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Today, March 26th, 2012 is the start of my adventure with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition! This is a year-long program that will teach me 100 different dietary theories and much more. At the end, I emerge as a licensed health coach! I am so excited and can’t wait to get started.  Today is also the first day of spring break for me and the kiddos, we are taking a vacation so I will have the ability to figure out how to incorporate yet another activity into my life that is already overflowing. For those of you who know me well, realizing when I have taken on too much isn’t always my strong suit, but this is so important to me I am willing to give up other things. Namely, watching TV, reading nonsense fiction, and shopping! 🙂

My top 10 hopes for this are:

  1. To get a better understanding of which dietary theories are best for which people. While I have chosen the Paleo diet for me (and it has worked wonders and will for MANY people) it may not be doable or even ideal for others.
  2. To truly learn how to coach. I have no interest in being the Nutrition Nazi! This is your life, it’s your body and getting better and feeling great is your choice, I just want to teach you how to get there and cheer you along the way. If you get happy, I get happy!
  3. To truly make this my life’s passion. Whether this will ever be my primary profession depends on if I can make enough to support my kids. That remains to be seen and will probably take years, but for now it will be my project. I see no reason I can’t be great at my current profession, a great mom and a great health coach too! If I love them all, there has to be a way to make them all fit. Fingers crossed!
  4. To spread the happy healthy fever. I want EVERYONE to want to feel awesome. I want EVERYONE to want to be as healthy as they can be. I want EVERYONE to want it enough to make the changes that seem so hard now, long enough to realize the changes really aren’t hard at all.
  5. To help people realize that diets don’t work. OK, that seems like a weird thing to say right? I will NOT advocate any dietary change that is temporary. If you go on ANY “diet”, the minute you go off it, you gain weight back (and then some) and in many cases you will erode your good health. Any changes you make must become a part of how you live. Once it feels permanent, cravings go away. I promise!
  6. To eventually build something in my local community. I want to provide a place for education and support for those who want it. There is so much information out there, you just have to know where to look and have the drive to find it. This is where many people give up. If it isn’t easy to find, then they stop looking. There is also so much conflicting information. I want to help you find out which approach is right for you so you don’t have to learn through trial and error.  I want to make it easy, a resource with everything all in one place that DOES NOT HAVE TO ACQUIESCE TO THE USDA AND FDA’S MISGUIDED GUIDELINES. That part is in all caps because it is the key. Any government department with ties to Big Ag and Big Pharma companies, DOES NOT HAVE YOUR BEST INTEREST AT HEART.
  7. To be a part of the solution not the problem. When I got sick and desperately looking for a way to get better, it became absolutely crystal clear to me that our system is downright broken.  Our medical system was a colossal waste of time and money for me and I was completely let down by the “healthy diet” advocated by the alphabet soup above. Let’s fix it!
  8. To dispel the notion that healthy food doesn’t taste good. First of all we need to redefine what healthy means. Even those foods that have been demonized when eaten properly are vital to living the happy healthy life you want.
  9. To help you find fitness. Working out doesn’t have to be a chore. Let’s not call it working out then, let’s call it “play time!” Activity and exercise come in many forms. Let’s find something that gets you moving.  From a Paleo point of view, chronic over-exercise is just as bad for you as no exercise.
  10. To stop the cycle. We have to be able to reach our kids. If we can not guide them and keep them from making the same mistakes, then we end up taking one step forward and 2 steps back. Any company pushing products full of sugar and artificial ingredients to our kids should be shamed. Let’s shame them. Why eat cherry flavored fruit snacks when you can just eat cherries?!

So, with this project I make a huge step forward toward all of these hopes. It is a time commitment I can little afford but I believe it will be worth it. I will be blogging about what I learn and I would love some comments along the way. When I get a comment, it lifts me up more than you know. So if you are reading let me know. I’d love to hear from you, but if commenting isn’t your thing, that is ok, thank you for being here.

Until Next Time,

~ Laura, Mom Gone Paleo

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  1. Hi Laura – good luck! I am so intrigued to hear about the process – it is something I have been looking into for quite some time, but have not found the courage to do. Keep me posted!

  2. I’m so excited for you. Those all look like very worthy goals. Your kids are very lucky to have you as their mom. What a rockin’ legacy to hand down!

  3. Lisa says:

    Laura, you obviously have a passion for this and it shows!!! It is a big commitment and you are doing a great job. I just want to let you know that you have been an inspiration to me! There have been many days that I have wanted to sit down and eat anything with sugar in it and then I will see one of your postings and it will make me think twice about consuming something that is so bad for me. Your recipes are also awesome as it gives me more options when it comes to cooking healthy foods. Keep up the great work!

    • momgonepaleo says:

      Wow Lisa! Thank you much for sending such an inspiring comment. It keeps me going knowing I’m not just blogging to myself! 😉

      I know kicking sugar is hard. Its an addiction similar to cocaine actually. Honestly the only way I could do it was to get rid of all starch entirely. Without the starch your body won’t produce the extra glucose, then won’t release the insulin, and your cravings will stop. I swear. You are craving sugar because your body thinks it needs it for an energy source. Once your body starts using fat for energy you wont crave the sugar anymore. That can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks, every person is different. There are actually supplements you can take to ease the transition. I can send you the ones to look for if you are interested.

      2 great books that speak to how this works is Sugar Nation and Why We Get Fat. Both great and both available on Amazon.

      But honestly you eat healthier than a lot of people I know so you’re on the right path lady!

      Sent from my iPhone

  4. Patricia Puglisi says:

    Great job there hon. I’m behind you all the way, as you know.

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