There was a time when food would stress me out. Not like it stresses most out but rather if I did not or could not eat a healthy meal I would become stressed, irritable, and just annoying.
Well the good news is that I have solved that problem but I kind of solved it too well...
The issue with this became that if I did not have access to a 100% Paleo meal I was a mess. Stressed, annoyed, even pissed off. I thought that if I couldn't eat a "perfect" meal then life was over.
It is easy to do. People love being a part of something. Being part of a tribe. Throw a strong nutrition topic into the mix and it's a recipe for extremely biased opinions.
It doesn't matter if you are talking Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Raw, all of these "groups" can have extremely strong philosophies. Not always but it is very common.
I was no different. Trapped in the Paleo "cave". I needed to make a change.
Now I didn't need to make a change because the Paleo diet is completely flawed. In fact quite the opposite. The Paleo diet has some great nutritional concepts. Most that I still follow to this day.
I needed to make a change because it was affecting my life. My social life, family life, and even my own mental attitude towards food was not good.
So I did!
Over this past year I have learned to not stress so much about eating a non healthy meal. Want to go out for pizza...great! Dinner at a friends...perfect!
Before these kind of situations would drive me nuts. Is the food going to be organic? What type of oil will they cook with? Will the meat be free-range? Is there going to be lots of carbs?
Well the good news is that I have solved that problem. The bad news is that I think I solved it a little too well.
I got to the point where I was letting too much crap slip into my diet. Too much sugar. Too much wheat. Too much conventionally raised meats. And you know what...I started to feel it. My joints were hurting more. I wasn't as focused. Workouts were not as good.
Just like Paleo and Veganism there is somewhat of a new trend in the industry and it is called flexible dieting. Due to the fact that many of these groups are so "culty" there has been somewhat of a bigger push towards flexible eating. Somewhat of a "if it fit's into your daily macro's then it is ok to eat" approach.
And you guessed it I got a little caught up into this as well. Because I needed to step back from the Paleo circle and into the real world it was the perfect stepping stone. Just eat more flexible. Don't worry so much.
At first it was great. I wasn't stressed about eating a pizza or ice cream. I would have these things once in a while and it was awesome! But it was a little too awesome.
I would have food like this once a month, then once every couple weeks, then all of a sudden it was one, two, or three times per week. It wasn't just flexible eating, it was yoga, downward dog, right leg over my left shoulder kind of flexible. Ok maybe not that bad but you get the idea.
And we all know what this is like...if I was going to have pizza I was going to have 2 whole pizza's! Not 3 or 4 slices but the whole damn thing!
You gotta ask yourself "when you have a flat tire do you just slash the other 3?". NO! You get out, fix the damn tire, and be on your way again.
Basically my weekends were right offs, eating whatever I wanted. The weeks were good, clean , and healthy, but all bets were off in the weekends. I was starting to pay for it.
Anyways it is time to take a step back. Not back into the controlling anal nutritional mindset but rather a small step back out of the whole flexible dieting regime. Find a good middle ground.
I will 100% not get back into that stressed out mental state I was once in but rather take a more moderate approach to the whole flexible diet thing. Instead of twice a week on the weekends maybe one or two days a month?
Perhaps you just save these meals for occasions when you know you are going to be out with family or friends? Hey if those occasions don't happen then your doing "perfect"!
What I am trying to say is that health is super important to me. Perhaps the most important thing in my life. I got away from that a little bit and it is time to reel the line back in. Not all the way in but no more flailing in the wind.
Live Your Best Life!