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My Wish

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It’s pretty early on a Saturday morning. The kids are still sleeping.  The dog is in a cuddly mood and I am feeling quite pensive.

I have been eating Paleo for about 3 years now. I have been Crossfitting for over 1 year and I really feel great. 3 years ago this feeling felt elusive. If you had told me then that I would never eat another grain or legume, avoid dairy and sugar, shun the vegetable oils I thought were healthier fats, I would have thought you were crazy.  If you had told me I would never count another calorie or carb, in my state of mind at the time that would have proved your total insanity! If you had told me I would start lifting weights, throwing medicine balls around, or striving for 10 pull ups on my own, I would have just rolled my eyes. I didn’t even know what a burpee was.

Today, I look back and feel a little sad, a little angry but also tremendously grateful. I feel sad for the miserable, anxious, unhealthy person I was but also sad for the millions of people who still feel this way. I feel sad for what I know are the feelings of helplessness and acquiescence for whatever their unhealthy, unhappy state of being is. I know this feeling because I have been there.

I feel angry at the colossal deception being exercised against the public regarding what is healthy and what is not. Don’t get me wrong; I know for certain that there are many people who knowingly make poor lifestyle decisions regardless of how crappy they feel. There are also just as many who are actively trying to make better choices but are given the wrong information. That was me! I am angry I spent years depriving myself, working my body to the bone in an effort to feel fit, strong and healthy and all I was doing was making myself sicker! The vastness of this public and government sanctioned deception is abominable!

I feel grateful for this Paleo/Primal/Real Food community that has literally saved my life. I feel grateful I found it before I did irreparable damage to my body and mind.  I feel grateful that this community is so accessible to those who seek it out. I feel grateful for the life I see ahead for myself and those who choose to live it for themselves.

Which finally leads me to my wish. My kids, who eat Paleo when I cook, but when left to their own devices choose to eat the foods they know I would not choose for them. When I went Paleo I tested it on myself first then decided this was ideal for them as well. I tried to force it on them…….that did not go well. They were not brought up this way. They are not quite old enough to appreciate the health benefits but are old enough to find ways to sneak these foods when I am not around. I do not want to foster an environment of sneaking food. This seems too much like the behavior true addicts suffer from. I prefer these choices be out in the open where I am aware of them and can limit them without shaming them.  In the end I made the decision to live my example. I continue to teach (ok, maybe preach) the fundamentals of Paleo, and limit their access to the truly detrimental foods in my home. My wish is they see the benefits in how I look and feel relative to the other parents my age they know and will begin to make better choices. I am already starting to see this happen.

My wish goes far beyond my kids to my family, my friends, my colleagues, and acquaintances. It also includes EVERYONE else. My wish is that in spite of this fraud, yes fraud, perpetrated against our people by agricultural companies, pharmaceutical companies and their lobbyists, people begin to demand better and vote with their dollars and every day choices.

Have you ever read the book “Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell? I read it years ago before this change to Paleo. Its is about the little things that lead up to and cause the tipping point.  The tipping point defines a change in direction or a mass acceptance or adoption of something new. I believe we will get there. Although mass acceptance is far off, it gets closer and closer everyday. It may not happen in my lifetime, though I hope it does, but it can certainly happen in time to benefit my kids and their kids

My wish is that as this community continues to grow organically. People are looking for answers and taking their health and happiness into their own hands. More of us are demanding better and are more vocal. By spreading the word to friends and family, eventually the status quo is no longer the status quo. It becomes the old way of eating and living before we learned better and we’ll wonder what took us so long to see it. In this case it becomes understood that the REALLY old way was the right way all along.

  • I wish for the day when processed food becomes more expensive than real food. (After factoring in higher healthcare costs due to the impact of industrialized foods, real food is already cheaper but that is a whole other post)
  • I wish for the day when healthcare is healthcare and sick-care is sick-care. They are two different things and should be treated that way.
  • I wish for the day that heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s become less and less common and are no longer accepted as just what comes with aging.
  • I wish for the day that making healthy choices are common place rather than the exception, better yet, healthy choices are the only real choice because the junk is no longer available due to lack of demand.
  • I WISH FOR THE DAY WE ALL VALUE OUR OWN LIVES SO HIGHLY THAT WE NO LONGER ACCEPT THAT WHICH IS LESS THAN THE BEST FOR OURSELVES.

OK, sorry for the long rant, but after a weeks of holiday revelry, lots of travel and lots of questions about Paleo, all this has been on my mind. For any of this to come even close to coming true we all need to work together. It will take all of us to push the proverbial ball forward. We’re all in this together and we will get there, little by little, dollar by dollar, bite by yummy bite!

Until Next TIme,

~ Laura MGP

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4 Responses to “My Wish”

  1. Chris says:

    Laura, well done and well said! I really like the line, ” the colossal deception being exercised against the public regarding what is healthy and what is not.” So true. Most of us were well-intentioned when in came to food choices but were being sent down the wrong path. We can only hope for the “tipping point” to arrive sooner rather than later. With great advocates like you we’ll get there faster. Thanks for all you do.

  2. Kathryn says:

    What a lovely set of wishes, Laura! This

    For myself personally, I began by thinking I may have been gluten intolerant so I stopped eating gluten. My skin was still freaking out and my stomach still hurt a LOT. I finally went to a naturopath after a year of suffering, when he tried muscle testing on me to see what I could handle and what I’d reject. “Just to see, I’m going to test rice and quinoa on you as well” “PFT I should be fine- whaaaaat?!”

    I tested positive for being weakened by ALL grains, as well as casein milk protein. I never told him that my blood type is O+ aka, the caveman blood type. He was happy to find out when I did reveal that titbit of information.

    This diet combined with your recipe suggestions have helped me so much. I’m 19 years old and I’ve lost 5 pant sizes the healthy way – by walking to and from work, eating properly, and not starving myself of essential nutrients. I’ve began educating customers who come through my lane at the organic grocery store I work at and been educated by them.

    As for what you said about cancer, throw in YEAST INFECTIONS too! So many people don’t know the dangers of yeast and how it’s actually WORSE than cancer because it cannot be detected in the blood stream as a toxin until it’s too late and caused inflammation and cancer. Luckily, paleo foods don’t feed the yeastie beasties!

    I hope if I become a mother someday that I can be a role model like you. Until then, I will try and be a good role model for the people in my community and teenagers and young adults my age. We don’t have to be sick <3

    • Momgonepaleo says:

      Hi Kathryn!
      Thank you so much for reading and your comments! Thank you for sharing your story. It is so inspiring! Thank you for educating and passing your knowledge and experience to others! Hope to hear from you again.

      ~ Laura

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