I Experimented With Paleo.

Firstly I need to tell you that I’m starving. STARVING TO DEATH. I am one calorie shy from starring in my own commercial with flies buzzing around my face.

The fella has embarked on another “meal plan”. You may remember me from the last meal plan. In case you don’t … this is me during his last meal plan.

scary me

Last time the meal plan was “Whole Foods”.  Not the grocery store.  Cooking with actual ingredients.  Nothing processed, nothing pre-made.  Which was astonishingly annoying considering I pretty much cook whole foods anyway. But it was weird recipes with weird ingredients and there were rules. I do NOT like rules when I’m cooking. But his Crossfit gym was going on a meal plan and he wanted to take part.

FOR TWO MONTHS. Two months of eating food I didn’t like. TWO MONTHS. By the end of it I had resorted to sucking on the hem of my pjamas and praying for the end.

That was 2 years ago.

I believe it took the fella 2 years to gather up the nerve to ask me to do a “meal plan” again.

This time, it’s Paleo. Which I hate. Now, to be fair to all of the people who love Paleo, if it’s working for you that’s great. Truly.  That mean’s it’s good for you. People who are Paleo are hardcore Paleoites. They love it, they live it, it works for them.

It does not work for me.

For one thing I like cheese. And bread. And toast. And stuffing. But the fella wanted to try Paleo so being the loving not-wife that I am, I’m doing the best I can to meet his needs.

I should take a moment here to describe what Paleo is. Which is difficult because even people who eat Paleo don’t really agree on what’s Paleo.

Basically it’s a meal plan that’s based on eating what a caveman would have eaten. So that means wild game, organ meats and vegetables. No grain, no potatoes, no legumes, no dairy. I’m not sure what the exact reasoning is behind it but the basic thought is our bodies are bred to eat what our caveman ancestors ate. Which I agree with to an extent. Just not the extent that would prevent me from eating bread. And toast. And stuffing.

And I’m gonna be honest with you.  I’m suspicious of anything that hasn’t been documented with an iPhone.  Who’s to say they weren’t eating Jelly Belly’s and deep fried corn dogs?  We don’t know.  Instagram wasn’t even invented then.

As someone who loves to cook and experiment with meals I find Paleo too restrictive. Please don’t yell at me Paleo people. I know you love Paleo and you’re allowed. I’m just talking about what’s right for me. The thought of not being able to throw some flour in a mound on the counter, crack some eggs and olive oil into it and make fresh pasta makes me all wiggly. And a little bit anxious.

So there you have a very brief, not at all well rounded explanation of Paleo.

Modern day Paleoites find getting their hands on wild game a bit difficult these days so they eat other meat. It’s supposed to be lean cuts of meat but you can’t take all the fun out of eating so most people who eat Paleo make exceptions and eat things like bacon, steaks and pork chops along with fresh vegetables, fruit and nuts. No cheese, grains, alcohol, coffee or dairy. Although I’ve yet to meet a Paleo person that doesn’t have a coffee every once in a while. Can’t blame them.

SO … let’s get back to the fella and this meal plan. He started it on January 1st and has been going strong ever since. That man has willpower. I do not. However, since I’m the one making dinner every night and I’m not about to make 2 dinners every night I’m eating Paleo for dinner too. Of course in between dinner one night and dinner the next night, I’m eating “not Paleo”.

BUT I’M STILL STARVING.  I swear to you I am.  I’m pretty hungry at the very least.  It’s because of the water wings. The ones growing on my back. The ones threatening to grow on my knees. You see. I need to lose 6 pounds or so. And this half heartedly eating Paleo thing seems to be …  working.

Which isn’t a shock. Take grains, potatoes, dairy, and cheese out of one’s diet and even someone with an enormous thyroid condition would lose weight.

The big plus of Paleo is bacon. Which technically should only be eaten every once in a while but if you were to take advantage of the bacon allowance, then you could in fact gain weight on Paleo I suppose.

I guess I’m not actually all that starving to be honest.  I’m missing potato chips.  And cheese.  And toast with real peanut butter not “my favourite nut butter”.  And tortellini en brodo and beets with goat’s cheese crumbled over top.

But I’m willing to do it.  Willing to put up with it.  Willing to do anything for my fella.

Even lie about what’s actually in his meals.  You think carrot soup *really* taste that good without a cup of cream?  Pfttt.

Sucker.  Never again I said 2 years ago.  And I meant it.

My first Paleo  Meal of the Week … coming up in tomorrow’s post.  And yes.  It really is Paleo.

 

Curious about how the first meal plan went?  Read about that debacle here in the post “I love you so much you make me sick“.

