Ideas? I do not get it really and I want to understand this phenomena better.
I know it is probably not my place to say but since going Paleo and discovering this site, some of the responses (and the responses on several questions or posts) seem to be pretty condescending. As if you dare stray from Paleo you are somehow a lesser person or weak willed. From all that I have read (Sisson, Cordain, etc), if you are strict Paleo just 80%+ of the time you will likely reap the health benefits not to mention the aesthetic benefits of the diet. Im not trying to be critical but the tone of some of these responses tends to sound like someone being scolded for not staying on the path of the truly enlightened person that you must be to even be Paleo. Maybe a little support and positivity here folks?
Do you mean why are they less strict about keeping it paleo? Many people find work to be a very confining and inhibiting thing and time off of work becomes a time for freedom from inhibition. The entire personality is skewed towards lack of restraint and prudence, and always having to maintain a diet is conflicting with that attitude. It could also simply be too much temptation depending on where they are vacationing.
Well obviously a lot of people view vacation as a time to relax and take a break from most of their daily routine and habits, including indulging in foods they wouldn't normally eat (traditional holiday foods and desserts especially) or taking a break from scheduled workouts. Plus if it's a holiday you're often spending a lot of time with family and want to enjoy that instead of worrying over whether your food is paleo or not. Or you have to eat out a lot and can't always make perfect choices. Or you're eating at someone else's house and don't want to be rude. Or you're in a new country and want to try the food and not worry over carbs or whether you might eat some vegetable oil. And a lot of people have the all-or-nothing mentality where they eat one or two cheat meals and figure that after that, there's no point in trying to eat well the rest of the time. There are lots of reasons.
To be honest, I don't understand it, either. If I'm on vacation, the last thing I want to be doing is nursing an aching tummy and hovering near a toilet at all times.
My sister went on vacation a couple of months ago, and used it as an excuse to binge the entire time. She even went about telling people, "I'm giving myself permission to gain five pounds on this trip." I couldn't understand why, much less her need to justify it to everyone within earshot. I hate feeling puffy and bloated, and on vacation, it's exponentially worse.
However, the only thing I can explain is when away from one's kitchen, it does become more difficult to control one's intake. I will be on vacation this upcoming week, and while I plan to stick firmly to my diet (diet being the way I eat, for the rest of my life, and not used in a weight loss sense) I know that there will have to be some sort of leniency with potential vegetable oils and conventionally raised meats, since I will be unable to access the typical sort of fare that I usually consume whilst staying with my grandparents. :)
I think vacationing would lead someone to go off the deep end if they are using this diet on any level as a punishment (for having been bad in the past), or something their "supposed" to do, rather than celebrating how healthy they feel.
I believe in practicing social grace over food strictness when staying with family. If someone has gone to the trouble of cooking me a meal, and unless I'm allergic to it, I'm going to eat it, and I'm going to enjoy it.
Americans get very little vacation, so if in that one week they binge on buffet and fast food but take care of themselves the rest of the year I think they'd still be in 90% compliance. The human body in my opinion can recover from this.
This coming frim the girl that got the diet nazi award at her crossfit gyms annual party! But if there is anything ive learned do not let this diet think drove you nuts or you ll can it all together take the cheat get it out of your system and move on!! Now to follow my own advise!!
I just wanted to sample the foods of my childhood. Rhode Island boasts some pretty greasy, high carb, low nutrition deliciousness that I chose to indulge in. And liquor. We like to drink at the beach. I didn't feel nauseated or tummy aches, but I did get pretty puffy. It's subsided now that I've been home for a week. LOL I'm looking forward to an upcoming fitness cruise...that'll be an entirely different experience!
Good question. I understand all of the responses here - and they are good ones. I cherish my vacation time and any time away from work. I'm far from perfect, but I've learned that healthy, home cooked meals, extra time outdoors, relaxing with family are the best way to treat myself during my cherished time away from work.
Just recently I was lucky enough to visit friends in Maine for the first time. We had fresh blueberries, lots of local steamed lobster with butter spent time hiking in Acadia. It felt exquisitely indulgent to me :-).
I'm interested in the case where vacation will "kick start" people back on their paleo lifestyle.
I try to stay on track as much as possible. When I look at the menu I make the best choices I can, ask to substitute veggies for fries etc. most places will glad to do that for you. Once in a while I have had a restaurant charge a dollar to substitute no big deal. I know they use oils that I don't like I chose not to think about it and enjoy the time with family. As long as every meal I stay as far above 80% I'm happy, some meals will be lower. Breakfasts are easy, lunches are also usually no problem, keep them as close to 90% or better then dinner can be at 60% and your daily average should be 80 - 85%. This way it's not as harmful, but I will put on a couple of pounds.