The basic idea of the paleo diet is to eat the way a caveman would have: to eat things as naturally as you can (raw carrots good, cooked carrots, not so much). Once the agricultural revolution occurred, humans began to eat more processed foods. So on the paleo diet, no grains are allowed (not even corn). If you’re gluten free this would be the diet for you!
The first morning I started the paleo diet I was so excited! I whipped out my bullet blender, threw in a handful of spinach, romaine lettuce, blueberries, a banana, almond milk (no regular milk allowed), and some protein powder. That was breakfast. Lunch consisted of eggs with salsa, and supper was just meat and veggies on the side. I felt great.
This continued for three full days. I was feeling great, I was enjoying making my food, and I couldn’t believe the energy I had! But then my sweet, sweet mother came over and brought my favorite meal: spaghetti. Not only did the woman bring spaghetti, but she brought her wonderful cheddar garlic rolls with her. I chowed down. To my surprise, an hour after the meal my stomach was clenched in pain. Somehow, in a mere three days my stomach had become completely averse to wheat products.
Since then, my excitement for paleo has dwindled. I’ve been finding it hard to find paleo meals to make on a budget (I foresee a lot of eggs in my future). However, I’m certainly not giving up, especially after my experience with the spaghetti meal. I don’t know if I can go back to processed foods and wheat after that intense pain. I’ve also lost about five pounds, which is definitely encouraging me to stick with it. For those of you interested in trying the paleo diet, here are my suggestions:
1) Begin slowly. I think my biggest problem was that I just leapt into it. Eat paleo breakfasts for a week, and then add lunch for two weeks. Add supper for two more weeks and then change all your snacks to paleo.
2) Stock up on your recipe books. Add a lot of paleo recipe books to your collection so that you’re prepared with a variety of meals to create for yourself. Trust me, you’ll appreciate the planning.
3) Make a decision. There are lots of “gray” areas in the paleo diet. Through my research I’ve found a lot of people who think corn is okay (but not canned or processed). Others believe that corn is an absolute no-no. Considering I live in Indiana and it’s summer time, corn is going to be on my list. The same goes with milk — some are okay with it, others aren’t. Make sure you know what you think before you start the diet. That way, when you realize that corn is super cheap at the farmer’s market this week and it would save you a lot of money, you won’t feel quite so guilty.
Good luck and stay healthy!