I don't even know how to start this post. It has been 14 months since I started my paleo/primal journey. During those 14 months I've learned so much, I could probably write my own book. It would carry the title: The Basics of the Paleo Lifestyle... Made easy! Because, if there's one thing that it's not, it's easy.
Wait, what? (I hear you mutter...) Didn't you say that eating paleo is easy, because really, all you have to do is eat meat, vegetables, and fruit? Why yes, that's what I said. But well, it doesn't stop there of course. Because once you get into the whole paleo movement, and what certain things will or won't do to your body, you might find yourself obsessing a bit about what you REALLY should eat, and what you have to stay away from you, because it might kill you! Fortunately, then you are bombarded by paleo gurus with responses and explanations, and all is well in your world.
Or is it, because a new study suggests, that you are just fine eating as much fruit as you want, when you just recently read, that fructose is the enemy.
Can I eat rice? Nope! Wait, yes! But only white rice, because it's easier to digest. Stay away from that terrible brown stuff!
I am sooooo confused! Better have one of those paleo brownies I just made. With honey instead of sugar. But, what is it, I hear? Bees are force fed HFCS! So, my brownies are now filled with crap? Off I go, to buy a gallon of the good, local, raw honey to put my mind at ease. My first batch of brownies made with happy chicken eggs, only the finest coconut oil, the very best coconut flour, and raw honey are right now baking in the oven! Hooray for me!
Or... not? What? I should not eat brownies, because how dare you call yourself paleo/primal while eating all of this junk!!
See? It's complicated! And who can blame those who vote the paleo diet as the worst diet ever? So, why stick with it? Why am I continuously going through the trouble of reading and cooking and reading and cooking... and revisiting my decision... and all?
Well, here is finally something that's easy to answer. It works. I am happier, healthier, lighter. My husband and children are in better shape. Our moods have improved. My kids have no wheat bellies. And I can say with good conscience, that I choose good foods... sustainably grown, humanely treated, and ultimately so much better for my health and longevity.