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Old 06-03-14, 05:43 AM   #1
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Anyone else in a situation where food preferences have radically changed?

I'm in a weird place right now. I know I'm always going to be in the Clydesdale Class since being 6'5" and you know... wide, kinda does that to you. Currently I'm 108kg which means 238lbs and have been for a while now. Although after I started going to the gym, started body weight exercises and kettlebelling in earnest I've been losing inches from my waist but not losing any weight. But I'm not worried about that since it probably means my fat percentage is going down and muscle percentage is going up.

But the weird thing I've noticed recently is that I can't eat burgers anymore. They used to be my favorite food (although a rare treat since we all know what too many burgers does to you)
Nowdays after a quite radical move towards a more vegetable based diet with the help and encouragement from my GF I've noticed that large amounts of meat and fat make me want to puke after relatively small portion. Last easter we had lamb with which I gorged pretty well and I ended up puking it all up in the dead of night. If I don't puke after a meal heavy with animal products I at least feel very nauseous and it has happened with every burger/wings/ribs meal I've had in the last few months. Nowdays my cravings are more pointed towards the awesome salads we make and ice cream.

Anybody else notice a change in your cravings and body reactions after a lifestyle change?
Like get a burning desire for broccoli... Oh dang, now I want broccoli... :[~
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Old 06-03-14, 09:21 AM   #2
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I will never, ever have a burning desire, or any kind of desire, for broccoli.



And nope, still love burgers but I rarely have them. Maybe the trick is not "gorging pretty well" when you do eat them.

About the only thing I've noticed is that when I get a craving for something salty, like chips, eating an apple will completely eliminate my interest in chips. Not sure why but I'm glad I figured it out.
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Old 06-03-14, 09:51 AM   #3
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I love my veggies but take my meat away and you might as well stick a knife in me.
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Old 06-03-14, 09:59 AM   #4
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As with TH, I still love burgers and in fact I rarely go meat free during a meal. But I have replaced the vast majority of the red meat I consumed with salmon, chicken breasts and other healthier alternatives and I find that satisfies me as well as red meat did.

Personally, I've found the key is adopting an approach that you're likely to stick with.
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A couple of things:

1. I've noticed that really over indulging in certain things (not meat, but rich, fatty foods) will make me a little uncomfortable.
2. I have moments where I can feel my body "calling out" for green foods - salads, veggies, etc.
3. When I do have a steak (pretty rare these days but had one this past weekend) it's VERY enjoyable.
4. I too, will never have a burning desire for broccoli. Though at times I get a real hankering for asparagus.
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Old 06-03-14, 10:22 AM   #6
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Sheesh, broccoli is about the only vegetable that is edible. That and corn. Anything else, yuck.

No way I'm giving up any beef. You don't raise beef in the family and give it up to eat. I do eat a lot of chicken though. Beef isn't every night.
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As you get older taste will change... sadly (or fortunately) I can no longer tolerate salty foods - you know like chips, fries, crackers etc. I can't add salt to food and processed food is too salty for me (I can taste salt in everything!). I've alway had a hard time with onion and garlic and even more so now. I cannot tolerate dressing (like mayo etc) on sandwiches or hamburgers... I am so fussy now I'm sure I frustrate my friends. I have developed (alwas had it but now more so) for butternut squash. Make it every week. I just chopped it up, add just a touch of oil, pinch of cinnamom (sp?) and bake it in the oven. I also love veggies, but always have.

So why am I so fat? It seems I eat right and have eliminated alot of bad stuff out of my diet but for... sweets. Good gosh still have a love for sweets although (knock wood) I have been off chocolate (my favorite ) for 4 months now.... hope that keeps up...
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Actually, I've found that my tolerance for bad food has gone UP since I started eating right. Used to be, I'd need a men's room 15-20 minutes after eating anything with even a hint of grease. It was like frikkin' clockwork. Made car rides difficult and there were more than a couple embarrassing incidents involving a code brown or a near miss.

I'm no doctor, but I figure that by eating right, my body is no longer in a state of constant irritation.
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Yeah, burgers are not so enjoyable anymore, since I switched to mostly chicken. I do savor a good steak occasionally... 6 oz is plenty and it had better be tasty.
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I'm in a weird place right now. I know I'm always going to be in the Clydesdale Class since being 6'5" and you know... wide, kinda does that to you. Currently I'm 108kg which means 238lbs and have been for a while now. Although after I started going to the gym, started body weight exercises and kettlebelling in earnest I've been losing inches from my waist but not losing any weight. But I'm not worried about that since it probably means my fat percentage is going down and muscle percentage is going up.

But the weird thing I've noticed recently is that I can't eat burgers anymore. They used to be my favorite food (although a rare treat since we all know what too many burgers does to you)
Nowdays after a quite radical move towards a more vegetable based diet with the help and encouragement from my GF I've noticed that large amounts of meat and fat make me want to puke after relatively small portion. Last easter we had lamb with which I gorged pretty well and I ended up puking it all up in the dead of night. If I don't puke after a meal heavy with animal products I at least feel very nauseous and it has happened with every burger/wings/ribs meal I've had in the last few months. Nowdays my cravings are more pointed towards the awesome salads we make and ice cream.

