I said I wasn’t going to go Paleo, then I kind of did. I suppose I was a hypocrite. Or human. Or maybe you shouldn’t believe anything I say. Except for this post….this post is true.
I didn’t start trying Paleo meals until after learning the ins and outs.. I read a TON – multiple books and more blogs and websites than you could imagine. I read stuff by real doctors and nutritionists along with testimonials from every day people that saw great health improvements. I talked about Robb Wolf like we were BFFs and I listened to Balanced Bites podcasts like they were going out of style.
So I decided to try it. It made sense. It seemed like a way to eat real food and have sustainable energy, not to mention start burning fat for fuel and compliment my Crossfit workouts.
But no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t stick to it for more than a few days.
They say if you wan’t something bad enough, you’ll find a way.
Well I guess I didn’t want it bad enough. I want most of all to be healthy and feel great. Do I want a six pack and Tina’s arms? Of course. But apparently not enough to stick with Paleo.
I understand the principles, the science, and the benefits. I do. Part of me wishes I could eat Paleo because it works so well for so many people! The results are both internal and external, with both better digestion and better abs.
But for me it was just causing stress. I missed my favorite foods and I felt restricted. When I can’t have something, I want it 10 times more. Unhappiness isn’t healthy for anyone.
And I know there are TONS of awesome Paleo substitutes for my favorites. I still make lots of Paleo recipes (my Pinterest board is full!) because they taste delicious! But really, as a former vegetarian, my love for hummus, oatmeal, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, and beans can’t be replaced. I started to feel guilty whenever I had one of those foods, which is crazy because they aren’t even unhealthy foods!*
The minute I think black beans and peanut butter are bad, I know something’s wrong.
(*I know that Paleo advocates will say “YES THEY ARE!” and I have studied and understand that reasoning. However I don’t have any noticeable digestive or internal issues with those foods, they make me feel good, and I believe they can be part of a balanced diet for me.)
So Paleo wasn’t for me. At least right now. Things change. I used to not eat meat and now I do, so maybe one day I’ll give Paleo a shot again.
These days I’m loving on some oatmeal breakfasts, hummus snacks, and Greek yogurt treats.
Bioindividuality(R) people. It’s about finding what works for YOU.