liking candy corn, since I usually go for chocolate candy, and no one else I know admits to liking it..but it seems I am not alone! Fortunately, I am not exposed to it and I dont buy it. Phew….

        Hopeless Dreamer wrote on November 10th, 2011
  8. Ice cream seems to be a common theme. Mine is Coldstone – I like just Sweet Cream with Butterfinger. And I’ve gotta have the “Gotta Have It.” I used to justify it, because I could walk there – it all balanced out, right?

    Wake wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Hahaha back when I was a distance runner, before I went paleo, I “justified” eating tons of deserts with the amount of exercise I got. Kinda sneaky isn’t it? :)

      Peggy The Primal Parent wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • Who doesn’t?

        Primal Toad wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • Ha, when I was running marathons I would eat an entire pie after my long runs! Serious gutbomb.

        Abel James wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • I hear you!!! Cold Stone is TOTALLY my kryptonite! I also can’t have any kind of ice cream in the house otherwise I’ll have just that for dinner! Luckily, there isn’t a Cold Stone too easily accessible along my route from my Crossfit gym or work. :)

      P.S. I DO treat myself to it once in a while after completing a half or a full marathon.

      Rebecca wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Coldstone, I could never have just one bite. Any other candy or sweet doesn’t stand a chance, but this almost magical mixture of cheesecake flavoured ice cream and Reese Peanut Butter Cups. A “Gotta Have It” at least.

      Parshath wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • I like the Sweet Cream with berries. One thing about ice cream though is when the weather gets cold I loose my desire for it, because I have to wrap myself up in a blanket when I eat it in winter. I also like eggnog flavor.

      Lynn wrote on November 10th, 2011
  9. Good Argentine dulce de leche! Pure delicious sugar. A tub and a spoon, and I´m done :(

    RicT wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • me toooo!!!!

      Alex wrote on November 9th, 2011
  10. I just take one day per week to eat as much crap as I want (ice cream and chocolate-covered peanut butter crispy bars). Eating crap until I feel a little sick helps me eat healthy for the next six days. What do you think, are there negative health implications to doing this?

    Brad wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Tuesdays.

      I’m fine as long as I am aware that it can be hard to come back. And to and to ignore the cravings for the next day or so.

      toaster for sale wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • Oh, and I have also discovered I don’t really enjoy it when I eat it. This makes me want the junk less and less, causing the feasting to become more moderate.

        I still avoid wheat foods though as the consequences for those can last a couple of days.

        toaster for sale wrote on November 9th, 2011
        • +1

          I started out taking a day off per week to eat whatever I wanted, and found that after about 2-3 weeks I no longer wanted to.

          The more sensible 80/20 approach, rather than a structured day a week (or however often) “cheat day,” is more sustainable and pleasant for me.

          Justin wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Once a week is pretty frequent, IMO. Depending on how sensitive you are to the bad foods you are eating, it may take you a few days to recover from the binge, which means you are really only benefiting (feeling completely healthy & body is functioning at its prime) for a few days a week.

      namelesswonder wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Are you talking Tim Ferriss style? I just can’t imagine doing this all day long every week. Is it really fun?

      Primal Toad wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • I followed Ferris’s 4 hour body plan prior to becoming primal. The cheat day ended up turning into a cheat weekend. Bad news. For me, at any rate.

        504Primal wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • yeah, i first learned about this strategy in 4-hour body. it was absolutely fun in the beginning and really helped me transition to a healthier way of eating. but like others have said, my cravings are becoming less and less as my body starts to realize the value of healthy food.

        Brad wrote on November 10th, 2011
        • I read about dozens of people following this same path. So, in the end, we must all thank Tim Ferriss for the knowledge he puts out there. I’m a big fan of the guy at least.

          Primal Toad wrote on November 10th, 2011
    • yes…eating like crap until you are sick once a week has plenty of negative health implications. And your genes will never reprogram if you confuse them like that once a week. Have a treat once and a while, but the cheat day is yet another CW excuse.

      Jay wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • Ooh, I actually find that a cheat day makes it a thousand times harder for me to control my eating on the next days. Once the barrier has been broken in such a big way, I’m done for. They always turn into a cheat week!

        Shay wrote on November 9th, 2011
        • My thoughts exactly. If I have a cheat day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday are pretty much a wash too.

