I admit, its been a while. That is not down to a reversal in my eating habits, but simply due to a lack of eating out, finding new, paleo-friendly places (as most Paleo Brits know, they’re few and far between) and a little bit of dialling down my personal use of Paleo chats, research and constant listening of podcasts. I had unfortunately found myself becoming a little neurotic and obsessive about what and where I was eating which frankly started to invade my social life! The continuous emerging research can give quite differing opinion at times, confusing even the most open minded individual. Once I dialled that back, I found I was able to enjoy food a lot more and not be so worried every time I went to a wedding or travelled abroad. The result has been a slight relaxation in rules for me, on special occasions and difficult situations only, which has overall increased my enjoyment of these events, and ultimately lowered my overall stress level, which I really only see as a good thing. As I see it, we can all only do our best, and if that means consuming something that may not be 100% Paleo (I’m not talking about indulging in a buffet laden with gluten and chemical filled items or throwing back 10 beers every weekend, which would potentially cause some people a lot of problems, myself included, but the odd gluten free crème brulee at your best friend’s wedding isn’t the end of the world. It took me a long time to realise that, but once I did, I have to say I feel a lot better about things, and it has actually resulted in me not craving these things as much, or compensating by eating 5 fruits a day, and my overall health has not changed. In fact, I would wager it has actually improved with the removal of that stress in my life. So I guess what I’m saying is, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, or guilty, or nervous about what to eat, or really want a small scoop of organic ice cream made with 3 ingredients, make an informed choice. If you know you’ll be rolling around with stomach cramps for the next 8 hours, then maybe let it be. But if it will add to your enjoyment of something, or allow you to try something you’ll never get the chance to again, then go for it. You know your body better than anyone else. And above all, it may improve your mind.