Much to the chagrin of my two older brothers, I have officially started the paleo diet. I was first introduced to the paleo concept through my CrossFit gym, but I have admittedly been reluctant about the diet from the start. Paleo basically encompasses eating “like a caveman”, focusing on healthy proteins, fruits, vegetables and nuts. Notably, you cannot eat grains, dairy or legumes on paleo. As a former distance runner, this was a difficult concept to wrap my mind around. I grew up in a sport that encourages grains like pasta, bagels with peanut butter and granola bars. Not to mention the fact that I happen to love grains and dairy. I especially am a fan of yogurt, and greek yogurt with honey has been my standard breakfast for the past year or so. I was once vegetarian for a year and I basically lived on grains, dairy and legumes. Giving up meat was absolutely no problem for me. Giving up grains? You might as well ask me to starve myself.
Still, I committed to trying paleo for 30 days, and I’m not one to go back on my word. After receiving some encouraging emails from my brothers, I only became more motivated to stick to paleo for 30 days. The actual excerpts below:
Supportive brother #1 –
I found this article very interesting particularly because of Paula’s “Paleo” diet, which I learned that she is following the last time I looked at her blog. This is probably the fad diet that I have the least respect for. Here is the story of human history in two parts:
I. (3,000,000 CE – 8000 CE) Small tribes of hunter-gatherers live as nomads, and of the 30+ variants of early bipeds, all but one go extinct. Average life span of 25 yrs.
II. (8000 CE – 2011 AD) Agriculture is invented, and grains in particular are domesticated and available for widespread consumption. Human civilization grows and develops at an astounding rate. Life span approaches 80+ yrs.
Supportive brother #2 –
Yes, Paula, you are indeed borderline kicked out of the family if these vicious paleo diet rumors are true. The diet itself does not actually make sense.
I personally think that the increases in human life expectancy have more to do with advances in medicine than human diets, but I’m a pretty casual paleo adoptee and have not devoted much energy into actually researching the diet. I have definitely seen some solid results from people in my CrossFit gym, and I don’t think any diet that encourages you to eat healthy proteins, fruits and vegetables could possibly be a bad idea.
Anyway, I am officially on day three. It has not been too bad so far, because I am trying to focus more on what I can eat than what I can’t eat. Breakfast has been confusing for me. I previously ate greek yogurt or cereal, both of which are not allowed. I love bagel and egg sandwiches and breakfast burritos too, which are also not allowed. So far I have had scrambled eggs and applesauce for breakfast every day, but I am definitely going to have to start being more creative. The worst part of paleo is by far the fact that beer is not allowed. I am already fantasizing about India Pale Ale’s in my sleep.
Dear Fage, I miss you. Love, Paula
I’m not yet convinced that I will follow paleo beyond my 30 day commitment, which will conveniently end on midnight of July 11, my birthday. I do love the focus on getting carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables though, and perhaps I will follow a modified paleo diet and limit my grain intake. We’ll see how I feel in another couple of weeks.