Because Paleo wasn’t hard enough.
You hear about Paleo or Paleo AIP and quietly (or loudly) think to yourself: You don’t eat pizza? You’re freaking crazy! I really couldn’t function without cheese and I don’t plan on giving it up any time soon.
You start to realize more often than not that you feel kind of ill or tired. Workouts take a lot out of you and you get cranky easily. You’re tired after lunch and you feel drained all of the time. You read more about Paleo, and think: Hm. What I eat could be making me feel gross? Maybe I’ll look into this.
You start to read labels and try to avoid wheat. When friends and family ask you about it, you reply: Yeah, I’m sorta gluten-free. I mean, I avoid it, but I don’t deprive myself. I just feel better when I don’t eat a lot of it.
Your body gets used to reduced gluten, soy, and dairy, and begins to heal. A few weeks into the process, you talk yourself into eating a pizza (yes, an entire pizza) and your feet puff up beyond recognition. You’re foggy-headed and cloudy for days. You realize there’s something to this.
You accept full Paleo or Paleo AIP with no cheating. Suddenly the world is full of sales on crusty bread and sugary lattes. Your friends try to cheer you up, but you’re like: You don’t understand. There’s nothing delicious I can get at Starbucks anymore. And if you’re Paleo AIP you have even more to complain about (peace out nuts, eggs, chocolate). At your low point, it really seems like life will never be worth living again.
When you get really sad, you eat bacon. You slowly build an arsenal of go-to recipes and you’re never very far from some beef jerky. You think: You know, I’ve been living without french bread for so long, I bet I won’t miss this other stuff after a while. I can do this.
A few weeks into Paleo or Paleo AIP, your energy returns. You feel full all the time, your energy is clean and constant and you couldn’t imagine living any other way. And now, when you’re in public, all you can think is: Are you drinking soda? Is that white bread? You’re freaking crazy!