Over the last few days, my husband and I have seriously considered the paleo diet. We know all the benefits and can see that it is something we could follow.
But we have to be honest with ourselves and I have to be honest with you. I’m not going to follow it perfectly for the rest of my life. There are just certain foods that I wouldn’t be able to give up for life, especially dairy foods. This isn’t because of health—I know the nutritional benefits of dairy can be gained from the leafy greens—but because I know that if I say a definite no to something then I won’t want to follow the diet. I’ll crave and crave the foods.
And these aren’t foods that are inherently bad for you that I’m worried about completely giving up! It’s milk and cheese: two excellent sources calcium, vitamin D and some fats (some of them good). We will always have them in the house too, since my daughters both need them. So for me to say no to them completely would be extremely hard.
I know my limits. And following the paleo diet completely would push me past those limits.
BUT that doesn’t mean I won’t follow it at all. I’m going to keep it in mind and I’m going to make a very conscious effort to follow it throughout the week. On the weekends (from Friday night to Sunday night) I’ll add in the milk, cheese and some whole gains and potatoes.
I’ve said it before and my mind hasn’t changed at all, even with all this research. I believe in everything in moderation. So does my husband.
But I’m also a great believer in following a healthy diet and focusing on food that is beneficial for us. That’s why when we go shopping we mostly buy fruits and vegetables. In fact, half of our shopping budget is spent on fruit and vegetables. The rest on mostly meats, dairy and eggs. We very rarely buy other processed foods or anything with refined sugar now.
So, while I know this will disappoint some of you who expected me to start following the paleo diet, I hope that it encourages others to take a look at the diet. The only time I get annoyed at people dieting is when they follow faddy diets that don’t give them the calories or nutrition that their bodies need (like Juice Plus). I would never knock someone for trying a medically studied and beneficial diet.
While I’m not going to follow the paleo diet completely, I do want you to know that I will be here to help you if you decide to. I’m still going to look into paleo recipes, because I know they will be good for us. So, you can still come here looking for tips on how to stay on track with your chosen diet and find recipes.
In fact, when I write recipes, I’ll keep the paleo diet in mind and look for variations if there is something you would like but can’t have because of a certain food. The most problematic would be anything with pasta—at least, out of the type of meals I’m likely to make—and I know the quickest ways around this.
So, this is the plan moving forward. Throughout the week, I’ll focus as much as I can to follow the paleo diet. But I like some freedom, so at the weekends I won’t be following it as strictly.
What have you decided with your diet plan? Will you follow to help you lose weight and keep it off?