In my search for new and interesting things to eat, I am looking at more and more Paleo and Primal food blogs, posts on Pinterest, etc. to find ideas. I’ve learned about GAPS and there was another one but I don’t remember the name.
I’m having a flashback to 7 years ago or so when my mom and I went low-carb. Yes, I’m going to say it. This all sounds remarkably like Atkins.
Now, before you Paleo people get all primal on me, hear me out. Your diet consists largely of non-starchy veggies, meat, and fat. I just pinned a sandwich that was guacamole between two pieces of bacon for Pete’s sake. (And if you’re wondering, yes, I will make it, and yes, I will report back.)
Last night I spent at least two hours reading about how to go primal and paleo and GAPS, etc. It kind of made my head hurt. There are just so many RULES. For those of you who know me well you know that the thing I hate most in this world (other than pigeons) are rules. Not laws or things like that, but someone saying “you can eat this, you can eat that” etc. This is probably why it took me at least a year to finally come to terms with the fact that gluten makes me sick. This is why any old diet will not work for me. I march to the beat of my own drummer. Or my own fork.
I decided today that I will continue to read the food blogs because they have really great ideas. But the “how to start eating Paleo” links are going to stop. After a week of thinking about it, I’m not convinced I need to go strictly Paleo. I might cry if I never see sushi or pasta (even if it’s made with rice pasta) again. I can be done with the corn, but rice? Please, please let me keep my rice, even if its only once in awhile. And every once in a while, I think I should be able to eat a piece of chocolate, damn it. And you want to know why? Because it’s really f&*%$ing good with red wine. And a good bourbon. (Yes, yes, I know, GLUTEN.)
Because the truth of it is that I love food. All kinds of foods. And I think there are ways to incorporate lots of different foods without labeling anything as “bad”. Do I operate better on a high protein/low carb/no processed food diet? Of course, and I will continue to eat that way 99% of the time. But I’m not going to let someone label me based on what I eat. And I’m sure as hell not going to be one of those people who annoy servers at restaurants. I’m bad enough with my no gluten/dairy issues.
And you want to know what else? I’m freaking cooking with my olive oil. I’m Italian. My grandmother will roll over in her grave if she ever heard that I wouldn’t cook with olive oil.
I’m going to go eat a kiwi fruit now and pretend that it’s a piece of dark chocolate. Maybe chocolate will be my second thing added back in my diet before eggs (in case you were wondering, wine is first.)
- So, what are you eating anyway? (hashisanon.wordpress.com)
- The Unconventional Guide to Adopting a Paleo Lifestyle (lifehack.org)