“Paleo” is a word most people have heard of these days. One of the latest trends in the fad diet world, the term “paleo” is short for “paleolithic.” What this fancy word basically means is that you only eat what our ancestors, a.k.a. Cavemen, ate. It’s supposed to eliminate your body from digesting chemicals, help you lose weight, and have more overall energy. Sounds great, right? Wrong. The below are reasons why I gave up on the paleo diet.
One of the main rules of the paleo diet is that one can not consume any dairy. It is suggested that dairy should not be consumed because it contains a lot of sugar, which can spike your insulin. It has also been stated that back in the paleolithic era, our ancestors only drank milk when they were newborns..and only milk from the same species. Of course, it is always a good idea when becoming healthier to limit your sugar, but does that really mean eliminating a good and nutritious food group from our diet? Some people certainly have trouble with dairy, and some are more prone to gaining weight from dairy than others. If this is you, by all means, eliminate dairy. If not, definitely check into this before committing to paleo. Dairy is on the FDA’s food group chart for a reason – because it is necessary to a healthy diet.
Simply put, paleo is expensive. Healthier foods are often more expensive than processed, packaged junk we fill our bodies with, and that is okay. What isn’t as easily justified is the extreme costs of ingredients needed for paleo. For example, I was attempting to make a paleo dessert a few months ago. One of the key ingredients is truffle oil. So, I went to the store for truffle oil. A small bottle of this was over $18! I may be a broke college student, but even once I have a career and a healthy bank account, I will never be convinced to spend $18 on a small bottle of oil.
Difficult to Obtain
I don’t know about you, but I’m not always available to cook my own means. Often times, I end up eating out. This originally seemed like no problem to me. I’d go to whichever take out restaurant I wanted, and order my food paleo style. Well, guess what? That may sound doable, but it really isn’t. Awhile ago, I tried to order some scrambled eggs from my school’s cafe. (While dairy isn’t allowed on the paleo diet, eggs are an exception.) Seemed paleo, right? Well it turns out, I didn’t pay attention to what the eggs were cooked in. I highly doubt my school was purchasing paleo approved butters and oils to cook the eggs in. Little things like this make eating out virtually impossible on paleo.
My end thoughts on the paleo diet are that it is nice in theory, but just not possible. I have certainly kept some ideals and strategies from my short time on the paleo diet, but I have had to use these principles to create my own healthy eating plan. It is a great idea to pay attention to what is in your food, as well as to eliminate chemicals from your diet, but it is possible to do this in a way that fits your lifestyle and budget, without having to adhere to all of the strict standards of paleo.