Look, we’ve all been there and tried it: low fat, high-fibre, special K, whole-grain, small portions, skinless chickens even smaller portions. Paleoworks says this can make us sad or worse buttoned up, closed off, shut down, missing out, caught some how in the unforgiving glare of restriction and lack. Or significantly worse, submitting our bodies to surgery and allowing science to cut out healthy tissue to force our bodies to accept and process the industrial food that we are not genetically adapted to eat. In the end it is simple basic and obvious for those who can see. And for those who can see we are lucky and privileged to share this knowledge.
And so, what makes paleo different? We target the problem by cutting out the foods that cause the chemical reactions in your body’s make-up that cause obesity, that cause you to store fat. We harness the science of evolution to work with your body and its natural proclivities. For weight loss to work and to sustain each and every gain made in your weight loss journey, you must develop a way to absorb paleo style eating into your life. And, guided by first principles, you will work it out for yourself. Knowledge is power. Take back control of your body, learn how to make it work for you not against you. Take that love of food and ramp it up.
What do you need to know? Well, adding good fats back into your diet creates taste and texture and a strong sense of well-being and better still a beautiful sense of satisfaction, of a full tummy quite contrary to that empty feeling experienced after consuming processed junk food. But always remember, saturated fat is our friend as long as we keep insulin levels low. Combine fat and sugar (and I’m talking Belgian buns, cupcakes, doughnuts, mince pies) and you will always create and lay down fat in your body. I wish I had known that all those years ago. Hey Weight Watchers why don’t you tell us that whilst you plug your own baked products on your programme?
That’s when paleo makes a difference…
…that’s when you know PaleoWorks!
- Obesity: Cause and Solution (paleoworks.wordpress.com)
- Why Paleo? (paleoworks.wordpress.com)
- Obesity Wars (paleoworks.wordpress.com)
- Quote of the Day – Michael Pollan (paleoworks.wordpress.com)
- Willpower: It Doesn’t Stand a Chance (paleoworks.wordpress.com)
- Peer Support or Peer Pressure? (paleoworks.wordpress.com)
- Post of the Day – What is Paleo? (paleoworks.wordpress.com)
- The Paleo Diet: What it Is and Why it Works (paleoworks.wordpress.com)
- The Paleo Diet: Are Our Ancestors the Key to Weight Loss? (fitsugar.com)
This is written by Caitlin Moran from whom I quote with gratitude:
“People overeat for exactly the same reason they drink, smoke, serially f@#* around or take drugs…..I’m talking about those for whom the whole idea of food is not one of pleasure but one of compulsion. For whom thoughts of food and the effects of food are the constant dreary background static to normal thought. Those who think about lunch whilst eating breakfast and pudding as they eat crisps who walk into the kitchen in a state bordering on panic and breathlessly eat slice after slice of bread and butter – not tasting it not even chewing – until the pain can be drowned in an almost meditative routine of spooning and swallowing spooning and swallowing.
In this trance-like state you can find a welcome temporary relief from thinking for ten, 20 minutes at a time until finally a new set of sensations – physical discomfort and immense regret make you stop in the same way you finally pass out on whiskey or dope. Overeating or comfort eating is the cheap meek option for self satisfaction and self obliteration. You get all the temporary release of drinking f@0King or taking drugs but without – and I think this is the important bit- ever being left in a state where you can’t remain responsible and cogent.
In a nutshell then by choosing food as your drug – sugar highs or the deep soporific calm of carbs, the Valium of the working classes – you can still make the packed lunches, do the school run, look after the baby, pop in on your mum and then stay up all night with an ill five year old – something that is not an option if you’re caning off a gigantic bag of skunk or regularly climbing into the cupboard under the stairs and knocking back a quart of scotch. Overeating is the addiction of choice of carers …………fat people are lowly self destructing in a way that doesn’t inconvenience anyone. …” (*)
Some time ago this was my wake up call. Do you know the bit that really cut me up? “overeating and comfort eating is the cheap meek option ….” Why was I selling myself short? Such a betrayal of all I am and can be……
I had a friend once who told me that she was afraid to open her mouth, afraid of the noise that would come out from within, of the roar that might never end…At the time we both found that thought entirely scary. Now I love it!
What response did that passage provoke in you? Justification for your eating practices? Hopelessness? Recognition at some level? Let me share this with you. The problem here is you believe it! You get caught up in the psychology and then abdicate responsibility for yourself and your food choices because you have labelled yourself a comfort eater…you believe now that food and dietary input is beyond your control. Well step away from the doughnuts and get a grip.
Unlearn all you think you know about food and start again. Press you re-set button. How? Paleo. Focus on a primal diet and see what your body tells you. The path to paleo is here…the rest is up to you.