This is a completely subjective question and I guess my reason for asking is because having just graduated college, I'm in this phase where I'm thinking about what I should be doing with my life and pondering about other random philosophical shit. I am in no way thinking of giving up eating Paleo but more of wanting to find that perfect balance between being young/enjoying life and being healthy/being content with life.
Love, community, family, friendships, relationships, passion, purpose, integrity, making a difference, being content.
Diet is important but it's a distant second to these other things for me.
Enjoying my relationships without serious impediment - which for me means going out to sushi, splitting a piece of cheesecake, touring a brewery, etc. All are fairly infrequent occurrences (and I can say that most weeks I eat 100% paleo from Monday through Friday), but when I realize that I have the choice between really enjoying a shared experience, and being strict with my diet - the former wins most of the time.
Enjoying my youth without unnecessary reservation - which right now means going out dancing fairly often, in sacrifice of some sleep; going to parties every now and then where I'll drink a bit more than I should (though I try to stick to vodka + soda or straight bourbon); jumping in the occasional mosh-pit and being sore/achey/injured for the following week or two; or staying up until 4am having sex when I have to work at 6.
The desire for flexibility in a general sense has also stood in the way of "strict paleo" lately; after spending SO many years unable to eat any trace of dairy at all - I'm really thankful to be able to cheat a little bit without much detriment to my system. As such, I've been exploring implementing the same ideology with all things - meaning I've had a little gluten lately, I've had a little beer, I've had a little sugar. I notice the effects of each, but as long as I keep to to an isolated small dose, it isn't something that can't be a part of my life - as most of these things were when I was suffering from leaky gut and general systemic weakness. I've never felt nearly this in touch with my body; these days I am almost always able to trace the source of a negative symptom I'm experiencing.
I feel like being 100% strict is more of a tool for healing than it is a sustainable lifestyle. There HAS to be a point at which one relaxes into things and learns which compromises are acceptable, and which aren't. I think that is the only way to make a sustainable lifestyle out of this.
In short? I do what makes me happy, which is admittedly a compromise for my physical health at times - but a compromise that is fully worthwhile and beneficial to my overall state of being. A majority of the time I look and feel better than I ever have before in my life - and largely, better than I thought was even possible.
"Enjoying"...the root here...Joy...true Joy...so many have no idea what that is unless a type of media is telling you...happiness is fleeting, but joy can never be undone.
"Life"...take risks...live like there's no tomorrow...incert cliche here...life to me is discovery, if you've stopped discovering and feeding the mind as well as the body...then you've started to truely die...
There is nothing more important to me, then enjoying life...it's the only one I have and you owe it to yourself to get out there and explore. Truth.
Balanced diet of paleo lit? 2 Answers