My experience with the Paleo Diet has taught me about healthy eating. After making a New Year’s Resolution to eat healthy food for an entire year, I realized that the diet fit best with my decision to eat healthily. I liked being able to blame a diet for more expensive grocery bills as I transformed my family meals into an organic feast. The more I researched the benefits of organic, grass fed, cage-free, and other terms to describe expensive foods, the more I realized that these types of foods were important to my family’s well-being. I realized that organic wasn’t a splurge, but that it was a necessity as I realized how my family’s health improved. Now, while I won’t stop shopping for quality foods, I’m rethinking the Paleo diet.
Why I’m Taking A Break From The Paleo Diet
Recently a study came out about suggesting that diets that are high in meat, such as the Paleo diet, may be harmful to people’s health. Because I was raised in a predominately vegetarian household, the study caught my attention. When I decided to become Paleo, my main concern was that too much meat could be unhealthy. Some people who eat Paleo can rationalize eating loads of bacon and fatty cuts of meat. Obviously certain foods that are only okay to eat in moderation couldn’t really be healthy as a main part of any diet.
While I’ve learned so much about how to eat healthily, a problem I’ve run into would be the inconvenience of having to cook everything from scratch. This past month, I’ve celebrated both of my daughters’ birthdays. Creating Paleo birthday cakes from scratch would have been overly ambitious for any mom. As a working mom with a full time job as a teacher who also freelances as a writer, I simply don’t have the time to spend hours in the kitchen. In the past, I’ve tried to make Paleo cookies from scratch, which turned out horribly and wasted some very expensive almond flour.
Another problem I have with the Paleo diet would be that I’m actually losing too much weight. I’m a little over 5’7 and last week I weighed in at 110 pounds, which is 10 pounds less than my normal weight. Because I’m nursing, I shouldn’t be cutting back drastically on calories or skipping entire food groups. I don’t have the money to replace my old, larger clothes, and I don’t care about losing any more weight. Even though I want to support my family in making healthy eating choices, I have a hard time maintaining my weight if I eat super healthily. In the future, I plan to eat Paleo-inspired dishes in moderation, but I’m not going to be as strict as I’ve been in the past.