Let me start by saying that paleo is a personal choice for me. I chose to go paleo because I wanted to eliminate a lot of the processed foods in my diet. I'm not a super-strict, paleo fanatic. I believe if someone wants to be extremely strict with their paleo journey, they can be. Or, if you choose to have certain foods that some may not consider paleo, that's fine, too. I don't judge people on their food choices, so I'd hope people wouldn't judge me on mine.
Here are a few questions I get asked when I tell people I eat paleo:
(besides the most common one: "what is that?")
"So you can't eat dessert?"
- I can eat whatever I want. There's no almighty-paleo-god who will smite me down if I decide to eat something non-paleo. But I choose my treats wisely. On Thanksgiving, I indulged in cheesecake and just a few hours later, the sugar gave me a massive headache. If I have a friend who says that a particular item is the best they've ever tasted, I'll take a bite. But that doesn't mean I need to finish it. I don't eat mass-produced treats, but if someone makes something homemade, I might take a bite.
"What do you eat, then?"
-Food? This questions confuses me because I eat what everyone eats. I just don't eat the grains, dairy, etc. I still eat meat, chicken, fish, a ton of veggies, and some nuts and fruits. I promise you, I don't feel like I'm missing out, or lacking any nutrients.
"What can you eat when you go out?"
- A little more challenging, but it's easier if you are prepared. I wouldn't go to a pizza joint without eating a meal beforehand. I'm not going to seclude myself from others just because I may not eat something. I would just choose to eat something before going out. That way, if there is no option for me at the restaurant, at least my stomach isn't interrupting everyone's meal with it's gurgling.
- And I heart Jamba Juice as a treat every now and then. Their Orange Carrot Karma is heavenly. Mmmmm.
"Do you miss anything?"
- The only thing I miss every so often is my bowl of oatmeal in the mornings. And to be honest, I may add that back in at some point. I may miss sushi nights, but I always liked sashimi best anyways.
"Can you drink?"
- I do. But I typically stick to wine, or gluten-free ciders. Or, tequlia if I'm feeling wild.
Truly, I didn't do paleo to restrict myself. If I feel like eating something non-paleo, I will. I also know how my body will react to eating specific, non-paleo foods. Excess amounts of sugar gives me a headache. Certain dairy and most grains make my stomach bloat.
When J and I go on our month of travels in February, it's very possible that I'll indulge in some non-paleo items. Especially while we're in Mexico. (But thank goodness for the abundance of teuila!)
I'm not trying to seclude myself, but I do know how to work with moderation now.
Do you have any questions for me about my journey with paleo?