Friday, March 18, 2011

Paleo Living...

After months of battling weight plateaus and upper respiratory infections, I grabbed 'The Paleo Solution' by Robb Wolf at a Border's sale, mainly out of curiosity. I've heard about the paleo diet & lifestyle but didn't know much about it until opening this book... And nearly blew the top of my head off. I was completely blown away but what I DIDN'T know about diet. Even with all of my certifications, so-called expertise and even personal weight loss, I had no idea the ramifications of the agricultural influence in my everyday diet.

There were parts of the book that absolutely terrified me, and with good reason. There were parts that made me laugh out loud and others that made me want to cry. So many times I've wondered why obesity is such an epidemic; I've had theories about sugar being the cause but I have never understood the body mechanics or the human chemistry at work until now -- Robb Wolf explains both the how and the why and for the first time in my life, I don't crave ice cream. I'm moving forward with a new lifestyle and a new outlook and I'm EXCITED. I feel better already. My mind is clear and my body feels good. I mean, not just the 'I finished a two hour workout' good, but GOOOD.

The paleo diet finally exonerates fat from being the diet-derailing devil that it's been made out to be for decades and explains how the human body prefers to use fat to carbohydrates as fuel. It adds more than flavor; it enables your body to easily correct cellular errors and fulfill energy needs for extended periods of time. Paleo eating creates lean muscle through the ingestion of lean proteins and carbohydrates that are actually used instead of being stored, minimizing sugars' effect on insulin and the related hormones. The paleo lifestyle emphasizes the importance of both stress relief and sleep, as well as hydration and exercise. It's a results oriented lifestyle, whatever your results may be. Whether it's cleaning up your blood work, losing weight, gaining muscle or achieving athletic prowess, it'll happen as long as you put the work in.

It's not a magic pill or potion -- it's a lifestyle change. It's hard work, dedication and some more hard work. It can't be a temporary solution to a permanent problem and it doesn't promise to fix your marriage or clean your bedroom. But given time and practical use, the paleo diet will pay off. It will irrevocably change your life for the better and make you a healthier and happier person with more to live for and less to worry about. This has the ability to save your life, given the opportunity.

I'm a simple person: when there's proof and things click, I respond. This book was built for pessimistic speculation and holds up against critics using both scientific evidence and credible humor. And so my journey begins, chin high and eyes bright. I like the way I'm feeling and loving the way I look, even this soon into it all. Stay tuned -- it's about to get crazy.