Ok so I'm fairly new to paleo and have a few questions.
I started about two weeks ago after reading Robb Wolf's The Paleo Solution. I haven't noticed a huge difference, although daily headaches which I used to get are gone. I'm not 100% convinced that this isn't due to another change I made recently though.
Anyway like the title says I have a question about "cheating" on paleo. There seem to be two schools of thought here... 1) it's ok to cheat once in a while if it keeps you sane and you stay on track most of the time, and 2) cheat foods are horrible and don't ever eat them.
I'm leaning more towards 1). If you're on track 95% of the time I can't imagine cheating once in a while will throw your body totally out of whack.
Anyway my question is about coke (coca cola, not cocain :D). I LOVE coke. I've cut down from about 3 cans per weeks to zero and haven't really had an issue. I would like to be able to have it once in a while though. I don't know what I'm really asking here, lol... I guess what's an acceptable cheating schedule? One coke per week? One a month?
I know it may be hard to answer because nobody knows my personal physiology, but all I can say is that it doesn't seem to affect me at all. I don't get a sugar rush or a crash or anything. I think I have very good glucose tolerance.
I'm also curious about eating buckwheat for breakfast. Rob's diet plan is very low on carbs and very high on meat... which I really don't think I can handle. I love meat, but it's a chore to prepare meat for every meal. So I've been having buckwheat for breakfast basically. I know it's paleo, but it's basically all carbs, so is that sense is this a "naughty" breakfast? Am I just shooting sugar into my blood? Again I seem to feel fine from it (other than some minor gut irritation), and it hasn't affected the headaches.
Lastly, is whey protein ok? It's in Mark Sisson's primal formula stuff, so I assume it must be? I'm not huge on protein powders, but I'd like some possibly just for an easy breakfast. I'm not talking about bodybuilding crap, because who knows what's in there on top of aspartame/sucralose/etc... ideally it would be something natural like Mark's stuff, although that's a bit expensive.
Ok I know that's long, but any answers are appreciated :).