I started following a Paleo diet - more or less Kurt Harris' version of the diet - a little over two months ago, and, unfortunately, I had a hard time discerning any benefits because of the stress and anxiety I've had over more than a few things in my life, all demanding things, should we say. I realized recently that willpower is a limited resource, and at this point in my life I'd rather eat somewhat unhealthier if it saves me the spiritual energy to do other things, like, find a better job. (And, living with my family now, I hated having to either interrogate my stepmother about what kind of oil she cooked my dinner in, or avoid the family function altogether.)
Fortunately/unfortunately I've been so convinced and impressed by the Paleo-affiliated research that there's no way I can go completely back to the Standard American Diet knowing what I do. I still avoid white bread, no sugar in the coffee, no cooking in veg oil if I can help it, etc. But at the same time, I'll now allow myself a mango or some other sugary fruit, or a slice of pizza now and then, and if I'm traveling, whatever the local fare is, for the sake of experimentation and avoiding social heresy. And I stop asking my stepmom so many questions.
So, finally, the question is: are there some gains of the Paleo diet made null and void by letting some parts of the SAD back into my life? Or, worse, are any high-fat Paleo eating habits (5 eggs a day, drinking cream, etc.) made dangerous with too much fructose or gluten or linoleic acid in the system? For instance, I thought of Dr. Harris' comment on dairy only being potentially harmful when gluten is also in the diet. Are there similiarly dangerous Paleo-Neo interactions that I should be aware of?
I guess the core question is: is a half-assed Paleo diet still better than nothing?
Can my body be effective at burning both carbs AND fat? Do I have to pick a side?
Or should I just stop asking so many questions and return to the Matrix?