          Jill wrote on November 10th, 2011
    • I have a hard time recovering from a binge like that. I try to stick to a one cheat meal a week instead of a whole day. I still try to stay as primal friendly as possible and at least keep my indulgence gluten free. So I might get a baked potato with my steak instead of salad and flourless chocolate cake for dessert. The less non-PB I eat the less I crave non-PB foods.

      FoCo Girl wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • I’m new to the whole Primal thing, and have a hard time sticking to it completely. (especially with a boyfriend in the house that is not following it at all). So, for now, I have one day a week where I can eat whatever. This week is girl’s night out at a local brewery’s restaurant. I’m finding that some things make me feel awful now (ex: macaroni and cheese – my all time favorite comfort food). And I’ve lost my taste for some things. So, for this week’s meal, I’ll have a few beers (after all, we’re eating at a brewery), a sensible dinner, and share dessert with a friend. So I’m cheating, but it’s not awful. Then, when I wake up Saturday morning, I’ll have my bacon and eggs for breakfast and be back on track.

      Mandie wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • This is where Tim Ferris diet makes sense. Although I’m not a big indulger and can take or leave most sweet things, sometimes if I am hormonal I can eat a whole 6 pack of cheese and onion square crisps!

      Abigail wrote on November 10th, 2011
    • Cherry Garcia should be a controlled substance. Guilty. Aso, french bread and baked potatoes, dripping with butter.

      I take one meal a week off the blueprint, but on vacation I just give up. And I don’t know either, how damaging this might be.

      kapo wrote on November 10th, 2011
    • That used to be my approach, too. Until I read that I was not giving my body enough time to convert from burning sugar to fat/protein & was keeping myself in craving mode. I charted my craving curve – peeked every Wednesday. I usually managed to stay strong until Friday night or Saturday. I stayed off sugar/gluten for about 6 weeks & now can indulge every so often & can let it go easily/no cravings afterwards. I do spike my morning cuppa with whipped cream every day. That does take the edge off!

      Ness wrote on November 10th, 2011
    • Haha! Exactly what I do (though less frequently). If I eat a little, I will continue to eat a little more, and a little more, and… However, if I very occasionally gorge myself until the mere thought of sugary crap, makes me feel…. well, like crap, then I am good for a long while!

      Paolo wrote on November 11th, 2011
    • I’m a T2 diabetic and test my bg when I “cheat”. IME, it takes 2-3 days to get back to normal after a cheat day. That basically means that cheating once a week has me “off” half of the time.

      So for me, it’s a monthly cheat instead of weekly. I usually pick a holiday, or if I’ll be eating elsewhere a particular day, I choose that day.

      IMO, cheating is very important – a lot easier than thinking you can never have X again. Postponing is easier than forbidding.

      jpatti wrote on November 14th, 2011
  11. Oh man, good apple pie does it for me every time!

    Burn wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Warm apple pie with ice cream! The best. Agreed completely.

      Jenny wrote on November 9th, 2011
  12. Yes, several I’ve discovered and I’m pretty sure it’s all to do with the insulin response and the dopamine pleasure pathways.

    If I allow myself a creme brulee there’s a good chance I’ll be prowling for more sugar within the hour.

    Alcohol – as much as I adored a good red, half a glass fine, but almost impossible to stop at a half and before you know it 2 – 3 glasses later, and it meddles with my sleep and my appetite … so gave up completely in June, much easier.

    I do have to stay very low carb for mental wellbeing, well below 100 g daily which in turn probably makes me more sensitive to carbohydrate intake.

    Had huge problems the day after a several ‘haribo’ moments on an epic day of cycling which culminated in the ascent of the Tourmalet with the temperatures in the early 30s.

    However, the cure I find is a good IF.

    Kelda wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Same here. A piece of occasional cheesecake has me eying other super-dense, hyper-caloric sweets soon thereafter, but no matter the damage, a solid 20-24 fast the next day seems to reset my primal cravings back to the damn-those-sardines-in-water-look-amazing setting.

      Kevin wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • I just did this today. Cheesecake led to tiffin, led to tartlet. Then I got fries on the way home. . .I always have this delusion sugar’s going to help me focus my mind better on what I’m working on. Actually, it’s a distraction and scatters my mind. Does anyone else trick themselves that way, or is it just a weird thing I do?

        gruntle wrote on November 5th, 2012
  13. My gateway was birthday/wedding style cake from a bakery (actually, the frosting.) I had a large piece at my great-nieces birthday party several months ago and today — not so gateway? I get a bit nauseous instead. Now, about those wedding mints…

    Also guys — try making your own ice cream! Ice cream base is just a rich custard — use half and half or full cream and egg yolks and some great tahitian vanilla extract and some stevia (maybe a bit of honey) for sweetening. Voila! You can even add some dark chocolate bits and dark pie cherries. Decadent.

