I have had a few people ask why I am choosing to follow the Paleo approach and not just eat healthy? There are so many answers to that question. I could just say “because I wanna”. But honestly that’s not true. The reason I started on Paleo was because my doctor suggested it. I had heard a little about it but didn’t really pay attention to it. But lets get one thing straight. I use the word diet not as the miserable action all of us hate doing. But more of “as in the foods I eat”. Does that make sense? I don’t feel like I am on a “diet”. I feel like I AM just eating healthy. Paleo is not just for losing weight. It is a whole foods, natural, back to the basics, organic, no preservatives, no hormones, no food dyes, no adulteration way of eating. Ridding your body of all the crap that the food industry labels as safe. Trying to avoid those deceiving labels like: fortified, lite, fat-free, enriched, pasteurized, all natural, multi-grain, sugar free, cage free, etc. These foods have been modified so much from their original state that there really isn’t anything REAL left. And it all catches up…all that unnatural crap is wreaking havoc on our bodies. Not just making us fat, but really hurting us by causing multiple diseases. Sometimes I think the USDA, FDA, and the pharmaceutical companies are in cahoots together. Each putting money in the others’ pockets. And don’t even let me get started on Monsanto–and what they are allowed to do. That is another post for another time.
I have been on a journey for a couple years now trying to live a more natural life. I started removing chemicals from my home. And no…I am not 100% chemical free. But I try. I discovered essential oils a couple of years ago. I was able to substitute many oils for meds that I kept stocked in cabinets. I began using supplements daily. I even use cloth grocery bags…for the love of Pete. SEE?!?! That made me a healthy person right? Ha. It wasn’t until I went to my dr with heart palpitations that I was shown what was REALLY needed to get healthy. She went over my blood work with me and said “You are pre-diabetic. But it’s reversible…you can stop the progression to diabetes IF you make drastic changes to your diet.” I was sitting in my car on the phone with her when she told me that. Do you want to know my response? “Sooo…can I start that diet after I finish these fries?” She said “of course…doesn’t everyone?” I didn’t finish my fries…or burger. And they were from Freddy’s!!! I was sick to my stomach from the news she just told me. As a nurse I see LOTS of unhealthy people. Lots of diabetes. Lots of obesity!! And I see how hard recovery is for unhealthy people as opposed to healthy people. Our bodies just don’t work as efficiently as they could if we fed them clean, whole, healthy foods.
I am a sugar and carb addict!!! I admit it. They make my mouth water just looking at them. But they are killing me. I started researching Paleo and what it was all about. I realized it is not a diet of deprivation…but a way of eating what our bodies need. And eating foods that are as close as possible to their natural state. Eating this way can help people who suffer from diabetes to auto-immune disorders to digestive disorders to MS to ADHD and much much more. It is about real health. And that is what I want for both myself and my family. Not just an FDA standard of health…but a REAL health.
And for those still thinking I will never get to eat good foods like dessert again. Check out some of these lovely recipes that I very much intend to try!