Paleo was really just not working out for me. It's been great for the boyfriend, he was losing weight and feeling great. I haven't lost a single pound and I'm always hungry. And I think I know why.
Paleo, for me, had been more of a hassle than helpful. I found myself beyond hungry (or just not eating) more often than I should have been. And this was all because I either never had something available when I got hungry or if there was food it was like "oh I can't have that", so I would starve. And we all know that is NOT good for you! Recently I realized that I had been overly exhausted, grumpy and hungry. And I started putting the pieces together. I'm actually getting grumpy just writing this because I'm annoyed that it didn't work out for me. Did I not try hard enough?
Truth is, it just doesn't fit my lifestyle (or bank account). And I feel like I've really missed out on a lot of meals and I'm just exhausted from lack of food. Food is fuel, people! I wake up too early for work to make myself a "paleo breakfast", I've tried meal prepping things for the week but that hadn't worked out fully. I had to say goodbye to a lot (if not all) of the snacks I was having during the day when I was eating clean because they weren't paleo friendly. I'm the kind of person that needs to eat all day long. I need my breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, snack again after work, dinner and sometimes a snack after that. On most days while on paleo, I had less than half of that. I was starving! So I've parted ways with the caveman.
I learned a lot from paleo and will still take that with me. For example, I will still be eating grass fed meats, grass fed butter, I'll still use almond meal instead of breadcrumbs or regular flour, and probably still no dairy (since I'm not a milk and cheese person anyways). But I will be putting some grains back into my diet, I will just be very wary of the amounts. While I may still not eat pasta, I will be allowing quinoa back in. I've missed quinoa!
Like any changes with food and your body, something that works for someone else may not work for you. I tried Paleo for about 3 months and it didn't work for me. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about the Paleo way, I just think it is more for people that have some more time and money on their hands than I do to be fully on board. So if I wanna quickly dump peanut butter on some toast in order to actually eat breakfast in the morning, I'm gonna do it. Or have oatmeal, or make recipes with oats. If I wanna have a Quest bar for a snack, I'm gonna do it and not feel like I'm "cheating". If I wanna have some brown rice with my chicken or steak instead of eating 39278 sweet potatoes a week, I'm gonna do it.
Back to clean eating, goodbye Paleo.
You can check out some of my paleo recipes here:
Meatloaf Muffins and Sweet Potato Topping
Paleo Breakfast Bites
Grilled Garlic Lemon Chicken Breasts
There will also be recipes posted here all week that were made during my paleolithic little era.