    Diane wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Diane, do you have a recipe for the homemade ice cream? It does sound decadent. Thanks!

      Stephanie wrote on November 9th, 2011
  14. When the snow comes down (not often here) the Hot Buttered Rum comes out. The recipe I have calls for ice cream melted with butter and brown sugar add that to hot water and rum, mmmmm. That will be hard this year!

    EZ wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Can you fake that with some full-fat coconut milk, vanilla extract and some coconut sugar (it works like brown sugar for me)? I live in a place that rarely gets cold weather too, and I LOVE eating/drinking things that weather keeps me from enjoying for most of the year.

      AustinGirl wrote on November 9th, 2011
  15. PIZZA – I used to eat whole large pizzas to myself and love them. I can’t just have a few bites or even a slice. Keep them away from me!

    Graham wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • That’s mine, too, and I was going to type it in all caps as well. :)

      I can’t eat just one piece, and if I do indulge, I want it again the next day and the next day and the next day…

      DeeDee wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Yep!! Pizza is the only thing that I really miss from the old days. I can correction, could finish a whole pie by myself. Just thinking about that now, makes my joints hurt and stomach feel like there’s a rock in there.

      Tony wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Yeah, I hear you on the pizza! A good burger can do me in, too.
      But, those two aren’t really gateway foods. For me, anything with peanut butter and chocolate makes me question my Paleo morals. Keep those Reeses away from me!

      Chris Spurlock wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • I would have to say GOOD pizza is my downfall, I’ll eat at least half a pizza with my hub… but we’ve been going to the place I crave it from less often (and all they have is thin crust!) so when we do go have it, it’s more a of treat and I eat some wings before the pizza comes out to help me eat less of it

      SarahLeigh wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Oh my gosh, I just relapsed the past two nights with pizza…and have been feeling horrible since! I love it so much I would cuddle it and take it to bed if I could. I need to eat some cold turkey instead.

      shadia wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • There it is… PIZZA!

      My favorite?


      No other pizza joint is comparable. It’s no longer here in GR and I’ve never seen it elsewhere. Not sure why… everyone else I talked to said they loved it. If it was here I would still eat it… so damn amazing. The rest is literally shit compared to Donato’s!

      Primal Toad wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • I LOVE Donatos pizza. Unfortunately since I have Celiac disease I can’t eat it any longer.

        Susan M. wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Ever since I’ve started making the eggplant/almond crust pizza from food lover’s primal palate, I haven’t missed grainy pizza one bit—the eggplant crust is *FAR* superior. Made one last night!

      Graham wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • Nah, my pizza stuffed zucchini recipe very effectively kills all pizza craving around here. Why? Because it’s better than any pizza we’ve ever had. My big thing is tacos. I love, love, love them and a taco salad sans the crunchy shell just doesn’t get it for me. We have one major cheat day a week and use it for Mexican food, though more often than not we indulge in chips and salsa and margaritas and then follow that with a big ass salad we’ve taught the restaurant to make for us.

        Deannacat wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • I made one on Monday as well…wasn’t sure how it would be leftover but…I ate it right out of the fridge off the foil it was wrapped in…reminded me of college days, cold pizza for breakfast…AWESOME! I LOVE that eggplant crust!

        Andrea wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • look up a meatza recipe

      FoCo Girl wrote on November 9th, 2011
  16. Mark, you said you’ve been Primal for so long you don’t have issues with eating just a bite anymore? How long is a long time? I’ve been Primal for 6 years and I know there are foods I simply can’t touch. Now, I’d say I’ve been Primal long enough to have the discipline to stay away but there are many foods that if I were to eat a bit I’d be in trouble. Some of us are more susceptible to addictive behaviors. We’re the ones that need to avoid a bite at all costs. But it’s easy once you’ve learned what works for you.

    Peggy The Primal Parent wrote on November 9th, 2011
  17. My gateway is nuts.

    They may be primal, but they have a weird effect on me. Even after eating a huge amount, I still feel hungry and want more.

