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Where does the time go??

I just realized it has been over a month since my last post. It has begun to stress me out that finding the time to just sit and write to you has been such a challenge. When I first started this little blog it consumed me. I wrote and wrote as much as I could at the expense of the other obligations in my life including time with my kids. THIS is so important to me but I have an actual career and 2 very busy kids that need my time and attention too. So what is a Paleo Mom to do when there just isn’t enough time in the day for everything I want and need to do? At what point is it all too much? Are all these demands on my time impacting or jeopardizing the wonderful benefits of my Paleo diet?

My life has been so crazy lately but in a good way. Work is really rocking, the kids are happy, healthy and busier than ever, nutrition school is moving along a little to fast, tack on a personal life and working out…….phew! I’m exhausted, but extremely satisfied. All this got me to thinking about time.

Not too long ago, this kind of manic pace was unheard of. To the best of my recollection, my parents weren’t nearly this busy. When life is crazy like this it is very easy to let the best of intentions fall by the wayside. Just take this little blog for example. I have a backlog of about 5 recipes I need to post.  As well as a couple of requested articles about the importance of using organic beauty products (It’s coming Chris!) as well as the dangers of being a Paleo Snob.  Each article and recipe I post takes time, and I seem to have less of it for some reason. When I get to feeling like I have way too much to do and not nearly enough time something weird happens, sometimes I just decide not to do any of it. I just need to shut it down for a little bit and spend some time on me.

A couple of years ago, when I ran myself into the ground and made myself sick, part of my healing process was finding time, making time to just waste some of it. If I couldn’t find it in my busy week, I had to make time which literally meant prioritizing time to “waste” over accomplishing something.  What do I mean by wasting time? Reading a book that has nothing to do work or school, watching a TV show I’ve been wanting to check out, taking a long hot bubble bath or just sitting quietly with my thoughts. Most importantly I have to not feel guilty for taking some time for myself when I really need it.

As modern humans, especially modern parents, so much of our time is spent for the benefit of others. Whether it is for work, for our kids or other friends and family, working on the house or yard etc., we lose sight of the fact that we need to take time for ourselves. Our Paleo ancestors “wasted” a lot of time! “Work” was building or finding shelter and acquiring and preparing food. The rest of our time was just spent in play and spending time with loved ones.  Too much work or activity required energy. The more energy we used meant we needed more food to fuel it. There were no refrigerators or pantries so even finding food required energy. We were far more frugal with how we spent our time.  Our bodies need to just enjoy some quiet time to reset, rebuild and enjoy the time we have in this lifetime.  “Wasting” a little time is a very Paleo thing to do. For me it is also about reminding myself that this is my Paleo life. I have no one to prove anything to but myself. There are times when I am driven to make something happen and times when I have no desire for anything to happen at all! And, you know what? That’s ok because time you enjoy wasting isn’t wasted time at all.

In my opinion, this is your Paleo life too. Enjoy it. Don’t let all the time go by without “wasting” a little bit of it smelling the roses, letting the sun just shine on your face, walking quietly and listening to the sound of leaves rustling in the breeze, sitting on the beach and watching the waves roll in, or cuddling under the covers watching your guilty pleasure on the boob tube. What is your favorite way to “waste” a little time? What resets you? What builds you back up?  Share it with me, I’d love a few new ideas. 🙂

 

Until Next Time,

~ Laura, MGP

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