Two steps forward, one step back. That is how my return to paleo has been going. I can’t seem to get traction to stay going in the right direction! I have a few good days, but then fall prey to a bowl of oatmeal or a slice of pizza.
Last week was, I think, a turning point for me. On Thursday I had oatmeal for breakfast then guacamole and tortilla chips for lunch. I rationalized both of those things like this:
Well, the oatmeal is only 2/3 oats and the rest is coconut so it won’t be that bad.
The chips aren’t completely corn… and all the other ingredients are sprouted! And the corn is non-GMO and they are organic, so it should be okay.
That afternoon I felt absolutely horrible! My back was hurting, and it felt like my feet were falling asleep. I figured I had some nasty inflammation around my SI joint and that was the cause. I grabbed an ice pack and went to lay down. As I lay there in the quiet, I actually had time to pay attention to my body. I realized that all of my appendages were buzzing with tingly nerve pain. The ice pack had no effect whatsoever because it wasn’t simple inflammation that I was dealing with. I think my body was responding (very negatively!) to the food I had eaten earlier in the day.
I was awakened to a stark reality. This “diet change” isn’t optional. It isn’t 80/20. It isn’t only eat Paleo when I feel like it and just deal with the fallout. If I don’t make this change, I am staring down the barrel of some serious health problems.
Does that make it easier to resist temptation? A little. But mostly it gives me a WHY. I need to eat a Paleo type diet because I want to feel good. I don’t want to be in bed with disabling pain. I may end up there some day, but darn it, I’m not going down without a fight!