I like to think that when I talk about the Paleo/Primal diet, I am honest about the fact that it isn’t easy. I hope I haven’t been setting all of my followers and readers up for disappointment when they take their first few steps into Paleo/Primal diet and are slammed with new obstacles. I don’t know what obstacles you will face. I can only tell you about my struggles, but I struggle.
Yesterday was Valentine’s Day (or Singles Awareness Day). I didn’t post anything because to be honest, I have been exhausted all week. Monday I left work early because I was exhausted. Tuesday morning I found out I needed to make gluten-free sugar cookies for my son and Valentines for all the children in his class. So Tuesday I scoured the internet for a sugar cookie alternative (and found one), all the while trying to figure out what I would do for Valentines–I would have to make them since we were on our last couple bucks (from paying rent and bills). Wednesday was spent slowly formulating Valentines ideas. My son is 17 months old and in a class with peers, so I wasn’t about to give out candy. I came up with the following.
So yesterday with Valentines and gluten-free sugar cookies (and frosting) made, I just wanted to not do anything. Instead I read and commented on other people’s blogs, something I like to do everyday but usually can only do one day a week.
I came across this blog post Paleish by Caitdow, and I have to say that her struggles right now are valid. I don’t know how some people who just jump into Paleo with both feet can say they feel great immediately. I certainly didn’t and I tried to ease myself into it. My husband certainly didn’t feel so great at first. We went from eating a lot of processed foods and grains, few vegetables, and a moderate amount of fruit to completely shifting gears to eating more meat, a lot more vegetables, and no grains. Our bodies didn’t like it at first.
Sure, we saw weight loss. I dropped seven pounds in that first week! But I was tired and my cravings were horrible. I dreamed of bread. Bread was everywhere! People were posting cupcake recipes and bread recipes and talking about food I couldn’t have, but that I wanted. I was irritable. Nothing I could eat tasted very good, but still I tried, hanging on the hope that everything Robb Wolf and Mark Sisson said would be true. I longed for the day when my stomach would no longer rule my life.
After two weeks we both wanted some other foods. We were tired of the same meals we had been eating for two weeks. Something similar that Julie from Homegrown Paleo is familiar with. Today, she posted about Sometimes Being Paleo is hard. And she touches on a lot of points that I think anyone who has given up processed foods can relate to as far as being bored with meals. To be honest, her week sounded a lot like mine!
My point to this long blog post that started with me describing my week to talking about how Paleo/Primal can be tough for anyone (just maybe not everyone), is as Julie says, you can do it. Last night I had half of a cupcake (shared with my husband) that was not Paleo. It was a treat and this morning I have been paying for that treat. I don’t really feel like I have failed my diet. I allowed myself half of a cupcake. Today I will focus on eating Paleo/Primal again, which may be more boring. With this being my second time getting into this diet (or as close to the diet that my nutritionist will allow) I haven’t felt the negative effects nearly as keenly as I did the first time. But as I did mention in a comment on Caitdow’s post, when I tried adding carbohydrates to my diet, my body hated it!
So don’t be discouraged. Find what works for you. I feel pretty good with what I am currently doing, but I know I want to try changing that eventually to challenge myself and see how my body reacts.
Have a great weekend, everyone!