So remember long ago when I said I was committing to the Paleo 30 day challenge? By long ago, I mean last week? Well, overall I did a pretty good job. That is until Saturday came along. I worked Saturday from 7:15 to 2 and for some reason, was overcome with the desire to eat carbs. By carbs, I mean amazing homemade fruit tarts, chocolate chip cookies, and cupcakes. (In case you were wondering, I didn’t eat each of those things, but I did try them. How can I sell foods that I haven’t even tried? <– how I justify it.)
My cheating doesn’t necessarily stop there. In the past week, I’ve also had dairy. Paleo insists on no dairy (among other things) so naturally I added some feta cheese to my salads throughout the week. Oh, I’m also drinking coffee right now with cream in it. That’s right, I’m saying NO to the man (in this case, Robb Wolf) and eating the crap out of dairy and carbs. Just kidding..sort of.
So this is my excuse for my Paleo Faileo: I don’t want to do it. I don’t want to not eat carbs. I like carbs and I also like dairy. I understand the idea of moderation which I think is key if you want to live a healthy life. I am just not personally interested in a diet or lifestyle that cuts out so many wonderful foods.
I know so many people that have the self control to do cleanses, extreme diets, etc. and that’s great if it makes them feel good. I’ve thought about doing things like that (obviously, Paleo) but I never do because ultimately, I just don’t want to. I’ve exhibited self control and discipline in other aspects of my life for example, training for two marathon by myself. It can be tough to stay motivated to get your butt out of bed at 6 am on a Saturday and run 20 miles by yourself. For some people, that’s too difficult, so training with groups is the best route for them. In the exercises and fitness part of my life, I am very motivated and self disciplined. In other parts? Not so much.
So, I guess I’m just saying restrictive diets or lifestyles, are not for me. They probably never will be and that’s cool.
I’m also the kind of person that beats myself up a lot. For example, I feel terribly guilty and bad about myself if I miss a workout. I know that’s completely ridiculous and not worth getting upset about, but it’s hard for me to control. With a diet like Paleo (or anything else), I can easily see myself slipping into a world of self trash talk. That’s clearly not healthy no matter how many carbs you cut.
So, I’ve reevaluated what I need to do or how I need to live in order to feel good. I still think I don’t need an overload of carbs, I don’t really think anyone does (unless you run marathons every weekend). But like I said, I like carbs. I like oatmeal, sometimes a cookie, candy at a movie theatre, brown rice with my sushi, etc. So I think what I’m going to try and do is just limit my carbs towards the end of the day. I don’t think I need a plate of pasta before bed (gotta carbo load for sleepy time), but if it happens, it happens.
I’m not at all discounting the Paleo lifestyle. I think if you want to lose weight, it’s probably a great way to go. I’ll definitely keep trying Paleo recipes and like always, CrossFit my brains out (CrossFit basically endorses Paleo eating).
As much as I feel like Paleo would work, it’s also hard to distinguish between it and any other diet/lifestyle. What makes this legitimate? What makes any diet legit? That there’s a bests-selling book about it? The thing is, there are diets and lifestyles for just about anyone (fruitarianism anyone?). Every book about those diets quotes doctors and studies to back up their claims…every book. I feel like there are “experts” in just about anything but for the most part, they’re self proclaimed experts.
Again, I’m not discounting any person or diet, it’s just something to keep in mind. When you really think about it, everyones just trying to sell a product (like a book) so who can you trust?
That’s why I think when it comes down to it, you have to choose a diet/lifestyle that works for you and makes you feel good. I do feel better when I eat less carbs because I feel less lethargic. On the other hand, I enjoy carbs and don’t think they’re all bad so I won’t be shunning them from my diet.
In the end, it’s just food. There are more important things in life then stressing out over a cookie or thinking about that bagel going straight to your ass. More important things…like pancakes. Real all-purpose flour enriched pancakes. 🙂
Do you follow a diet? What do you think about the food/diet industry?
