by Sean Croxton
I’m not giving up my sushi.
Hell to the no…
And if I post a pic of my spicy tuna hand roll on my Instagram feed, you better not leave a comment about how it’s “not paleo”.
While I totally respect your lionhearted diehard-ed-ness for being one of the few and the proud who can stick to a diet that snubs all grains, legumes, and dairy products, I also know that a strict paleo diet is not for me.
Yes, I’m a sinner. I tried to remain steadfast to my caveman commitment but couldn’t keep my eye from wandering.
Let’s face it, raw fish without white rice is like Facebook with no friends. A glass of raw milk makes me feel like I’m glowing. And I’m half-Mexican, so kicking beans to the curb would have my ancestors rolling over in their graves.
“Lo siento, abuela! No puedo comer arroz y frijoles. Yo soy paleo!”
That’s not happening.
But don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I’m munching on rice cakes and bean pies every day. I’m still a faithful real foodie. I just like to flirt.
As it turns out, I’m not the only one who finds a strict paleo diet personally unsustainable and cumbersome. According to Chris Kresser, in his badass new book Your Personal Paleo Code…
“We don’t live in the Paleolithic era anymore. We’re not cavemen, so why should we follow a strict caveman diet? Why should we cut out foods we love and might thrive on simply because our ancestors didn’t eat them? We’ve evolved, and we need a plan that’s evolved to meet our individual needs and preferences. Why not combine the best of ancient wisdom and the best of modern nutrition?”
Finally, someone who understands me.
This week, I had the privilege of picking Chris’s big brain on Underground Wellness Radio. Click the player at the bottom of this post to listen to the entire show.
Here are my notes…
3:35 – How to stay healthy while on a nationwide book tour.
4:48 – Are grains, dairy, and legumes completely off limits?
7:23 – Is a strict paleo diet a sustainable diet?
8:51 – There was never any single paleo diet.
10:50 – “Within the paleo template there’s lots of room for customization.”
11:10 – Soluble vs. insoluble fiber vs. resistant starch.
18:08 – Why an hour of exercise does NOT balance out a full day of sitting.
22:45 – A nifty gadget that will put some pep in “steps”. (Plus, a little trash talk…)
24:29 – “If you’re not doing some form of regular stress management, you will sabotage all of your best efforts with diet, exercise, and supplements.”
25:10 – A radical step that saved Chris’s life after years of illness and frustration.
28:49 – The power of volunteering, contribution, and having a sense of purpose in life.
30:53 – Caller Q: I’ve lost 100 pounds but my thyroid numbers aren’t changing!
33:41 – Caller Q: Isn’t a high animal protein diet dangerous?
37:47 – Bonus goodie you get when you order Your Personal Paleo Code.
Click the PLAY button below to listen in.
Author, The Dark Side of Fat Loss