The Paleo Diet has been all the rage for the past few years, but you should be careful, it’s quite possible that this low carb, low sugar Paleo diet could very well make you insane!
Not literally insane, mind you, but the incessant need to watch, and limit, your carbs all day, and eliminate any food item that contains sugar, can be enough to make eating no more fun, and that just doesn’t work for me!
I don’t know about you, but eating food is a bonding experience that I like to share with friends and family. It shouldn’t be a chore, where I’m expected to track all sorts of numbers each meal, and keep a diary to make myself feel bad if I’m not meeting someone else’s goal for what I should be eating, or not.
I’m sure my approach to my health, and what I eat, has some commonalities with Paleo, such as trying to eat foods that aren’t overly processed, but I am much more comfortable eating both carbs and sugars than normally allowed on a strict version of the Paleo Diet.
For instance, for breakfast, I often like to eat bacon and eggs. Don’t get me wrong, calories still count, so I don’t get to eat forever and act like there are no consequences. So breakfast usually has two eggs, the big fatty orange yolk kind of eggs that you find at farmers’ markets, and then one or two piece of bacon, but not the bacon from some of the huge agri-business companies, but rather bacon from small mom and pop farms that treat their animals right without resorting to drugs and pesticides.
But along with my eggs and bacon, both of which are Paleo friendly, I like to sip a cup of coffee. And do you know what I put in my coffee? A splash of cream and some sugar! I know, totally not Paleo!
But I would rather break the rules of this “diet” than drive myself insane by having to over-monitor every morsel that passes my lips.
Having said all of this, I want to be clear, I do think that sugar, when consumed in large quantities, is pretty awful for the human body. So I don’t over do it. But I certainly won’t avoid sugar in my coffee, or an occasional ice cream dessert, but all in moderation. Which is probably the biggest knock I have about Paleo, is that there doesn’t seem to be much room for moderation.
There are a few blogs out there that I like to follow, that I think have the proper balance between allowing yourself treats when the time comes, but eating mostly wholesome real foods with plenty of fat and protein, all without treating carbs and sugar as being totally unapproachable.
With a little luck, maybe you can also find a favorite website that offers the type of diet advice and recipes that you are looking for. Let me know if you do!
Best of luck!