Anybody else notice a change in your cravings and body reactions after a lifestyle change?
Like get a burning desire for broccoli... Oh dang, now I want broccoli... :[~
I just ate a big bowl of steamed brocalli with butter. Yummmy!

And yeah, I have. I used to love those pre-mixed boxes of rice with cheesy/creamy sauces. My favorite was the white chedder and brocalli rice. In college I'd just buy them by the bushel and eat one for dinner. Can't eat them anymore. Way too salty now. Just go with it...maybe make your burgers less meaty and more veggie? I personally like a smaller burger with lots of veggies on it. I also eat less red meat and more, gods help me, kale. It's the iron. And of couse fish and chicken and pork.
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For me that is a definate yes! I nw look forward to my breakfast that has more vegtibles than eggs, my salad for lunch and my dinner of a lean meat and vegtibles. I no longer want to stop at every Mc Donalds, Wendy's or Arby's that I pass.
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Absolutely. When I was at my heaviest, I was eating a lot of fatty, junky things, like cheese steaks, hoagies and pizza. I no longer have a desire to eat stuff like that on a regular basis. In fact, if things get hectic and I end up eating prepared/processed foods for a couple of days I feel like crap. My normal diet includes a good amount of vegetables, poultry, fish and some pork, most of which is fresh and prepared at home. For example, last night we grilled Copper River sockeye and had it with a simple salad of red leaf lettuce, tomatoes red onion, a little lavendar goat cheese and a home made balsamic dressing. I also had a small, whole wheat roll. Tonight I will probably make pasta with vegetables since I will be leaidng a long, hard ride on Saturday. I do enjoy a good burger and steak, but not very often. Maybe once a month.
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Sure. When I gave up sugar and starch, the cravings were so strong that I really wasn't sure I could keep doing it forever. I was almost afraid to try it temporarily, because I was afraid to find out that I needed to eat that way and also that I couldn't hack it. That seemed worse than not trying, in a way.

What I found was that the cravings for those sugary, starchy foods fade away, and I just see it like anything else now: it's just food, and I can take it or leave it. It's not just that I manage not to eat it; I know intellectually that a doughnut tastes good, but it doesn't feel like I have to have one.

On the other hand, crunchy salads without a ton of dressing never really appealed to me before, and now I genuinely enjoy them. I think that's partly because I let my palate clear, and partly because I put a lot more effort into making a *good* salad now, or finding restaurants that serve them. Fast food salads are widely variable. Order a salad at Hardee's, and you get a little shredded iceberg lettuce, a slice of tomato, a couple of rings of red onion, and often they've shredded one of the American-cheese-food-product slices that go on the burgers. It's not great. But I recently discovered that Steak n' Shake actually makes a pretty good, fresh salad with grilled chicken.

Broccoli, cauliflower, peppers and brussels sprouts are all examples of things I really only came to appreciate after I gave up other foods. For other people, eating those sugars and starches in moderation is probably a better choice than giving them up altogether, but for me, that's what it took.

The only thing I can't identify with is giving up meat and cheese. I still eat too much cheese and have to be conscious of cutting back on it; it's the classic low-carb diet thing where people decide to go on a Bacon Cheddar Diet.
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Yea, I don't care much for regular burgers anymore, at least not Wendy's. I can make my own and still eat them but I can't handle the taste of fast food anymore. I also have developed a bit more of a desire for MorningStar Farms black bean burgers. I've always like these but I've had more of a desire for these lately.
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My snack food trends towards fruit instead of candy bars.

I eat with more variety and more vegetables, less starch and carbs. Along with smaller portion sizes. Most of that is a conscious decision, still. Except portions-I can't gorge anymore.

the change I've noticed is how I tolerate cheap/crappy food. Can't do it anymore.
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As with TH, I still love burgers and in fact I rarely go meat free during a meal. But I have replaced the vast majority of the red meat I consumed with salmon, chicken breasts and other healthier alternatives and I find that satisfies me as well as red meat did.
This is kind of where I am now. I also find that I don't feel as hungry as I did before, so am less likely to overeat or to snack. Fried foods hold little appeal and I cannot handle greasy foods at all. Even burgers need to be very lean and not at all greasy.
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But yeah, with the weight loss came major changes in likes and dislikes. Not sure why. There were a lot of pork products I didn't like, especially ham and bacon. And I disliked eggs with soft yolks.

I have lost all taste for Mountain Dew, and as a nerdy product of the 80s and 90s it was like ambrosia to me.

There's not really much of a pattern, though. And it wasn't even gradual. It happened pretty quickly at a point where I was near my first goal weight.
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I'm just more aware of what's in food. I look at the burger and see 450-1200 Calories of beef, cheese, bacon & bread. Not the best food but far from the worst.
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