What they don’t tell you about paleo


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What they don’t tell you about paleo is that things that used to be delicious to you will stop being delicious. Your taste buds CHANGE!

Take cookies, for example. Delicious, scrumptious cookies.

There was a time in the not-so-distant past where I could down an entire package of Chips Ahoy without batting an eyelash. I blamed it on the whole “sugar is addictive but oh-so tasty” idea, but that didn’t stop me from doing it. I loved those cookies. After a long day, there was nothing more I enjoyed than curling up with a tall glass of milk, a package of cookies, and some Netflix.

Oh how my life has changed…

I’ve been doing paleo for a month now. I haven’t even been strict about it either. I’ve been mostly adhering to paleo principles, being stronger in my conviction against processed foods. I don’t really let it phase me when I cheat, though. I could have paleo lunch, paleo dinner, and leftover birthday cake for dessert and feel good about my progress. I know this isn’t a consistent habit. I just can’t bear the thought of birthday cake going to waste…

Anyway, I’ve been doing paleo for a month. We had some friends over tonight to attempt to watch the aurora borealis. (Didn’t see them, but we had a fun party!) We decided to just have snackey type foods, and they brought with them that beautiful blue package. Original Chips Ahoy. I figured it would be rude not to take at least one, right?

Over the course of three hours I had three cookies. Three. Towards the end of the night, I topped it off with a small mug of homemade hot cocoa. (Milk, cocoa powder, a little sugar and vanilla). Not bad, I though, considering my past relationship with chocolate and cookies.

Three cookies. One mug of hot cocoa.

As my friends left I realized I was going to puke. I felt awful. My stomach was not thanking me for a quiet indulgence. Quite the opposite, actually. The cookies weren’t even that delicious. They were sugary and almost fake tasting, and I was about to experience it in reverse.

What has happened to me?!?

Three cookies and a mug of cocoa and I feel like garbage.

Looks like this paleo business is changing me from the inside out!

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