January Blues or How Paleo Works
Christmas already seems like a distant memory and for many of us, those fanciful New Year’s Resolutions have been kicked into touch alongside the turkey carcass. Mid-January can be a bleak time of year for most people and often times we can find ourselves reaching for food as a substitute when things get tough.
We are not talking about the big things that occur (thankfully) only seldom in our lives but more the small things that occupy us on a daily basis: those things we have to do but take us out of ourselves and into caring for others.
Keep an eye on those and the feelings they can stir. Is there a connection there between you and food? When the unwashed dishes beckon from the sink and tea calls from the fridge to be made before the kids come home, when the laundry pile catches your eye as you pass guiltily by to the cupboard for another chocolate biscuit pause for a minute and determine what you are doing. Because it isn’t helping.
Well, OK, may be it does help for the first minute it’s in your mouth. After that, it’s really not helping.
Modern life has a lot to answer for doesn’t it? We seem to have backed ourselves into corners where nothing seems to feel quite right. Except food. Sometimes it feels like it is the only time we get to take a break and give something back to ourselves.
There is another way. Paleo or primal eating works on many levels. The most important can be the fact that those surges and slumps in blood sugar caused by eating a low fat whole grain standard western diet simply do not occur. This is body by science, reason and understanding. By learning body basics and understanding that what you eat has cause and effect in this way, you can regain control of your life and bring yourself back into balance.
In the interim, do you know the best way to counteract exhaustion and fatigue? If you are tired, sleep. Power naps are great. Japanese business models use power naps for staff. Doctors and nurses power nap. Max Hirshkowitz, the Director of the Sleep Center at Houston’s Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center says, “We’re biologically programmed to take a nap in midafternoon. It’s the Industrial Revolution that separated us from siesta, because it was too expensive to shut down big machines in the middle of the day and turn them back on.”
But long before the arrival of Power Naps, many famous people were already doing what comes naturally. For instance, Winston Churchill said, “You must sleep some time between lunch and dinner and no halfway measures. Take off your clothes and get into bed. That’s what I always do. Don’t think you will be doing less work because you sleep during the day. That’s a foolish notion held by people who have no imagination. You will accomplish more. You get two days in one – well, at least one and a half, I’m sure. When the war started, I had to sleep during the day because that was the only way I could cope with my responsibilities.”
Other famous nappers include John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Bill Clinton, who took a 30-minute nap at 3 pm. Still others include Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, John D. Rockefeller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Johannes Brahms, Beethoven, Benjamin Franklin, and Robert Louis Stevenson.
So why not you? Take time out for 30 minutes and rest up. It will pay off in the long term. Press your reset button and move on. Sometime soon and eating a paleo diet you will notice that the highs and lows of carbohydrate eating have gone and life becomes much simpler and much more in balance. Though some days can still call for a power nap ! 🙂