I think a lot of people have the 'all or nothing' mindset, especially when following PB or Paleo. I'm not sure why. It's taken me a long time to reign in my all or nothing self and realize I can't always be all or nothing, but I can be 'most of the time'. I eat dairy because it doesn't mess with my stomach, as far as I know, and it helps keep my meals interesting. I avoid fruit because, for me, it makes me hungrier. I love meat. I love bacon. I love vegetables. I love eggs. PB works out very well for me.
The things I miss horrendously are things like pizza and sugar. Notice I just said 'sugar' and not something made with sugar. I genuinely miss all things sugary because they taste so amazing. I, personally, can't handle anything that contains more than like 5gs of sugar. It sends me off the deep end and I binge.
But these are all personal things. Eating fats makes me happy, satisfied and not binging. In fact, I've lost a pound without counting calories! That doesn't mean everyone has to give up fruit, or eat dairy, or have bacon every morning...I'm sure there are some people following PB who eat tons of fruit and are totally happy.
Anyways, I think some people take things like paleo or PB to a whole new level, beyond an experiment in trying to learn about themselves and what they should eat and it ends up being a race to perfection by cutting out tons of food groups.
That's my two cents, but I've only been PB for a month now.
Last edited by magicmerl; 02-19-2013 at 02:23 PM.
Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like the Perfect Health Diet a lot.
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I'll second that. This is my exact mentality in regards to my diet as well. Do the absolute best with your resources when you can, and when conditions aren't ideal, adapt.
I belong to the crowd that can't take a bite of a brownie without creating a demon that voraciously eats the remaining brownies on the plate. The same goes for bread and many carbs. My adaptation, cut these out entirely. However, I can enjoy several carbohydrate sources like honey and dairy without awaking this peculiar demon form of my otherwise angelic self.
My question is, do you really think Grok didn't gorge on certain carbohydrate sources at various times? And do you think he even gave it a conscious thought? No. So neither should you once you re-establish a homeostatic balance and retain the knowledge that got you there. Find what works for you, and then just coast from there. Don't let this become an obsession. Stressing over that apple may cause just as much of an insulin spike as if you had actually eaten it - this is total speculation based on the idea that stress leads to cortisol leads to gluconeogenisis leads to glucose leads to insulin leads to fat deposition. Anyway, you get the point.
The only way to eat more or less healthy and NOT be follow Primal Blueprint nutrition is to eat grains and vegetable oils, basically. And because of carbs and allergens and sparse nutrient density, those are just not AS healthy as PB foods. End of story. You don't have to follow all of Mark's guidelines to be a healthy, successful eater. He just shows a way that is smart, easy, and works for him and a heck of a lot of other people. If PB was "hell" for you you had a bigger problem than diet.
This is why the 80/20 rule of the PB is so important, at least for me. When I eat at home which is about 70% of the time, I eat 100% Paleo, but as with most things, life gets in the way, you have to go to dinners, parties, have lunch at a restaurant, go on a weekend trip, etc. The way I see it, I have three options: be obsessive and only eat paleo foods or not eat at all (and probably not have such a good time), don't go out at all unless I'm sure I can maintain my paleo eating habits or try to eat as paleo as possible, but don't care if I can't ocationally.
It is this simple rule that has allowed me to stick with it, it allows me to enjoy myself and be healthy at the same time, sometimes I go out to dinner and I really want to have something that isn't paleo, I just do it, 3 or 4 meals a week that are not paleo is not the end of the world. However, when I do eat non paleo foods, I make it count, I save it only for food that I really like or that is specially good.
For example, the other day I went to eat with my parents to a really good restaurant (1 michelin star good), do you think that I even bothered to see if anything on the menu was paleo firendly??? hell no! I just ordered whatever I wanted and had an awesome meal.
The key is to avoid the "all or nothing" mentality that so many of us had/have when it came to diets or eating habits, eating paleo 50 or 60% of the time is better than 0. Related to this is the license to cheat that some of us get whenever we fall of the wagon, it is a very slippery slope of might as wells: oh, I just had some bread, well, I might as well order some pasta. Oh I just eat some pasta, well I might as well get dessert...and so on until two weeks later you forgot how to eat paleo and quit altogether.