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Cavemen and Girls: Like Monday’s

Miserable Drudgery

Ok so it’s Monday morning and as I remember not a good time for many struggling to find the motivation to get themselves to work, wrestling with half asleep children in the fight to get them off to school,  worrying about this and stressing about that. It can all seem to much for many, so where do they turn? Well a small minority will reach for something stronger but most will choose to self medicate with…Sugar! a couple of spoons in a hot drink, slice of toast, muffin, crumpets, cereal with milk and extra sugar, it’s everywhere, even in so called health foods (the manufactured variety). But hang on a minute is there a connection with the afore mentioned physiological/psychological state many experience not just on a Monday morning but throughout their lives?

Absolutely, definitely, without a shadow of doubt. Sugar can never make it easier, it’s making it worse…much worse!

“One of the unintended consequences of decades of terrible health advice (eat low fat foods, avoid red meat and saturated fat, do endless cardio on machines while indoors) is that being healthy becomes miserable drudgery.  Good health and diet should be joyous and life-affirming.  If it isn’t we’re doing it wrong” – J Stanton Gnolls 

Joyous and Life Affirming

For those of you that have forgotten or have no knowledge, here’s a clue…

Life can be truly amazing…

Live it!

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.

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