This is “Paleo Celebrities, Stacy London Edition”. She’s the host of the TV show What Not To Wear, and not only has Stacy always looked GREAT on camera, she’s one of my favorite Power B*tches. Her candid struggles with navigating Paleo eating made me laugh and wince at the same time. GrubStreet.com is doing a Grub Street Diet series and they’re all bizarre and edging on hilarious, this one’s no exception. Strap in!
Leftover grilled shrimp for breakfast at home, made with nothing but olive oil. Now, if this had included cheese grits, it could pass for normal breakfast. As it stands, I just feel weird.
Okay, weirded out by non-breakfast food at breakfast. I drink black coffee for breakfast so I can’t exactly comment, but I hear this is a common complaint.
Late for a meeting. Lunch is a handful of hazelnuts I grabbed from home… For dinner, I really go all out and actually make a salad of Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, beets, and black radishes (yep: black and rad), which I found at the market. I munch on some store-bought Boar’s Head turkey slices while I mix up my salad, just to make sure I get some protein in there.
Woman. Eat some fat or you’re not going to make it, and I don’t mean a handful of hazelnuts.
I wake up starving and eat almost an entire jar of Mar Nara almond butter. An entire jar.
I think it’s hard to grasp how much of a lifestyle change Paleo really is. It’s not simply renouncing your daily muffin at the coffee shop and subbing coconut milk for dairy in your coffee. Your body and mind are going to be seriously messed with, and it’ll be necessary to eat more and different foods than you did before.
I get the kale, quinoa, and avocado salad, but since each ingredient comes in its own pile on the plate, I skip eating the quinoa (I can’t remember if that’s allowed). For my main dish, I have grilled tilefish with an eensy bit of lobster.
Stacy, if you can maintain this diet of salad, fish and nuts much longer, you’ll be a superwoman.
I have a handful of hazelnuts, three turkey slices, and a cup of herbal tea. For lunch, I have an avocado… I wonder if I can survive on hazelnuts, sliced turkey, and avocado for the rest of my life? I’m not sure this Paleo thing is helping or hurting … My brain is all over the place.
The next few days progress the same way: chicken, salad, hazelnuts, coffee. This is the part that had me wincing, because a combination of Paleo and conventional dietary wisdom is pretty tough to sustain. Eating nothing but lean meat and salads will put you in the ground (especially if you’re into physical activity).
Just started eating real food? Eat a lot (your days of calorie counting are over) of different things (variety is the spice of life) and get some support, geez. There’s a sea of Paleo folks chattering on blogs and social channels all across the Internet if friends and family aren’t exactly supportive. Reach out and ask for motivation and tips, Stacy! Good advice for the rest of us, too, that I’ve been taking recently.
So what are your strategies for combatting cravings and staying motivated to eat clean?