[QUOTE=Nady;894913]Can't help it, had to google~ [url=http://huntgatherlove.com/content/are-you-faileo-diet]Are YOU on the Faileo Diet? [/url] Love it! :D[/QUOTE]
Bookmarked. That was awesome. But then as soon as I saw it was one of Melissa's articles, I expected no less.
It makes me a little sad when I see people who can't reach their goals keep such a focus on the pseudo-paleo foods. If it really is a rare indulgence, personally I would just as soon have the real thing.
That being said, I couldn't actually care less what other people choose to eat. If a almond flour muffin keeps them from going to the McDonalds drive through then maybe it is the lesser of two evils.
Honestly~ this is what ruined Atkins. In '72, Atkins was a clean, high fat, moderate protein, healthy carb plan. But then they had to create bars, shakes, snacks, anything/everything but what the good doctor designed. Sad, really~ because most people are too young to even know the real Atkins, they just see how it's been frankenfooded.
Eat real food and don't try to recreate something that wasn't really food in the first place.
The one I remember most was the raw Pizzas. Smear raw almond butter (made from unroasted almonds) across the face of a raw portabello mushroom. This was supposed to taste like pizza. After the class he asked me how I liked it, trying to get me to admit it really tasted like pizza. I just shook my head and told him I'd have to be away from pizza a really really long time before I could even begin to convince myself that that tasted anything like pizza.
EWWWW that sounds so terrible!!! how could that possibly taste like pizza?!? I remember so many raw recipes that were just absolute disasters. Especially all of the ones in Cohen's first book. just awful.....
[QUOTE=GeorgiaPeach;894924]But anytime I see people eating stuff that isn't what I consider paleo (and I'm a strict textbook paleoist), I just consider them part-timers for the sake of not distracting myself with all the other foods. The SCD (specific carbohydrate diet) says there is no 80/20 SCD. Either you eat SCD or you don't. You can't eat SCD + rice. It no longer becomes SCD. So maybe I'll take that stand with paleo for myself at least. Anything short of strict paleo makes me feel like sick bloated flub. Why? Because it isn't paleo.[/QUOTE]
You have just made my evening pointing that out! My daughter has been SCD for 6 years now, and I can tell you that only by going the full-on 100 percent has she been able to make the progress she has. The SCD is BLUNT about this. Took me two full months to get my kitchen and pantry in-line with the guidelines, and it was a s.o.b., and then another full year living the damn thing for her to make massive progress, but she did. I am not hard-line with a lot, but even I am getting the THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A PRIMAL COOKIE blues... And I am new!
I'm very grateful for many of these paleo baked recipes as they give us a better alternative when we do need a treat for a special occasion. I used to make the almond flour bread when I first became a primal eater because I needed to transition my family from a SAD diet and this allowed me to do it without a mutiny (now, a year later we don't miss it and it's no biggy). In the world we live in, I'm the wierd mom who never has bread in the house. My teenagers friends make jokes about it and my son considers a hot dog "in a bun" a delicacy. I don't care too much about this stuff as I strive to feed my family the cleanest, healthiest food possible, but it's nice to have a muffin recipe here and cookie recipe there. We do get company and have children's birthday parties after all and these types of treats are part of our culture for many of us. I also do not want to raise children who go crazy around junk food because it is strictly forbidden.
For those trying to loose weight though - THESE ARE TREATS - and must be stictly limited for sure!
It makes no sense to eat terrible-tasting analogues that are specifically designed to be low-carb, and then justify it as a "treat". With that logic, you could just have some high-carb rice flour cookies, avoid gluten and PUFAs, and come out with a lower calorie total to boot.
[QUOTE=DinosaurKisses;894812]Hope you'll excuse my snark for the well-meant observation I intend it to be, but why not take your own advice here? If this isn't interesting to you why bother reading it or replying? Goes both ways, kwim?
For me +100% on not getting faileo (and count me in as also a new fan of this word).[/QUOTE]
I thought maybe the OP was seeing paleo stuff cropping up at the store like paleo soy hot dogs or something.
If you want to know what bugs me (and yes, I know, nobody asked) it's people who think primal means greek yogurt, fruit smoothies, chicken breast and broccoli. But I guess it makes sense that I have never read anyone write in to complain about not losing any weight and then posting a food list containing liver and steak. In fact, the "help I'm not losing weight" threads never seem to feature almond flour pancakes either.
I have a neighbor with an over-productive zucchini patch who keeps leaving bags of the stuff at my door. So I made some coconut flour zucchini muffins with cocoa powder that were really quite good. It was a way to use up the zucchini plus a way of keeping my newly Primal Dad happily on the Primal path.
So, while I don't feel the need for "replacements" they do have their uses from time to time.
You know what? To each their own.
I've tried going whole hog (so to speak) into primal and then paleo, culminating with a failed Whole 30, and then crashing back to SAD. For me, jumping in completely doesn't work.
But I've found lately that by relaxing strict standards -- by making paleo mug cake every once in a while, or making a cauliflower-crust pizza -- lets me eat healthier while the rest of my family remains SAD, and I feel good about myself. I consider this a time of experimentation for me to see what foods work and what don't work. Like I just discovered this morning that I do much better with high protein/high fat/med carb (from veggies) breakfasts (eggs and veggies with bacon) than I do with a carb-heavy breakfast (homemade paleo banana bread and fresh blueberries). Lesson learned...without resorting back to SAD.
This isn't a religion for me. I'm very happy sticking to the main idea of "avoid grains, reduce processed food as much as possible, keep PUFAs low" and making changes as I go. I've been slowly cutting back on fruit because it's too sweet, not because FRUIT IS TEH EVIL. I've been incorporating more fresh vegetables because damn, they taste awesome. I'm in the middle of experimenting with dairy, but I have a feeling I'm going to wind up in the "less is more" camp.
But when my family eats pizza, I'm damn happy baking a cauliflower-crust pizza for me so that I'm eating pizza with them. That, for me, is better than either avoiding pizza completely or resorting back to wheat-crust pizza.
And I baked my son a paleo birthday cake, with frosting, from scratch for his birthday this past weekend. He loved it, and it was healthier than the Carvel cake he otherwise would have had. Say what you will about paleo baking, but I was very, very happy that I found that recipe and that it worked.
Like I said, to each their own.