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  1. Mr. Guilty
    August 18, 2014

    well said! Its not breaking up, its just growing the relationship.

    • Elizabeth
      August 18, 2014

      It’s an open relationship…:)

  2. robynski
    August 18, 2014

    Funny, I have a nephew who is morbidly obese. He swears by paleo yet hasn’t lost an ounce in three years. I appreciate your narrative on intuitive eating. If we’d all listen to our own bodies instead of signing up for mass trends I think we’d all be better off and healthier.

    Thanks Liz!

    • Elizabeth
      August 18, 2014

      Amen!

  3. Kristy @ She Eats
    August 18, 2014

    Atta girl!! I ADORE your honesty and candor and I’m so glad you wrote this post. I think too often we’re policed – or bullied – into eating, being or doing a certain way because of pressure from friends, communities, etc… You know what I mean. And I fucking love that you’re writing your own story, sharing it with us and giving us all the balls we need to make our own choices…

    …Speaking of choices. I hate that I use the term “balls” for being gutsy or strong. My inner-feminist is screaming right now.
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    • Elizabeth
      August 18, 2014

      I always think back to that scene in GI Jane…where she tells all the guys to suck my dick. It just works!

  4. Paul
    August 18, 2014

    Good for you!! I “broke up” with paleo last year too… I eat a lot more fruit and starches when training hard and I’m less worrie about being 100% compliant all the time. That said I am sensitive to gluten so will do anything to avoid it. No soy, rarely legumes… A bit more dairy (fermented) here and there too. Check out Nate Miyaki and Ray Peat (if you haven’t already) – their work has really helped me… Keep it up! ;)

  5. Madelyn Moon
    August 18, 2014

    Yeah girl. I love grains too. I’ve gone without them for patches of time, but I know they cause zero negative reactions and without them I feel extremely deprived. Brown rice is DA BOMB.
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  6. Jenn
    August 18, 2014

    Thank you for writing this. I’ve been paleo for 4 years but so upset I have all this body fat. My workouts are tough and my food is paleo to a “T”. I’ve been playing with macros but I think this gives me the push I need to to try it for 6 weeks and see where I’m at. Thanks!

    • Elizabeth
      August 19, 2014

      Let me know how it goes!

  7. joanna
    August 18, 2014

    I was actually surprised by your post since I had no idea you used to do paleo! I always see you post pictures and most of it is not paleo. I’m glad you have found something that works for you and disregard labels. There’s no point in doing a diet if you don’t see improvements.

    • Elizabeth
      August 19, 2014

      Perfect!

  8. Jenn Blakney
    August 18, 2014

    I always enjoy reading about ‘breaking up with Paleo’ blog posts, as I went through the exact same thing a year ago. Initially I lost some stubborn inches and was overjoyed that I could eat without abandon, work up a light sweat and reach my aesthetic goals. Fast forward about 6 months later – no gym membership, a pretty lazy attitude about fitness (because it’s 80% what you eat right??) and I’m gaining weight like crazy. Worst of all I could barely run a 5k without wheezing uncontrollably. I freaked out and immediately went into the ye-olde anorexic mode that I thought was behind me; restrict more and carbs are the devil! Luckily I had had enough and slowly re-introduced gluten into my life. I never looked back.

    Unfortunately I still have a bit of carbphobia, but I’m working on it. I actually have trouble getting in enough and it’s probably why my lifts are stalling. Pasta and I just need a good couple’s counselling session in the form of carbonara. ;)

    • Elizabeth
      August 19, 2014

      DOUGHNUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Jenn Blakney
        August 19, 2014

        A GOOD IDEA! Luckily Toronto is still all about the doughnuts, so off I go on an EPIC journey to stuff my gullet!

      • Elizabeth
        August 19, 2014

        awww…:( I wanna come!

  9. Natalie
    August 18, 2014

    Good for you for figuring out what works better for you :) I tried paleo for a long time too, but never felt any progression with it – even though I was working out 5 days a week. Now, I’m half paleo/half not and that seems to work better for me. :)
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  10. Brook
    August 18, 2014

    Excellent post.

    What people fail to realise is that the “paleo” diet was never meant for crossfitters – however crossfit can probably take some of the praise for sending it mainstream. What is the Paleo diet good for? Its good for general lifestyle choices when eating and giving people a template to live on. As all the experts say, do it for 30 days – see how you look, perform and feel and then reintroduce certain foods. test and re-test.

    it was not meant for the hard charging wodding crossfitter. people will breakdown on a strict paleo diet or not see the benefits. i learnt this the hardway too, and i started crossfit over 5 years ago and actually “found” paleo before that.

  11. Vita
    August 19, 2014

    Yeah, I don’t see why we should label everything. Sometimes I eat rice and buckwheat and dairy and sometimes I eat meals suitable for a paleo diet. It’s about what suits me personally, not about other people. So if some other diet is better for you, then I am so glad to hear you’ve found it. Also I sort of hate how people demand an explanation why someone decided to change their course of eating. As if someone’s diet was their business.

    • Elizabeth
      August 19, 2014

      Thank you! High five!

  12. Trina
    August 19, 2014

    Awesome post and well said! I wrote a similar post a few months back and experienced the weight gain, lack of performance gains etc that you did. I’m happy to see others that come from a crossfit background straying away from paleo.

  13. Winnie
    August 19, 2014

    Well you know I am behind you on this one: when you know better, you do better. I always enjoy reading about what you are up to, Liz!
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  14. Winnie
    August 19, 2014

    ps- time for a new header? paleo-ish shmaleo-ish.
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    • Elizabeth
      August 19, 2014

      On it!

  15. Calista
    August 22, 2014

    I love this post – thank you for your honesty. We all have to find what works for us. I think we all know that what works for one may not work for another. I avoid gluten when I can because it makes me exhausted {or, so it would seem after a few months of trial and error}. But, if presented with birthday cake that is absolutely the best birthday cake EVER, you bet your bottom dollar I’m going to have a piece. Anyway, all that to say, I’m glad you broke up with Paleo – it’s all about the journey.
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    • Elizabeth
      August 25, 2014

      Thank you Calista! I’ve gotten some pretty great responses to this so far, so I will continue experimenting…:)

  16. Katy
    September 1, 2014

    Thank you for this post!!! I follow a lifestyle where I tend to eat about 80% truly paleo and the rest of the time “what I want”. If I want to have a beer with my husband, I do and do not feel guilty for it! I appreciate this post so much because I am SURROUNDED by militant grain-free/dairy-free followers who are constantly telling me that I will get better results if I go 100% all the time. It makes me feel a lot better that I am not alone in feeling that I can listen to my body, eat whole foods and occasionally eat something “bad” and still be healthy.

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!

    • Elizabeth
      September 2, 2014

      You are VERY welcome!! Thank you!

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