I often search around online – I just dabble with Paleo and an assortment of relevant words in the google search. While I was researching “paleo wedding cake” (and i’m serious about that), I came across Everyday Paleo’s blog (even though I’m always there, anyway). I didn’t find anything on wedding cakes, but I did find a great article talking about why paleo isn’t working for you! I’ve taken Jason’s major points of failure, but putting it into my words and I hope that’s ok.
First of all, Paleo works. You have to ask yourself if you’re the one really working. Denial, Lack of Information, and Misinformation are a few things to consider here.
Denial is the most annoying of all three; you’re thinking, “It’s not big deal to take that one little bite of dessert, that one tiny sip, a little squirt of ketchup, or skip just one healthy meal”. . . everyday. It all adds up. It affects your mind, body, and spirit. On the flip side, you might enjoy the zero calorie, low-fat junk? In this past week, how much weight have you lost, sleep gained, or energy advanced after having your 100 calorie snack between paleo meals. Zero? You still have that tire around your tummy? You still feel like a raging zombie everyday? OK. Let’s move on.
Lack of Information is a way of losing control and not taking responsibility for your actions. Often times you’re too lazy (oops, I mean busy) to write down the food you’re eating on a regular basis. You don’t realize that you aren’t being true to the diet because you don’t even remember what food you’re eating or reflecting on how many times a day you’ll let something slide. Writing down your food intake is part of your new lifestyle – when you can trust yourself, then you can stop writing it all down.
Misinformation is typical when you haven’t really taken that dive to read all the books and googled all the articles about a balanced paleo lifestyle. It’s sort of an honest mistake. “One common example is eating out too often and not factoring in all the vegetable oils you are consuming. Or making the assumption that diet soda is fine because it doesn’t contain sugar. Or drinking fruit juice because it’s “all natural.”