On another note about paleo living, I have decided to take the transition really slowly. On my 21st birthday, true to my all-or-nothing personality, I went vegan cold turkey. I just stopped eating meat, eggs, cheese, milk and milk products--any kind of animal product. And I think I did myself a huge disservice. Had the transition been more gradual, I maybe would have noticed how badly I felt after eating particular things. But I went from a standard American diet to a plant based diet just like that . . . I didn't give myself a chance to compare the two really and kept feeling that I felt bad because I wasn't doing veganism well enough. It was my ideal and I held on to it for dear life until I just couldn't anymore. So I kind of realize that paleo is basically the flip side of veganism. In fact, it's probably the polar opposite. It could be considered extreme but it really makes sense to me right now. I guess the difference is that now I have all the wisdom I've gained over these years and a clearer perception. I'm still on a quest for optimal health. I haven't given up hope that I can get rid of my allergies. Maybe improve my vision. But I realize that there are genetics at play and maybe, even with all the dietary changes I could ever make, I may still struggle with these things. That's okay. I am willing to give paleo a good try. 30 day challenge. Read as much as I can. Listen to as much as I can (I've been listening to the Everyday Paleo podcast which is amazing--I've learned so much and it's perfect for me since the hosts are all parents . . . they relate everything to children and family which is just what I need). And abandon ship if I feel worse. But with just the minor adjustments I have made on the way to eating paleo full-time, I can say that my skin is clearer and I have more energy and alertness. So I have a feeling that it may be for me (with an occasional cheat for organic popcorn)!
Isn't it interesting how much psychology plays into food, eating, weight loss and health? Especially for women.