Excuses for Skipping Paleo

I read an article by Joanna Davis in New Zealand about how her devotion to the Paleo Lifestyle was undone by a donut. I can see going easier on the lifestyle once I get to my goal weight, but on my way down to it, I don’t even allow that as an option. Her reasons are her own, and while I am not so tempted, I can see how some foods are such a draw for some people.

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My Paleo dinner Sunday night: Lobster tails, asparagus with bacon, and melted butter.

What’s crazy are the comments. It only verified for me what I believe most people are thinking when reading about the Paleo Lifestyle when they haven’t really considered it. Many people talk about how “Limiting” Paleo is. While it’s true that we exclude grains, legumes, and dairy, it’s amazing how many other foods there are that we eat normally that exclude these foods. Some people try to argue that eliminating “Food groups” is bad for us, but this is based on more of the flawed science and bad education we received back in the 60’s, 70′, and 80’s. The food pyramid and 4-4-3-2 has all been proven to be bunk.

There are those who say they just can’t give up certain foods like pasta, bread, or rice and beans. There are so many delicious options to replace those things out there, but people are closed-minded and won’t even try them. No, they won’t be 100% replacements (spaghetti squash doesn’t taste like pasta!), but they are good, wholesome replacements and better for our bodies.

Some people mentioned the fact that “Cavemen never made bread with almond flour.” Of course they didn’t! But almonds are far healthier for us than grains, so if you really want some bread, why not use an ingredient that is far healthier for us?

“Cavemen didn’t live long. We stopped eating the caveman diet when we started building huts.” This is so untrue it’s funny. People ate what we call the Paleo diet, for the most part, until modern times. We ate lots of meats and vegetables with some exceptions depending on geography. Most American dinners before the 1920’s was meat, potatoes, and a slice of bread. Most meals in Western civilization center around meat and vegetables. Sure, some grains are there in places like Italy (bread, pasta), France (bread) and Asia (rice), but with few exceptions, the grains are not the primary source of nutrition. Only in the 20th century has sugar and grains become such a large part of our diet.

What this all tells me is that people will do anything and say anything to convince themselves that cutting sugar and carbs from their diet is a good thing. They will find any reason they can to allow them to eat bad foods with a clear conscience. Humans are funny that way.

I have a friend who is as fit as fit can be. He eats fried chicken and Jimmy John’s sandwiches on the Saturdays that I see him. How does he get away with that and stay remarkably fit? He eats good, whole foods the rest of the week/month. Those Saturday sandwiches or Thursday night fried chicken meals are treats. The rest of the time, he’s not only eating well but getting exercise. He’s also at an ideal weight and in good health. I’m not quite there with either yet, so I’m still in very strict adherence mode.

Will I get to the point that Joanna Davis got to, where I loosen up my stranglehold on my food options? I can foresee myself being more like my friend in some regards, allowing myself the treat here and there, but I will never quite go off the rails and go back to eating what I used to eat before. I remember well what happens when you eat anything you want, and I never want to go back to that again. I prefer the “New Old Me.”

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