    I enjoy bacon, sausage, and eggs just as much, with the crucial difference that I feel satisfied after eating them.

    So I’ve learned to avoid any food I can’t stop eating, and that an easy way to defeat cravings is to eat something satisfying.

    Timothy wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • I second the nuts. pepitas, almonds, and especially cashews! I think I could eat a pound of cashews in a sitting. Or more.

      Dave, RN wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • I hear you, Dave. That sweet-salty-fatty combination can take over your brain!

        Timothy wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • Shelled Pistacchios- no way can I eat one handful.

        AdrianaG wrote on November 9th, 2011
        • Yes! Pistachios! It’s tough to grab a handful and eat just that handful. If I’m only going to eat a handful then I’ll have to be inside the Hancock building in Chicago… I’ll have to take a handful at the bottom, take the elevator upstairs to the restaurant area and have someone shut down the elevator so I have to walk down 100 flights of stairs to get more.

          Otherwise… I’ll chow for a while! I buy the ones that still have shells… its too easy to de shell them!

          Primal Toad wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Nuts are my gateway too! I always find myself justifying eating more and more. I think it’s because it takes a feel hours for them to have the “satisfied” feeling for me.

      Jasmina wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • +4 on the nuts issue! The weight gain starts when I give myself permission to eat them as snacks!

        Hopeless Dreamer wrote on November 9th, 2011
        • I have to jump on the band wagon here. I thought I was good with nuts…until last night. I was going to have just a few, ended up finishing the container.

          On the other hand, I had an excellent chocolate mousse last week. By the time I finished it, I was well satisfied. I think it was the high fat level.

          Chris Johnson wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • My wife brought home a huge thing of sugar coated almonds. Talk about heart issues.

      Tasty though.

      Joshua Tenner wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • Chocolate covered almonds are like crack to me. Used to be peanut-butter M&Ms before I went primal, but now they sound disgusting.

        namelesswonder wrote on November 9th, 2011
        • yes… there are these cinnamon sugar almonds that make me go crazy… one of the few things I “just can’t stop eating!”

          Rebekah wrote on November 11th, 2011
    • this is interesting – I have been noticing how ‘unsatisfied’ I feel after eating nuts, in spite of being high-protein and high-fat – they just don’t do it for me

      Cecilia wrote on November 10th, 2011
  18. For the first six months or so, I would get an ice cream every couple of weeks. For some reason, I’d get an ice cream craving. But I don’t get those any more. Every now and then I’ll split a piece of pie with my girlfriend. Every now and then I’ll eat one donut. But I never get follow-on cravings.

    Mark Luedtke wrote on November 9th, 2011
  19. I used to be “the guy who would eat anything,” but i have gotten used to saying, “no thanks” these days and nobody it surprised or offended anymore.

    That said, I still find it hard to visit my parents during the holidays. My mother is very supportive even though she thinks I am crazy. My Dad, on the other hand, thinks the primal blue print is great, but his wife does all the cooking and she is a carb-aholic….

    Eric wrote on November 9th, 2011
  20. I agree on the pizza!!!
    Anything “desserty” is my biggest downfall…
    Once a month I have to go to a board meeting & dinner is provided. I knew it wouldn’t be good for me to eat it, so I brought my own last month (good thing! lots of potatoes & beans :( ). but I still cheated with a piece of cheese cake! (oh well, I’ve done worse)
    I think desserts will always be my nemesis. I will strive for stronger will-power, and try to limit my exposure even more…

    peggy wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Cheesecake is my favorite non-primal food. Once in a while, I indulge in Cheesecake Factory low carb cheesecake. It has lots of eggs and is very satisfying, and I can go quite a while without having it again.

      Maxmilliana wrote on November 9th, 2011
  21. Really good pizza. I once beat a guy at a pizza eating contest. Gotta stay away.

    Ashley North wrote on November 9th, 2011
  22. Tortilla chips. They can take me out quicker than anything, totally a comfort food so I avoid them like the plague. I just remind myself that “nothing tastes as good as being HEALTHY feels!”
    And, oh man…Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia definitely follows with a close second. Geez…with as many comments that includes this one makes you wonder what kind of drugs they are putting in there…channeling Jerry for sure!

