It was great today having so many people in the house this morning for the CFM Intro to Nutrition Clinic. We talked about the benefits of Paleo AND the pitfalls. At CFM we are 100% pro Paleo, but we believe in educating our members about the realities of 2015 living and how to incorporate Paleo into their lives in a realistic fashion.
Yes, we believe Paleo is 100% the best way of eating. We believe everyone should give it a 100% effort for 30 days.
Yes, strict Paleo for 30 days. See how you feel. If you really miss a food that Paleo restricts, introduce it into your diet slowly after the 30 days to see how your body responds.
You might find you feel better without grains.
You might find your headaches are gone without dairy and your sinus problems clear up.
You also might find that you aren't hungry as much and your sugar cravings are gone because you aren't having huge and frequent insulin spikes.
You will learn that you can live without processed junk.
Paleo can be inconvenient. It takes grocery shopping and planning.
Happy, organic, free range, cage free, grass finished, lullaby's sung to them as they slept animal products aren't cheap.
If you are a picky eater, you are either going to get really bored really quick or you are going to have to suck it up and learn to eat new foods (which really isn't a con, you are an adult. You SHOULD suck it up and try new foods)
We also believe that many people that "do" Paleo neglect the part about eating lots of veggies and focus too much on the bacon.
We also believe that when people do 100% strict Paleo gung-ho they tend to give up and binge pretty frequently on copious quantities of definitely not Paleo foods.
At CFM we practice and preach moderation. If a little "cheat" every day keeps you on track and keeps a binge away, why not? That's where we get into flexible dieting. Flexible dieting is a way to manage your weight & energy levels while still enjoying all foods in moderation (given that said foods do not bother you).
We will write more about how we implement flexible dieting and Paleo in another post. In the meantime, if you have nutrition questions, feel free to post them on our FB page. If you are really serious about dialing in your nutrition and/or have serious physique goals, we also offer a nutrition coaching program where we will help you set goals and figure out ways to meet those goals. This is available for anyone, not just CFM athletes. Shoot us a message and we will help you get started!