When I had first heard of the Paleo Diet, I thought it sounded like a great idea. “What could be better then to eat like a caveman?” I thought. Sure it’s got a lot of meat and it’s mostly healthy, but there are a whole lot of problems with this diet that you do not think about when you first get started.
The biggest problem with the Paleo diet that got me to go back to my old ways was the price tag. You don’t think about Cavemen having to pay giant prices in order to survive, because they found their food in nature, but in this modern world, foraging is not an option for most people. Meat is expensive. Especially when you can not put breadcrumbs or onions in hamburger to thin it out. Cavemen did not have breadcrumbs, not to mention the fact that the bun would have to be made at home by yourself.
The time it takes to make your food is a lot! It’s great for breakfast and dinner, but not being able to throw a sandwich together out of stuff from the fridge before heading off to work just plain stinks. Sure you can buy nuts and precook a chicken breast, but if you forget to precook your lunch the night before it can be a big headache in the morning, that most of us do not need, especially if you decide that Paleo extends all the way to having no coffee. Even Dinner can be a challenge when you are tired from a hard day’s work and not having your coffee, or even a decent lunch. And let’s not forget about the rushed mornings that spring up when you are called in early or woke up late. Those mornings make you really sick of the taste of seeds and nuts.
Another problem with the Paleo diet is rapid rot of barriers and other foods you buy at the supermarket. Strawberries in particular can go bad by the next morning. And the lack of preservatives may be good for you, but the no canned food idea is ridiculous. Canned food is convenient and can be healthy if you choose the right cans.
There are some things I am going to try and take with me for my experience with the Paleo diet. The “no candy” Thing may seem like a bummer but after you are off of it for a while you forget about how good it tastes, unfortunately you binge when you get back on candy, so I am going to take the no candy with me once I can kick the habit again. I also will try to cook more for myself and pick less processed foods.
I felt good while I was on the diet, but I also felt exhausted and overworked just making my meals. I hope to incorporate what I learned for future culinary delights.