Tuesday, August 7

Healthy Lifestyles: Just Walking the Dog

Watching out the window at work and I can see a family walking their dog.  There is a mum walking slowly with the aid of two sticks and three large teenage children all carrying surplus pounds and looking tight and uncomfortable.  

The dog is on the end of a long lead, one of those retractable ones (lead not dog).  They have chosen to walk him at the band stand - a tiny patch of green and when I say walk, one of the teenagers is standing in the middle of this pocket sized patch of green as the dog runs round in ever decreasing circles at the end of the lead. 

Maximum effort for the dog, minimum effort for the girl.  It makes me dizzy watching as the dog spins round and round.  Leaping, joyous, full of life and energy such a contrast to his owners now huddled together on the bench.  The small pocket-sized patch of grass surrounded by concrete seems such a metaphor for a life cut off, encircled and enclosed by fat.  

Why do we settle for this half life: is it learned helplessness?

When I was at my heaviest I despaired of ever breaking free of the cycle of overeating and weight gain.  It felt hopeless.  I ate as directed, round and round: low fat, fat-free, low sugar, sugar free no trans fats, 100% this, wholegrain that but the weight continued to pile on and at an alarming rate.  It took me years to realise that just because a food product says its good for you, doesn't mean it is!

The dietary advice out there is out there for all the wrong reasons.  We are educated by business and industry, by advertising and specifically a food industry that wants to drive forward its vested interests.  Do you think they have our best interests at heart?

Eat supportive, nutrient dense, real foods.  Look we eat beef, pork, bacon, chicken, seafood, eggs, green leafy vegetables, squash, avocados, tomatoes, vegetable salads, nuts, berries, cream, butter, cheese, olive oil, water, tea, coffee red wine, tequila and many more.  

We don't eat bread, cereal, pasta, grains, sugar, sweets, corn, beans, legumes, peanuts, processed food and anything with fructose added. The former are the foods included in the PaleoWorks Challenge (also known as a caveman or stone-age style diet).  And that's it, really.

The difference is remarkable but you will never know unless you try it for yourself!

Don't settle for compromise.  Find out how Paleo Works.  

Only by going against the grain of conventional dietary advice and wisdom will you start to discover the truth.

1 comment:

Lian said...