Its great for weight loss. Its great for not getting sick. I am glad I'm on it and will stay on it. I'm doing this for a sort of poll - because darn it, there are many days where food planning and not eating what the rest of the world is eating starts to drive me nuts. I can't ever go back because of the science and logic of what I know now....so that gets me thinking, who wishes, deep down, at least sometimes, that they just hadn't ever started the whole paleo lifestyle to begin with?
(exceptions are people who did it for weight loss, although after maintaining weight for a while they would count for this as well)
Cutting processed food, sodas, candy, and lots of veggie oil is one thing. But all grains and a stricter lifestyle (as the science and logic leads you to want to do) can start to infringe on your lifestyle at times. This is a question about that sort of compliance with paleo.
There was a "paleo disillusionment" question recently, but let's set this up as a sort of poll.
First answer - either "Yes, honestly I do feel that way at least sometimes" or "Love it still, never would wish I hadn't heard of it." Second answer - whichever wasn't posted first.
Up-vote and down-vote each - it's that simple. Lets see how people feel and be honest.
EDIT - I also just can never get over how the only mainstream people that share our lifestyle are a collection of 8-10 doctors and non-doctors who wrote books for us(famous to us, not so much to the rest of the world). Very few celebrities, almost no pro athletes, and the rest of the nutritional and medical communities either barely know about it, or flat out reject it.
I'm honestly pretty happy to have taken that red pill. Going primal has opened up a brand new passion for me that encompasses health, (food) politics, and tons of new possibilities cooking-wise. Lacto ferments? Bone broths? hello!!
The only time I wish I didn't know is when I watch friends and family feed their babies and children horrific, glutenized, sugar-fied, trans-fatified garbage. There's something about watching someone unwittingly poison their offspring that just gives you the shivers. Especially when you can see the effects immediately.. hyperactivity, dark eye circles, rashes, etc.
Whenever I see other people my age just thoughtlessly stuffing whatever is easy/cheap/quick/convenient/delicious into their mouths, I envy their carefree attitude as I go back to considering the ethical and health implications of my choices and mentally planning how to fit being Paleo around having a social life.
Sometimes I feel like I'm missing out on the "eat anything no consequences" phase of being young, and I wonder if I'll regret not having indulged once my metabolism has slowed down.
So do I sometimes feel that I should have taken the blue pill? Yes, but it passes quickly, and frankly I wouldn't trade feeling this good for anything!
EDIT: In short, I realise now that I miss my SAD attitude to food more than any actual SAD food.
I was thinking something like that last week, but I've since changed my mind. I went backpacking in Colorado over the weekend and hiked probably something close to 18 miles and 10,000 feet in elevation. Ate paleo the entire time thanks to Lara Bars and Primal Pacs.
Once I got back in Denver I when to Old Chicago and ordered a steak. Ended up eating a piece of my friends pizza and it all went "downhill" from there. I ordered some cheap ass cookie ice cream thing for dessert. Went to "taste of Denver" festival the next day and ate all sorts of crap (beer, margaritas, churros, nachos) went and played mini golf and ate two candy bars. Went to the movies and got ice cream afterwards. On the drive home I ate a burrito, two candy bars, ice cream and burgers.
And you know what, it was totally worth it. Besides being completely unhealthy it allowed me to understand that a slip up, hell two whole days of slip ups, aren't the end of the world.
The first day of being back home I ate a huge salad, worked out and then made some primal chili.
Everything is back to normal.
Absolutely no regrets. The opposite, in fact. And last Sunday, I was positively gloating! I am 59, my partner 63. We had lunch with 4 slightly older friends who we have known 20 plus years.
And they were all discussing their ailments, their medications; one even said how boring not to be able to drink because of the pills! And there were my partner and I, the only two on no medication at all, the only two who were slim and feeling really vibrantly well - the only two well enough to have TOO MUCH champagne!
The best moment was during a "blood pressure discussion" - 3 of the 4 have BP pills - and I was asked if I happen to know what my BP was. When I said that it was usually around 110 / 75 they were amazed - just couldn't believe that simply not eating grains, or seed oils (I abbreviated things slightly!) could have such a profound effect on health.
But I am so glad to have found it. Thanks to all who have been posting and enabled me to find this amazing way of life.
Not me. I wish I had heard of this sooner. I went my entire life (now 39yo, paleo for ~8mo) thinking you're supposed to feel bloated and gross and tired after you eat.
Of course, I am also not militant about this. Most of the time I have no problem making my lunch and dinner and adhering to the concepts. I am also social, and will have a beer or two, and a bun with my burger at the tailgate. I'm standing up and a bunless burger gets messy. If I'm out at a restaurant I can get a bunless burger or a salad, or figure something out.
I guess what I am saying is that I am fitter, more confident, and a better person to be around since finding this lifestyle, and I'm not going to let the lifestyle itself get in the way of enjoying my new found life.
Paleo becomes increasingly convenient over time as you find little things you can do to tweak it. For example, every day I eat a large steak for lunch which is impossible to cook in the morning and would be annoying to have to cook one by one the night before, so I just grill 3-4 of them and refrigerate them and take one in a pyrex container with me to work. It's even easier than if I went to a fast food place.
Regarding its lack of mainstream popularity, keep in mind that 10,000 years is still a long time, even though we dismiss it from our evolutionary vantage point. We're telling people that most of what they eat isn't really food, so don't expect it to catch on immediately.
Additionally, I think we're going to need to iron out a lot more of the details and increase the signal:noise ratio so we can give people clearer advice on things like weight loss.
It is frustrating sometimes, to be hungry and open the fridge and look in the cabinets and not have anything there I want to eat. Or to be in an airport and walk past 10 "restaurants" and not see a thing that I want to put in my mouth. Totally hear you there.
But the simple Paleo diet plan has transformed my health, so what can you do. Maybe I need to find a place where I can buy 10 pounds of grass-fed beef jerky and keep stashes of it all over.
No regrets, I don't believe in them anyway. Living the paleo lifestyle has never crated issues for me nor will it ever. How/what I eat are no one else's business, my lifestyle is not either. I do not care if everyone around me is eating pizza and swilling beer I will eat & drink what I want to, I do not life my life based on other people's thoughts. I am a free, carnivorous animal. If people around me object they can kiss my tight, muscular, low body fat, normal blood sugar, low blood pressure, high energy, high stamina butt.
I do not miss any SAD food, never have cravings. Life for me is simple and so is my food, low stress. Food shopping is easy, cooking is straight forward.
Is eating Paleo more inconvenient & PITA than eating SAD? Without a doubt.
But it is like having taken the red pill, you are now "in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes."
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