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The paleo solution

I’m reading The Paleo Solution at the moment from Robb Wolf. And my mind is in constant turmoil because of it. Part of me finds it endlessly fascinating to read and is convinced he must be telling the truth. Mostly also based on my own findings when doing the whole30. It just feels right.

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The other part of me, though, wants to throw a tantrum. Like “You are só not taking away my sugary treats, my sandwiches and all that!! Are you kidding me?” That particular part wants to dismiss the book. Wants to ignore the facts and wants to continue with life as usual. Cause where is the fun if you can’t have a pavlova from time to time?

On the other hand, especially now that I’m getting older I am more aware of the illnesses of my parents. My mom has had Parkinson’s for 20 years now and my dad is rapidly becoming demented. Both are now in their 80s but have been in poor health for quite some time. And while technically not hereditary I have read many reports on the increase of the possibility that I might get Parkinson’s as well. And by God I don’t want to get old that way. So I have a couple of options: a. Continue as before and just see what happens or b/ try and prevent it with whatever tools to my exposure.

Would I give up grains, dairy and legumes?

But after a lifelong habit of eating grains, legumes and dairy I find it really hard to wrap my head around it. Should I? Shouldn’t I? My mind is going in all directions. One moment I think it is the thing to do. The other moment I wonder what on earth I am thinking. As in why, why, why?? Do I never want to eat a pavlova again (to name just one thing), do I never want to sink my teeth into a crunchy sandwich? I mean… are those the options in life?

Are you mad woman??

I know there are people here that probably think even asking myself that question is ridiculous. As to why would you ever even consider going paleo. But I know how I feel when I do. Not only do I lose weight effortlessly but I feel amazing. No more tired afternoons, no more sleepness nights, no more troublesome digestion and the list goes on. That has got to count for something right? And let’s face it: there is reason I am now facing this dilemma. If the whole30 would make me feel like crap it would be a different story. I could very easily just dismiss the whole thing and continue with life as always. Sigh…

What is your feeling about this?

I haven’t finished the book just yet. So the jury is still out on the verdict of what will follow after this whole30. And if there is anyone out there who eats mostly paleo I would love to know how you do it. How do you survive in a world of delicious – bad for you – sweets and treats? Do you eat Paleo most of the time and just have the occassional treat? Would that even work?

Could you follow a paleo diet and – let’s say – eat a sandwich when it so happens to be the most amazing sandwich ever? Can you?

Any input, advice or rants are more than welcome! 🙂

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  1. I could have written this! But there are also stories about Paleo followers who question the strict rules Robb has. Personally I think that the way we think about food is a lot healthier than in the US.
    Especially with the food lovers. The 80/20 rule is something I every time hope to follow after a Whole30.
    So a well made sandwich with (homemade) bread, can still be one of life’s indulgences. Same as a Pavlova. Although for me sugar and grains are my weakness and I tend to bend the rule tot 50/50 or worse.
    There are people who can live according to the strict Paleo rules, but maybe they don’t have a sugar dragon (or 2) and a love for bread. My husband can live happily ever after and never eat anything sweet. He doesn’t care about it. Advantage is that he doesn’t want me to buy or bake him cookies or cakes.
    I love the way a Whole30 makes me feel and let me sleep. But I know I won’t be eating like this for the rest of my life. But at least I know what are the bad foods for me and a lot of people don’t know that. I also know that for sometime I will eat cleaner than before a Whole30. But I will be so happy to eat (homemade) yoghurt again next Wednesday. Dairy (cheese!!!) will be the first thing I’ll introduce.
    I’ll struggle with this for the rest of my life probably, but well there is good food to enjoy.
    So sorry, now advice from me I’m afraid

    • O boy yes diary! I can’t wait to dip my spoon into a good bowl of delicious yoghurt.. 🙂 O and next wednesday already! I still have 9 more days to go… And like you my weakness is sugar and grains, so if only I can find some moderation in that I’d be a happy girl!

  2. I recognize your dilemma. I also read a book about this: its theory is that it’s most healthy to skip bread and any other forms of gluten, sugar and legumes. And this is also the Paleo-way! I’m not 100% sure if it’s really true that gluten and beans are that bad for you. The Dutch ‘Schijf van Vijf’ does encourage us to eat some bread and legumes.

    I have tried to skip most sugars and the first week was terrible, but after 2-3 weeks it got easier. But I must say that I try to let go now of the strict eating regime and that gives me an enormous amount of freedom of joy! If you really get sick from eating certain things, i totally agree you should skip them. But for me it’s more, well, i might feel a bit better if i skip gluten, sugar and legumes but I also feel great when I do eat some chocolate and bread every now and then.

    It’s all in moderating the things that are claimed to be not the healthiest of all. But still, i’m not really convinced with the gluten and legumes. I think the 80/20 rule is great! Try to eat as healthy as you can most of the week but every now and then spoil yourself with a brownie or Pavlova. Because you don’t allow yourself to do this 80% of the time it gets even more special and gives you even more joy when you do! Worrying all the time about what you cannot eat will cause stress and i believe this will have a bigger negative effect on your health then that brownie once a week. But that’s just my point of view, everyone should do so like they feel themselves that it’s the most healthy and the good thing to do.

    • That is also true and I don’t necessarily worry all the time what I should or shouldn’t eat but the information out there is confusing to say the least. I think sugar is the biggest thing to look out for and even then I do like a bit of sugar every once in a while… I guess it comes down to finding that balance!

  3. Wasn’t it the blog Leo goes Paleo who isn’t into Paleo anymore? I’m convinced she wrote a very good blog about why she abandoned some of the strict Paleo rules.

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