It's a lovely day and I am set to enjoy it with a mind clear of junk and crap!
Yesterday I enjoyed lots of good stuff: fresh tomatoes, lettuce, onions, green peppers, black olives, canned tuna, unsweetened applesauce, etc. But the last 2 days I have noticed some mild pains in my stomach. Last night was a little worse. It isn't *horrible* but it is uncomfortable enough to make me wonder what's going on. I am, as a result, eating less 'heavy' foods like harder-to-digest beef and pork, and added Greek yogurt back in because it feels soothing to my stomach. I like to make it into a smoothie with frozen berries and/or bananas.
I cleaned out my pantry last night and got rid of a lot of old stuff that isn't so healthy, like boxes of sugar-free Jello, super-sugary jam, and a can of soy protein shake powder (I am avoiding soy). I did find a giant tub of whey protein powder and I am mulling over whether or not I want to add that into my smoothies to boost the protein content. It wouldn't fit into the box of Paleo, Primal, or Clean Eating by any means because it is processed, but maybe I don't need to fit my life into a box. Maybe, as many of you stated in the comments yesterday, I can ditch the labels and cobble together what works best for MY body. That way I do not have to be constrained by someone else's idea of healthy.
I mean, I 'get' the appeal of a Plan. It is black and white. You are on plan or off. If you drink a glass of milk while you are doing the Whole 30, you're screwed! The rules state that it will ONLY work if you do not have a single slip in 30 days; "one lick of cake batter and you've broken the reset button". You must do it EXACTLY as written. So, there is this big giant line you cannot cross. And I get the premise, I understand the 'healing process' they are working for. The restrictions are very comforting for some (and distressing for others). You know exactly whether you succeeded or not, because if you have ONE thing that is not on that list, you failed! And it is fun (for some) to take it as a challenge to try and 'win' by doing something 100% as someone else tells you it must be done.
Same for Paleo in general, or Primal (although Primal is much less strict with its 80/20 rule). You have rules someone else set for you. You don't have to think about it. You are either 'on' or 'off.' And that ON or OFF mindset is what screws with a lot of people and keeps them in a diet mindset.
I am not saying these plans are not valuable, nor am I saying I won't follow them now or at some future point. I am saying, I need to figure out for MYSELF if I benefit from adding whey protein powder, or yogurt, or any other food item to my intake. If I am having headaches for 2 weeks straight, am sluggish and tired, and have stomach pains, something ain't right. Maybe two weeks doesn't seem like a long time but that is 336 hours. An hour in pain can seem pretty long. A day exhausted on the couch seems like forever. A summer passing by because of not feeling well is not a good thing. I have to figure out what healthy-for-me foods help me feel my best.
I might try some of that whey protein powder today. I don't plan to change anything else; that way I can see more clearly if there is any negative effect from the whey or other ingredients. I kind of have a feeling it will taste like chemicals... if so, I will have to try something else that is more "whole foods" to help me start feeling better. I won't drink shakes that will wipe out the wonderful benefit of having my taste buds reset to real food.
And now, my daughter and I have a picnic to attend! Enjoy your day!