This is such a random post, but it seems that lately all my posts have been that way. hehe.
Yesterday, my run started off so magical. My legs felt weightless; the weimies weren’t dragging me; my breath was calm. We were dodging trashcans like we were on some type of obstacle course. I felt like I was 10 again.
It was awesome…until I tripped over my huge feet and uneven sidewalk and fell flat on my face. Thankfully the dogs didn’t just take off running when I let go of the leash while I was in midair. When they realized I had fallen they came back to check on their mom. They are such good dogs! Of course, I did this same exact thing while in Albuquerque for family pictures in May. What can I say? I’m living in a Bobby’s World cartoon. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, I am definitely aging myself. haha.
My Thoughts on the Paleo Diet
I’ve read a few blog posts lately that have been anti-paleo cautioning their readers that our ancestors didn’t eat chicken, broccoli, coconut butter/oil, coffee, chocolate, and therefore the entire basis for eating “paleo” is ridiculous. Also, these bloggers seem to think the paleo diet is mostly about eating meat. I have to chuckle at this because it is obvious they aren’t very familiar with the paleo diet and the many interpretations of it. Most people I know who follow the paleo diet aren’t eating a 64 ounce steak or an entire chicken with every meal. In fact, most of their diet consists of fruits and veggies. Personally, I do try to get in some type of animal protein with every meal, and most of the time it is the size of a deck of cards and comes from humanely and sustainably raised sources. The rest of my plate comes from plant sources!
When I first heard of the Paleo Diet, my husband and I were living in Germany at the time, and the crossfit scene had just exploded on Ramstein AFB. I had several friends who were REALLY into crossfit, and when they told me that they had cut out all grains, legumes, and dairy from their diet, I thought they were absolutely insane. I am from New Mexico after all, and the thought of giving up my beloved pinto beans, cheese, and my grandmother’s homemade tortillas was pure craziness. I couldn’t even fathom it. That was until my digestive issues started taking over my life, and I wasn’t finding any solutions from numerous doctors. I won’t go into detail here about it. You can read this post if you are interested though. Cutting out grains, dairy, and legumes didn’t solve all my digestive problems as I learned that I also had a FODMAP issue, but it definitely helped. Going through a thorough elimination diet has helped me gain some insight into what foods I can tolerate and which ones I can’t. When I eat most grains including anything with gluten, I feel like crap. When I eat soy or any legumes for that matter, I feel like crap. When I eat dairy (and I LOVE cheese), I feel like crap. I pay for eating all these things with severe stomach cramping, horrible bloating, migraines, constipation AND diarrhea, brain fog, insomnia, acne, etc. It isn’t fun.
Obviously, if you are only eating chicken breasts, broccoli, and coconut oil on the paleo diet, you probably need to take a look at some paleo food blogs and/or buy a few cookbooks to help you with your meal creativity. Transitioning to this way of eating was not easy for me simply because it is drastically different from the way I grew up. Once I got used to though, I didn’t deprived. I don’t feel like my food choices are restricted. This way of eating makes sense to me and makes my digestive system happy. I don’t feel like taking a nap after a carb heavy lunch/dinner. This is not to say that the paleo diet is necessarily low carb. You make it what you need it to be. There are many options for starchy carbs. I’m working out 3-6 hours/week which is nothing compared to my 20+ hours a week that I used to train for my Ironmans. So for me, eating low carb fits well at this time in my life. Of course, my interpretation of low carb could mean something entirely different to someone else.
I eat about 95% “paleo,” and I carefully choose the meals when I want veer away from that way of eating. Let me explain. Yes, most of the time, I will eat paleo. However, I do love my pho, my mom’s beans and chile when I see her once or twice year, and gluten free pizza with cheese from Mellow Mushroom. I love sushi with white rice dipped in tamari. We don’t eat out very often, and it just depends on where we go for what I decide to eat. If we are out to the Yard House, they have a g-free menu that is basically paleo since they don’t have any gluten free substitutions. I usually get a lettuce wrapped burger and a side salad. I am full afterwards, and I have no stomach issues so life is good. If I have a couple slices of gf pizza from Mellow Mushroom (happens every 6 months maybe), I enjoy it, but then I have to deal with constipation, bloating, and acne for 3 days afterwards. When I was traveling in Rome a couple years ago (when I was only gluten free), you better believe I had gluten filled pizza, pasta, and gelato everyday. It was my first time in Rome, and I enjoyed all it had to offer, but I paid for it dearly during that week and a week after.
I guess the main point that I want to put out there is this: The vast majority of the time, do what makes YOUR body feel the best. Don’t get turned off from a certain way of eating just because of the name. Honestly, I couldn’t give a rats ass whether our ancestors ate this way or not. All I know is that I feel great not eating grains, legumes, and dairy. I still eat my chocolate and drink my wine. Life is good.
If you feel great eating dairy, gluten, legumes, or whatever on a regular basis, that is wonderful!! If you have seasonal allergies, fatigue, insomnia, acne, digestive issues, eczema, migraines, brain fog, or you just don’t feel as good as you think you should be feeling, please take an honest look at your diet as you may have a food intolerance. My husband has a “stomach of steel” and can eat practically anything he wants. However, he did suffer from really bad seasonal allergies, and they have decreased in intensity since we started this paleo way of eating. I’m not saying that the only way to eat is the paleo diet, but eat what nurtures your body and stop judging others for their food choices especially if it is working for them.
Okay, I’m done with my rant. Sigh. If you are still reading this, thank you for sticking around. haha.
New Kind of Coffee
Well, it is new to me. I picked up some Chameleon Cold Brew yesterday at Whole Foods and made myself a nice little iced coffee this morning. I LOVE IT! It is not as acidic as most coffee, and it goes down smooth. The 4 oz. that I tried this morning was a little too strong for me so I think I will try 2 oz. tomorrow with water. I drank it about 6 hours ago, and I’m still buzzing. I don’t know if I’ll come down from the caffeine high, but it feels pretty good for now. I posted this pic on instagram this morning.
Do you judge people regarding their food choices? To be honest with you, I used to judge people and their food choices until my IBS got out of control, and I started researching different ways of eating. I realized the everyone is slightly different in the way their bodies can handle various foods.
What kinds of coffee are you loving right now?
Do you ever feel like you are in a Bobby’s World cartoon? If you remember it, please comment so I don’t feel so old!
P.S. I finally joined the rest of the world on Instagram. It took me a while, didn’t it? Feel free to follow me. I post some of my eats and random life happenings there. 😉