As many of you probably know, I first approached Sarah a few months ago for help because I was struggling with several autoimmune issues and after hearing about paleo, I sincerely hoped that finally I had found the answer I was looking for. The title of this post is “Don’t Cheat” and any of you who have read either Everyday Paleo or The Paleo Solution know that Sarah and Robb both recommend NOT cheating for at least the first 30 days and then reassessing from there. Sarah recommends to never cheat with anything that contains gluten and to cheat mindfully and to realize that cheating equals a setback for most folks; especially if recovering from an illness or if fat loss is their goal. With autoimmune; cheating takes on a whole other meaning, and here’s my story about how I learned the hard way.
Even I can screw things up, please learn from me……
A while back, my family and I went on a little get away for spring break. This was really my first big travel since going Paleo except for a day trip here or there.
I knew the area we were visiting well, including of course all of my old favorite dinning holes, pre-Paleo…..Amongst my favorite noshing pits lies in my opinion; the best gluten free pizza in the world.
I was able to turn my head to everything and even the pizza, for a while. Yep, you know what’s coming, “for a while” is not a good start.
So eventually I did it, I had the pizza. I figured I was all good, come on, it’s one little individual sized gluten free pizza, and besides I was on vacation (and had been eating Paleo all the rest of the time), RIGHT?!?!
I must confess, as I sat, ordered, and waited for my warm dough baby to arrive, I had Sarah swirling in my head like a huge tornado. All her words of advice and wisdom “Don’t cheat Lisa. Just one bite and it will be like starting from scratch”. It was like she was the little angle sitting on my shoulder, and on the other side was the little guy with the pitch fork staring her down!! I could hear her clear as day, but nope, not even Sarah could save me form this moment.
That one moment of heavenly pizza bliss, turned into 2 weeks of hell….My thyroid got mad, my IBS found me, and my workouts had to be revamped due to the fatigue from my Hashimoto flair up…Not to mention, the overwhelming carb and dairy cravings I had to fight all over again, because those got stirred up too.
I suffered through it, drank tons of water, got lots of rest, went back to Paleo basics, and finally came out the other side. Was that pizza worth it? If I am completely honest, in the moment; yes. But – for the 2 weeks of hellish aftermath and having to start from scratch; nothing is worth that…
Until next time
Much joy and happiness