There are many great aspects to going Paleo like being healthy, looking and feeling better, etc, but there are also a lot of downsides for some people. What has been hard for you in your transition to Paleo (social pressure, various lifestyle changes, missing certain foods, etc)? How have you dealt with it?
Watching other people feed their children garbage, while not being able to intervene. Sometimes, knowledge is a burden.
trying to explain it to other people. I tell people I eat meat, veggies, fruit, and good fats. "fat? isn't that bad for you?" no. "no bread?" nope. "sounds like Atkins." not really. "sounds restrictive." definitely. restrictive in the sense that it restricts me from constantly stuffing my face with garbage.
I just don't get what's so hard to understand about it.
Our society's relationship to food is such that a person is made to feel guilty for declining a host's generosity. Have you been to a party lately? People bring bags of food and jugs of drinks to these things! Absolutely nothing to eat usually, unless I wanted to park next to the guacamole bowl with a spoon. And if I turn down this generosity, then I'm the bad guy, I'm the snob, I'm the weirdo who doesn't fit in.
At least, that's what I'm telling myself after eating like a little piggy at that party last night.
Of course I could have brought my own food and of course I could have been stronger, but that's the downside: perpetual advanced planning, and perpetual willpower.
I'm really looking forward to hosting my own party next weekend - my guests are getting meat and more meat. And my invite made it clear that if you're a vegetarian, I'm not cooking for you and you should bring whatever you need. At least I'm honest.
I really miss potato chips.
And I hate that (ch)eating - eating bad foods - now feels worse than it used to feel.
the worst thing about being paleo is that eating foods like pizza and burritos make you feel 10x worse than they did before you went paleo
As someone who loves to cook, it's been hard to leave behind such classics as risotto, paella, pasta carbonara, cassoulet, biryani, and so forth. Substitutions -- such as grated cauliflower for rice or spiralized zucchini for pasta are often pretty lame. They remind me of vegetarian "burgers" and the like, which trick the eye more than the taste buds.
The worst part of Paleo is having people talk down to you b/c you are doing something healthy for yourself. Giving up certain foods has been tough, but knowing what those foods do to your body is worth giving it up. Being on Paleo not only makes you feel better, it gives me the right fuel to do Crossfit!
We find it particularly irritating that none of our friends invite us over for dinner anymore, despite the fact that we throw great paleo feasts for the lot of them. We don't know if they're more intimidated by our awesome cooking skills or our weird diet.
It's funny because we happily make due with whatever's put in front of us, for the most part (a bowl of pasta might be tough.) Oh well.
I get some funny looks at work eating my lunch of artisanal salami and raw-milk cheese while my porky colleagues shove sandwiches, french fries, "healthy low-fat wraps" and other garbage from the cafeteria down their gullets. I also get some push-back when I try to explain why "heart-healthy low fat" is so bogus. It makes me sad seeing this one woman who's pregnant eating such garbage and washing it down with a liter of Coke. Hope the bun comes out of the oven OK...
Well, bitches, all you (colleagues, not, you know, you) need to do is look. I've dropped 33lbs in five months and can now get into a pair of 31" jeans from 36". My new nickname at work is "Skinny Mini" which is funny because I'm not skinny by any means but whatever. But just keep shoving crap into your mouths and bash your brains and joints into oblivion with your running and aerobics and other body-hostile abuse under the guise of "getting in shape."
Yeah, I get a little angry about it all, esp. when checking out at the market and rolling my eyes at what the rabble are buying thinking they're making the right choices. Oh you think 5 gallons of fat & sugar-free "ice cream" is the way to go, lady?
But I'm kind of a jerk anyway :)
There are a few minimal things that I've noticed since having made the switch to Paleo, and I can live with them (many are ones others have cited already). The hardest has been dealing with relatives, including my mother, who are so steadfast in their opinion of how I look now.
Having not been this lean since my younger years (I'm 35 now, stand 5'9", weigh about 167 and have -- according to the tape-measure method -- 17% bodyfat), I'm being told that I look "sickly" and "too thin" and what I'm doing is obviously not healthy. This, despite the fact that my doctor thinks I look great and has told me to keep it up.
Don't get me wrong: I know I have more energy, I'm the most fit I've been EVER and everything I'm doing is right. I'm not swayed. It's just difficult to hear people that I trust be so closed-minded. Disappointing.
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