Even now, after a year of eating Paleo, I can't think about "eating healthy".
That sounds so boring. And forced. Like my mom making me clean my room.
I remember when I first went gluten-free. It was February 2011 and in less than 24 hours I felt like a new person. No more brain fog or grouchiness. No more fatigue or food cravings. I lost 20 lbs eating gluten-free junk. That's because I did it to feel less crappy, not to eat healthy.
Even when I went on my 30 day juice fast in September 2011 it was not to eat healthy. I was tired of still being overweight and feeling.... less than. I knew I could feel better than I was I just didn't know how. That juice fast opened my eyes to a whole new way of being. Suddenly my body was flexible. My eyes were wide and clear. I felt like Tigger with my new energy. But eating healthy? No way. Not me. I was simply thinking, "What am I not eating that's making me feel this good?"
I did twenty hours of research a week to uncover the Paleo diet. (This is after contemplating going vegetarian, vegan or raw. Meat is my friend.) As soon as I found Paleo I knew: this was it. Gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free but also totally grain free. How radical! And you were supposed to eat meat! And fat! And wonder of wonders the light-bulb went on: there was that last bit I experienced while juicing: it's sugar free.
But still...eating healthy? No way. I just didn't want to go back to feeling less than, that's all.
So far it's working. I'm still my college weight after a year (undergrad even, not grad school). I feel great. I'm not hungry. I'm not bored with my diet. Even more strange, I'm starting to crave vegetables I would never touch before, not even for a bribe.
So if you're like me and the urge to "eat healthy" makes you cringe, want to throw a fit, or run out to the store and eat a donut just to spite it, then take heart. You don't have to eat healthy to go Paleo, you just have to not eat 70% of the Standard American Diet. That's it. ;)
I like the easy Paleo stuff.