 

122 Comments

  1. Jean Munroe says:

    I was just reading that Lewis and Clark took gigantic mercury pills with them on their long hike to the great West because the all meat/no grains diet gave them extreme constipation. Apparently the mercury works as a purgative. They can actually trace the trail of L & C by their mercury droppings — or as one wag put it, we can trace their movements through the mercury deposits in their campsites.

  2. Nancy says:

    Tyrell’s Veggie Crisps, I love them. They use sunflower oil which isn’t MDA-approved. I tried kale chips and couldn’t do them. Trader Joe’s plantain chips are good too.

  3. Bonnie says:

    I think all of these fad diets are silly. I think that any diet that precludes wine, coffee, and bread is cruel and unusual punishment. I do think modern people should eat more healthy foods–lean proteins, fresh vegetables and fruits–but why make such a silly distinction that precludes certain healthy whole grains?

    Such rigid diets are hard to stay on–difficult to eat at restaurants and friends’ houses–so most people will give them up.

    Of course, everyone has a right to deny himself or herself whatever, but I am old enough to realize that life is too short to participate in such rigid self denial.

  4. Nicole2 says:

    Nope. Not gonna do it. I want to die happy. Besides, we all know what happened to cavemen, none of them are still around to tell us how that worked out for them.

  5. Kristin says:

    You should try a ketoegenic diet instead. It is similar to paleo, but you can have butter, cream and cheese. But you can’t have much fruit. It’s all about cutting way down on carbohydrates (hence very limited fruit), and upping your fat intake. It is the most miraculous weight-loss plan I’ve ever tried. And the food you get to eat is really delicious. Look on YouTube for Gary Taubes, and you’ll find out more about it. I lost twelve pounds in two months, and enjoyed it! I was never hungry at all.

  6. Marti says:

    Fresh pasta? Flour. Check. Eggs. Check. Olive oil? Whuh? When you’re making the pasta, you put olive oil in it? Is this a special Canadian olive oil, possibly aka water? Recipe, please? (Did I miss a post on this? I made pasta for the last food swap I went to, but it didn’t have o-o in it. So… Inquiring minds and all that, please?)

  7. Good one, love all the comments…for me it is balance. So much has been in the media about diets and everything except for the one most important thing which one comment expressed perfectly: less in, more out.
    One thing I have found to be a totally easy way to lose a little fat without hardly noticing is just to cut back on the bad things…use less butter, but still have it, eat mozzarella or dry cheese instead of cheddar or brie, etc. Have chips if you must but the small bag not the big one. Oh and get your butt off the internet and out of the house for a good walk, daily!
    Thanks for always entertaining…and yes you *are* a good non-wife.

  8. nikki says:

    Yay! I eat paleo when i can but still enjoy pizza and beers…and desert…when necessary. But just switching to a 50%lower paleo makes me feel better….and I was thinking healthy eater to start!

  9. We have had a vegan houseguest this week who just loves to cook, so have been uncommonly healthy. Best thing is he doesn’t drink tea, coffee or wine so I am spared my usual English thing of offering those every five minutes. And I think I’m slimmer. These nut-cases have their uses.

  10. Kim Merry says:

    The trainer at my gym is starting this and is trying to get everyone on board. Ummm no thanks..
    I need my cheese!!
    Kim

  11. Laura Bee says:

    And bacon.

  12. Laura Bee says:

    I did the good non-wife thing for the year hubby went vegetarian. Other than the two times I bought a pound of bacon & ate it all myself.
    After reading this all I want now is a thick slab of cheese on homemade bread & butter (shaken!) with a big glass of milk.

  13. carol says:

    I don’t understand the no potatoes thing. Cavemen couldn’t unearth a spud? Someone please explain!

  14. Lani says:

    Maybe the fella would consider p90x meal-plan?? My hubbs uses it and the meals are great…lots of flavor. Perhaps it can be a compromise? it does include the first 30 days of “fat shredding” which is pretty miserable if you follow it strictly so it might be perfect for the fella! Here’s the link to the file (from my dropbox)
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/lgjcjua0wdlargy/P90X_Nutrition_Plan.pdf

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Lani! He’s really doing the Paleo as an experiment. More of a mission of accomplishment than need. I’m gonna go have a look at it just for fun though! ~ karen

  15. Jake says:

    Sounds like cruel and unusual punishment to me.

  16. Trissi V. says:

    I am so sorry for your loss of toast, all the fun fats and dairy during dinner. I will go home tonight and make mashed potatoes with cream cheese and a stick of butter in your honor.

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