Fuck Paleo. It’s garbage. Eliminate grains? No dairy? What is this nonsense?
What the hell does Robb Wolf smoke?
Don’t you get TIRED of hearing Paleo this, Paleo that?
Seriously, You Guys
Or not so seriously
Okay, okay…Paleo is legit in my eyes. It’s hands-down one of the cleanest ways you can eat and live, and most people do see weight loss and performance improvements you can’t see elsewhere.
And I said MOST people.
I’ve heard of people from my box who’ve done Paleo challenges, and despite staying decently clean, the results weren’t there. Of course, there can be factors such as sleep quality, stress levels, and the like that can throw your progress off.
Or maybe something like a food allergy can come into play. You never know. That’s why it’s pretty cool how my box has been offering food allergy tests to see what may be holding people back.
Now what about performance?
A buddy of mine I’ve known since elementary school just recently dropped out of the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge. No, it’s not because he sucks at keeping his nutrition intact.
He seems like the kind of guy who can naturally burn off fat, so losing fat wasn’t the issue for him. It’s just that under that challenge’s guidelines, it was hard for him to get enough food in his system to fuel him for his tough workouts.
Sure, he could probably up his fats and his carbs, but he does fine with throwing in some grain into the mix. The guy was a swimmer all his life, so he’s used to it.
Paleo Nutrition Isn’t For Everyone
As much as I love the results it can give most people, it’s not the be-all, end-all of nutrition.
In the end, it really comes down to what works for you.
I’m really stoked to see my friends at the box participate in this challenge, and I really hope they do reach their goals. However, from my own experience and what we know of human nature, Paleo challenges tend to end in disaster for the majority.
For the first timers, that’s fuckin awesome. Doing a Paleo challenge really opens your eyes to what’s possible. And some of you out there actually stick with it for the long run, like my loyal reader Elisa.
For a lot of people, they do well with the challenge, but then shit the bed right after. And what about the pre-challenge binge weekend…or should I say week?
As I said, if it’s your first challenge, that’s cool. Once you know what you have to do, try to find a nutritional lifestyle that works with the kind of person you are. Some people might find the lifestyle of eating 98-100% clean fine for them, while many, like myself can’t live without all the terrible, terrible food out there.
Seeing one of my friends say how much she hates the dieting she has to do during this challenge made me think of this. If you really hate it that much, do you really expect to keep this up forever?
Do you think you’ll constantly be progressing? Or will you just go through the whole yo-yo effect?
Part of the challenge is that internal battle you have. You are your own worst enemy. My take? Why pick fights when you can figure out ways to satisfy your cravings along with your goals?
For the longest time, I was having this internal struggle when it came to eating healthy. I’d catch myself blaming others and all sorts of external factors.
That’s weak shit.
It took me a while to realize, yes, this stuff is in my control. I just needed to stop finding others to blame for my lack of progress.
The only person I could really blame was myself.
Once I managed to accept that and started developing a more long term solution to my nutrition, I became a much happier, more carefree person.
Learn To Listen To Your Body
As you’re the only one who can really tell what’s right for it.
Think of Paleo as a starting point. You can do many awesome things with your health by following this blueprint, but the only way to really reach your goals and feel happy as you take upon this journey is to find a path of your own.
Kip it real, my friends.