Katie @ Nutrition in a peanut shell says
Yeyyy real carbs back!
I think any kind of diet that isn’t increase in whole grains, fruit, veggies, and low fat dairy sucks, and isn’t worth it.
Who wants to be healthy bodily but be sad/depressed/deprived all the time?
Kristine @ Running on Hungry says
The only thing I follow is I try to rarely eat anything processed. If I’m going to have dessert it’s going to be rich, it’s going to be real and it’s going to taste AMAZING! Nothing fat-free, low-fat, etc for this girl. I’d rather know exactly what I’m putting in more than anything else.
I’m a big believer of everything in moderation – and not depriving myself of cravings. It works for me – but I know different things work for different people.
I’m happy you have carbs back in your life! Living without them doesn’t sound fun!
Don’t feel guilty! Do what makes you happy. 🙂
Kerri O says
I think we all have to find what works for us, how we feel our best. What we’re willing to do and not do. Peer pressure should have no place in those decisions. Go you.
Wow, you gave up quick. That’s too bad, for you. You didn’t even give it a chance to work. Oh well, your loss. As Robb says, its only your life.
Casey (The Hippie Health Nut) says
Well put. You have to do what works for YOU!
thanks girl i appreciate it!
Love this. I think to each his/her own when it comes to diet, and while some people have more discipline about following a specific way of eating/avoiding certain food groups, it’s just not for everyone!
exactly…i just dont think im the kind of person who’s cut out for a diet…so im just gonna do my best, eat clean and enjoy food!
Krissie J says
At least you were open minded and gave it a shot. I always feel food choices are personal and what works for one may not work for another. I know I couldn’t cut out carbs either!
hah thanks. i know it wasnt for very long but i work in a bakery for gods sake haha i just dont think its realistic for me right now. thanks for the comment! 🙂
Matt @ The Athlete's Plate says
No diets here! I eat what I crave 🙂
good plan…i couldn’t even go a week without feta!!
Sally Anne @ PaleoRunnerGirl says
What a great post! I think it is SO important to eat whatever makes you feel GOOD and satisfied! If grains and dairy did not leave me with crippling stomach pain, I would have NEVER cut them out! There is no need to deprive yourself of anything! Robb Wolf’s position has actually changed a great deal and he recently noted that if you digest grains, EAT GRAINS! If you love dairy and it doesn’t give you a stomachache–EAT DAIRY!
Life is too short to feel guilty and deprived–no thanks! 🙂
thanks girl i appreciate it..especially coming from a paleo gal! i still think paleo has some great ideas and is prob an awesome way to lose weight. i love a lot of the recipes so ill for sure keep makin’ them!
sarah@spinach and spice says
Great post! I cannot restrict my eating either (in terms of veganism, paleo, vegetarian for that matter!). Though I think eating some foods over others is better for our physical health, health of the mind is just as important! Food is merely an accessory, it shouldn’t control or disrupt our lives.. there’s too much in the world to see and do!
totally agree! i definitely think its possible to eat healthy and include dairy and carbs!
Brittany @ A Spoonful of Peanut Butter says
That sounds way to extreme for me. I need my Kashi GoLean for breakfast, and cheese to snack on! I wish people wouldn’t actually listen to this and just eat more veggies, fruits, and watch portions. I’m also one to feel guilty if I don’t follow through with something, which is why I have given up “diets”.
exactly!!! i could just see myself going down an unhealthy path of obsessing over food..it was already getting a little ridiculous so i think ill just try my best to keep a clean diet, but enjoy life too!
I am a huge fan of the 80/20 rule. I do my best to follow a strict paleo diet 80% of the time each week. That way when it comes time to have a delicious cupcake or a frosty beer, i’m not beating myself up. I will never be Paleo extreme like a lot of people in the community. Its not my fault Mr caveman didn’t learn how to make a slice of pizza =)