When we first went paleo, it was a real struggle. It wasn’t just the cleaning out of the house and changing the way we ate. That was the easy part. It mostly, at least for me, was realizing that what I’d been taught my entire life was a lie. Not only had our government misled us, but so had science. If you read Cordain’s, The Paleo Answer, you’ll find all the references to why we should not be eating dairy, whole grains, legumes, etc. To top it off, it’s not just that it would be better for us not to, but there is evidence that illustrates why we shouldn’t and other evidence (fat argument) that shows how we’ve been purposely misled because of a personal agenda. The fat argument has come to light again recently in articles such as The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease.
My partner and I decided that the only way to approach it was to say, “Everything you thought you knew about nutrition and a healthy diet needs to be thrown out the window.” Only then could you begin to understand what was really happening.
You’ve got to admit that for every time the media comes out and claims that some or such vitamin or food is great for you, and we all OUGHT to be eating more of it, you’ll be able to come up with another that says, “Oh, remember when we said eat lots of THIS? Well, now we’ve discovered that’s not so good for you or not what we originally thought.” Vitamin E, anyone? How about some bran? Vitamin C in large quantities? How about an egg, or some red meat?
Why it hit me so hard that all of this so-called “healthy” food was really not good for me, I don’t know. Perhaps because I tried to eat in a healthy manner? Because I love white rice, but tried to eat brown to be healthier? Tried to make sure I didn’t eat a great deal of meat, or heaven forbid, white, crusty, yummy, French bread? Not that the bread would have mattered to me—gluten is gluten—but the fact they promoted whole-grain bread as so healthy irritates me.
My father is the only person that I explained paleo to, sent the books, and he immediately GOT IT. Everyone else behaved like the woman, “Lysa”, that Robb Wolf talks about in his book, The Paleo Solution, page 201. I would explain before people would come for dinner that we eat differently now. Dinner-time conversation ultimately evolved into a battle zone. I became so tired of talking about paleo and why I was doing it while listening to others vehemently espouse why the way they ate was the RIGHT WAY. If they adopted paleo, all of these bad things would happen. I finally told people we weren’t talking about food anymore.
Wow, people can sure come up with excuses NOT to try it, though!
I can’t do without my pasta.
What will I eat for lunch if I can’t have sandwiches?
I need crunch for breakfast.
I need the fizz of my diet-soda.
My partner and I discussed it constantly. We were doing what we wanted. If others didn’t agree so be it, but I neither had to DEFEND the way I wish to eat or listen to others be abusive. I have two incurable illnesses which is PLENTY of reason for me to do it. I’ve read the books, the research etc. Shut the f- up unless you’re willing to educate yourself. As I say, do the experiment yourself.
I look at this now, and I am not surprised how nasty people become when you tell them paleo means not having donuts or bread anymore. (Believe me, I wasn’t feeling so great about it either!)
• The peptides from gluten [gliadorphin] and casein [casomorphin] are important because the react with opiate receptors in the brain, thus mimicking the effects of opiate drugs like heroin and morphine. These compounds have been shown to react with areas of the brain such as the temporal lobes, which are involved in speech and auditory integration.
• The addictive nature of gluten is often overlooked. For some, the first days and weeks of following a gluten-free diet are characterized by food cravings, disorientation, irritability, sleepiness, depression, mental fogginess, fatigue, and/or shortness of breath.
If you are a member of this group, the very fact that you are experiencing many of these symptoms should reinforce the need to exclude gluten from your diet. These are common symptoms of withdrawal of detoxification from gluten-derived opioid and brain neurochemical imbalances. The evidence suggests that about 70 percent of celiac patients will experience these symptoms when beginning a strict gluten-free diet.
Interestingly, in the end, lots of people around us adopted paleo. Not only did they adopt paleo, but they began to convert those around them because of favorable doctor’s visit, blood work, weight loss etc. Furthermore, not only did people convert others, but they realized by excluding things from their diet and then cheating, that they were allergic, gluten-sensitive, or otherwise intolerant of some specific food.
Seven shades of Paleo