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Cheating is wrong – learning the hard way

I went on a little getaway this past weekend, and I knew sticking to eating paleo would prove challenging. I must say, I did great the first day – I refused bread except for a teeny bite (it wasn’t even that good, despite being a 4 star restaurant!), and loved eating primal treats like wild boar loin (seriously) and foie gras.

But, the second day, the Eggs Benedict were calling… and I answered. (admittedly, they were delicious) Then the calzone knocked on my door for lunch. By the time I saw that they featured a Reese’s dessert calzone, it was over. I ate it – the whole thing.

And you know what? It wasn’t even that good. I think the idea of it was much more appealing to me than the actual dessert was. Has anyone else cheated and then found this same thing? You sort of daydream about how ‘pre-paleo’ (yes, I realize that’s a contradiction.) food tastes and would taste again? Warm bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar? Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, wrapped lovingly in a crepe with nutella and banana pieces? Mmm.

So I indulged a little. And it’s ok, because I really saw the effects of my indulgence immediately. Both my husband and I became rather bloated, felt instantly tired after our cheat meals, and were just sort of sluggish overall (which was ok since we were on vacation). And that got me wondering, ‘Is this how I used to feel ALL the time, just without noticing?!?!‘ I think it is.

So we’re back home and back to eating paleo – and it definitely feels good. Whew!