5 Things I Learned From the Paleo Diet
It’s now 2012. I found CrossFit and was introduced to the Paleo style of eating. It was strongly encouraged during my CF-L1 course, so being the team player that I am, I jumped in to give it a try.
For me, Paleo was a variant of the Eat Clean Diet – minus grains and legumes. It wasn’t very difficult to follow and let’s face it, who doesn’t love bacon?
I found it to be more reliant on healthy fats as an energy source than the carbohydrates found in fruits and veggies. Sugar was an absolute no-no. And let’s not forget alcohol! Not a whole lot of “adult beverages” are Paleo-friendly.
Key takeaways from this experience:
I learned that I had to pay attention to what I was eating.
I learned that I had to plan ahead.
I learned that I had to be consistent.
I learned that I needed to exercise regularly.
I learned that I am much easier to get along with when I have enough carbs AND a well-balanced diet that includes oatmeal and peanut butter.
So you’re probably wondering, “If all you missed was oatmeal and peanut butter, why aren’t you still following Paleo?”. Short answer: I felt deprived. More on that in my next post.