Today I was sitting having a coffee on the street watching the world go by. It struck me how unwell or unhealthy some people looked. You know just not vibrant. Next to where I was sitting there was a bakery with people trundling in and out. I used to be one of those people, just buying whatever in the supermarket or bakery and scoffing it. But now since I have discovered paleo I cant go back - ever! What I have learned I can't unlearn. But I guess for a little moment today I hankered back to those days where I ate without any thought to what went in my body and how I really felt.
So do you miss the "good old day"?? Btw I do feel much better since going paleo but sometimes you realise how out of sync you are with the vast majority.
I suppose those who've had a lobotomy are similarly blissful, but I don't envy them all that much. I want to constantly learn about new toxins so that I can modify my avoidance strategy. It has the challenge and reward of a good video game.
OF COURSE. pizza, deserts, sandwiches all look absolutely delicious and it is brutal to watch people scarf them down at group lunches or just in daily life, etc. Of course I am in better shape and feel great physically on paleo, but that doesnt change what you said - its absolutely true. and i agree about the knowledge part - you cant deny it
in regards to the other answers - i cant stand how arrogant people TRY to sound on hear. TRY being the key word because it is so obvious. DONT DENY it - you miss eating pizza. it sounds so fake in some of the answers above
great question by the way
honestly, yes. Same thing with politics and religion...I became a citizen of the USA in 2007 and started paying attention to politics, listening to political radio, reading all kinds of news, etc. I now find myself having to step away from the news sources because I get angry, stressed out, etc. Before, when I knew I couldn't vote, I honestly didn't give a crap and I was never stressed out about "news"... Same thing with food...although the food issue is a bit different because when I do eat something sugary (and yes, I do occasionally) I FEEL it...i'm a label nazi now, I have to "think" about what i'm going to eat if i'm away from home, I have to keep myself from falling back into bad habits. For some it's easy, they never want to go back and feel great about where they're at. For me it's a daily struggle...i'm lazy by nature, i'm rebellious with or without cause and I am very attracted to the "easy way out". So for me, yes, sometimes I wish I didn't know what I know now..but then again...going back to eating SAD makes me a cranky, constipated bitch that's ignorant...vs. a occasionally cranky (yet gloriously unconstipated) bitch with a crapload of knowledge in my head (no pun intended). Either way, I do feel much better off, Ijust have to work on relaxing and not getting so stressed over the little stuff.
I never feel that way, because this is a concious choice that I make everyday. I can grab something from the bakery if I want, I just choose not to.
I look at my life before, and now, and I wish I had heard about it 20 years ago!
I sometimes miss some of the foods I used to eat - the ones everyone seems to live on these days. But I don't miss how they made me feel and I notice that when I taste those foods now (like the ¼ of a cupcake I had a couple weeks ago) they don't taste nearly as exciting as I remembered them. Expecially not when I remember the guilt free bacon/avocado snack I have waiting for me at home. Or the brisket cooking in the crockpot or the grass-fed taco meat with the made-from-scratch seasoning sitting in the fridge.
But more than wishing I could eat those old foods with abandon again, I SO wish I could find coconut flour biscuits at a drive thru when I get up too late to make a great breakfast. I wish I could find coconut flour/almond flour cookies at that bakery everyone is getting their pastries from. I wish I didn't have to bring my own homemade "bread" if I'm meeting someone for lunch at a deli. I wish someone out there were willing to make small batches of macadamia nut mayo for the chicken salad I want to order on occasion.
In short - I want THEM to catch up with ME. Just a bit. I don't really want to back to that unhealthy, inflammatory way of eating. I just want the occasional hassle-free meal away from home. I never really loved cooking for one all that much. Now that I've chosen to be healthier, I have so few choices If I eat out.
Sometimes ignorance is bliss and I sometimes wish I could "be like everyone else" mindlessly eating a bagel and cream cheese in the morning, but then I realize that ignorance can also make you sick. I feel great and I know I will have a healthy long life ahead of me to spend with my family!!
To me, you are really asking, do I wish I had taken the blue pill?
Or is ignorance bliss -
For me, it's too late. I've already taken the red pill. Now given orthorexic tendencies, I continue to see how far the rabbit hole goes. But there is no turning back.
Last quote from geekdom - there is a difference between knowing the path and walking it. At some point, orthorexia needs to yield to living life rather than obsessing about every last f-ing hack that will lead to nutritional Nirvana. Hopefully someday soon for me, but not yet.
Nope. I look at how soft, unhealthy and generally unfit most people look/are (and often getting really frustrated because they feel like they're doing the healthy thing, avoiding red meat and butter, drinking juice, eating soy products, etc.) and I'm always thankful for the knowledge I have. And that I will never ever again have to force myself to eat tofu due to a misguided belief that it's good for us.
I don't want to go back, but the really sad part is that this isn't something that everyone can actually choose tomorrow. How much of the food supply is currently tied up in HFCS, Vegetable Oils, Sugar, Corn, Wheat, Grains, Legumes and the animals that have been fed it? What if all of that food and food products vanished tomorrow, and all of the jobs that either produce it, provide it or sell it, vanished with it?
When I cleaned out my pantry, which was very well stocked, I had to make a choice what to do with the food, and I choose to give it to a family member, who might be convinced of the need for Paleo, but who is very low income, and struggles to make ends meet. They gladly accepted it. But I think for Christmas, I might just buy them a chest freezer stuffed with Grass Fed Meat. Ho Ho Ho!
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