Daily Archives: November 2, 2011

Zorro Circles and the Paleo Challenge

yes, I'm talking to youHave you ever seen the movie “The Mask of Zorro”?  Antonio Banderas is great (for a short Spanish guy in cuban heels ‘n all) but that’s not why I ‘m writing!

Some time ago I wrote a post about the stories we carry which keep us firmly rooted in our place wherever that may be:  the stories that frame us and limit us.  Confronting our excess weight is a classic arena for pulling out all stops on the story front.  To make a difference you have to let each story go.  It’s about transformation on every level but to do this you have to be willing to make a start.  And by the way, you are fat because you have been eating too much of the wrong food.  It’s not your fault either!  And it is fixable.

Let’s return to the movie.  If you recall Zorro is living the life of a rascal.  He is also a poor swordsman until, one day he displays an act of courage and is witnessed by a Master Swordsman who, on seeing his potential agrees to train him.

And so it begins.  And this is the key.  Zorro is held to small circles of training.  He must fight within the confines of the small circle drawn in the sand and every time he tries to fight outside of the circle, his Master instructs him to return.  Zorro is frustrated and bewildered in turn until his mentor tells him that he must master fighting in the small circle first before he can progress.  This gives him the element of control.

And in this way we can use Zorro Circles to gain control over weight.  Draw a circle in the sand and master this before seeking to progress.  In your circle commit to understanding what you hope to achieve in losing the weight and how you will do this.  Practise your understanding of paleo food, test out the first principles, talk to others but don’t step outside of the circle until you fully understand what it is you are learning and how you will achieve this.  And we can help you with this.  With every success you can widen your circle but always, you stay in control.

Zorro circles work because they give us a tiny amount of control in what can seem to be an overwhelming situation.  They can be applied to most problems.   Simply start at where you’re at.jumping-for-joy

Obesity Wars: ‘Paleo’ the bottom up Revolution

freedom-is-in-peril-defend-it-with-all-your-mightSome mornings I wake up I could be almost overwhelmed by the challenges ahead. The sheer scale of what we are up against (changing the mindset that 60 years of government and corporate propaganda have done, to reverse global policy on food provision and nutrition) awes me in the brief moment I feel it can’t be done. But then I remind myself of what it’s all about, together with Mike we believe fundamentally that Paleo works absolutely and the enormous changes it brings to every area of my our life and having not had this and then having this and by “this” I mean a profound sense of wellbeing and fitness, strength and delight it would be neither fair nor right not to spend every day telling you it is possible and that it is there for you for the taking.

We are absolutely passionate about this cause, we have the drive and energy to change what people eat, by changing the conventional wisdom around diet and weight loss.

We eat well. We eat a varied diet. We have seven children between us. We work. We wrestle with money. Today we struggle with a broken boiler and no heat. It’s everyday stuff but somehow it’s different. We respond to situations as and when they arise but somehow without the drama and by that I mean the shouting, the blame, the fear, the stress all the negatives which came from a negative diet: eating food that contributed nothing but negatives punctuated by the momentary salve of a quick hit of sugar. For every up there was a down and that hit quickly. We lived life like that for years and now we don’t.

And so I am here writing to you and telling you it is possible. It might be like throwing a pebble in the ocean but I will keep doing it because for those of you who are listening and who take the time to investigate these first principles, life will never be the same again.

Actually No, life has always been this way, it just got derailed by industry and the drive for profit…

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