When I considered testing the effectiveness of the Paleo Diet on myself, I thought that I wouldn’t have too much difficulty with the dietary restrictions. I believe that I was eating pretty well, especially when I consider how I used to eat. I felt that over the last couple of years, my eating habits changed from horrible to pretty damn good! I now eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, so I figured going Paleo wouldn’t be a problem. I could eat all the meat I want as long as it’s lean. In fact, my meat intake was going to increase during my Paleo Diet experiment. What I didn’t expect was how much I was going to miss grains.
When I think back on my dietary life, I always loved carbohydrates. To this day I believe that there has never been a piece of cake that I didn’t like. However, my love of carbs didn’t stop at cake. I love fresh bread, pastries, pizza, etc. If it is made from flour, I’ll probably like it! Despite my longstanding love of bread and cake, I didn’t think that eliminating grains from my diet would be an issue. After all, my bread intake has been cut from two loaves of white bread per week 3 years ago to one loaf of multigrain bread every eight weeks. In my mind, I hardly ate grains. I figured this Paleo Diet restriction would be a cinch. Boy was I wrong.
Maybe it’s the forbidden fruit syndrome, but after two days of not eating any grains, and not having any sugar, I was in serious need of some bread products. My freezer contained some sliced baguettes that were going to be made into bread crumbs. They were a little freezer burnt, but that didn’t matter. These frozen crispy sticks of bread looked great to my carbohydrate starved eyes. It was all I could do not to thaw one in the microwave (I did take one out of the freezer though and seriously considered it).