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.
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).
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.
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?