Celebration of Food!

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.

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The Paleo diet is simple yet remarkably effective for fat loss and halting or preventing a number of degenerative diseases. To reap the benefits of the most effective nutritional strategy known, one need simply build meals from the following: * Lean proteins (ideally) grass fed meat, free range fowl and wild caught fish * Seasonal fruits and vegetables * Healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil, and coconut oil Our 6 week challenge will help you ease your way into the Paleo Diet. Regardless of your fitness or health goals, you WILL look, feel and perform your best on the Paleo diet. For most people the fact the Paleo diet delivers the best results is enough. Improved blood lipids, weight loss and reduced pain from autoimmunity is proof enough. Many people however are not satisfied with blindly following any recommendations, be they nutrition or exercise related. Some folks like to know WHY they are doing something. Fortunately, the Paleo diet has stood not only the test of time, but also the rigors of scientific scrutiny. View all posts by hcfchallenge

6 responses to “Celebration of Food!

  • Heather

    I couldn’t agree more!!!!

  • Denise

    Jen’s words inspired me too…I always hated counting calories and/or points and she was right, I would go for sugars and squeeze healthier food in around the rest of the points/calories I had left for the day…NOT healthy at all, and did not last! All the weight I took off in those programs easily came back on. I enjoy the freedom of the paleo to not have to count things, just eat what’s allowed, as much as your body needs, and everything is healthy for you…protein, veggies, frutis, nuts and seeds. LOVE IT!

  • Ellie Bernstein

    i think being able to express this to people (our friends and families for instance, who might be confused by our new eating habits) in such a positive light will help also. when people ask and you reply “i’m wheat, soy, dairy, legume, grain, artificial-anything, added sugar-free” they inevitably look at you like you have grown a second head or something. telling them WHY you’ve made these changes, and all the wonderful things you CAN (and should!) eat will make an impact on those people in your lives. i went from a “mind your own damn business” mindset to “i’m choosing to put natural, healthy things in my body and take care of myself” and it makes people think about their own habits in a non-judgmental way. set an example for others instead of making excuses for them! 🙂

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  • susan

    Thank you for these words…I sure needed them today.

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