    Andrea wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Tortilla chips!! Me too. One of my favorite pre-primal snacks was chips and salsa. I’ve indulged a couple of times since changing the way I eat, and each time was ridiculous…suddenly more than half the bag would be gone in one sitting. I definitely have waaaayyy more of a salty tooth than a sweet tooth.

      smokedsalmon wrote on November 9th, 2011
  23. I don’t really have any urges to indulge in bready treats, however I know I’m going to make Santa some cookies this year. I will no doubt eat more than I should, so the batch will be REALLY small to avoid any possible binge. Perhaps I’ll make the reindeer bacon wrapped carrots to keep me away from the sweets!

    Stefanie wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Do tell about the bacon wrapped carrots.

      samui_sakana wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • Ahh, so yummy, and simple. Peel a medium carrot, wrap some raw bacon around it (depending on the sizes of carrot/pork you may need 2 slices per carrot). Stick ’em in the oven on a rack until the bacon gets crispy, or to your desired doneness. My hubby dislikes crunchy carrots so I keep them in until they’re soft, bacon gets nice and crispy :)

        Stefanie wrote on November 9th, 2011
  24. Still thinking about this :) and realized that I am no longer tempted by foods that make me feel bad.

    Getting to the bottom of your stomach aches and other ills probably plays a big role in self control. If you already feel bad or you don’t know what makes you feel bad, it’s going to be a lot harder to stay away from bad foods.

    Peggy The Primal Parent wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • This is so true, Peggy. If you’re used to eating junk food, you can bounce back from a binge. But when you lose your tolerance for it, cheating leads to lessons you don’t forget.

      Even when I walk by Cinnabon, an old weakness, I’m not tempted. In my mind it is as though the dough had been mixed with ground glass and cocaine. Because I know that is how it feels after I eat it.

      Much more dangerous to me are foods that cause no side effects, but aren’t very nutritious, because I’m tempted to eat them instead of more nourishing things.

      Timothy wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • That’s a great mental picture! My brother got me addicted to Cinnabons years ago (thanks for nothing). Haven’t had one in years, but still sometimes get those cravings. You’re right though; the suffering is just not worth it. Painful & addicting.

        Kim wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • Yes, the bad feeling after (physical, mental and perhaps emotional) is what is keeping me on the straight and narrow too. And I think for a lot of us fuels what from the outside looks like huge will power. I actually think it’s just self preservation power!

        The ‘haribo’ moments (to get me up the final mountain of the day on my bike) left me with blood sugar all over the place the following day and hints of the old depression and mania … I couldn’t fast it out as I was on a cycling tour so it took several days to sort through.

        Having regained mental health sufficiently to now be able to see my life more objectively, and finding a happy way of being, isn’t worth risking the progress for those momentary seconds of ‘pleasure’ as that trigger food passes through your mouth, and then hits the blood stream.

        Kelda wrote on November 10th, 2011
      • Timothy, this is true! It’s the foods that doesn’t cause any side effects that we sneakily think we can get away with.

        Jen wrote on November 11th, 2011
      • Interesting the way that Cinnabons feel like ground glass and cocaine to you now. I feel similarly about bread, especially wheat. Sugar I still crave, but bread is now SO unappealing I think of it more as sawdust than real food. I ate some bran muffin a few months back and had to spit it out. Sawdust.

        gruntle wrote on November 5th, 2012
    • Well said and I could not agree more! When I do binge today I am way more aware of what I just did. I can feel it because I have such a better relationship with food. I let it go and move on but the feeling and understanding of what I just did is HUGE in preventing me from doing it over and over again like the olden days.

      Primal Toad wrote on November 9th, 2011
  25. Mark, I thing that would be a great phychological profiling question: What is your favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor? You seem like a Cherry Garcia. But seriously, once you really cut grains and sugars, it’s hard to eat ice cream unless its real because so much of it is laden with xantham gum and corn syrup, and it just doesn’t taste that good. I feel, apart from my health and energy level improving using many of your primal principles, my sense of taste is much more keen. Do you have people saying this to you?

    Srdjan Ostric wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • My sense of taste has become quite sensitive too…Also my sense of smell since going primal has hightened as well….anyone else experienced this?

      Rio wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • I taste bad oils more easily. Can’t stand canola oil in things anymore and can usually tell when it’s present. yuck. I stick to my coconut oil, butter and occasional olive oil ; ). And bacon fat! Those taste good.

      Jellerose wrote on November 9th, 2011
  26. Candy corn, also known as the devil’s corn in my family, and those damned mellocreme pumpkins. I just can’t have them anywhere around me. Even typing these words is having a bad effect. I must go find some bacon!

