I began a journey late last year to eliminate what little grain I had in my diet.
When I realized that this was considered Paleo, I began to read more on the subject. In doing so, I also rid myself completely of dairy too. Somehow, I have never looked back nor have I ever felt better in my life.
Here’s the deal in a nut shell… This isn’t about eating “low carb” or “gluten free” or only for people with Celiac’s disease. This is about finding a way of eating that doesn’t feel like work at all. Eating real food is a goal everyone should strive to achieve. And no, Twinkies, Doritos and the like are not real food. If its packaged or processed, you can bet your sweet ass its loaded with preservatives, sodium and other nice hidden treasures.
This is a complete lifestyle and not a diet. I don’t like to use the phrase Primal diet or Paleo Diet because to me that reflects an attempt at something that most people fail. A diet. Instead, this Primal lifestyle is just the way you live. Once you eliminate some of the things our bodies were never created to eat and process, you will feel so much better. You will have more energy, better skin, better digestion, sleep better and just feel great overall. This feeling will supercede any sugar you once craved. And that’s not to say I don’t eat a cheat meal or two on the weekend. Again, moderation. Live this way just 80% of the time and you will notice the health benefits. It’s not about perfection people, just about striving to better yourself one step at a time.
The only grain I was eating was the occasional oatmeal in the morning and brown rice or quinoa. I seldom ate any of these, but with complete elimination, I now honestly feel better than ever. I’m not big into dairy either, just the occasional cheese with wine was something I enjoyed. The wine, however, you will have to pry out of my cold, dead hands. I’m not getting crazy here. I refuse to deprive myself of things I enjoy. Afterall, what is life worth living otherwise? I’m an imperfect human and this is a way of life, not a diet. Try to look at most things in life with this approach and not beat yourself up. You will find more successes this way.
So, overall I would say this complete transition didn’t feel like much of an adjustment at all. I’d definitely say that I still eat loads of complex carbs from all the colors of vegetables I eat so I’m really never hungry or feeling like anything is missing. I am someone that doesn’t like to go long periods of time without food, namely because I’m an athlete and have a very active lifetstyle. Becasue of this my metabolism is usually cranking full throttle and I get hungry every 3 hours of so. If I don’t eat when I should, those close to me know what the glazed over look in my eyes is …low blood sugar. I can turn into Linda Blair even.
If you are interested, I’m reading Mark Sisson’s, Primal Blueprint and frequent blogs like Fitbomb, his wife Nom Nom Paleo and Paleo Plan. I’m enjoying cooking more than ever likely because I feel better with the way I’m feeding my family. My favorite cookbook or the moment, Make it Paleo, has tons of great pictures and recipes. Well, honestly, that part is a work in progress. For the kids, I’m reading Eat Like a Dinosaur and no one really wants to. The biggest challenge will be ridding the house of chicken fingers, french fries and pizza. In due time, it will happen. I began substituting things awhile ago. As long as they don’t read this, I’m good. But hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day, right?