Is it accessing the right foods? The incomplete and constantly changing guidance? Getting people to take you seriously? However you define your paleo lifestyle, what's the biggest difficulty in following it?
For me I think it's the office job. The work environment has a depressing effect, the computer strains my eyes, I can't get sunlight, I'm sat down far too long, I can't sleep when my body needs more rest than normal prolonging recovery, I get occasional fresh air and the only practical 'remedy' for when all these stressors add up and the headaches start is the illusion of concentration and alertness offered by sugary snacks (naturally the only foods readily available). The whole experience seems designed to be as detrimental a way to spend half my day as possible. However I handle it, it seems there always has to be a compromise which undermines my health ambitions.
So what makes it hard for you to do the right thing?
For me it's been my starting point. I really, really wish I had found paleo way before I got to be a nearly disabled, morbidly obese woman in her 50s paying for decades of SAD eating and crash, yo-yo dieting.
A journey of a thousand miles may begin with a single step, but it's even better when it's not such a long journey!
I am probably my only true obstacle, but since I've been cooperating and doing well I'd say it's my budget.
I'm living on Social Security so I can order grass-fed beef only occasionally. Much of my meat is from the supermarket and the checkbook groans when I load my fresh produce into the cart. I must say it would be easier if I weren't also feeding a 17-year-old young man. :-))
The 2 of us are doing fine but I wish sometimes I could afford to eat strictly pastured meat.
Let's see... My office job as a computer programmer. The 3+ hours a day commuting in a car. And more driving my daughters to and from activities. My family (wife and kids) that are SAD (refined carb and junk) food-aholics. My being old, fat, diabetic and out of shape. My love of cookies, BBQ Fritos, pizza, ice cream, peanut butter and the fact that all these things and more are readily available in my house.
Still not giving up, though. I'm eating a lunch of roast beef, shrimp and avocado right now.
Liver. I need to. I can't -no matter the secret recipe, type, or method.
THIS IS MY PALEO VISION -as per the question. I am not debating overall agreed upon paleo requirements.
(Please no suggestions -I have tried them ALL. Seriously. Love you guys though!!).
My family. Apart from my mother, they are extremely lazy. They apparently hate me for eating a strict diet, because I don't drink beer, don't play computer games (I find those boring now), work really hard (12 hours daily) and am not excited all the time (because my mood is even all the time I'm very calm). Being excited apparently is a good thing, because it is "funny".
I thought a family is supposed to be helping, but apparently it's the opposite (except for my mother).
The amount of times I've heard "don't you want cake?", "that pizza is amazing!", "are you sure you don't want cake, it's really delicious". And they say it in a way, you know they're just trying to piss me off. I have a lot of stress already because of exams, they make it 10x worse.
On my birthday, they ate pie in front of me while they all knew damn well I wouldn't eat any. Yet they couldn't help but say "don't you want pie" multiple times.
The amount of times my brother called me gay last year, while being vegan (the funny thing is that his girlfriend looks like a dude, but I don't tell him that). I did look kinda girly back then, but I did never call him names... Never forgot that, I still just ignore him. I felt really sick at that time, and NOBODY helped me. They all treated me like crap. Of course it was my fault I was sick, but that doesn't mean you gotta make it worse.
The amount of times my father got mad because I told him he is wrong. Now, when he tries to tell me some bogus nutrition tips, I just nod and go away ("coconut oil is very bad for your health because it is a vegetable oil" really??? he said that 5 months ago. Now he said to my mother he will probably start to cook with it).
The more I work, the more I try to do good, the harder they make it for me.
Sorry for the rant. I'm leaving them monday and while I really look forward to that, I just wanted to get this out of my system.
My boyfriend who makes paleo jokes all the time and lives off french fries and coke.
Trying to convince my stubborn mother to feed herself something that doesn't come out of a box.
Spending half my time cooking huge meals for these people so they don't all just fall over dead.
Having none of the people in my life want to do outdoors-y fun things with me.
Myself. I'll go a few days following a strictly Paleolithic diet, and then binge horribly and attempt to make up for it through fasting and exercise. This morning marks my worst binge ever:
500g rotisserie chicken, 3/4 cup white chocolate chips, 330g cream cheese, 112g chocolate, 56g cheddar cheese, 200g strawberry cream cheese, 4 wheat biscuits, 10 shortbread cookies, 4 small chocolates, 2 lindt truffles, 2 cups granola, can of evaporated milk, 200g grilled chicken strips, 1 crispy chicken strip, 2 tbsp nutella, 3 slices of bread, 3 cups of oats, 1 tbsp butter, couple of almond M&M's and reeses pieces, 3 oatmeal raisin cookies, 2 chocolate chip cookies, bite of multigrain breakfast bar, 2 tortilla wraps, 1 fun size milky way bar, 2/3 cup of pecans, and a bite of leftover noodles.
I'm so disgusted with myself :(
The worst part is that I'm being told it's reactive eating and not bingeing because I'm 5'9 and 127 lbs. I need help.
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