Yesterday evening I had a serious gluten craving. I needed bread. While I resisted, and was able to make due with pancakes, I was struck by a thought. Then, later in the evening I found myself trying to look up ridiculous recipe ideas- paleo magic cookie bars (they exist), waffles, and chips. I again, could not shake the thought from my head- what am I doing?
I turned paleo to get rid of the crap in my diet. I wanted to cut out all the stuff that I didn't actually get nutrition from. What's the point in eating a paleo magic cookie bar? While it may certainly be better for you than a conventionally made one, what does your body really gain from it? In the end, am I just trying to find ways to make paleo food crap?
I've found the need to refocus, to harness my chi, if you will. I need to go back to my roots and the reason why I turned paleo in the first place. Yes, the fancy recipes of making paleo chicken pot pies or muffins are an intriguing challenge, but I need to think about my nutrition more. It is easy to get swept away with the frills of diet- there will always be frills and little ways to cheat the system. The point is to embrace the system; learn to love it. That's the reward and the challenge.
I'm challenging you to this: for the next week, every day, think before you eat. Do I really need this? What value will my body get from this, really? Is there a healthier option to this (an apple instead of a magic cookie bar)? Am I really getting all the nutrients I need today (protein, a variety of fruits and veggies, nuts, etc?)? Am I incorporating protein and whole fruits and veggies into every meal?
Let's see if we can take pride in not just eating primal, but in living a primal example. Do some spring cleaning, get rid of the junk (even paleo junk food)!