I was very much inspired by Jen R.’s words at Saturday’s Nutrition Meeting. She said that the paleo lifestyle was a celebration of food! Paleo is unleashing you from feeling restrained all day every day for the rest of your life. No more weighing, measuring, or adding up food point values. You are free from food jail, and it’s time to celebrate the many opportunities for wellness!
Sometimes, I imagine food like little monsters grabbing at you from all directions at any given time. When you’re sad, you’re headed to the freezer for ice cream. When you’re happy, you find your favorite deep fried foods! When you’re celebrating, share some cupcakes! When it’s a change in season, you go to Starbucks for their Pumpkin Spice Latte. When challenged to stop these routines, you’ll realize how much food plays a large role in our lives. From good and bad emotions to small change in the weather, we search for food. In the past, you may have acknowledged that these routines are awful for your mind, body, and spirit…not to mention your figure. Diets make you feel like you’re behind bars, that you’re in food jail (but just for a short time until you decide the diet is just not going to work around your emotional eating, nor weather patterns).
After a couple weeks in to paleo eating, It’s no doubt you’ve considered how our lives revolve around food. We are in paleo together because we are starting to believe that eating food is not an event, but it’s for keeping our bodies healthy,energized, and alive. Your friends and family will feel sad for you (or making fun of you – just forget about that), thinking you will be dying inside for that piece of cake at the birthday party. Maybe in the beginning stages these occasions will sting a little, but in the grand scheme of things, I’m only sad for others who can’t, don’t, won’t make the change. I’ve freed myself from emotional eating (the way Ben and Jerry’s would cheer me up) and welcomed foods I’d never though I’d eat on a regular basis. I’m stronger, I’m happier, and I’m healthier.