In betwixt work work and um, more work, I have been trolling the web like some half crazed info-junkie trying to understand this journey I am gearing up for. I want to be sure I am well prepared to begin so I don’t set myself up for failure.
I have had a few people ask me what made me choose not to go with eating clean. My main reason is the grains. I’m ditching them. All of ’em. Cold turkey. And the clean eating crowd says to get a quarter of your daily servings from… grains!
It is almost a mirror image of the USDAs My Plate …
Having seen the documentary Fat Head (I mentioned it in an earlier post. You can find it on Hulu.com) and done some reading at Mark Sisson’s site I decided to remove grains from my diet. So instead I want to be eating like this:
It bears only the most basic resemblance to the food pyramid we grew up with in school. In fact the only resemblance is … they are both pyramids
And there the resemblance pretty well ends. But having grown up on the Pyramid, it’s what i understand well so the Primal pyramid works well for me. visually.
The other major decision I have made is go primal rather than paleo. I believe in the Paleo diet but I’m part mouse – meaning I love my cheese. Going cold turkey on dairy makes me break out in a cold sweat, get the shakes, and huddle in the corner whimpering… Seriously. Roy and I have already cut back on dairy. I gave up cow’s milk a few months ago and can’t say I miss it since I drink Almond milk. I like the taste better :). I’m not a tremendous yogurt eater either or cottage cheese or sour cream. Just good old cheddar is my biggest weakness, though a nice chunk of smoked Gouda is divine. Anyway, you get my drift. Paleos don’t do dairy so this was going to be a big stumbling block for me. Primal says you can have some dairy… in moderation. So I wll have to cut back but I don’t have to give it up entirely *whew*
Cause I can tell you right now, going cold turkey on the grains is going to be a challenge enough! My body is addicted to them. I’ve been indoctrinated all my life about the wonderful benefits of grains! I love a good southern melt in your mouth, slathered with butter (or saw mill gravy!) biscuit and the smell of a fresh out of the kitchen warm Reuben sandwich makes me salivate. Oh and pizza!!! Thick crust pizza… yum!!! Of course let’s not forget all those breakfast cereals, breakfast bars, Little Debbie snack cakes, Hawaiian Bread, burritos, tacos.. oh the list goes on and on of things that are grain based or have grains in them.
So anyway, I’m gearing up for our first official Primal grocery trip later this week. It’s going to be quite an experience.
Happy Monday everybody~