    Karsten wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • I ate myself sick on those silly little pumpkins before Halloween- now they sound disgusting. But my real downfall is an ice cold 20 oz Mountain Dew, preferably purchased from my local 7eleven at midnight…..

      Rene R wrote on November 9th, 2011
  27. If you ever decide to stop this whole primal thing, and get a job at Ben and Jerry’s; they give employess 2 or 3 pints a day.

    Jason wrote on November 9th, 2011
  28. Chips and dip — any kind of combination of salty crunchy fried chips with just about any kind of dairy-laden creamy dip. Very easy for me to polish off at least a half family sized bag of potato chips with a full big container of french onion dip. That always turns into “I need something sweet to counterbalance”. Then it’s all downhill from there.

    Now that I found out I’m dairy intolerant, I can have a few chips off of my hubby’s plate when I’m out, and I can be fine.

    Kris wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • OMG yes! I used to absolutely destroy a whole bag of ruffles with a giant tub of french onion dip. It made me feel sick then, I can’t imagine what it would do to me now.

      Chris wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • RUFFLES and french onion or ranch dip. Definitely my favorite! I feel your pain :)

        Jenny wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • The salty sweet thing is my gateway… Chips with chocolate together, ie: handful of chips and a brownie, shoving it into my pie hole! Ugh! Tastes so good, although I do feel terrible afterwards. It’s been months since I’ve done it, and after reading this post, probably will stay away for good!

      CaN8Tive wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • I love the salty/sweet combo, too! Fortunately these days I feel satisfied with some salted almonds and sweet, dried cranberries instead of Wendy’s frosty and french fries!

        Amber wrote on November 9th, 2011
        • I totally agree with this… Last week I had this really brilliant idea to stuff dates with pecans, wrap them in bacon and them dipping then in a bourbon, cream cheese, and cream dip. It was heavenly… Not to far from the Primal way… until I literally ate 40 of them. It was over 600 carbs in less than 24 hours. I had had no sugar for about 5 months beforehand. I made myself sick. I have been fighting craving ever since. I think it would be wise for me to just say no.

          LittleCircles wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Cut up some leeks, mix them up in some sea salt, pepper, and a little bit of coconut oil and then fry them in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

      DELICIOUS, crunchy, salty, and fantastic.

      WHen Im tempted this has replaced my desire for potato chips…and believe me I was obsessed with potato chips.

      Drew wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • Drew thanks for the leeks tip. Question:
        Do you fry the leeks in coconut oil before you bake them and at what temperature do you bake the leeks? Would love to bring these to the holiday dinners.

        Sandie wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • Oh, do tell more! This may really satisfy that chip/onion dip thing!

        Kris wrote on November 10th, 2011
  29. Peanut butter is a rough one for me. About 2 weeks ago I finished off a 16oz container in less than 24 hours.

    Also… too much sugar without enough physical activity to downplay the effects will just make me crave more and more sugar.

    Now though, I get stomach aches if I eat candy so I am able to resist without effort 90% of the time.
    LOVE pumpkin pie though and it’s coming…very soon…

    Emily Mekeel wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • +1 peanut butter!
      Haven’t had it in months but just recently got a craving, used to be one of my favorites. Nervous that I might go for the Skippy in the cabinet, I picked up a jar from a local health food store (thought I could justify the purchase by buying a peanut butter/flax seed blend to balance out the omega 3:6 ratio. I know, I know… anti-nutrients, aflatoxins, etc) Needless to say, its half gone. Considering just dumping the rest..

      Michele wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • Try making your own pecan/cashew butter. Equal amounts, put into your food processor for 10 minutes. Creamy, heavenly, and primal. I’m the same way with PB, and this satisfies my craving. Next batch, think I’m gonna add in some cinnamen.

        Mandie wrote on November 9th, 2011
        • YUM!

          Michele wrote on November 10th, 2011
  30. Ice cream substitute:
    1. Take some full fat, unsweetened yogurt.
    2. Add stevia drops to taste. Leave plain or add some vanilla.
    3. Put in the freezer until it starts to get really thick.
    4. Eat. Slightly frozen and sweet.

    Dave, RN wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • I tried this last week – it was terrible! I can eat almost anything, but I’m sorry, it tastes NOTHING like ice cream or frozen yogurt, not even close!

