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I’m sorry it’s been a while since my last post. I have been working like a dog, then I went on a much needed vacation away from every obligation, then I participated in a 60 mile walk over 3 days to raise money for a cure for breast cancer hosted by the Susan G Komen Foundation.  Phew! This walk was something I have wanted to do for years. My maternal grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 40’s, not much older than I am now. At the time the only treatment was a mastectomy. The good news for Gram is that they got it all and she lived cancer free for another thirty-some years. She eventually contracted cancer again in her 70’s. This time it was not breast cancer, she had no breasts. It was a very aggressive small cell cancer that killed her in the matter of months.  We all still miss her so much. This past weekend I walked with over 1100 other people fighting for a cure. Every single one of these fabulous people who walked with me has been touched by breast cancer in some way. Some are survivors themselves, others were walking on behalf of someone they love. My tent mate was a young woman who lost her mother last year. This was her third year walking and the first year her mom was not physically in her life. It was hard for her, but she was supported by many. Her mother’s cancer appeared to be in remission and then out of the blue spread to an area they could not treat. It was quite a blow, going from fighting cancer to beating cancer only to get knocked down unexpectedly. Kelli really thought her mom would be here to walk with her this year; unfortunately this was not the case.  Hearing the story of her loss left me with one undeniable feeling. That feeling is this overwhelming sense of how lucky I am to be healthy. I feel so fortunate to have even been strong enough to finish 60 miles without undue injury.

Prior to getting sick a few years ago due to a complete lack of respect for my body and what I was putting it through, I really took youth and health for granted. It wasn’t until I got sick enough that day-to-day functioning was difficult that I actually did something about it. I am extraordinarily lucky that I wasn’t suffering from something much worse, something like cancer. If all it takes is paying attention to where my food comes from, not eating toxins (no matter how delicious) and reducing stress, then it is almost unforgivable not to make these changes. When I see the impact of the Standard American Diet (SAD) and the standard American lifestyle on not just ourselves but on those we love, I have an even stronger resolve.

 

  • A stronger resolve to eat the cleanest and healthiest that I can.
  • To say no to my children when they are asking for crappy food.
  • The strength to say no when I have already taken on too much and adding just one more thing will add to much stress.
  • I will take the time to buy my food from a trusted source.
  • I will opt not to eat (insert crappy food here) just to eat what everyone else is eating or because it’s convenient.
  • I’d rather be hungry than eat crap. Being hungry for a couple of hours won’t kill me but eating crap just might some day.
  • I will take control and be prepared. I will no longer assume good food is right around the corner. IT’S NOT!
  • I will do my best to educate and help others make better choices.
  • I will vote for what I want for my health and my children’s health with my dollars. The dollar speaks louder that any megaphone or microphone.
  • I will rest when I need to so my body can heal itself.
  • I will think twice about taking drugs to feel better if rest and stress reduction can solve the problem.
  • I will use my body the way it was meant to be used. (At least as often as I can given the constraints of modern life)
  • I will love myself and provide myself with the best my finances will allow.

 

All this is why I started MomGonePaleo to begin with. I had finally found my good health again. I found it through natural means and through the proper diet for me and by reducing the stress in my life. Stress is either the cause or a contributing factor in just about everything that can go wrong in the human body. Drugs did not work for me. They may have masked some symptoms, but they did not heal me.  Patience, love and respect for nature and my body did. I can not stress enough how much this means to me and my hope is that is comes to mean as much to you. You are either your own worst enemy or greatest advocate.

My hope for us for the future is a world devoid of modern diseases because we have found a respect for nature and for our bodies that has been lost in the last 100 years. Industry can provide a lot of efficiency, but it does not belong in our food supply. I was listening to CNBC this morning and they were talking about how Monsanto was suing DuPont over genetically modified corn seeds that are drought resistant. This kind of crap isn’t going away! It is only getting worse. Let’s let these guys sue each other into bankruptcy while the rest of us choice to buy locally, organically and what is in season. I do not buy products with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) in it so I could not care less if the cost of corn has gone up. I don’t eat any grains, gluten or not, because I do not trust that Monsanto hasn’t gotten their dirty, greedy little hands in there. These are all choices I make so that I have control over what enters my body and what does not.

A healthy body is precious. Do not waste it. Do not disrespect it. Love it, cherish it and hold onto it with a tight grip because modern food suppliers will pry it loose if you let them. Some things you can do with out too much hassle.

