I (sort of) fell off the paleo wagon, in 2 different happenstances. I hopped right back up on it and am going strong, but I still am fighting some guilt over it.
Guilt…and total satisfaction.
The other day was one of THOSE days. I was fighting some sort of flu-like exhaustion and aches and pains, and spent most of the day in bed, curled up with a book or sleeping. Chris had to work late unexpectedly, and when the kids were clamoring for dinner and I had nothing planned (and not even a single container of leftovers!), I gave into the convenience of pizza delivery for them.
My downfall came when I was looking at the Domino's Pizza site, ordering online, and discovered they have a gluten-free pizza crust.
A little digging on the FAQ's, a short amount of self-rationalization and no reminders from the paleo-centered Cavemom side of my concience to remind me that gluten-free does not equal paleo, and my own 10" pizza was on it's way, along with the kids' pizzas.
I have to tell you, although I make my own versions of pizzas that have satisfied me completely in the past, This. Was. Delicious.
It was so good, I had to take one tiny triangle at a tme and savor every single bite, then put the pizza away for a while. And then come back for another little slice.
I think it took me about 4 hours to eat that little pizza, and it was worth every single bite…the first 'real' pizza I've had in about a year. Sooooooo good.
So, what's in Domino's gluten-free pizza crust? I'm glad you asked.
According to the Domino's website FAQ, "Water, Rice Flour, Rice Starch, Potato Starch, Olive Oil, Evaporated Cane Juice, Tapioca Flour, Potato Flour, Fresh Yeast, Avicel, Salt, Calcium Propionate."
Alright, so not as paleo-friendly as, say, a cauliflower-crust, or meat-crust, or no-crust….but certainly not as bad as an all-wheat crust (so says that satiated, satsified pizza-loving part of me!).
My Cavemom conscience finally kicked in as I was finishing the last bite (such remarkable timing) and has made very sure to keep me far away from any consideration of repeating that particular folly for a good long time.
However…the Cavemom conscience was conspiciously silent when I found that Cadbury has released a Creme Egg for the Halloween season. It was bad enough that I have to avoid the creamy, chocolate-covered confections at Easter time…they are one of my all-time favorite treats. I couldn't resist this time around, though, when I spied them at the store, and splurged on one.
Somehow, putting it into the freezer and then carefully cutting it into 6 pieces and only allowing myself one little piece each day doesn't really disguise the fact that I ate one. It does do a pretty good job of assuaging my paleo guilt.
I suppose, in the grand scheme of things, enjoying a gluten-free 10" pizza and a Cadbury S'creme Egg in my 11months of paleo isn't so very bad. While I could be entrenched in self-flagellation (still), I'm choosing to pat myself on the back for being able to get right back to eating 'cleanly' right away instead of using it as an excuse to fall even further off the wagon in search of that old, familiar rut.
So, yay me.