      KarenJ wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • I do frozen bananas buzzed up in the blender with a little milk and a sprinkling of dark chocolate chips over it…best thing I’ve found when I NEEEEEED ice cream.

        Shay wrote on November 9th, 2011
        • That sounds fabulous! My husband is just starting to go primal and ice cream is his pitfall, so I will make sure he tries this! Me too! Thanks!

          CaN8Tive wrote on November 9th, 2011
        • This is the best ice cream substitute I’ve found so far. Next batch, think I’m going to try adding some frozen strawberries. I usually do it in the food processor with only the bananas – gives it a thicker texture. Mmmmm, must make this soon!

          Mandie wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Sounds like my “healthier banana split”
      Split banana, add scoops of full fat Greek yogurt, top with shredded coconut, nuts, occasionally a few chopped dates or a drizzle of honey. Not completely primal but a heck of a lot better for you than the full sugar alternative.

      Eli wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • I’ve been doing something similar: Plain Greek Yogurt, Protein Powder (mine is whey-based), Cocoa Powder, Stevia Drops, Vanilla…..mix it up until blended well, refrigerate, and it comes out almost like a mousse! …and the protein punch, between the yogurt and the powder is big!

      atljohn wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • we put kefir on frozen blueberries and raspberries, your body loves the kefir and it replaces the ice cream craving OR a smoothie with 1 c. kefir, 1/2 banana, 1/2 c. frozen raspberries = yum!

      Cecilia wrote on November 10th, 2011
  31. I love desserts in general and I usually can’t moderate. However, I’ve gotten REALLY good at having to discipline to stop at the end of my cheat meal or day. Take Thanksgiving for instance – I can tell you that my wife’s family makes killer meals and desserts are a big part of that. I’ve been eating totally clean for almost 5 weeks and will be at 7 weeks before Thanksgiving arrives. At that meal I plan to eat anything and everything to my hearts content. I know from experience that come the next day I’m back to being Primal (albeit a little uncomfortable – worth it, trust me) and even though there may be some lingering temptations I’ve learned to ignore them. It’s almost a relief to get back to being Primal. So here’s the question: is that approach detrimental if I know I can get back on the wagon the next day/meal? Are the these “triggers” or “gateway” foods a problem if you can successfully make then an isolated (even if excessive) incident? It probably depends on the will power of the person. I’ve had years of practice (only the last 1.5 of which has been primal – before it was the abs diet). Just some thoughts.

    Ryan wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Let me add to my own post and say that I’m not advocating my approach if you still have a good amount of weight to lose or do have will power issues (I don’t cause I’m super anal retentive about my health and weight – some might even use the word vain to describe me. I’m working on it). If a meal turns into several or a day turns into a week than steer clear of my approach. I’m also not trying to be “holier than thou” or anything. Maybe I’m just trying to justify it to myself. :)

      Ryan wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • My thoughts – if this is a once in a blue moon type of thing and it works for you, then keep at it. Since you’ve been “clean” for 5 weeks, you’ll be well past the 80/20 rule. I think of it this way. If our ancestors came upon a large stash of fruit or honey, they probably had several pieces, knowing that the next day or two they would not have the opportunity. They took their rare opportunity and probably feasted. So, have your feast and enjoy. Then back on board the next day.

        Mandie wrote on November 9th, 2011
  32. I used to make great homemade biscotti and old-fashioned crispy ginger snaps to send off to family members for Christmas. However, they only got what I didn’t eat (I could down approximately 30 cookies in an hour – ugh! sad and kinda creepy!) Not this year! I will buy non-food gifts this year. I really liked baking, but I just can’t risk it anymore. It is almost as if I have lost a bit of my soul by not being able to participate in that part of the holidays, but I have decided that I would rather live, so no baking “goodies” anymore. I cannot even bake paleo goodies because I will overeat them as well. Maybe I can get addicted to decorating instead!

    Susan wrote on November 9th, 2011
  33. Pretty much anything with gluten or hfcs invokes my rendition of ‘the thing that ate Norway.’ At first I tried the will power route, but I found much better success by saying to myself, ‘I can have it on Friday.’ Then by thebtike Friday rolls around I’ve been good all week and don’t want to wreck my progress. So I put off the cheat until ‘next Friday.’

    Tom wrote on November 9th, 2011
  34. Haagen-Dazs dulche de leche ice cream. That stuff is evil.

