I used to hate vegetables.
Growing up, my family had a joke that the only green thing I would eat was mushy canned peas (except it wasn’t really a joke, because it was true). In college, I expanded my horizons to include sliced tomatoes drowned in ranch dressing at the cafeteria. Cereal was my favorite food, which I would consume in serving-bowl sized portions.
I’ve been eating (mostly) paleo for a few years now, and it changed my life. It made me healthier, but also happier and more confident in myself and my body. I’m not crazy-strict about it: I like my ice cream and my dark chocolate. But I’ve learned how my body reacts to different things, and learned how to keep it in check.
Now, on most days, you can find me making a complete mess in the kitchen. Usually it’s worth it though, because it results in some pretty epic delicousness, which I share with you lovely people here.
The hardest part about going paleo, at least for me, was having the ingredients on hand. I stopped buying things at the store that weren’t on the paleo “list,” and discovered we didn’t really miss what we didn’t have. But in the beginning, there will be some pretty obscure stuff. I’ve got other posts and resources for finding those, but Amazon is one of the best!
To be honest, I don’t really care “why” paleo works. There’s plenty of websites and arguments for and against all the theories. Here’s what I know—when you cut out the things that paleo recommends you cut out, you lean out and you feel good. You have more energy and feel more alert. You move better and you hurt less. Combine it with a high-intensity fitness program like CrossFit, and you’ll see changes within a matter of weeks.
In CrossFit, there’s a prescribed weight, or Rx, for every workout. Often times these weights are fairly heavy, and are used as a guideline to help you “scale” the workout. So a scaled workout is the same workout, just scaled to fit you and your abilities. Because our needs “differ in degree, not kind.” A 25 year old and a 78 year old need the same things—just at different intensities.
That’s PaleoScaleo. It’s paleo eating, but scaled. A super-strict eating plan is not for me–I need flexibility. Denying myself things only makes me want them more. So I eat paleo most of the time. But small substitutions or things off “the list” here and there aren’t the end of the world. Don’t sweat it. Just brush it off and start again. Once you know what your body reacts to, you’ll be able to scale your food to your needs accordingly.
Try something new. Experiment in the kitchen. Take a leap, make a change. You just might surprise yourself.