Monthly Archives: October 2011

Healthy Lifestyles: Just walking the dog….

Running-dog-graphicWatching out the window at work I saw a family walking their dog..  There was a mum walking with the aid of two sticks and three large teenage children all carrying surplus pounds and looking tight and uncomfortable..  The dog was on the end of a long lead, one of those retractable ones (lead not dog).  They had chosen to walk him at the band stand – a tiny patch of green and when I say walk er… of the teenagers stood in the middle of this pocket sized patch of green and let the dog run round in circles at the end of the lead. Maximum effort for the dog, minimum effort for the girl.  It made me dizzy watching as the dog span round and round.  Leaping, joyous, full of life and energy such a contrast to his owners huddled together on the bench..  The small pocket sized patch of grass seemed such a metaphor for a life cut off, encircled and enclosed by fat.  Why do we settle for this half life: is it learned helplessness?

When I was at my heaviest I despaired of ever breaking free of the cycle of overeating and weight gain.  It felt hopeless.  I ate as directed, round and round: low fat, fat-free, low sugar, sugar free no trans fats, 100% this, wholegrain that but the weight continued to pile on at an alarming rate.  It took me years to realise that just because a food product says its good for you, doesn’t mean it is!

The dietary advice out there is out there for all the wrong reasons.  We are educated by business and industry, by advertising and specifically a food industry that wants to drive forward its vested interests.  Do you think they have our best interests at heart?

Eat supportive foods.  Look we eat beef, pork, bacon, chicken, seafood, eggs, green leafy vegetables, squash, avocados, tomatoes, vegetable salads, nuts, berries, cream, butter, cheese, olive oil, water, tea, coffee red wine, tequila and many more.  We don’t eat bread, cereal, pasta, grains, sugar, sweets, corn, beans, legumes, peanuts, processed food and anything with fructose added. The former are the foods included in the PaleoWorks Challenge (also known as a caveman or stone-age style diet) The difference is remarkable but you will never know unless you try it for yourself!

Don’t settle for compromise.  Find out how ‘Paleo’ works.  In going against the grain of conventional advice and wisdom you will start to discover the truth.

Obesity UK – The Unsweetened Truth


Avoid the obvious especially foods with health claims.

It’s a sad fact that the majority of people in the UK are obtaining their foods from boxes, cartons and packages (manufactured, artificially modified ‘food’) as a result they become addicted to sugar without even knowing it. As with all addictions people don’t like to admit they have a problem because this in turn means they need to do something about it. There is no getting away from the fact that Sugar is at the heart of not just the obesity pandemics but also many chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, alzheimers, depression, GERD,  leaky gut, autoimmune etc. the list goes on and on.

Consuming a diet based on nutrient dense plants and animals is the way the rest of the animal kingdom eats and thus ought to be the way we all eat (including our pets and livestock). We have been misled now for almost 40 years with crap about low fat and reducing calorific intake, why? well there is no scientific reason whatsoever. Political or commercial? Maybe but we’re only concerned with resolving the obesity issue and not interested in pointing the finger of blame.

“All we need to concern ourselves with is that this is the diet of choice for longevity, performance, to combat illness, weight loss and avoid all those nasty degenerative diseases. Stoneage, Caveman call it what you like, what is not in question is Paleo-works”

Mike Oliver – PaleoWorks

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