What makes you believe in paleo? Why did you accept this 6-week challenge? Who said it is really going to work anyways? or maybe you don’t think it is going to work- maybe you are just trying paleo as a last resort? I am not sure what your exact reason is- but we all have a story. As the challenge has progressed I feel as if some people are only thinking about what they can have after the challenge is over and not focusing on what they can enjoy right now and what these foods are doing for your body. Think about it for a sec.. think about a processed food you were consuming prior to paleo, was it cereal? bread? fruit roll ups? KFC? soda?.. now try and think of one thing all of those products have in common? If you said chemicals, you’re correct! Our bodies were not made for chemicals, are bodies were made for nutrients! for REAL FOOD! THE FOOD YOU ARE EATING RIGHT NOW! How great is that?! In my own opinion, I believe that people get severely ill, because of all the chemicals that they consume that is in the food we eat and the air we breathe. So why torture yourself? Sure, they might be yummy but that moment of weakness could be painful years down the road. You might think this is easy for me to say- I’ve been paleo for awhile, but we all have temptation- but at the end of the day you have to do what is best for yourself and your body. Enough of the preachy-ness .. I like to use my dad as an example, I told him about paleo and it took him awhile to jump on board but he did for about a month. He was an ice cream and popcorn fanatic and refused to give it up, but did for one month. Before paleo he wasn’t a heavy guy, but had a little to lose and was on high blood pressure medicine. Within one month of paleo he had lost weight and gotten completely off of his blood pressure medicine – all because of what he ate! Bad news is he went back to old habits and now is back on his medication and his doctor just told him he needed to lose 30 pounds. That’s just one story and there are many more out there. People believe in the paleo lifestyle for many reasons, some because of weight loss, some to get off medication, some just want more energy, and others want to overcome an eating disorder- remember why you signed up for the challenge, maybe your goals have changed- but for the remainder of the challenge shift your focus to all of the amazing foods you can eat and don’t forget all of the great things your healthy food choices are doing for your body.
“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”– Thomas Jefferson