I don’t know about you, but if I eat more fat in a meal than carbs I don’t feel very good! I tried for a very long time to eat what I thought was the “paleo” way. Sure, while there is no one size fits all the majority of what you read about is people eating lots of meat and fat. I don’t see many posting about the banana smoothie they had for breakfast with a sweet potato and turkey, but rather the eggs/bacon/grease/nuts combo that makes my stomach hurt just thinking about it!
Give me an almond flour baked good and I am asleep – seriously! I feel better eating high quality ice cream once in a great while due to the sugar/carb content. I just can’t handle all the fat without the carbs. I guess it keeps me straight and narrow on paleo since I can’t make all of the baked goods, but that’s ok as I feel good about what I eat and don’t often want to eat anything else anymore…
I have done a lot of research on paleo and have read a ton of different blogs and message centers trying to figure out why I didn’t feel good on paleo in the past. I know that once people go downhill as I did they start displaying hypothyroid symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, etc. Many at this point turn to grains – I have not. I believe at this point that the best way to heal the adrenals is through nutrition, not carbs. This includes many raw foods, as well as tubers to supplement at each meal. I don’t limit my sweet potatoes, nor do I not eat bananas because of the sugar content. In fact, I thrive on these foods! I like this variety and feel and look great. Why would I want to go through life worrying about the starch or sugar levels of foods. Life is too short, and I already eat great anyway – what a waste of time!
When I tell people I eat paleo, they think oh – you are eating a low carb diet, or you really eat all meat!? I say, “No, but I have tried it in the past.” I really don’t like eating tons a meat, and when I eat a lot of fat it makes me sluggish. Contrary to what may be, I enjoy eating carbs and I feel lean and healthy with all the fresh foods I eat.
All in all I have found that a plant based diet works best for me and maybe not everyone will consider this paleo, but I think it is time for the paleo world to embrace this way of eating more as I think a lot of people are finding this out. I don’t even like to say I eat paleo because of the reputation. I just say I don’t eat grains/sugar/dairy- unless raw. I think there is a middle ground for everything and I sure feel best standing on it even if I am in the minority. I have always liked being different anyway!
Which leads me to my next post where I focus healing from a high meat/fat diet – “Any Lifestyle Of Eating Where You Severely Limit Any Macronutrient Can Not Be The Healthiest.”