A little thing you probably didn’t know about me is that I have a quite obsessive personality and when I do something, I do it full force. It’s like I have tunnel vision and the only thing I can think about or talk about is the thing that’s on my mind. For example, when I find a new song I like, I immediately download it from iTunes and play it over and over (and over) again until I can no longer stand it and never want to hear it again. My boyfriend thinks this is a good and bad thing about me. It’s good because when I’m interested in something, I fully immerse myself in the topic and learn as much as I possibly can about it (i.e. I know WAY too much about zombies and whether or not they’re a threat in real life. I’m still hoping they are – in which case I am fully prepared for the zombie apocalypse); however, it’s bad because I easily burn myself out on things and never finish projects or tasks because I’ve overloaded my brain.
My newest obsession? Paleo. I’ve always been into health and fitness and am constantly reading blogs and articles about the newest studies and trends. I’m on a lifelong mission to be the healthiest (and most balanced) person I can be from the inside out. I think being truly healthy is dependent on the individual and we all need to figure out what works best for our bodies. What works well for me may not work well for you and vice versa. Because of this, I’m always willing to try new health or fitness related things if there’s enough scientific backing to support it being a viable option. In the past, I have been a vegetarian for about a year, a pescatarian also for about a year, and briefly tried being vegan as an experiment. Between the three, I found myself to feel my best as a pescatarian in case you were wondering.
For those of you who don’t know about the Paleo diet, this article explains it quite nicely. Basically, the diet is designed to eat more like our ancestors did since that’s that basis of how our bodies evolved and what our bodies need to flourish. Because our ancestors didn’t eat items such as wheat, grains, legumes, or dairy, the Paleo community believes our systems never fully evolved to break these items down and utilize them properly, which is why you now find so many individuals who are gluten or dairy intolerant (this is an extremely short summary of the knowledge behind the Paleo diet, so please do not bite my head off if it is not all-inclusive). Over the past few years, I’ve been hearing more and more about the Paleo/Primal diet. Initially, I was MAJORLY against it and thought it sounded absolutely ridiculous and was just another low carb ploy like the Atkins diet; however, after hearing more about it, I decided to research it a bit more to see what it was truly about. Like all things, I went in feet first and learned as much as I possibly can about it.
While working on projects at work, I’ve managed to almost entirely catch up on Mark Sisson’s podcast Primal Blueprint, Dave Asprey’s podcast Bulletproof Executive, and Abel James’ podcast The Fat Burning Man. All three have been interesting to listen to and very informative, but if you’re looking to start out with one, I recommend “The Fat Burning Man”. I found it to be more relatable and easier to follow. In addition to listening to these podcasts, in my free time I have been reading Mark Sisson’s blog Mark’s Daily Apple and have bought a few books on the topic – “Practical Paleo”, “Make it Paleo”, and “Nom Nom Paleo”. I’ve also watched a documentary on the topic called “The Perfect Human Diet”. See what I mean by obsessive personality? Don’t get me wrong either, I’ve also been reading up on quite a few articles and studies that are against the Paleo way of living, such as this article on the Forks Over Knives blog. I like to see both sides of the spectrum so I can make an informed decision for myself because, once again, everybody is different.
After countless hours of research and a full-on overload of information, I’ve decided to give the Paleo
diet lifestyle a try for a short period of time and see how I feel on it. I really identify with a lot of the principles of the Paleo lifestyle such as not eating processed foods (no one on any diet should be eating these), having a diet that’s mainly plant-based, and eating the highest quality foods when humanly possible. I can’t say that I’ve ever personally noticed an issue with how I feel after I eat items such as grains, legumes, or dairy, but I’m willing to cut them out to see if I do notice a difference. Truthfully, I feel very healthy right now and can’t say that I have any ailments or issues to complain about. I never have stomach issues or get headaches, I’m at a healthy weight, and I never feel lethargic since I prioritize sleep. I truly do feel very healthy and I’m fortunate for that but, if there’s something out there that could potentially be better for my body, then I’m definitely willing to try it. I think the biggest indicator of whether a diet is best for you is how you feel mentally on it and how your body looks and feels on it. My boyfriend and I have decided to give it a go for a two week period. After that, we will analyze how we feel on it and determine if it’s something we’d like to continue doing for however long. When it comes to trying new diets or fitness paths, I usually do a two week window so I don’t feel overwhelmed or pressured to continue on it if I’m not feeling my best. If I’m feeling good, then I’ll continue and, if not, I’ll stop.
With that being said, I have NO intentions of turning this into a Paleo blog. I just thought I would let you guys know about what I’ve decided to do and keep you updated on how it works for me personally. One thing I do like about the diet is the flexibility. It seemed to be restrictive when I first heard about it, but a lot of the Paleo community tailors it to fit them. If they feel fine eating a little dairy, they’ll eat it. If they want rice from time to time, they’ll have it. I really like this way of thinking and think that’s how you truly find health and happiness.
Let me know if any of you guys have ever forayed into the world of Paleo or any other specific diet and how it worked for you! I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated on how I feel and any good recipes I’ve tried!