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Play Paleo!

paleo-dogPlay paleo…..a hot topic in the paleo world, a hot topic in our world!

 

 

Why?  Because quite simply we don’t do enough and in doing that, we forget who we are and why we are here…

Take a moment and look into your life: when was the last time you caught yourself  having fun, stepping inside the moment and really loving it?  Life is like this “smorgasbord” of delights, a garden of play; and things happen good and bad but the world keeps turning and the sun keeps rising, sometimes we just stop paying attention?

And so to conventional exercise for burn fat, you move through the gym: waiting for the guy in front to move on from the “pec” deck so you can throw in a dozen more reps, praying the guy ahead wipes the sweat off the cross track machine which is dripping and trying not to get impatient waiting again for woman to finish up on the cross bar.  And this becomes our play.  Our down time: controlled, defined movement, in a box (dull, boring).  Hey open the door!

“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 are doing it wrong.” – J Stanton Gnolls

Here at Paleo Works that quote has become our defining Self, who knows it may become our slogan.

But play is not defined, its free from form, not structured but unlimited..don’t treat it like exercise because it’s not..and goodness knows we spend too long in this life abiding by the rules of others!  This play time is for you.  Get outside your comfort zone, lighten up! Play Paleo is about Dancing, running, skipping, climbing rocks and trees, chase your loved ones (young and old) watch their faces smiling back at you when you catch them – it’s priceless..

paleo-familySo this is simply a short article to urge you to get outside of yourself, to lift your eyes up a little higher (off the pavement may be) and move. But most of all to have fun doing it.

Play Paleo:  what makes you feel free?

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Yet Another Detox?

lighthouse-paleoworksWatching the tidal wave of people (including paleo) signing up for a sugar detox after Christmas brought back some difficult memories for this paleo girl! Experience has shown that setting goals for weight loss is often an extremely effective way of being extremely hard on yourself!

Today, you may believe that losing weight will make you happy but that’s in the future, not now.  You delay your happiness.

The last time you signed up for a sugar detox (and the last time and then the time before that), how did you feel?  Were you excited about being in control, did your self-esteem get a boost when the scales dipped below 200lbs or whatever goal you set?  Did you diet harder, eat less, exercise more? Did you

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Exercise is not a weight loss tool...diet is!

push yourself harder in the gym?  Did you feel good?  Or did you feel exhausted?  Were you aware of an increasing sense of panic that this was unsustainable?  That if you jumped off the treadmill the weight would bounce back on faster than you could run?

Most of us can keep it up through January.  Come February that resolve has weakened.  Come March it’s gone and we are left wondering why we have failed again….

Well, you didn’t fail – truth is diets failed you (again)!  Conventional wisdom: eat less and exercise more has never worked!   For the past 30 years we’ve been told to eat less and exercise more, to cut back on calories and on saturated fat and, on the whole, we’re doing it. Our calorific intake between the years 1974 and 2004 decreased by 20 per cent. We are eating about 20 per cent more fruit and vegetables than in the Seventies.  We are doing approximately 25 per cent more exercise than we were in 1997. But are our waist lines shrinking? No. In fact, a quick glance around most High Streets would suggest the opposite is happening!! – Daily Mail

Don’t fall for the traditional post Christmas Detox.  Don’t set yourself up to fail!  This year choose for an open ended intention to eat a paleo style diet, to get back to basics, explore real food and to take charge of your own health.  Empower yourself and educate yourself for optimal health and well being and you will find that weight loss (more specifically fat loss) occurs naturally as a by-product of good eating.  It’s not a quick fix, a 21 day all or nothing plan: it’s you and the rest of your life.

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