I think of lifestyle as the way you live. I personally am pretty simple in my lifestyle. I own a home, or at least the bank does, and let’s me live in it. My home is small, but suits me perfectly. It’s greatest feature, in my opinion, is the front screened in porch on which I am sitting right now. I don’t really need a lot. Lifestyle also includes your daily diet. What you eat, and how you embrace food. Did you know that the origin of the diet comes from Middle English diete day’s journey, day set for a meeting, from Medieval Latin dieta, literally, daily regimen? It wasn’t about food at all.
That’s what I want to talk to you about today. Your daily regimen when it comes to food, and maybe a couple of other things thrown in. For example there are so many of us who are awakened by an alarm clock, then the next hour is all about readying ourselves for work, then going to job we are not passionate about. I believe that life is not supposed to be a struggle, and we don’t need to be working at dead end jobs.
Back to food. About 100 years ago, Food companies started modifying our foods so that they could have a longer shelf life. 70 percent of what we eat in the United States is processed. Unfortunately it’s processed with chemicals and additives that are not good for you. We seem to be living longer, but at the same time we also are less healthy. Cancer, heart disease, and diabetes is the norm. And most doctors treat your symptoms with prescription medications, that cause other problems. Have you ever looked at the magazines you read, and wonder just how much the prescription ad cost since it took three pages, two of which were the disclaimers of what possibly could go wrong should you take this medicine. Magazine ads are not cheap, so pharmaceutical companies are paying three times what other advertisers are paying, and then you may wonder why your prescription drugs cost so much?
Sorry, just went off on a tangent. Back to me, lifestyle, and food. At the beginning of the year I decided I was going to start eating the Paleo way. Since doing this, I feel better, and I have lost 10 pounds. Ten pounds may not sound like a lot for nine months, but since I am older, and my metabolism is no longer that of a thirty or forty year old, I’m thrilled. And, for me, the best part is white potatoes and sugar laden foods no longer interest me. The beauty of the Paleo lifestyle is that the food is amazing, good for you, I can eat a ton, even sweets (fixed the Paleo way), and never feel like I am bloated or have over eaten, nor do I feel deprived.
There are a ton of Web sites that talk about Paleo, and have recipes, and I will introduce you to them in good time. But for today we will start with my favorite: Paleo Grubs. I’m a big believer that foods can heal.
But, I have friends who still rely on their doctors as experts, and won’t do anything unless their doctors say it’s ok. Folks, doctors practice medicine. You are an experiment to them. Take control of your own life by the foods that you eat.
Read the labels on your foods. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. If it says all natural be really careful. All natural can mean anything from chemically induced flavoring to mimic an all natural type of taste. Try to buy only organic foods, especially corn. But, if you are like me and living the Paleo lifestyle corn won’t be in your diet because it is a grain. Look for non-GMO labels. Stop drinking carbonated soft drinks.
I am just saying at this point, you are the one who is in control of your health, not doctors. Just sayin’.