    Kevin wrote on November 9th, 2011
  35. Potato chips. Can’t eat just one.

    Peace Karen wrote on November 9th, 2011
  36. Roasted nuts – especially the sweet kind (like the ones you can get from a Boston street vendor), or the really spicy kind, like the Blue Diamond “Bold” line – “Habanero BBQ” being the most adictive almonds I’ve ever tasted.

    I can’t stop myself. If I open a tin of Habanero BBQ almonds, I can all too easily wind up eating the whole thing without feeling the slightest bit full. But the whole tin amounts to over 1000 calories!!!

    I still get them on occasion, and every time I do I’m reminded of why I shouldn’t get them again…

    CJW wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Oh geez….I JUST BOUGHT bbq almonds for playing cards Saturday night with friends so I’d have a primal option instead of chips, dip and sweets. Aren’t nuts okay? I guess in moderation only due to high fat content?!

      I’ve been primal for 4 months and find social gatherings -especially with alcohol — challenging. 80/20 has worked so far… 10lbs lost since 7/4/11.

      SharonK wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • Nuts are great as a snack, and definitely better than chips, dip and sweets.

        Almonds are nutritious and pretty low carb, but still high in calories. And the Blue Diamond “Bold” brand are especially salty/spicey/sweet, which makes them really hard to stop eating (for me, anyway, especially when I’m already hungry). Eat a whole 6 oz tin of those – easy to do if you’re casually munching away throughout the night – and you that’s a 1,020 calorie snack!

        Generally speaking, going primal is not about counting calories. But they do matter at some point. I’ve seen my own weight loss stall from overindulging in these almonds, which is why I can’t buy them very often anymore.

        I still get them on occasion. But I don’t keep a constant supply of them in the house like I used to. They were way too tempting and convenient if I had them lying around.

        CJW wrote on November 9th, 2011
      • The problem with nuts is that it’s easy to overeat and for good reason: it stimulates appetite. What a sad picture when you take into account of not tipping, but spinning the omega 3:6 ratio into a substantial difference. I get a shitload of acne when I indulge in nuts.

        Jen wrote on November 10th, 2011
  37. Apparently I have lots of gateway foods… I’m one month into being primal and reading all of the responses made me very hungry! :) My way of coping for the holidays this year is hosting Thanksgiving so that I can make sure there are plenty of “safe” foods without offending the host. Christmas will be at my parents’ house and since both sisters and their husbands and my mom have all gone primal since I did… That one should be good! Now if I could just convince my husband!

    Stacy Fenner wrote on November 9th, 2011
  38. I always use Peeps as my trigger food example. My problems run so deep I don’t even pretend the food needs flavor. I just want to liquify the glucose and shoot it into my veins… Ahhhhh….

    Grokitmus Primal wrote on November 9th, 2011
  39. M&Ms. I don’t know why. I can have the occasional good quality dark chocolate, no problem. But M&Ms are my weakness. If I had the support of my husband there wouldn’t ever be M&Ms in the house, or any junk for that matter. But there they are, on a counter or in the pantry, just staring me down. I usually win but sometimes I just can’t resist. Oh, and pistachios, but those are relatively Primal and they don’t lead me on the path to CW. Actually, M&Ms don’t either, I just have a hard time avoiding or eating “just a few.”

    Kris wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • Wow, that feels better. It’s like Primal Confessional. :) Now for penance: Grab a small handful of macadamias and a glass of water and be on my way. Oh, and some bacon! 😉

      Kris wrote on November 9th, 2011
    • My theory on that is what I call the quality/quantity divide. A small amount of high-quality chocolate (and for me that means Cluizel or Pralus) will satisfy, but lower-quality will not, so you keep eating more in an attempt to satisfy.

      Lexi wrote on November 9th, 2011
  40. For me, it’s homemade Chex Mix. Every New Year’s Eve, my mom would make a big batch. The smell of butter, Worstcheshire sauce simmering in the oven with all those cereal squares, crackers & peanuts will forever make me think of the holidays.
    She passed away a few years ago, and I’ve kept the tradition up, until last year (I went Primal in November 2010), and aside from the butter, Chex Mix is about the most un-Primal snack you can have – it’s all carbs & peanuts. But I know if I make it, I’ll justify indulging, and I can’t stop once I start. I trust my mom would understand & would applaud my efforts to be healthy – and to remember her in other ways.

    Rosie wrote on November 9th, 2011

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