There are no shortage of paleo dessert cookbooks, fancy bars and paleo cookies. Us paleo folk are really, really good at finding replacements for every standard junk food item out there. Paleo donuts? We’ve got em. Paleo doritos… Siete nacho flavor fits the bill.
The heart of the paleo diet is all about eating nutrient dense food. Paleo junk food.. Eh not so much.
So do I think we should all be eating strictly perfect paleo all day long, all year long, for the rest of our lives? Of course not.
Paleo junk food is still junk food but why I eat it anyway
I’m going to eat “junk food” for the rest of my life.
I enjoy food far too much to never have a cookie or potato chip ever again. But here’s the thing. Will I eat a dorito ever again? Probably not. I don’t need to. Why? Because I have alternatives made from real food with real ingredients. They may not be the most nutrient dense foods out there, and sure, maybe I’m replacing a meal of vegetables to splurge on a paleo treat every once in a while… but ya know what? I’m still “paleo” and I don’t care.
Would I maintain a paleo lifestyle year after year if I didn’t allow myself to eat “junk food.” No, I’d go insane. There is absolutely no way I would maintain a healthy long term paleo lifestyle sticking to the best of the best, day in and day out.
I’m still going to occasionally use food to self medicate. I don’t think I need a therapist. I think I’m normal. But I don’t have to eat crap, even if I’m in one of those moods. I can find a clean, reasonably healthy alternative to almost anything. So I will.
It may not have been nutrient dense or amazing for my health but it doesn’t wreck havoc on my body like processed food. It’s been at least 4 years since I’ve had a dorito or a real, gluten filled, sugary-frosted donut.
I lead a paleo lifestyle now. I don’t eat crap.
BUT I DO EAT “JUNK FOOD”.
And I do stay sane.
Paleo junk food should be treated just like normal junk food was once treated in your life. It’s an occasional treat that keeps you from feeling deprived and helps you get through those tough times when it’s easy to “cheat” and reach for some processed poison.
I don’t need to eat poison because ingenuity is one of the paleo community’s best traits.