  • Buy locally whenever possible.
  • Buy organically if you can afford it and access it
  • Buy grass-fed or pastured meats and eggs whenever possible.
  • Favor whole foods over processed foods. (ie: an apple over a granola bar.)
  • Minimize any foods that you have to read a label to know what is in it.
  • Avoid drive throughs.
  • Find a few foods you love and trust and stock up.
  • Slow down when you are feeling overwhelmed.
  • Learn to meditate.
  • Use exercise as a way to understand and feel your body, not to punish it for what you ate yesterday.
  • If a particular exercise is something you look don’t forward to doing again, find another type of exercise. (Sex is exercise by the way!!)
  • Drink more water, particularly over sodas, juices or sports drinks.
  • Snack less and eat quality, nutrient dense meals that get you from one meal to the next without hunger (No you do NOT need to eat 5-6 small meals a day! That is just ridiculous!)
  • Cook! Keep it simple. Great healthy food doesn’t have to be complicated.
  • Avoid any foods labeled low-fat if it is a naturally high fat food. Fat doesn’t make you fat or sick, sugar does.
  • Reduce your sugar intake if you haven’t already
  • Do NOT use artificial sweeteners! Try a Stevia sweetener if you need something sweet.
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep on a regular basis.

I can continue to add to this list, but then I will no doubt lose you along the way. Much of this is written in past posts and some others will appear in future posts. Paleo is not a diet, it is a way of eating, a way of living and an uncompromising commitment to providing your body with pure, honest, humanely, cleanly raised foods. It’s about living as simply as we can and reducing the stresses that have infiltrated the human existence and wreaked havoc with our physical, emotional and psychological health. It’s about living as closely to how our ancestors lived before the dawn of agriculture made eating too much of the wrong foods too often all too easy.

The trick is doing this while still being a productive member of society today and living a life you enjoy. That is what this blog is all about, giving you the information, tools, recipes and resources to help you make the changes that make sense for you to improve your life and your health today and in a way that is sustainable for the rest of your life.  All this is coming from a person living it, making mistakes, trying things and blogging about the impact on the life of a very busy single mom. I am not a past Olympic athlete, I am not a bio chemist, and I am not a doctor. I am an everyday, Midwest suburban mom who cares about her kids. If I can do this, you can do this. I am here to answer questions, the answers to which I may or may not know, but I will answer the best I can.

What I took away from this weekend’s 60 mile, 3 day journey is that we are all capable of accomplishing amazing things. We can persevere through pain, discomfort, and sadness. We just need to want our health and happiness more than we want the cupcake. I know it is hard, but I am here to help. You just need to decide to try. I hope you do.

 

Until Next Time,

Laura, MGP

 

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2 Responses to “Never Take Healthy For Granted”

  1. Sarah says:

    Hi Laura,
    This post was really interesting, thank you for taking the time to write it. one of the things you said particularly stood out to me. You said that we don’t need to eat 5-6 times a day, I have always heard that smaller meals more often are better for you than larger meals less often. Could you explain a bit more about your understanding of this or point me in the direction of some more reading resources that could help me understand? Thanks heaps!

    • Momgonepaleo says:

      Hi Sarah!

      Thanks for your question! I used to believe that more frequent smaller meals are better for you too. And quite frankly while I was eating a higher carb, low fat diet that was in fact true for me. My blood sugar levels were dependent on frequent consistent feeding. On my current dietary plan, my blood sugar is no longer a problem. I actually eat less overall because I do not get nearly as hungry as I used to. I heard both Nora Gedgaudas of “Primal Body Primal Mind” and Mark Sisson of the “Primal Blueprint” say something that made all the sense in the world to me. They both made the argument that if our bodies were designed to eat small frequent meals to remain in optimal health, we never would have made it past the ice age!! Our bodies are designed to eat when we are hungry and when food is available. This is also why eating seasonally whenever possible is so important. Tomatoes in the dead of winter are just not natural unless you live in a warm climate her round. I will often skip a meal if I am not hungry and I do not get headaches, I don’t get the shakes or light headed. I will eventually get hungry, and then I eat!

      That is a long way of saying that you only need smaller frequent meals when your body is burning sugar for fuel (sugar meaning sugars, fruits, and starches) or if younare not eating enough good fsts to burn. If you are burning fat for fuel you do not need to eat frequent meals. And your meals do not need to be large when you eat them if the foods you are eating burn slowly(proteins, fats, veggies) you’re body will naturally begin to turn off it hunger signal and you will naturally eat only as much as you need and that food will provide lasting energy for a longer period of time.

      Does that help Sarah?

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