Thursday, January 23, 2014

Some things sound really good in my head

There are a few things that sound really fun and exciting and things that I wish I could do but it's doubtful that I ever will. You know what kinds of things I'm talking about right? Things that sound really good in theory and in your head, but you just know you won't be able to do it for certain reasons.

Going "Paleo"

It is a diet that "mimicks our caveman ancestors" (according to paleodiet.com). The paleo diet or "lifestyle" is one that consists of eating only things that you can kill or harvest.These things include: fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, and meat (chicken, beef, venison, etc.). You don't eat anything that can't be harvested, or anything that is processed. This includes: dairy, rice, pasta, and yogurt. The concept is that the foods you eat are natural and not filled with preservatives, fats, and other components that negatively impact our health.

While all of this is well and good, and it REALLY sounds like a good idea, there is one thing holding me back, and one thing only. Cheese. It's as simple as that. Sure, I would miss pasta and frozen dinners, but I would eventually get over it. Cheese is something you don't just "get over." I  have, however, been a lot more conscious of the foods I choose when I'm at the store, opting for more veggies and less starchy sides. I try to make our meals 1 part meat 1 part carb and 1 part veggie with a salad and a little dairy (cheese).

No 'poo
I have read so so so many articles about not 'pooing. No I'm not talking about bowel movments (although I wouldn't put it past me) I'm talking about not shampooing your hair. There is tons of research out there on the interwebs, and plenty of testimonials about the benefits of not putting shampoo in your hair. Thicker hair, hair that grows faster, healthier ends, less oil, etc.

Do I want all of that? YES. I would love to have thicker, shinier, healthier hair. I hate that I use shampoo every day that strips my hair of it's natural oils, so that it thinks it needs to over-produce and by the end of the day I'm looking like a grease monkey. The main thing stopping me here is that I've read the transition period is terrible. Your hair becomes disgustingly oily and dirty because it's used to over-compensating from shampooing every day. I just don't think I could do it, with that, plus going to the gym five days a week? I think I'd want to shave my head.

Ironman Triathlon


You've all heard of the Iron Man race, no? Well if you haven't it's a 140 mile triathlon, split into: 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and ending with a marathon (26.2 miles). ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY MILES. Holy mother eff. While I would LOVE to say that I finished a race like that and collect everything that goes with it, including bragging rights, there's just a few things holding me back. Firstly, the furthest I've ran in my life is a little over five miles. People pass out, go to the hospital, are weak for days, etc. after a marathon. Add another 100+ miles of biking and swimming on to that and you can bet I'd be nearly dead.

It just seems really damaging to your body and your muscles. When you're active for that long (the record for shortest race is 8 hours and 3 minutes) your muscles begin to deteriorate in order to provide energy to your body and I don't know about you, but deteriorating muscles just doesn't sound appealing to me. I'll just stick to my little sprint tri for now, thank you.

Do you or have you ever considered doing any of these things? 

23 comments:

Tracey said...

23 days deep in the Paleo diet, I'm starting to realize it's not all it's cracked up to be. In fact, my trainer wants me off of it! I think moving to a diet consisting of whole foods is a much healthier and more balanced approach.

I also want to try the no poo movement but am terrified!!!

Ashten @ alwaysashten said...

Tessa and I tried Paleo. Worst idea I've ever had.

I don't wash my hair everyday. Try dry shampoo: it works wonders and your hair will look/feel clean.

Elizabeth Hoscheid said...

I just went through that hair transition! DRY SHAMPOO! My hair has never styled better or looked better. Batiste is the best dry shampoo I have found... and I have tried a lot. TRY IT! Seriously, it's worth it. Do it. Now. Go. Ulta.

Lauren said...

Paleo sounds so good in theory but cheese and sweets would be my downfall. Not good...

And I am trying to transition my hair to washing every other day, but I only go to the gym on wash days. I'm not sure how to do it when you go 5x/week!

Rachel said...

I feel the same exact way about Paleo - what would you do without cheese?!

Kay said...

Everything is better with cheese, I'm just saying. And I absolutely couldn't handle not using shampoo. I try to go every other day without shampooing, sometimes a little longer, and that's how I'm going to help my hair not overproduce. But I can't NOT shampoo ever.

Kelly Louise said...

lots of people live by the 80/20 rule, so you could go for it and still have your cheese :)

Cece said...

I can't get over cheese either. Love it waaaaaayyyy too much. As for the Iron Man-forget it!! I can't even do a marathon. I only know one person in real life to have done it.

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

I looking into Paleo and I can't get pass the cheese and yogurt part either! It is just too good!

The Handey Way said...

I've always wanted to do Paleo, but cheese holds me back. I love it too much to give up. Sigh.

My cousin has done multiple Iron Man competitions and is actually training for another one right now. It's incredible to see his transformation.

Nadine Lynn said...

Cheese is my downfall too!!! I just cant not have cheese. It wouldn't work! I try to clean eat and follow the 80/20 rule. I have to have some cheat meals now and then.

I also cant not shampoo my hair. My hair is super thin and I work out every morning before work. I would be NASTY if I didn't wash it. If I don't have anything major going on Sundays, I will skip washing my hair...but that is about all I can do!

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

I could never ever EVER give up cheese. Not even for a million dollars would I give up cheese.
I looked into the no-poo thing because I try to only wash my hair every few days as it is. But, I just can't... I've heard it's stinky, too. :/

Whitney Alison said...

I'm down with no poo...or very little poo. My curls do better with cleansing conditioners and low sulfate. The cavemen diet thing...I get it in so far as the less processed foods we eat the better...but on the flip side, the cavemen are gone for a reason ;)

brooke lyn said...

i am too much of an 'everything in moderation' type of girl to stick to paleo. in other news i have started not washing my hair as often and i think i am liking that trend.

Tori said...

I've been washing my hair less often but I'm not seeing a huge difference, jury is still out though. I think mixing these fad diets into something that is actually reasonable is a good idea, but the whole "you will never eat cheese ever again" thing doesn't sound like a good recruiting tactic to me. Although paleo recipes are great ideas for something new! I've been using a few lately for dinner and I'm pretty pleased.

The Rachael Way said...

I'd love to try Paleo but cheese would totally hold me back, too!

Corie said...

There's no way I could do any of those!!! I love cheese too damn much and I can't even imagine what my hair would look like if it wasn't 'pooed.

Kayla MKOY said...

I literally could NEVER do an Iron Man race...no way no how! If you can go without shampoo...danggg!! Props to you! I wish I could! I have to wash my hair every morning, sadly!

Lisa @ Two Martinis said...

Cheese and pasta. I could never go Paleo. But I agree, it does sound like a great idea in theory. You know, for other people.

Kelley Moyer said...

I've become interested in the no 'poo thing too, but I don't think I could do it because I go to the gym at least 3 times a week and my job requires a hard hat accompanied by lots of sweating at times. Talk about gross! I have tried the Garnier Fructis brand of shampoo called Pure Clean that has no silicone, no paraben, and no dye. I'm still on the fence about it, but it sounds good in theory lol.

Harlynn said...

This is so true!
Thanks for posting. c:

<3
Harlynn
www.mindyourmadness.blogspot.com

Sidney said...

I would NEVER be able to do the no shampoo deal. Ya kidding? I would be a walking grease ball and would vom in my mouth every time I had to look at my nasty hair in the mirror. Bitch please. On the other hand, well no - none of these things are on my to-do list because either I'd be gross as hell, killing people for chocolate and pasta, or watching my body eat me alive by mile 15. All good in theory though - you're totally right about that!

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