An Honest Look: Nutrition

Sunday, June 1, 2014

I suppose I should start this by saying that I gave up on being 100% paleo. It was an interesting adventure to say the least and while there were some spectacular benefits to the lifestyle I realized that it was not something that I could maintain perfectly forever. Don't get me wrong, Morgan and I made some delicious meals, and I, and I think Morgan too, had a blast with our cooking adventures. For me, there were a few things that stood out to me about the experience that I want to share with y'all. 

1. Energy Stores: At first, I felt great but after a week or so I began to notice that I did not have any energy when I was at the gym. Literally, I was yawning on the elliptical, fighting to stay awake. Not normal. Morgan noticed this too. Granted, neither one of us are nutritionists so perhaps we were missing out on some nutrient, but my suspicion was and still is energy stores from carbohydrates. Don't get me wrong...I am not a carb binger...I typically eat a ton, but still. 

2.  Fail-eo: This is what we called it when we ate not paleo. One thing I know about myself is that I am a perfectionist and I am very very very hard on myself when I fail. That being said, sometimes you just need a cupcake. Being in the paleo mindset I was seeing each non-paleo bit of food as a huge failure and beating myself up over it. Again, that is just how I am...even if I really wanted that cupcake and did not regret it one bit, it was still a small failure. As I'm sure you can conclude, that is not exactly great for ones mental drive to keep going. 

3. Cost: Self explanatory I suppose but I'll break it down. Recipe calls for 1/4 tsp of arrow root flower, one TINY LITTLE BITY bag of arrow root flower costs $8.99. *cries* I am on a budget, I don't even know what the heck arrow root flower is and I certainly don't want to pay $9 for it. So there is that. 

There are plenty of people out there who make a 100% paleo lifestyle work and that is absolutely commendable but for me I will gladly eat paleo when I am able, but if not...oh well. Eating clean, generally, is far more doable for me. That being said, I am kind of a lemming when it comes to nutrition fads, kale, goji berries, you name it. Bad, I know, but I can't help it. I've been seeing so many juice cleanses out there that I've been intrigued by, like this one for example. To be honest, the cost is basically the only thing that has prevented me from doing one at this point, like I said, lemming. That and I don't love juice and eating nothing for five days but juice is kinda scary. 

They get you with the packaging huh? Or maybe I'm just a design nerd. 

During one of my many stuck-on-the-couch-induced online browsing sessions I came across this article. I think it really embodies how everyone, including myself needs to start adopting this mindset. No more crazy nutrition fads, just simple healthy eating. So, that's where I'm at with that...

What are y'all's thoughts? Do you cleanse? Are you strictly paleo?

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