Paleo Perfectionism is something that has been coming up a lot lately… & I’m pretty sure it doesn’t even exist. So why am I talking about it? Well, I guess it’s because I feel like there’s a lot of emphasis put onto something that isn’t even all that attainable. It seems like some people are criticizing others for not being perfect. Silly, right?! Why bother stressing over something that is so out of reach & doesn’t even affect you? I mean, c’mon… who is perfect anyway? Certainly not me. And you know what? That’s ok.
Paleo is all about eating healthier, embracing whole foods & focusing on nutrient density. At least this is what it means to me. Yes, there are paleo “guidelines”, but to me, that’s all they are – guidelines. If you’re familiar with Chris Kresser, then you know that he encourages people to personalize paleo & find what works for them. He promotes starting with a paleo template & then customizing it, according to you & your tolerances & preferences. I think that’s pretty nifty.
Any move towards paleo, primal, “real food”, aka clean eating, whatever you want to call it is definitely progress & a positive thing in my opinion! I don’t think we should be calling people out for things that aren’t necessarily technically paleo (the dreaded “paleo police”) – it’s discouraging (& sometimes even offensive) to others. Instead, we should be applauding any efforts and/or changes towards moving towards more REAL food & food how nature intended. If someone is curious about paleo or primal & wants to move towards adopting that sort of lifestyle, any changes they make should be applauded. Change isn’t always easy.
No one is perfect & I’m sure we all have our slip-ups, or times we’re “off the wagon”. I know I do. I’ve been slacking a bit lately with my eating… allowing a few too many treats, especially of the frozen, creamy variety.
Even though I try to promote a primarily paleo/primal & REAL food approach, it certainly doesn’t mean that I NEVER go against that & treat myself to something that I really love – like ice cream!! Life is too short to not allow myself a treat here & there, especially since I tolerate dairy just fine – & I enjoy it. #IScreamForIceCream
BUT – what is not cool is if I get flack for having this treat because I posted it on social media. The reason I post it on social media in the first place is 1) to share my cute little treat with friends, & 2) to show that I am NOT perfect. I always try to be real. I have treats on occasion that are not necessarily paleo/primal & are not grass-fed and/or raw dairy. Besides, I have NO idea where I could even find that around here. Never seen it, plus I’m pretty sure it’s illegal in WI to sell raw dairy. Anyway…
Even if I get some flack, I do not regret my ice cream sundae. Life is short. I broke the rules, smiled at my sundae, & ate the crap out of that thing.
I don’t know any paleo people who are perfect. Many make adaptations to their paleo templates & add white rice and/or dairy. I’m one who adds in some fermented high quality dairy. It’s not perfect/strict paleo, but it’s what works for me & makes me happy & feel good. I don’t seem to have a problem tolerating it, so why not enjoy it & some of the benefits I can get from it? Do what works for YOU. If you’re striving to make the best & healthiest choices for yourself (& enjoying an occasional treat), I don’t see anything wrong with that.
If we were perfect – life would be boring. What would we have to strive for? I don’t want to be perfect, I just want to be the best me that I can be.
I want to strive to ENCOURAGE, not discourage.
What do you think? Do you modify paleo to fit YOU? Progress or perfection?