Sunday, 30 December 2012

2013 - Lets Start As We Mean To Go On

Ah Christmas.

A time to rejoice, but unfortunately also a time many of us overdo it!
I have definitely been guilty of overdoing it. Too much food (good stuff and not so good stuff) and too much alcohol.
My system is well and truly due a RESET of epic proportions, and I am looking forward to it.

Breaking the cycle of bad eating is tough. Just as our bodies learn to love healthy food, it quickly comes to crave the sugars and processed foods we worked so hard to eradicate.

This is why a Whole30 reset is crucial for me. I am an all or nothing girl, requiring clearly defined goals. Perhaps it is deemed as unhealthy for most but for me, eating 100% Paleo is the only way for me to reset after a bit of overindulgence. I need clarity and cleanliness at every turn and find it liberating and exhilarating once my body gets used to it again. 

So 1st January looms and I am preparing for a month of 100% Paleo.

This means;


No easy task, but totally possible.

2013 will also be an important year for me on a personal level as I am getting married in September so the turn of the New Year is even more exciting!

I hope you will follow my journey in 2013 and beyond and that you too enjoy the experience of eating clean and real food.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Is Food The New Crack?

I have been eating a Paleo diet for over 18 months now and looking back at my first posts on here I realise how much this lifestyle has become an important part of my life.

When I first committed to eating this way I viewed it as a short time strategy to loose a few pounds around the tummy and feel better about myself in the mirror.

What I got was something so much more.

I evolved from a refined carbaholic to someone who is passionate about not just looking and feeling my best, but to someone who is passionate and AWARE of everything I eat.

I make decisions based not on the calorific content of food, not on its "Points value" or even it's saturated fat content, but rather how it exists as part of the meal I am eating and as part of my food intake for that day.

Food has to be about quality, substance and nutrient density and not just about gratification. It can be pleasurable but should not be therapy. It should be satisfying but not a crutch.

These are the main things I have learned in my journey so far.

As time as gone on and I have been inspired to make this passion a part of my long term plan, I have returned to part time education to train to be a nutritional therapist. I really believe stubbling upon the Paleo way of eating was a key part of my decision to take this new and exciting path, and it another reason I am thankful for it's discovery!

But following this clean, real food diet has also made me more aware of the bad state of society's diet.
People are all to happy to put such unbelievable crap in their bodies. Eating food based on it's points value rather than it's nutritional value is just wrong.

I am all to aware that not too many years ago I too believed low fat was healthy, that cracker bread was pretty good for me, and pasta was nutritious. But I none the less enjoyed vegetables and salads on a regular basis, and cooked homemade food from scratch the majority of the time.

People are well and truly addicted, and food is their drug.

Healthy eaters can be viewed as the enemy, the drug squad, ruining their buzz and not understanding their situation.

Food is these people's crack and we need a 10 step program, FAST.