I wish this weren’t the case…but we see it all the time. There is always that person that tries to cut every corner or bend every rule in such a way that it gives them an advantage or allows them to circumvent the traditional method of doing something. Our mothers and fathers have been telling us for years: “If you can’t do something right…why do it at all?”
There were several instances at the Dirty South games that athletes tried to alter the way an exercise was done in order to do it faster or expend less energy. I would compare this to the questions we have been getting about gluten and the paleo diet. Is the Paleo Diet gluten free….ABSOLUTELY! There is no arguing that one of the pillars to a successful paleo diet is the removal of gluten from one’s daily consumption. Ok….here’s where the fun part comes in! Did paleo man have access to gluten free pastas, flours, cookies and cakes…HELL NO! No one is forcing any of you to be in this challenge…if you are so desperate for cake or flour that you have to pour a bunch of gluten free garbage down your piehole…fine. I will tell you now that you will not get nearly the results you are looking for and for certain will have no shot at winning this contest.
I can hear your cries and pleas now…so let me address them by saying this: if you cut this corner, you WILL NOT succeed on paleo. Here is my non-science reason why you will fail. One of the major components to the paleo diet is the concept of eating until you are full and then not eating again until you are hungry. Traditional hunger pangs have to do with sugar levels and insulin sensitivity in your body. Since pastas, cakes, flours, cookies pack such a sugar load…introducing them into your paleo diet allows you to consume WAY more sugar than you normally would if you were eating say: broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, strawberries. If that doesn’t make sense to some of you…then I’m happy to sit down with you and a ball peen hammer to discuss.
On a side note…there has been some confusion as to the inclusion of heavy whipping cream in our otherwise perfect paleo world for 30 days. Let’s clear the air right now. NO Heavy Whipping Cream during the first 30. Some of you were confused and were kind enough to ask off blog…your HWC consumption will not be counted against you for the first two weeks.