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We all know it can be difficult adjusting to a new diet. Hopefully, you’ve chosen the correct diet for your personal health goals and lifestyle so that it will all fall into place. Diets shouldn’t be hard. There can certainly be an adjustment period at the beginning while you work out the kinks of new shopping lists, recipes and pantry organization, but for the most part, it should be pretty easy once you get the hang of it. Since one of the most important aspects of any diet is sustainability, if you are struggling after a few weeks, it’s likely you won’t stick with it long term and that’s the part that’s really going to benefit you. Make sure you choose something that feels right, whether it be paleo, whole30, keto, AIP, or something else. Everyone is different, but the struggle should not lie within fueling your body.
With that being said, there are certainly other difficulties in changing your eating habits. Sometimes the hardest part is explaining it to others – not that you owe anyone an explanation for how/why you are taking care of your body, but sometimes it just comes up. Dinner parties, holiday parties and dining out with friends or family are usually the times that questions start popping up. Let’s talk about the most common misconceptions and questions about the paleo diet.
- Don’t you get tired of eating all that meat?
- The Paleo Diet isn’t actually just eating a bunch of meat on the bone with your hands (while wearing a loin cloth and holding a large stick). When eating Paleo, we suggest that at least half your plate be filled with veggies. You can also have fruit, nuts, seeds, eggs, etc. It’s not just a meat buffet.
- Well, I bet cavemen didn’t have access to all that stuff you’re eating!
- Funny (not really), but not the point. The point of “eating like a caveman” is that cavemen didn’t have the ability to process foods (and non-food ingredients) into oblivion resulting in strange colors and textures that would never be found in nature. The point is to eat real, whole foods. Obviously we have more methods and resources available to us today to prepare our foods. But we’re still just eating foods with minimal manipulation – we’re talking mashing, pureeing, etc. Not “Hey, you think we can take these yoga mats and use them to make our bread cheaper?”
- Cavemen didn’t live very long, are you sure you want to eat like them?
- I’m sure. Again (see above), we have advanced exponentially in all areas, including shelter, sanitation, disease prevention/eradication, modern and holistic medicines, etc. Of course they didn’t live very long. That doesn’t mean the fault goes to their eating habits.
- Are those desserts really paleo?
- They sure are! Even though cavemen weren’t equipped with aprons or ovens, they still had the ability to smoosh things together to make them taste different than they do on their own. Most of our baked goods are made up of things you would otherwise probably want to snack on like nuts, seeds, coconut, honey, eggs and dried fruits (whole foods). On the other hand, I’ve never seen anyone spooning flour our shortening into their mouths… And, did you know that there are certain artificial flavors like vanilla or raspberry that actually come from the anal glands of a beaver? YUCK! It’s called castoreum, but food companies have started labeling this as “natural flavoring” since it technically comes from nature. Another reason to eat Paleo. We will never EVER feed you beaver butt juice. PROMISE.
Now that we’ve answered some common misconceptions about Paleo, we hope you are armed with the knowledge to go confidently into the world with your new eating habits (if you aren’t already). Go to that party and be proud of your lifestyle and the choices you make every day to be your best self.