Category Archives: Paleo

talking about my paleo lifestyle

Does this make me look fat?!

The “Big 8” and no I am not talking about basketball (although that is called the final 8, but you get my point). The 8 to which I am referring is the most common allergies. According to the Mayo clinic they are:

Milk
Eggs
Peanuts
Tree nuts aka: walnuts, almonds Etc
Fish
Shellfish
Soy
Wheat

Those may be the most common allergies, but while picking up some books on reserve from the Library I noticed something, the growing number of books dedicated to eating without dairy, gluten and peanuts. I had a revelation during this observation, I think our bodies are trying to tell us something in regards to what we should no longer be consuming .

Maybe I am reaching or stretching but you cannot deny the fact that more and more books, workouts, websites are discussing and suggesting eating Primal, Paleo or Caveman. Whatever the name it still reads the same, cutting out dairy, gluten and peanuts along with legumes.

Do a search for Paleo on Google and it returns 14.6 million search results.  The words Gluten Free garner 118 Million results.  I don’t think it is mere coincidence that our culture is becoming gluten and dairy intolerant.  We weren’t meant to consume milk past infancy.  Not to mention that we have injected our dairy and gluten products with so much crap that it practically has become addictive.  Trust me for the longest time I had about 6 gallons of milk myself a month and it hasn’t been until recently that I pretty much stopped drinking it altogether. There are so many hormones processed within the milk and the cows it comes from that I am surprised that more men haven’t started growing mammary glands (kidding, mostly).  Honestly, besides our genetics telling us we weren’t designed to process so much gluten and the fact we have played off the “health benefits” of carbs (bread, pasta etc) we have made our society increasingly gluten intolerant.

Another realization while reading The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain, I noticed that we promote certain diets that give a quick fix in weight loss, but not a long term maintaining weight loss.  The diets that the FDA or even our Government advertise are actually keeping people unhealthy thus continuing their reliance upon our Governmental Health care system.  It then gives people numerous drugs and pills with side effects that keeps the person in a continual cycle of health system dependence continuing to put money in the systems pockets and shortening our life spans and increasing our risk of heart disease, cancer and other illnesses.   Really for all the facts, pick up the aforementioned book, it really is full of interesting facts, studies and information that is easy to process and read.

The biggest thing I think needs to happen is going back to our roots, people are more aware of how unhealthy most of the food purchased at grocery stores really is for us and switching to free range chicken, grass-fed beef and pesticide free fruits and vegetables.  Yes the prices for such items is expensive currently, however the more people realize and desire to purchase the items the cheaper they will become.  Supply and Demand, the more the demand for organic, free range and grass fed will push the price to go lower.  It is just a matter of time and persistence before Paleo will grow beyond 14.6 million search results and stores will be promoting the Paleo Lifestyle and more restaurants will accommodate their menus to reflect this need and hunger (no pun intended…okay actually it was) for going back to the eating habits of our ancestors.

Go out and do your own research before taking my word, read what I am writing with a grain of salt (this should also be eliminated from your foods) and take a look at Paleo diet books, websites and come to the conclusion for yourself before taking the leap.

Go out and Feel the Burn today Nerds 🙂

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In the Dark of the Night

First off, this post isn’t about what you think!  Get your heads out of the gutter mortals!
(maybe your mind didn’t go there, I just thought it might…)

Anyways, in the dark of the night, that time when everyone has gone to bed and you are still up watching your favorite Tv show or a movie or catching up on a fanfic that you follow. I don’t know.  But the reality is that this is the time that I think we most often do the things we do not intend/want to do.  Personally, this is the time that I fail most on what I eat.  I think that “hey my parents are asleep, it won’t be a problem if I just snack on some string cheese or popcorn or chips and salsa.”  *insert annoying buzzer sound* Wrong, this is the worst time to cheat.

Just because your parents/roommates/spouse/significant other is asleep doesn’t give you the opportunity or “right” to start the late night munching.  To do your best to “sneak” into the kitchen and grab that handful of chips or that late night bowl of cereal.  You have done well all day and then shortly after everyone is soundly asleep you give into those urges to calm the munchy gremlins (one of my top movies except for this guy) and you raid the pantry or fridge and spoil the diet you have done well to uphold.

Now two bits of advice for you:
One) Don’t kick yourself over it. Shake of the dust and get over it
Two) Start over tomorrow.

There you go, simple right?!  Look, it isn’t going to do us any good to beat ourselves up over failing our lifestyle change.  It is going to take time and work to resist those urges and have the victory.  Make a decision right now to not give in, if you fail, follow some of the things that Steve Kamb mentions in the above article (step one of my advice) and vow to continue the next day.  Or follow some more of his advice and use the Force to change up some of those habits. I am not an affiliate of Nerd Fitness, I just really love the articles that he posts and the information contained within them.

I failed last night, after the house was quiet like a mouse (except for the creaking floor where I walked) I went into the kitchen and ate some cheese and popcorn.  Shame on me, but see I am not going to go full Paleo overnight.  I would have to have the funds to purchase all Paleo items myself and I don’t have that kind of money right now.  I still live with my parents and they don’t follow the same lifestyle so there are plenty of tasty goods there to tempt me.  When I have an assortment of truly Paleo items at my consumption then it may be a lot easier to transition from all the unhealthy to caveman diet.

I mean come on, Anakin didn’t become Darth Vader overnight and Luke wasn’t a full fledged Jedi the moment he was born.  It took persistence and training in Dagoba Swamp to have enough ability to raise his X-wing.  So give yourself some slack from screwing up, push away the image of the scolding mother shaking her disappointed finger at you and put the train back on the tracks and get going.  If it helps you, find someone to hold you accountable to eat right and healthy and even to help motivate you to keep up with your workout routine.

So shoulders back, chin up, put on that confident face and get back to work.  I am cheering you on to succeed just as I am (trying) to cheer myself on to victory.

Go out and Feel the Burn today Nerds 🙂  I still am from Monday by the way!